The crests optional in Total Chaos

To do this optional you need 3 crests, which you get from an optional in three of the other quests in Borderlands. One of the optionals is quite tricky (kill the kobold before he reaches the gong) and I just haven’t bothered to do all of them. This time, though, I somehow managed to get all the crests without too much effort and then did all the optionals in Total Chaos, which gave me 6 PNCs that helped me fight the mobs in the quest. Have a look at my screenshots of the crests optional. Note, this is the heroic version of the quest.

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Firetha TR 6

I decided I wanted to do 3 fvs lives on Firetha before going to level 30 as a wizard. Today I TR’d her into her second fvs life. Here are her before and after pictures.

Before                                                                     After

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Firetha 6.0

I generally don’t make TR builds, but most my builds are made for playing at 30 or at least in epics. Now I find myself again attempting to make a TR build for Firetha that will be played only from 1 to 20. Last life I did a vistani that turned out to be a lot  better caster than melee as I got closer to 20. I now wanted to do a similar build, but switch to caster a lot sooner. As I’m trying to pick feats I’m starting to think that this isn’t going to work. If I want my char to be a strong caster type, I can’t be any kind of good at melee. This is what I came up with, with (again) some suggestions from Hamster. The spell order might change.

Favored Soul 20
True Neutral Tiefling

               36pt     Tome     Level Up
               ----     ----     --------
Strength        14       +5       4: WIS
Dexterity       11       +5       8: WIS
Constitution    16       +5      12: WIS
Intelligence    12       +5      16: WIS
Wisdom          17       +5      20: WIS
Charisma        10       +5
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Firetha does cc

Firetha is doing three heroic fvs lives and I wanted to start out doing a vistani with focused weapon dagger. It’s been a good long while since the last time I played an fvs, so had to read up on casting stats. Learning that fvs can use either wisdom or charisma as their casting stat I picked charisma – since I knew it was a good stat for divine might. Anyway, soloing reaper 1 or 2, some quests have been really challenging, while others have been a walk in the park.

The other day I decided to do some heroic cogs farming – because they’re short and easy to farm, and it’d be nice to have more sharn gear for TRs. I did one completion on R1 and then switched to elite for farming runs – since R1 still felt hard. Since reaching the levels for cometfall and greater command I’ve been actively using them to try and cc the mobs I’m fighting. I also suddenly remembered I had picked hold person as well, so was testing it out in cogs. I was surprised to notice my spells landing on daask. Have a look at my screenshots below.

Hold person
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Darth gets to ride the raft

With all content being available to everyone until April 30th, I deiced to run some sharn on Firetha and my piker and future tank Darthpyre. In Just Business I had the idea to leave Darthpyre on the raft with Casper (which glides through the air after you’ve killed each mob spawn), and funnily enough it worked. I only moved him off it to loot. Have a look at some of the screenshots.

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What they looked like on TR – Cerge

Cerge has done 8 TRs and 12 ERs in the soon 7 years since he was born (Feb 24, 2012). Here are his “what he looked like on TR” pictures.

TR 1 (Apr 15, 2013): I didn’t do separate before and after pictures for Cerge’s first TR, but the picture to the left is his first picture. Cerge as a warforged, 20 sorcerer/ 5 epic.
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Things change

Each time there is a new update with a new raid, I tend to wait for ppl to learn it, and then join someone with knowledge so they can teach me. I then try to join different groups to see what different tactics the different groups use… I usually select my own tactics based on what I’ve learned for when I post the raid myself. When it comes to The Mark of Death, I haven’t needed to post for the raid at all, in fact my toons keep getting ransacked, and I don’t have a toon to run that isn’t, lol. Most of the runs I’ve done I’ve done with Adenai, I did some with Cleazy and some with Matrix. Key has been doing MoD marathons a few times a week, and I’ve enjoyed them them most. The runs have been somewhat efficiently run, even though almost pure pug runs, but still quite relaxed. Conversations have been light and friendly. 🙂

So, I looked for some screenies from the runs, just for some documentation on the groups.

Maidae, with Adenai, short man attempt

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Thaz vs Cerge, a comparison take 2

This life Cerge is a morninglord fvs, 1 cleric/ 19 fvs, and I’ve been feeling like he’s pretty good, does well in ee’s and I can solo stuff. So I decided to solo ee Outbreak at lvl 24 (one level under level), which went fine. I have, though, been feeling like my cleric is just better, she has more spells and things die faster. So, to do a proper comparison, I took Thaz into ee Outbreak at 24 to see how she’d do.

The result? Cerge has much less wisdom and lower spell DCs than Thaz, but he killed the red names faster, his spells did more damage per hit. Cerge also took less damage and didn’t need to heal quite as much as Thaz did. Cerge finished the quest in 19 min, for Thaz it took 24, which includes one death. Cerge used 11 mana pots, Thaz 12. Technically Thaz is better than Cerge, better geared, higher wisdom, but I think it’s the Angel of Vengeance enhancements that beat her.

Cerge’s enhancements look like this:

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Cerge does ees.. again

I’ve been focusing mainly on running ee sagas lately, except for raid night with Osi on Saturdays. I was levelling Cerge and Thaz at the same time last time and I kept feeling like Thaz was just better… might be because she was just that much better geared. Well, I picked up a second twilight, and eTR’d Cerge. I did the three Eveningstar chains and Web of Chaos ee with pug and then posted for ee Druid’s chain the other day. As always I have no interest in waiting for a full group, or any group, lol, I leave the lfm up and ppl can join when or if they want. I had one joiner before I stepped in. I really didn’t have any expectations at all on Cerge’s abilities (he was 23 at the time), but I buffed up and started attacking the trash mobs. It went a lot better than I expected and I had killed the orange named dude that drops the key before the other guy had entered the quest. By the time we got to the end boss I had almost a full group, and I got help with the rest of the chain. I got 24 before the end of the chain.

So, seeing as Cerge was doing so well in Outbreak ee solo, I decided to give it a second go and record it. See the video below. Anything not named or orange I had no problems killing, the CR60 red named took me ~5 min to kill, which was annoyingly long. It didn’t help that they kept attacking me hard, so I had to kite them, and that trash was spawning around too (which didn’t bother me a whole lot as they died fast). I finished the quest in 19 min.

Now I just need got get Cerge to 28 so I can TR him into his next build (see Cerge 5.0)

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Solo EEs on a not capped toon? Yes pls

I keep watching videos of lvl 28 toons that solo this and that epic elite quest. I would assume that these ppl most likely have at least some of the best gear available and have built their toon for solo’ing EEs. I can’t help but find their videos dull after a while. Yes, I like watching them now and again to learn tactics, I enjoy learning tactics, but the quests don’t seem to be much of a challenge for them. And no challenge tends to mean that the player gets bored after a while.

I have been working on building better toons and gearing them somewhat well. I used to be scared of trying difficult tasks, but now I want to challenge my toons, I want to see what they can do. Or maybe what I can do with them? So, I’ve been running higher level quests on a higher difficulty at a lower level, to see if my toon can 1. kill stuff and 2. not die.

In my opinion, all three of my epic toons on Orien are EE ready. All of them can solo EE’s, but I pick and choose a bit what I try to solo. Some quests are just not worth the effort, in my opinion, as it costs too much (time and resources – for me anyway). Impossible Demands is the shortest and fastest EE quest I know, so it’s usually the one I pick when I wish to test my toon in an EE quest.  Lately it’s been Cerge on his fvs life that I’ve been testing, before the recent eTR I solo’d it on him at lvl 23, this time I decided to try it at 21.. and to record it.

My advice? Don’t try to solo EE’s under level when you’re tired and a bit irritated. You’ll play like poop and just get more irritated. I went into the quest, died a couple of times and gave up. Switched toons to run some other EE’s with a friend, then back to ID. I did a total of 4 attempts, exciting the quest on death in the 3 first ones. The 4th one was the one where I managed to finish the quest without dying.

The reasons for deaths were: knocked down by comet fall and killed, a failed save on flesh to stone and killed – twice. I also kept not finding my buttons when I was trying to hit my spells, etc. Don’t play when you’re tired, lol. Anywho, here’s the video where I didn’t die.

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