Raids week 110

Saturday (Feb 9) came and with fewer Sokos online I figured things wouldn’t be as crazy as last week. I was wrong. I started by inviting Tahlua and Devil, but Devil was afk so I figured I’d save him a spot. Then I put the lfm up for Baba’s and 2 seconds later I had to take it down to not get more applicants. I clicked on sort by guild on the outstanding list – then realiserad I had no idea in which order people applied. I accepted everyone and realized there was only 1 spot left, and Justus and Devil where not there. Hamster offered his spot for Devil and we filled. Osi had joined but he wanted to join with Vonkiprus and Devil offered his spot for Vonk and logged off. My note to self: invite guildies and Sokos before posting. In fact, talking to Titus I agreed that I probably should not post at all when there is this much interest and just invite people from channel instead. Hopefully Titus will be available once in a while and can do a second group.

After all the confusion with the group – for me anyway, we were ready to head to Baba’s. Osi was a fighter tank this life and offered to tank the shamblers. He hadn’t done it before, but I wanted to let him try on elite. I asked the group what they thought and the ones who replied were for trying elite. I took a moment to choose teams and off we went. The first baba fight was a bit slow but nothing special. In the hut we split unevenly at the first split – apparently I ended up confusing one party member by suggesting a different split than my original for two members and both ended up on the same side. The next run through this was corrected, though.

The puzzles went well, when we got the wisps we had some deaths. In the end fight we again had some deaths from wisps, but killed them and the scarecrows before attacking baba. Baba was moved as far north as we could move her and Osi moved the shamblers south west. I decided to heal Osi, but it wasn’t really needed, he never dropped below half his hp. The raid completed in 52 minutes with 8 deaths. Everyone got 125 Hut runes and 24 Threads of fate. Van Richten’s SpectaclesMolten Silver Gauntlets and Dusk, the Light Descends also dropped.

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Raids week 109

Last week Saturday when I logged on to DDO, there were 29 people in EEraids channel – in comparison to 36 in titan channel. As people noticed me I got some tells and I saw people asking about the raids in channel. Titus had told me just a few minutes before I logged on that there were 8 Sokos who wanted to raid as well. I invited Tahlua to my party then hesitated. Sokos + me and Tahlua leaves 2 open spots and there were 29 people in channel! Of course I didn’t know how many actually wanted to raid, but I still felt we had a problem. I messaged Titus and we came to the conclusion that Titus would do a separate post from mine this time, so more people could join. I put an empty lfm up, and as soon as I did, the outstanding list started filling with people. I took the lfm down right away to check that I didn’t have too many people. I also discussed the lfm situation with Titus. Titus told me to write on the lfm that we’d be two groups this week. I accepted everyone I had waiting, which was 8 people, then posted the lfm with “will be two groups today”, still without a quest selected. Titus posted as well and I believe filled their group right after we did.

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Raids week 108

As I logged on Saturday Januari 26, I got a tell from Hamster and Lujaan asking to save a spot for them and Lotte. I had intended to redo my radiant servant enhancements before posting and as I was doing so I realized I had people waiting for me to post for the raids. Normally I put the post up for Baba’s a few minutes after 9 pm my time, but this time I posted for “Thaz’s raids. Some spots reserved”. It didn’t take long for people to hit the lfm, in fact people were hitting the lfm so fast that I decided to take the lfm down only a few minutes after posting so I could make sure no one else could click it while I was looking through the joiners list. I always use the outstanding list to decide and generally pick people in the order the clicked to join unless there is a reason to pick one person over another. This could be that I’m picking between a regular joiner that I know and an unknown name. Regulars are like extended guildies to me and are usually prioritized.

After filling we gathered outside of Baba’s and spent a moment deciding on difficulty. I usually don’t even attempt elite without a dedicated tank – since when we’ve tried with an “I could try” kind of tank we’ve failed – but since Lujaan felt we could handle elite I was willing to give it a shot. We gathered inside and I let Arakasii pick his team for the left side. The first time through the hut someone went the wrong side and my side ended up with only 5, but I wasn’t really too worried. I can handle the puzzles myself if needed, I just need some help with totems and someone to tank the red scarecrows. The person who went the wrong way switched about half way through and we were split even again.

Things are going quite well until the shamblers spawn. The party is working on one of them and I see the other charging up. I tell them to switch and a moment later we’re hit with the debuff. I wing away to try and stay alive while the rest of the party is dying and soon after it’s a wipe. People ask if we should use jibbers and try to continue – I say I don’t think we can but I’m willing to give it a shot. Someone used a blade alone and started raising people, I get a raise and try to get the ones not re-killed up and tell them to start dps’ing the shamblers. We’re soon hit with debuff again (you get knocked down when it happens) and we all die again. I say that it’s not happening and we release to try again on hard.

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Raids week 107

The raids have gotten a lot of notice of late, especially with Titus talking about them and I a little bit. On Saturday a week ago when the lfm when up it felt like everyone hit the lfm at once, I had a whole list of people waiting to be accepted and in the end I had to decline a couple. Chemo sent me a tell a moment later about how fast we filled – I guess he had intended to join. The party was mostly regulars and a few occasional joiners – no first time party members. With Titus playing her tank I assumed we’d do Baba’s on at least elite, maybe reaper, so I asked for Titus’ opinion and R1 was chosen. I was still a bit overwhelmed about the interest in the raids – I needed a sec to collect my thoughts and make sure I replied to everyone. We stepped in and I thought about the party split, then decided (again) for the germans to go left. Since we only had 3 germans this time, I asked Titus to pick 3 more for left side. We had 3 hurlers, a rogue with assassinate and me with frog. Titus picked Intha, Leo and Hokuto, which left me with two hurlers plus me for totems.

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Raids week 106

Saturday January 12 I logged on at exactly 9 pm my time and invited Devil and Tahlua into the group before posting the lfm. Many of the Germans were on, and after they joined we only had a few spots left that also filled really quickly. I got a tell asking me to save a spot and a second after one of our regulars hit the lfm. I decided to take the lfm down while deciding who to let into the group. Normally I accept tells as reservations, but since the person who hit the lfm was someone I consider an extended guildie I hesitated about giving the other person the spot. The tell person had though not yet switched char (if that’s what they intended to do), so when they sent me another tell asking if they were too late, I decided to give the spot to the other person. Then it was time to pick difficulty (for babas). Since Titus was on her tank, and any higher difficulty is dependent on a dedicated tank, I wanted Titus to pick difficulty, then I decided on elite.

 

On Elite I want to have teams picked, so I looked at the group, then suggested Devil and the Germans go left, I and the rest right – which split the party 6 and 6. During the first baba fight I got run over by the hut, but didn’t get aggro, during the second the person who had aggro kept kiting the hut near us and I got run over several times. Puzzles went quite smoothly. My side had maybe 4 out of 6 who could do them, so we completed them quickly – except for the odd time when I or Penta failed to get all the lesser crows down at the same time. For the end fight I asked Lubash to heal Titus – since I saw him doing it the last time Titus tanked, and I told the party to move Baba as far away from the hut as possible. The end fight went really smoothly – after we had killed off wisps and red scarecrows. Titus got aggro of both shamblers and moved them away and the rest was just a beat down. We finished in 44 minutes, Fate, the Knower of AllVolley, Arbalest of the Damned and a +8 int tome dropped. Everyone also got 125 Hut runes and 24 Threads of Fate.

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Raids week 105

 

Last week Saturday I logged on on time for raids and Tahlua and Devil were online and I assume waiting. I invited them, then posted for Babas. Interest was high and we filled in maybe 10 minutes. I looked at the group and decided on a hard run. I partially split the party while telling the rest to pick sides – which resulted in an uneven split. This wasn’t an issue, though, since we had enough dps and puzzlers on both sides. During the first fight I got hut aggro and spent the rest of the fight mostly lying down. During the puzzles we had one of the reds run across the puzzle, so I told the tanks that I wanted just one person to deal with the red crow, while the rest focused on killing the lesser and doing the puzzle. The fight outside went really well as did the end fight. During one of the puzzles I was trying to sort my audio, I had unplugged my headset and plugged it in again, and by doing so I lost all my sound. Doing this caused me to die, as I wasn’t paying attention. The run completed in 41 minutes, Gulthias Staff and a +5 upgrade tome of strength dropped. Everyone also got 84 Hut Runes and 10 Threads of Fate.

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Thazara does White Plume Mountain

Some time ago I was sent a tell asking when I was going to make a video of Thazara running White Plume Mountain EE solo, and I replied that I hadn’t intended to do one, but that I could if the person wanted me to. They said yes and the run has been in the plans for a while, but I guess I kept forgetting. White plume mountain isn’t a quest I’ve done more than a few times before, so a week or so ago I did a quick heroic run just to get a feel of the amount of mobs and fights I’d be facing. Today I decided to finally do the run. The first time I stepped in I got the riddle wrong, and not wanting to waste sp on fighting the cat I teleported out and reset the quest. Second try I died fighting the vampire, as I didn’t get out of the blue circle fast enough. I didn’t count the first one as an attempt, though, so on the second actual attempt I managed to complete. The mobs hit hard, but so did I, and as long as I kept staying away of harms way and healing myself, I actually didn’t have any issues killing the mobs – and I managed to do so without running out of sp this time.  Have a look at some screenshots and the video below.

In the key room I ended up fighting the ooze
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Raids week 104

On Saturday I was about 10 minutes late for raids. Devil and Tahlua were on so I invited them right away, then put the lfm up. There was a lot of interest again and we filled in less than 10 minutes. I didn’t feel like waiting for a tank so I picked LH. We stepped and while waiting for all I suggested sides for a few key roles, Tahlua and Devil as red crow tanks, puzzlers and insta killers for totems. The rest got to pick sides. The dps on Baba seemed a bit slow, but we were doing ok. The hut landed, we stepped in and headed for the puzzles. We didn’t get far before we were hit with crippling lag that lasted minutes – I decided to not try and fight through it and called a restart. I released as I had died and once I was back, everyone else had managed to get out too, so I reset the instance and stepped in again.

Second try was much better, we saw a moment of lag during totems, but not so much that we couldn’t continue. My side had a hurler and me for totems, later I realized we also had a rogue that was killing them. For puzzles I took a step back and just focused on killing crows – since we had 2-3 people already working on them. During the second time through I decided to help where I could. This time I don’t believe I got aggro of the hut once. I mean I got the icon for a moment, but the hut then aggro’d on someone else. We got to the last part and I said to kill wisps, crows and then attack baba. One wisp was missed and by the time it went down, the crows were also taken care of. We fought baba, killed shamblers (I pulled aggro of one and kept it until the party was done with the other) and then killed baba. The raid completed in 32 minutes, we got 84 hut runes, 19 threads of fate and Memory of a Tailor’s Duress and Echo of the Icon dropped.

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Raids week 103

On Saturday December 22 I logged on at 9 pm my time. I invited Devil before posting the lfm, then wondered if Tahlua was going to show up or not. There was a lot of interest this time and I had to take the lfm down while I waited a few extra min to see if Tahlua was going to show. At 10 past I decided to fill the group, and a few min later Tahlua did show up. At that time we had already stepped in and were ready to start (on LH). I promised to get Tahlua a spot for the next raid. We started with baba, this week on hard. I picked a few roles for the sides, but let the rest choose.

The first run through the hut we ended up with 7 on the right and 5 on the left, so Devil switched to the other side on the second run through. Puzzles were going well except for one of the reds running across the puzzle once and we had to fix it after already completing it. We had some deaths to wisps, but nothing like the other week when my side almost wiped. When we got to the part with the shamblers I was shooting the one the party wasn’t attacking and pulled aggro on myself. The party finished their shambler quickly and then continued with the one I had and it went down as well without any more deaths. We killed baba and finished the raid in 37 minutes. A +7 dex tome dropped and Vestments of RavenloftBloodrage Chrism, and everyone got 84 hut runes and 19 threads of fate.

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Raids week 102

 

I’m again writing this blog a bit late, the same day that raids 103 is supposed to happen. I always try to get the previous blog done before the next raids night. Raids 102 happened Sat Dec 15, or 15-16 for me since we again passed midnight. I as normally logged around 9 pm Swedish time and invited Zombie and Tahlua before posting the lfm. Sokos seemed to be waiting, since they joined very quickly after the lfm for Baba went up. By 9.15 we had a full party and I was trying to decide the difficulty. LH is a safe bet, we can do LH with almost any group, while for LE and reaper we’re very dependant on the tank, so I wanted Titus to confirm that the difficulty I chose was ok. I picked LE. This week again I split the party in teams, and since last week we ended up with more insta killers for totems on my side, I decided to give the left side both a frogger (mass frog) and a hurler (a warlock with hurl). On my side I assumed it was just me with insta kill, until I saw Erofen assassinate some of the totems. He couldn’t get all of them, but with me getting some and Ero some, we only had a few we needed to take down in other ways. As for puzzles, my side was again slightly faster and ended up waiting for the other side to complete – especially the last puzzle. During the second run through we had wisps spawn and as I ran around the corner to one of the totems I got blasted to death – as did a few others. I think it was Titus who threw me a raise and I helped get the others up so we could continue. In the end fight we had a couple of deaths, but over all it went well. Shamblers aggro’d on someone in the party at first, so Titus had to chase them down to move them to the side. Lubash took it upon himself to keep Titus healed while I stayed with the party. The raid completed in 50 minutes and everyone got 125 runes and 24 threads. Unless I failed to screenhot the items, we got no named loot.

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