On Saturday I and Darth got home, after a week in Croatia, in good time for their raids. As I turned on my computer, though, I quickly noticed it wasn’t working right, it kept freezing up and giving me the blue screen of death. After trying to run a restore to a previous date several times, I gave up and did a windows recovery installation and then reinstalled DDO from the website – which took over an hour. I sent a message to Osi and Hamster saying I was planning to do raids but I was running late – but as it was getting later Pomfer told me Soko was discussing posting for Baba’s. I finally managed to log on att 11 pm my time, when they had just finished their Baba run. They had planned to do Strahd next and I was asked if I wanted to join.
On Saturday (May 26), I had decided to post for baba’s reaper 1 skull, since I won’t be able to post for raids next Saturday and I had planned to do a reaper try soon. My post went up at 9 pm my time, and in about 10 minutes we were ready to start. My lfm post had said “R1 first try”, as I wasn’t sure we’d complete on the first try, and I wasn’t quite sure on the tactics needed. The first part to beat baba down until the hut lands went well, and we had a plan for who goes where in the hut (spent an extra 5 min making said plan). While my lfm was up, before we started Stitchz sent me some tells about the difficulty of a reaper run, said the hardest part was the shadows. We quickly learned that for us the hardest part was lag – and the fact that the other side didn’t have an insta killer for the totems, while my side had both Thaz with mas frog and Kuz with hurl. We almost wiped from lag, and needed to jibber’s to get everyone up and when we got to the puzzles the bees had arrived behind us and we had to race against them to complete the puzzles. Puzzles went well though and we got to the crystal and beat down the shield.
Last Saturday I sat down at my computer at 9 pm to do my raids, only to notice that my computer was updating the OS, and I couldn’t do anything but wait until it was done. I believe it wasn’t until about 9.30 before I managed to log on to the game. Once I posted for baba’s hard – which is what I’ve been starting with – the party filled in less than 10 minutes and we were ready to start. I asked the party to split up for puzzles, I don’t remember if I made any suggestions to which sides people should do, except that I would be going right. Except for some occasional lag spikes the run went really well and with Kv also mass froging on my side we managed to speed things up a little. This week my side also had more than once puzzler, which helps. In the end fight we killed wisps, red named scarecrows, attacked baba, then killed shamblers and finally baba. The raid finished in 32 minutes. Echo of the Icon dropped.
This week on Saturday I logged at 9 pm my time (3 pm EDT) and posted for baba’s hard. In about 10 minutes I had a full group and we were ready to get going. I usually post for level 28-30, but occasionally let lower level characters join, this time both the other divines were a bit lower level. But I wasn’t worried, I figured we’d do good anyway. I asked the party to split themselves for puzzles, except I told Osi to go left, Doobrey and Upload to pick different sides as well as Iqos and Jobit, to even out the group a little. We ended up with 7 going left and 5 right, but the sides seemed even enough anyway. We had a few lag spikes during the run and I died during the puzzles because I lost focus for a moment, trying to get the normal scarecrows and the red ones separated. Of late I’ve had really good puzzlers on my side with 2-3 people working on them, this run I ended up doing them mostly myself with Deviltoy pitching in a little. During the end fight we killed everything like we did last time, killed shamblers and then baba. The raid completed in 39 minutes and we got skunked on loot.
Last week on Saturday I logged just after 9 pm my time and posted for Baba’s hard. By 9.20 we were already in progress. For the first time in ages Osi joined me for the raids, which was nice. His character is strong and also a good healer. As always I didn’t split the group up for puzzles, but let the party do that themselves. I only asked Osi to go left as I always go right – and it’s better to split the divines up for more even sides. Puzzles went pretty well, and during the end fight we followed the plan to kill everything. We had a few deaths, but over all it was a smooth run and I’m thinking we’re soon ready to try R1. The raid completed in 31 minutes and Gulthias Staff and Torn, That Which Renders Despair dropped.
Last Saturday I logged on a bit after 9 pm Swedish time, and posted for babas hard. I forget who it was, but someone said during last raids that we should start doing baba’s hard, since the normal runs were going so well, and I agreed. By 9.30 I had a full group of mostly people that have joined my groups before. As always I asked the party to split up for puzzles, the first run through we ended up with 5 and 7, but second time we were 6 and 6. Puzzles completed in no time and when we got to the end fight, I wanted us to kill the wisps and the shamblers… but then said ‘why not just kill everything’. We did and as it turns out it made the end fight so much easier. The raid completed in 36 minutes with only a few deaths. Spite, the Fractured Shards and Bloodrage Chrism dropped.
So, several new quests have been released and Thaz’s gear hasn’t been updated in a while. I looked at her gear and how to improve it. Ravenloft has a lot of nice gear, but some of them would lose me things that I can’t get anywhere else, so I couldn’t switch them out, for example the spell lore on embers and the impulse on earthen mantle.
This is what I came up with. I also want to point out that Thaz has the following tomes: +7 con and wis and +6 the rest.
Goggles: Visions of Precision with Mythic Goggle Boost +1, augments: Topaz of Fear Immunity, Golem’s Heart
Head: Epic Halcyonia, augment: Globe of True Imperial Blood
Neck: Epic Noxious Embers, augments: Sapphire of Resistance +8, Diamond of Insightful Intelligence +2
Trinket: Epic Litany of the Dead, augment: Diamond of Festive Wisdom +2, Diamond of Festive Intelligence +2
Armor: Platemail of the Celestial Sage with Mythic Armor Boost +2, augments: Sapphire of Spell Agility +15, Diamond of Vitality +20
Cloak: Legendary Earthen Mantle, augment: Draconic Soul Gem
Bracers: Legendary Lore-Fueled Packbanner, augment: Sapphire of False Life +40
Belt: Legendary Plateshard Belt (Belt), augment: Diamond of Concentration +13
Ring 1 (always on): Legendary Chieftain, augment: Sapphire of Good Luck +2
Boots: Supreme Tyrant Green Steel Boots of Concordant Opposition (Blindness Immunity, +150 sp)
Gloves: Gauntlets of the Arcane Soldier, augments: Diamond of Dexterity +8, Diamond of Strength +7
Ring 2 (possibly swap): Legendary Brazenband, augment: Topaz of Greater Evocation
Main hand: Dusk, the Light Descends, augments: Meridian Fragment. Sentient gem with the following filigrees: Embraced by Light: Healing Amp, Embraced by Light: Light Spellpower, Embraced by Light: Wisdom, To Hell and Back: Spellpower, To Hell and Back: MRR, Grandfather’s Shield: Healing Amp, Grandfather’s Shield: PRR
Offhand: Libram of Silver Magic, augment: Ruby of Devotion +138
Raids 71 was just yesterday (April 14). I logged on just after 9 pm my time and was about to post for Baba’s, when I noticed that Storms had a post up for Baba’s. There really isn’t any point in posting a competing lfm, unless you’re planning to do a different difficulty, so I considered starting with another raid. While I was deciding on what to do, Storms’ lfm disappeared, i.e. filled and I put mine up. Baba’s and Strahd are the most popular raids right now, but I prefer to start with Baba and through it have a group for Strahd, rather than post for Strahd first.
We have reached week 70 of the Saturday raids. Actually it’s the 70th post since my restart of EEraids, and I changed the blog posts from EEraids [number] to just raids when I stopped mainly posting for LE or EE raids. It was fun for a while to focus on trying to run raids on EE, but with the release of reaper and racial reincarnation, finding people at the right level and skill set to do the raids became more challenging than I had the patience for so I lowered the difficulty. I’d rather do more raids at a lower difficulty than wait for hours to do one run.
Anyway, raids 70 was yesterday and I logged on a bit after 9 pm Swedish time. There were only 16 people on in EEraids channel so I figured I’d struggle to fill my raids. I posted for baba’s normal and in 20 minutes we had a full party. Several people from Soko joined, and I liked that. I told the party to split up for puzzles, my only suggestion was that Leaden go left since I wanted to go right. Puzzles completed quickly and except for some issues with the red named scarecrows, they were getting completed in no time. In the first time through I got aggro of one of the reds and couldn’t go help kill the other scarecrows, which I believe slowed us down a little. Second time through one of them died and then respawned and ran across the already completed puzzle. The rest of the raid was good with few deaths. We completed in 30 minutes and as much as 3 named items dropped: Tremor, the Breaker of Bones, Torn, That Which Renders Despair, and Spite, the Fractured Shards. Sadly Spite got left in the chest since it got passed to the wrong person and said person recalled before this was noticed.
On Saturday it was Easter weekend, so I expected the raids to be hard to fill. I was a bit late on and posted for baba’s as the first raid. To my surprise, shortly after posting, people started hitting the lfm, and before 9.30 pm my time we had a full group. As always I told the party to split themselves up for puzzles, and I don’t believe I asked clerics and warlocks to split up, but we did. On my side there was a bit of confusion as to who should do the puzzles, so it took a bit longer because of that, second time through went better. We had some deaths but very little, and shamblers were being dealt with. We finished in 28 minutes and a con +7 tome dropped.