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Sword & Staff

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2010 by Corleth

After about five hours of grinding though Forochel and then Angmar, my lore master finally has her ‘Sword and Staff’ legendary trait – and mightily good it is too. I can’t believe I never missed it! Not only do you get the bonuses that the trait itself provides, but also the bonuses from whatever sword you equip – not to mind the additional attacks and subsequent DPS.

My LM also acquired the 10 radiance boots [from the Watcher set] on Tuesday night, after running both the Turtle raid, and Grand Stairs (HM), with my kin. She now has 40 radiance, and is back in Mirkwood trying to finish volume two, and gain Kindred with the Malledhrim. Finally, I even tagged along on my kin’s Sammath Gul run last night, and picked up her first two Dol Guldur medallions in the process…we didn’t manage to kill Gorothul, but it was fun getting there – and I learnt a load, including the importance of mezzing what and when I’m told, and the importance of stun protection on your tank…!

That’s it – nothing else to report – no other toons have been given an outing since my last post!

Ups and Downs

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by Corleth

Last week was hectic, LOTRO wise, and had significant highs and lows for me.

Following on from last Monday’s successful all-guard Helegrod run, came a near perfect Turtle raid on Tuesday – it went like a dream and it was all over within fifteen minutes.

Last Wednesday I had signed up for a Dar Narbugud raid, but the kin didn’t have enough sign-ups for DN, so we decided to try Sammath Gul instead. This was my first bash at SG since leaving ‘the Hard Biscuits’ so I didn’t know what to expect. I needn’t have worried. We had a very balanced group, with my guard, a cappy, a mini, a champ, a burglar, and a hunter, and we fairly ripped through the instance up to Gorothul. We then wiped on Gorothul at the first time of asking, before bringing him down on the second attempt – my first ever time bringing Gorothul down, and very satisfying it was. Now, I’m quite sure this is old hat to most raiders out there, but to me as a very casual raider, it felt like I’d cracked a really hard nut – a good feeling! To top it, as Gorothul went down hard-mode (HM), we then went on to the last boss Demafaer, brought him down as well, and then I won the roll for Rochben – which in turn means I now have enough radiance gear to run Barad Guldur on my guard (now 125 radiance)!

Rochben - Heavy Gloves

Rochben - Heavy Gloves

But then Thursday came around. We went back into SG with almost the same team as on Wednesday, but substituting the cappy for a rune-keeper – and the run was just a nightmare. We were missing fellowship manoeuvres, stepping on bone piles, and just not working together. Was some of it my fault? Almost certainly. Was everyone making mistakes? Yes again. We wiped about five times before we even got to Gorothul, then wiped twice more on the big fella, before giving up. From feeling like I was playing well in a good team and mastering an instance on Wednesday, to feeling like a poor and inadequate tank on Thursday. Tough to take. Several of the group members were clearly angry/upset at the end of the night – and that I can understand. Highs and lows. I think I need a break from grouping for a few days to get my enthusiasm back – my raiding ‘balloon’ has been well and truly deflated for a while.

Blue Roan

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , on May 4, 2010 by Corleth

Well, with the recent patch fixing a good number of bugs, I’ve finally acquired my Blue Roan steeds for those toons that were due them – see the image below.

My Blue Roan Horse, from the Spring Fest

My Blue Roan Horse, from the Spring Fest

On the playing front, I spent a bit of time with my warden over last weekend, and have zipped up to level 40 by completing all the solo quests in Evendim (Lordy, I still hate all that swimming!), and am now working Tal Bruinen in the Trollshaws, before heading to Aughaire in Angmar to pick up my Fem armour set.

My rune-keeper is now firmly ensconced around Gwingris in Eregion and has hit level 52. I’ll clear my way through Eregion before hitting Moria as, having just gotten my LM out of Moria (and into Lorien), I’m a bit sick of the place.

As I mentioned would happen in my last post, I ran Sammath Gul again with my kin, last Thursday. Again, we didn’t get past Gorothul – we did get him down to 32k, but I think we’ve finally realised that we need more DPS. Next time we’re going with tank, mini, cappy, hunter, LM/burg, and two champs. As an aside, we’ve heading to Dark Delvings this coming Friday for class quests – it’s been a while since I was there, so I’ll be dusting down my shadow mitigation virtues!

Back to Sammath Gul

Posted in lotro with tags , , , on April 27, 2010 by Corleth

While my lore-master is now out of Moria and busy earning Galadhrim reputation for entry into Lorien, my kin has been busy learning Sammath Gul (at last!). We’ve so far had two evenings at it (Saturday and Sunday last) and made it to Gorothul on both occasions – and then wiped. We obviously have to refine our tactics, but our group seems good – Tank, Mini, Burg, Champ, LM, and Cappy. Maybe we’re a bit light on DPS for the Gorothul fight? I’ve heard it described as mayhem, and I’d agree with that. Once you start getting punted around the place, landing on bone piles, we find the fight has just gotten unmanageable for us….so far.

The good new is we’re heading back to SG again this Thursday night, so we’ll see how we go. At least we’re learning not to tread on too many bone piles, and the first two bosses are now easy for us.

Further reports to follow!

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