Archive for Raiding

Where is the Bat Cave?

Posted in Diary, lotro with tags , , , , , on March 4, 2012 by Corleth

So, where is the ‘Bat Cave’? The answer, of course, as pretty much everyone knows, is “Under Wayne Manor”…unless of course you’re playing a level fifty-something toon within Moria in LoTRO…in which case the answer is “somewhere around 4.3S, 110.2W in Western Durin’s Way!”…

Which leads me nicely (?) on to the fact that Western Durin’s Way is just one of areas I’ve recently visited with my Burglar, who I have brought on to level 58 over the last few weeks. I admit, I am kind of enjoying Moria again. This is the fifth toon that I’ve brought through this truly epic zone, and it’s a refreshing change of pace from the wide open spaces of Enedwaith & Dunland (which have been my regular playing fare over the last year or so).

Fightin' in the Waterworks

Fightin' in the Waterworks

Will we ever see the like of Moria again, in LoTRO? Almost certainly not, and that makes me sad. I remember vividly the huge excitement when entering Moria for the very first time, back around Christmas in 2008. No zone has come close to the epic scale of it since – and possibly, that’s the way it should be. We now move on towards mounted combat and the (potentially) large-scale battles of the Helm’s Deep and The Pelenor Fields…

Looking forward to the more imminent future, Turbine is now releasing more detail on Update 6, which will see the new ‘Great River’ zone link Lothlorien, with northern Rohan (and Isenguard).This new zone will provide more level 75 content – but I is it really needed? I can’t raise too much enthusiasm for more end-game grinding, I’m afraid. And the promised ‘landscape soldier’ isn’t going to be as useful as was first thought either – you’ll have to buy a token in order to activate your skirmish soldier for one hour ‘in landscape’. Meh.

Anyhow, back to the present. Elsewhere in-game, I’ve done precious little raiding since successfully tanking Draigoch with my guardian (*puffs out chest*), about a month ago. The appetite for the Draigoch raid, plus the Isenguard 3 and 6 man instances, seems to be at a very low ebb at this stage. I think the general feeling is “been there, done that, can’t be bothered to grind them for the sake of gear which will be no use come the autumn” (when the level cap is raised agin, this time to 85). A fair point, I think.

The only box we haven’t yet managed to tick, within the kin, is the 12-man Isenguard raid – Sarauman still alludes us. That said, we never finished the Ost Dunhoth [the level 65 12-man raid in Enedwaith] either, so maybe we should go back and have a crack off that…

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Christmas Activities

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by Corleth

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, and the Christmas break has seen me busy, in-game.

My rune-keeper is now finally at level cap. Thanks to some time off work before Christmas, I brought her all the way through Lothlorien, hitting ‘kindred’ with the Galadhrim on the way, and also completing volume 2 book 8 of the epic quest line; I then brought her through the Mirkwood starter area, and I’m now questing in Mirkwood proper, while also working on finishing up volume 2.

I have to say, at this stage, that I find the RK a hard class to play at level cap. The lack of a reliable mezz makes for very hard multi-mob pulls, and I find I die much more regularly than with any of my other level 65 toons…that said, my equipment still isn’t as good as I’d like it, as I haven’t ground out an end-game set for her – I’ll probably start looking at grinding the Helegrod set once I have the majority of Mirkwood out the way – but with the end of radiance now on the horizon, I’m less inclined to put in the time…that said, the Helegrod sets, even without considering radiance, look to be a good bet when compared to any of the other end-game armour sets.

Elsewhere, I finally got my lore-master enough radiance to join a couple of my kin’s raids into Barad Guldur. For the uninitiated, this 12-man raid in Mirkwood, currently requires a minimum of 115 radiance for a toon to be effective, so I used some ‘Superior Third Marks’ and picked up the Helegrod 25-radiance ‘Beast-Master’ head piece for my LM, bringing her total radiance up to 120. Two runs through ‘The Gauntlet’ later, and I can honestly say “What damn good fun!”. That said, we’ve so far failed to bring down Durchest, but the last attempt was oh-so-close….one of our minstrels managed to acquire aggro near the end of the fight, and Durchest then proceeded to wipe us…grrrrr!

I’ve had a bit of an epiphany, in fact. I’m now a raider. When I say that, I mean that the part of LoTRO that I enjoy the most is raiding. In game, I’m now at my happiest (most of the time) with my headset on, running group content with kinnies. That’s some change, as I always used to be an alto-holic – more interested in levelling than grouping. Is this a change for the better? Only time will tell, I guess…

So, what else have I been up to? Well, running my toons through Enedwaith, mostly. I’ve yet to hit kindred with either of the Enedwaith factions (the Grey Company and the Algraig) – but I’m not far off. I particularly want the shield/pocket item combo for my guardian – but that will be another week or two coming. And after that….? I might just try to grind out a couple of Helegrod armour sets…

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.

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