Archive for The Watcher

On your marks…get set…RoI!

Posted in Deeds, Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , on September 26, 2011 by Corleth

Well. Here we are. All waiting for the Turbine servers to come back up. When they do, Rise of Isenguard should be live…

In the last week I’ve managed to get my burglar up to level 50, and through the majority of Forochel. He’s picked up three of the four pre-Moria legendary traits, en route, and is now sat in Dolven View. However, he’ll now be parked for a few months while I explore the three new regions that RoI is introducing, with my more advanced toons. My guardian first, and then probably my lore-master. Having said that, the class changes to the minstrel are such that I’ll be sorely tempted to run my mini for a while, just to get a feel for the what is, in many ways, almost a new class. Fun and games!

In almost the last act of the pre-Isenguard game, I attended a kin ‘Watcher’ run on Saturday night, on my guardian. It went very smoothly too, and I even picked up (at long last) a Moria armour set helm. It’ll never get worn in anger now, but at least I can say ‘I have it’. Saturday’s run was also my first time downing the big squid on my guard, so another deed  was ticked off – one of many in the last few weeks.

Anyhow, LoTRO client patching pains await, I’m sure, but I hope to see you all on the road to Isenguard, over the coming days and weeks. Have fun!

Ost Dunhoth Ahoy

Posted in Deeds, Diary, Instances with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by Corleth

I’ve been busy enough in game, over the last week or so. I’ve completed Stoneheight (tier 2) on my minstrel and on my guardian, completed The Lost Temple (tier 1) on my guardian, and had a bash at the disease wing in Ost Dunhoth (tier 2) on my loremaster. When I say ‘a bash’, I obviously mean that we didn’t get it done. The mechanics of the boss fight (Baleleaf and Dourbark) took a while for our very inexperienced group to get to grips with; we then had a couple of very close attempts before the lateness of the hour caused us to throw the towel in. That said, we’ve already pencilled in another attempt for alter this week.

My kin also had their first post-radiance attempt at the Watcher last week – I took my minstrel for her first vsit to the Vile Maw, and we succeeded after a couple of unlucky wipes. I’m still chasing the helm and shoulders from ‘The Watcher’ armour set, but needless to say, was unlucky with my rolls again on this occasion. As an aside, I’m a firm convert to the ‘No Radiance’ world – all sorts of folks who couldn’t be bothered to grind for radiance gear, are now coming raiding, and enjoying it. It’s all very refreshing, to be honest.

A warden in our kin needed to get his class quest done in Dark Delvings last week too, so I took my guardian along for the trip. We got the warden quest done without much issue, but struggled with Gurvand. I lost count of how many times I got punted off the cliffs to my doom – if only the LoTRO Store sold parachutes ;). Anyhow, in the end we did actually manage to kill Gurvand, in challenge mode too; in the process I completed my last outstanding deeds in DD (on my guardian) and thus picked up the ‘Triumph within the Forsaken Deeps’ deed. I have now completed all deeds in two (Forges & DD) out of the six Moria instances .

Elsewhere, I’ve just about finished Enedwaith on a third toon – my guardian. When I say ‘finished’, I mean hit Kindred with the Algraig and with the Grey Company; plus completed all the quests and epics up to the end of volume 3 book 3. Phew. I’m not sure I’ll do it for a fourth time – I think I’ll be restricting my RK to the Volume 3 epic quest line only.

Goodnight Watcher

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by Corleth

There are, at the time of writing, three radiance-gated 12-man raids in LoTRO:

  1. The Vile Maw (the Watcher)
  2. Dar Narbugud (final boss is The Mistress of Pestilence)
  3. Barad Guldur (final boss is The Lieutenant of Dol Guldur).

I have now completed both 1 and 2. To find out the latest, read on…

Monday evening was a good evening. My kin have been trying to bring down The Watcher – on and off – for the past few months. We’re a casual raiding bunch, and I’d say we’re tried about twenty odd runs covering five or six different events. Anyhow, on Monday we did it – killed ‘The Watcher’. I started off on my guardian, but due to some necessary tweaking, ended up on my lore-master for the successful run.

For the majority of us, it was our first time bringing the Watcher down. My major ambitions coming into this year were (1) kill the Watcher, and (2) kill the Lieutenant. To manage one of them this early in the year is a real bonus! Oh yes, and to cap the night, we followed the Vile Maw with a trip to the turtle – which we completed without a hitch. So two raids completed in one night. I went to bed happy.

More Ups and Downs

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by Corleth

First the ups. My level 35 burglar finally reached ‘Supreme Master’ farmer last Saturday – it’s been a long time coming! I’ve been busy both farming and then cooking over the last week, as my level of raiding has dramatically increased. I’ve actually spent three nights raiding out of the last six.

It started last Thursday when I took my LM into Dar Narbugud for the first time. We got past the troll bosses, and hence the furthest I’d been with any of my toons, and then on past all of the orc bosses, stopping just before ‘the Blind One’. We went back again on Saturday night, brought down the Blind One at the second attempt, and then…I had to leave the raid due to a real life call. My kinnies found a replacement, but couldn’t bring down ‘the Mistress of Pestilence’ – I’m not sure whether my presence would have helped or not – probably not! Anyhow, we’ll be heading back for another attempt this coming Thursday…

And the downs? Yesterday we had another bash at ‘the Watcher’ too – but despite always getting to stage three of the fight, we never looked like bringing Mr Squid down – we (the kin) clearly have a lot of learing to do. I also got dragged into the final boss (Demafaer) in Sammath Gul on Sunday night – and we wiped four times. How come I’ve never wiped on this guy before? I mean, I even picked up my Glass Flask off him last week, and now we can’t even get close to killing him?!? weird – and more than a little frustrating.

Elsewhere, I got the Sword Hall run that I needed out-of-the-way on Wednesday last week, so my LM now has 65 radiance. I’ve decided that I’ll need another 25 radiance armour piece, for sure, as I was burning hope tokens to beat the band in DN. I’m going to try ‘Warg Pens’ tomorrow night, mainly for the quests, but the Dol Guldur medallions will hopefully see me some way to that second Mirkwood armour piece.

Finally, I got my 10 Empathy on my guard – by murdering an awful lot of wargs in Mirkwood. Happy Days!

Oh yes – and still no sign of the EU Free-2-Play. Do I care? Not in the slightest!

A Glass Flask of my own

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2010 by Corleth

I fulfilled a long-standing ambition last Thursday night, when I finally went on a Watcher raid. Not only that, but I even ended up main tanking the Watcher himself. I went in with my kin and, in fairness, having lost a good few of our more experienced raiders recently, we were a fairly raw group. We ran the instance a total of six times…and failed six times.

For the first two runs, we had only rune-keepers for healing, and I was using my guard for off-tanking. It didn’t work out. The third and fourth runs saw me main tanking, and we wiped on both occasions because I got thoroughly disoriented with all the tentacles flying about, and failed to pick up the watcher quickly enough in the final stage of the fight.

The fourth and firth runs went much the better, I got my tanking positioning right, and we had the big squid down to 100k before power issues (I think) caused us to wipe.

We’re heading back into the ‘Maw for another crack off it, next week – I have high hopes of being victorious… 

On Friday night I latched onto to a PUG running Sammath Gul, bringing along my loremaster. I had spent most of last week working on the volume 2 epilogue quests, and by Friday only had the ‘kill Gorothul’ and complete ‘Sword Hall, Warg Pens, or Dungeons’ quests left. Now, Gorothul is a hard enough chap to bring down even with a good balanced kin group (in my opinion, anyway) so I didn’t really expect to succeed with a PUG. Sure enough, we wiped twice on Gorothul, but amazingly enough, we killed him on our third attempt – and in hard-mode too. To cap off my evening, the Glass Flask dropped on Demafaer, and I won the roll – I went to bed smiling!

Sammath Gul - 2nd boss

Sammath Gul - 2nd boss

I also hit Kindred reputation with the Malledhrim on my lore-master over the weekend, and am now very close to completing all the non-repeatable quests in Mirkwood. My intention is to run Sword Hall just once* in order to complete the epilogue quest series, and then start on volume 3 book 1.

* – If I have to grind, I’d rather grind Virtues (I’m currently working on Empathy rank 10, by killing wargs in Mirkwood, for my guardian), and legendary item runes (got my first tier 8 rune over the weekend) – both of which will be in the game until the day they switch off the servers. Seeing as how radiance is going to be a thing of the past in the not-so-distant future, I’m really not going to kill myself grinding radiance anymore. Gone is my will to run sword hall twenty odd times in order to obtain the three 25 radiance Mirkwood armour pieces. If I happen to feel like running SG, or a kinnie wants me to help them in SH, on the odd occasion – that’s fine.

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