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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.

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.

Guards 1 – Thorog 0

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2010 by Corleth

I ran Helegrod for the very first time last night, with mixed kin group – the catch being it was an all Guard raid, and yes, we did start out with 24 guards! It took about an hour to get all 24 together – about 9 were from my own kin (Twilight Gathering), some from Hecil, and the rest from other kins. The raid itself took just over ninety minutes to run, with no wipes. We started off with the Coldbear, and then worked our way through all areas, killing all the bosses, and finally ending up with Thorog. Zandu was the only boss to cause us more than one death – due to the acid pool (?) she drops when she dies. Thorog took 1 minute and 26 seconds to down during which we lost only one of the raid, so at the end we had 18 or 19 guards left standing (only 19 ‘cos some had fallen by the wayside due to real-life issues…), and we took a group shot (see below) to celebrate the achievement. All in all, great fun – and I doubt I’ll see 24 guards on the charge again, for a while!

All Guard Helegrod Run - The Victors

All Guard Helegrod Run - The Victors

Over the weekend I levelled my rune-keeper to 57, and she’s now well on the way to 58. I took her all the way to the First Hall, back up to Balin’s camp site, then cleared out the Deep Decent quest hub (Silvertine Loads quests), and am now working my way through the quests out of the 21st Hall (Zelem-melek).

My Lore master has made good progress over the last couple of weeks too – I’ve completed 2.8.6 and am now starting to work through the Mirkwood quest hubs, together with skirmishing through 2.9. I’ve also downed the Turtle again, and run Grand Stairs a couple of times, and need just one Moria Medallion for my 10 radiance leggings.

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