Ten wipes on Putricide, no kill. Damn it all!
We came so damn close, too. As in “thirty thousand health remaining” close. Only two tanks and one healer were alive at that point though, and all of them died in about two seconds. Gah.
Our raid composition:
Protection warrior, main tank. Protection paladin, abomination jockey and off tank for phase three. Discipline priest and holy paladinto keep everyone alive, then six DPS as follows: arcane mage, boomkin, fury warrior, unholy DK, combat rogue, and a survival hunter topping it off for replenishment.
The boomkin played as a hybrid. Boomkin spec, but he would frequently drop into caster form and heal when it was needed. The raid wide damage is very light up until phase three, the problem we were running into was the huge burst damage that would usually kill someone.
Mr. druid does deeps a fair amount of the time, but as soon as there’s big burst coming out (gas cloud spawns, slime is juuuust about to hit somebody) he shifts out and slings heals.
This strategy, of course, turned out to be sheer brilliance. We still had the DPS necessary to burn Putricide down, but we also had the heals necessary to get us over the speed bumps.
Putricide didn’t die due to one thang and one thang only: a slime spawned literally exactly as we hit 35%, so we ended up wasting a good twenty seconds of DPS burning down a slime instead of the boss.
Mage specific trick for this fight:
If you are targeted by a slime, you are rooted to the ground and cannot move. However, you can still blink. Blink doesn’t break the root effect or anything, all it does is move you twenty yards in a direction of your choosing. To give your raid as much time as possible, blink directly away from the slime. This doesn’t have to be right away (you should be sinking DPS into the slime too) just do it at some point before it hits you.
I have not tested Ice Block on any of the add mechanics, I suspect all that will do is force them to select a new target, thus more than likely killing someone.
Oh well, new wing next week! Putricide dies, then we get to go wipe on the next bosses.
One other random tidbit.
Ten attempts on Putricide does not mean that, when you wipe for the tenth time, you cannot engage him. You can engage him. He’s still standing there, you can walk right in and aggro him. Thing is, you cannot target him. He just sorta runs over to you and works your face while you stand there with a dumb grin on your face. It’s honestly hilarious.
A brief talk about Dragon Age. I play RPGs like this for one reason: the role play.
I spend a lot of time in character generators. This is not because I spend eternity tweaking settings, indeed I usually use defaults or presets with perhaps a slight adjustment of hair or eye colour. Most of my time in character generators is spent simply staring at the character and inventing them.
I give them a name, a personality, prototypes of their wants and needs that would be fleshed over the course of the game to fit in universe. I never, ever make decisions based on metagame accomplishments, every action is taken “in character”, so to speak. I can easily find a guide online that says “romance character so and so, and when you reach adored status, they give you the best anti-magic helmet in the game”, but I would never compromise my character in order to get there.
If a romance happens to flare up by itself, so be it. I don’t actively seek it out.
For instance, my first character of Dragon Age was a female city elf, and I intended to try and play it as a transplant of my Arkenheart character from WoW. I figured a romance with the Alistair character was inevitable, he and my little elf flirted mercilessly for hours.
Then along came Leliana, and then everything changed. My little elf went Lesbian so fast. The sad part is that I didn’t even notice it was happening until the option to “kiss her” came up, and my groin got all indignant on me. “There’s Lezzy softcore on the screen and you didn’t even tell me?!” I believe my genitals have excommunicated me in retaliation for this dire offense.
To give a less scandalous example, Arken (that would be my elf character, keep up) believes very strongly that violence should be the last course chosen, and actively tries to avoid bloodshed as much as possible. This means she took a third option more often than not. For example, at one point you have a choice to either kill the werewolves terrorizing the elves, or side with the werewolves and wipe out the elves. I chose the middle option, killing nothing, and instead cured the werewolves from their curse, restoring them to their human forms.
The flipside, of course, is that Arken lacks a little something called “tact”. She is extremely blunt and honest, seeing no reason to tell even the whitest of lies or obscure even the most dangerous of truths. This means she shoots herself in the foot about every single time she tries to handle a delicate situation. Her cunning score (charisma, for those affiliated with D&D) was left intentionally low to reflect this.
In game terms, this means she is incredibly bad at persuading or coercing people. And yet, she takes the persuade option every time, and every time it fails to hilarious and disastrous results.
I’m eventually going to have to run through every single origin (there are six). The game is incredibly fun. You get to play every role from a random thug busting chops in the underbelly to William Wallace, and nearly the entire damn plotline from Braveheart. Except you can be the pretty bride to be, and carve a bloody swathe of destruction through the english humans.
But increasingly, I am finding myself automatically pressing keybinds that just aren’t there.
I wade into melee, and immediately press 2 to unleash divine storm. Then I realize this is Dragon Age and that ability doesn’t exist. Indeed, there is no such thing as a Paladin, at least in the traditional WoW sense. At least 2 was bound to an AoE attack!
I thought about this, and I realized that what I am doing is trying to play WoW the single player RPG. Confusing, eh?
Essentially, I am trying to translate the classes from WoW into Dragon Age, so I can play the character I invented and want to play within the WoW universe properly. I want to play, say, a retribution paladin, but in a proper RPG, with dialog trees and romance options and all that good stuff.
But on the flipside, the combat system of Dragon Age is… well… lackluster. The game isn’t designed to be an involved, single character game like WoW is. As a 2H warrior, for instance, I really only have six buttons to push, of which five are on lengthy (as in greater than twenty seconds) cooldowns, and two are highly situational debuff type buttons.
Instead, it’s designed to be more of a party tactics combat game. You have four people, each with different, varying abilities. The point of the game is to use these various abilities and master class strategy and tactics to destroy your opponents.
Effectively this means the most powerful party is a tank and three mages, and those mages use the same four spells over and over again to defeat every encounter in the game. (If you also play Dragon Age and want to know, get Heal, Force Field, Crushing Prison and any powerful AoE spell of your choice. You can and will roll over every fight in the game.)
I think what I want, what I truly want out of a game, is something with the innate rapid pace and complexity of the WoW combat engine, complete with swing timers (that actually mean something, like raiding arms warriors and slam) combined with the excellent and involved storytelling and fully realized characters that has been the hallmark of Bioware since Baldur’s Gate.
I do not think such a game exists.
Oh, yes, WoW has some great storytelling in it, but where are the consistent characters? Watching people like Jaina refuse to let go of her high school crush does not count. Where are the dialog trees? Why can’t I have lesbian sex by a campfire?
Perhaps it is time I created a character on an RP realm.
2010 is official. Yes, it’s just another year, just another decade.. but you keep adding stuff to a year, you remix it a little, you spin it with your personal style, and oh what a wonderful time it becomes.
I am a full time university taking four history courses this semester, trying to juggle a part time job, at least nine hours of raiding per week and a blog that I pretend I update regularly. Who the hell invented sleep? That crap is just dumb.
Seriously though. Bring it, 2010.