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Preparing For A Long Journey

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The Journey into Savage 20
A casual scrub's raiding misadventures

As I read the summary of the Producer's Live Letter, I felt a shiver of anticipation! The next Savage raid series - Eden's Verse - and patch 5.2 are predicted to arrive on 18 Feb. It is time to begin the next leg of my journey.

I can't believe I'm writing this, but I'm excited! I feel like I'm preparing for a vacation or overseas trip.

The release of a new Savage tier is a magical time. Everyone is discovering new mechanics and discussing strategy. Everywhere are stories of desperate battles, of parties saved by quick thinking and brilliant players, of wacky hijinks and funny mishaps. It's like a carnival and sports tournament all in one. I've never experienced anything like it in a game.

This time, I won't be among the vanguard challenging Savage on day 1. That's because I'll spend the first day clearing the new Ruby Weapon EX. Its ilvl 485 weapon is stronger than the crafted one, and I'll need its firepower for the challenges ahead. On day 2, I'll begin Eden's Verse proper.

I set aside money to pay for raid food, potions and crafted gear. I filled my wallet with tomestones and scrips, and packed my backpack with combat materia for overmelding. This time, I also took 2 days of paid leave on the weekend of patch release.

Why? Because I hope to clear earlier. I spent 13 weeks to conquer Titan. 13 long weeks of focusing on Savage and waking up early several times a week to raid burnt me out a little.

I asked for advice from experienced raiders. They suggested that I frontload my playtime, playing more during the earlier weeks, and less during the later ones. That's because the strongest players will be progressing during the early weeks, so parties are more successful. Indeed, while our image of a hardcore player is one who spents long hours every day playing, many elite raiders seem to play intensely for short periods and then relax. I read about one guy who spent 30 hours clearing everything on week 1, and after that only logged in to collect his weekly loot! I'm not that good - but I still want to make a focused effort on the first week.

I go alone, with no static to accompany me. I managed to clear Eden's Gate with a decent result, and thought of finding a casual static. But considering my odd schedule and the difficulty of finding 7 other players with compatible motivation and skill level, I decided against it. I think that pugging gives me so much more freedom - I raid when I want to, my progress is my own responsibility. In some way, I also became proud that I cleared as a pug, that I have nobody to do callouts, cannot ask my friends to change the strategy for me, and must contribute my fair share of the party's dps. I became proud that I survived the wild, wild world of PF alone and can fight competently in any party you put me in.

Since I cleared Titan, I should be well-prepared for the next tier, right? However, many raiders commented that Titan was mechanically simple, and the main difficulty of Titan - the strict DPS check - was greatly eased by good gear. When I killed Titan I had an ilvl of 470, so the Titan I killed was a lot easier than the challenge faced by those in the earliest weeks, when gear levels are still low. This video by twitch.tv/OryzaMercury explains how Titan's difficulty eased a lot in the later weeks, and why.



Furthermore, the producer and the Savage battle designers all said that the next tier will be harder. It's clear that this time, I will be facing a far, far greater challenge.

When I set out to challenge Eden's Gate, I was unsure of my strength. I told myself: I am on a journey to see how far I can go.

But this time, I'll chose instead to repeat those audacious words:

I will clear no matter what.



Don't get bitter, just get better! Let's clear together next time!
Comments (14)

Pan'da Express

Sargatanas (Aether)

No doubt at all you can do it Siggy! Let the race begin!!

Annabel Ashcroft

Faerie (Aether)

Wait a minute, you are ACTUALLY using your valuable leave time to take off and play? :O

Hard core Helltank!

I will probably do normal Eden, the rest I can't access since I am not doing anymore MSQ until I catch up writing. I have not done 5.1 yet.

Felsea Stryfe

Lich (Light)

Buckle-up buttercup!!! Haha!! Well our 3rd is booked in for the 14th. And I’ll have 2-3weeks off. Will I be going in??? Can’t say. Do I want to?? Yup, but only if it works. Week 1 looks doubtful. I could very well be a full month late clearing anything. But I’m definitely, within reason, gonna be doing what is can.

Will I clear it?? U bet. This gear looks epic. On the designers saying it will be harder. I do t believe them. They would never say “same difficulty maaaaan” lol

Felsea Stryfe

Lich (Light)

finding the team to clear has always been the issue.

At the end of the day, 0 chests groups are all u need to clear.

Go-hard bro!

I’ll be watching d-(^.^)-b

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

Yes Panda! Let the race begin! You better not clear later than me!

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

Of course Anna! What else is vacation time for?! Lol.

In truth, I see it as a kind of investment. If I can clear earlier while spending roughly the same number of hours playing, I will not be burnt out and will enjoy the game and life more overall. That's definitely worth 2 days of vacation time, however, we'll see if things work out as planned, haha.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

Congrats on your 3rd Felsea! Omg!

I want to say "enjoy your vacation", however, you'll likely be extremely busy, haha. I wish you and your family all the best! Hopefully, you'll be able to find some time for yourself too.

I have no doubt you will clear in the end. In the meantime, you can enjoy the stories of me wiping, lol.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

I want to agree that the right party is needed to clear, however, I am also kind of hesitant to think of things like this. After all, it is just human nature to blame the party instead of ourselves, haha. While I did have a lot of trouble getting to the last phase of Titan to learn it, I also realized that I also have problems with mechanical consistency that caused many wipes.

But I believe that as long as we have learned the mechanics, the clear will come!

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

The Japanese Lodestone is full of posts from statics recruiting people. Everywhere you see 零式 (Savage), 固定 (static), 募集 (recruitment). There's a tension in the air...

Pan'da Express

Sargatanas (Aether)

I was going to try and find a static but my wife has gone back to work and last night was rough. I will be pugging it this year with no vacation time off so, I will probably clear later then I would like. Maybe in March I can find a group.

Felsea Stryfe

Lich (Light)

Ahhh, see I’m not trying to blame. See, like u say, an individual can be the difference between a clear and wipe. Including ones self. Ye. Once u know the fight, clearing it is inevitable. With my wife having a caesarean, she will be in hospital for 5-6 days. Ironically I will find myself with no less time to prog. Not to sound like a jerk, but I still need to look after our other 2, and this actually means I can give Eden a good shot for a few days knowing she is being looked after between....

Felsea Stryfe

Lich (Light)

Me comming in to spend time with her and my new baby boi.

Felsea Stryfe

Lich (Light)

I would be surprised if I take the 1st floor week 1. But let’s not get carried away ;)

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Kahori Harukawa

Coeurl (Crystal)

I only do raids for the story, not for the harder content. Good to see you give it a go.
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