So! I don’t know why, but this morning I woke up pretty early, so I could hop in a little earlier than thought and I could finally finish my Exarchic set of Maiming, Accessories and overmelding included! I’m so happy!
I even had the time to create a DRG glamour from (almost) zero (Adore and my FC helped me three days ago in getting the helmet)! Not totally satisfied with the result (I’ll be sharing it tomorrow since I didn’t take a screenshot before disconnecting), especially for the gloves, but hey, it’s still way better than nothing. I hope I can improve it a bit with time. What I might consider to change is the visor’s color. That yellow is.. a little dissonant.
My DRG’s ilvl is now 508, so I managed to hop into a 7/8 learning-from-scratches PF of Emerald EX. In the end, Adore
decided not to help me ‘cause he preferred to see if there was a PF for E12S prog (which is fine), and Tofu
just couldn’t fit in the Party. I admit I was a little nervous to go in with seven perfect strangers, but I can’t (and don’t want to) be babysit all my first times, right?
The initial Party was composed by:
• Valiine Lionheart (GNB)
• Zuoto Shintai (PLD)
• Akari Andarta (SCH)
• Kizuna Yuki (WHM)
• Osiris Allard (BLM)
• Felix Buntfalke (RDM)
• Geralt Dragonsoar (DRG)
As soon as I noticed there was another DRG, I started having existential crisis. In the end, though, the Party was superchill and fun and Geralt was more than willing to sync Dragon Sight and Battle Litany’s strategies with me.
We started the Trial and huuh, well, we died immediately after the orbs spawned 😂 essentially the north couple (Zuoto and Kizuna IIRC?) didn’t get the orb. But that’s fine. Fact is we’ve been struggling passing that very first section of the fight because someone always missed an orb or because heals didn’t get in time to everyone to soak the second orb. Which springs a question toward everyone farming the Trial:How do you usually manage healing post-first orb?
Since players (DPS/healers at least) will be around a third of total HP after having soaked the first orb, healing is necessary to be able to soak the second orb without dying in the process. Does everyone get near the center, healers do AoE cures then everyone go taking their second orbs? Should WHMs hold Assize for post-first orb healing instead of Optimized Ultima’s raid-wide damage? Are SCHs/ASTs supposed to shield the Party before the mechanic?
Any advice would be welcome 😊
After several tries (and after a DPS replacement since Geralt had to go offline), we finally make through the orbs and start screwing mechanics a little all over the place at random, which is fine and can be expected in a learning Party. After several wipes for several reasons we finally make to the enrage (although it still had 12%, so it really was a no-no situation) and are able to finally defeat it the next try. The first phase is now pretty much figured in my head, I should just be extra careful during Emerald Beam ‘cause it’s a guaranteed death whenever I use a Jump unless I’m on the very furthest side of the rotatory laser and
the inner AoE just passed. This aside, the rest is pretty easy peasy.
... The second phase, though, eugh. Now that
is pain. After a couple tries I figured out how to manage the soldiers and magitek armors’ combo mechanic, but Tertius Terminus Est is still a bitch to deal with. According to guides, it’s suggested to move into the third set of sword’s AoE then move i to the safespot after the first set explodes.. but it’s till quite tricky to get I’d say. Oh well, I guess I’ll practice a little more tomorrow!