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Midnightjade

Member Since 13 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Mar 11 2013 02:15 PM

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In Topic: GW2 as intended is very fun!

19 December 2012 - 03:29 AM

Good thread, agree with the sentiment.  My Guard is 80 now with full exotics, some cool-looking stuff and even some ascended gear.  This week I've been torn between doing fractals for more ascended, and just messing about in the winter event.  So far it's been 50:50 but the event has been more fun.

Not sure whether I'll finish up the Guard (needs a craft 400 and dungeons, and a ring) or just level another character, or do a Legendary on the Guard (same stats as Exotic, just a different skin).  The game has a lot of options, and much less of a grind for gear than your typical MMO.  As a vet of the genre for over 8 years, it's a nice change of pace.  Less pressure, more fun.

In Topic: Fractals makes me sad :(

17 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

I'm starting to enjoy fractals and they seem to be falling into place.  My one remaining gripe (other than unreliability of PuGs) is the disconnect bug.  Last night I had a great group and we sailed through the first two and a half fractals on level 4, and then all got disconnected inthe middle of #3 and kicked backl into Lions Arch.  It was getting late so we just gave up right there.  It's the second time that's happened, both times with good groups.  I should be level 6 and am stuck at level 4.

In Topic: Problems with FotM

14 December 2012 - 02:05 AM

View Postchullster, on 13 December 2012 - 09:51 PM, said:

Guardians have more than one:
Retreat
Save yourselves (stun/KD breaker too)
staff skill #3 (use this first, it's explained why on the wiki)

I use Save Yourselves all the time and Retreat occasionally but had totally overlooked the Staff skill since I don't use that weapon very often.  I'll grab one and add it to the rotation generally and especially for that fractal.  Thanks!

In Topic: Problems with FotM

13 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

View PostGilles VI, on 13 December 2012 - 07:13 PM, said:

Learn to play really.
It's by far the easiest Fractals ever.
Doesn't matter if I play with guildies or pugs, we're always happy to get that one..

1) Bring speedboosts for running/condition removal to get rid of cripple/stability & stunbreaker to ignore KD's.
2) Just watch the ground, you see all the traps there.

I have trouble with this one as well and am guessing it gets a lot easier with experience.  Have never failed it but it is kind of a pain still.  To get better, I spent a couple of hours just running around the level solo one time, figuring out where all the traps are, helped a lot.  The only remaining issues are speed (Guard has only one buff that adds speed) and the geometry of the level.

Right now I seem to be most helpful covering folks as they grab the wisps and make the run.  I tank anything in the level to leave the way clear for lighter players to get to the objective, and while i'm doing that, I can watch and learn how they do it.

In Topic: Problems with FotM

13 December 2012 - 06:36 PM

View PostKanikuman, on 13 December 2012 - 04:16 PM, said:

I'm by no means an expert at Fractals, but here are a few tips I think may be of use to you.

1. Running with pug's is 9/10 times going to end in tears. Try doing Fractals with a small group of friends or your Guild (if you have one). The frustration levels drop and the fun increases, and this applies for any dungeon really.

2. What sort of Guardian build are you running, because ones that work in general PvE content do not necessarily work in dungeons.

3. Communication is key. Read up on how to complete certain parts if you are having trouble, or try using Mumble or Teamspeak so you can all communicate when playing.

4. When it comes to jumping puzzle segments, make sure you aren't getting hit by environmental factors (like wind jets that push you off, when doing the Colossus Fractal), or that you are not crippled by harpies for example, which will reduce your jump distance. Lag can also be an issue here.

5. As stated, pug's are always going to cause frustration, because the players know there is no comeback if they get up and leave.

Good advice, thanks.  I think I need to find a good guild.  I have been making some mistakes but have also not been very hapy with some of the PuG members.  Both last night and the previous time we had at least one warrior that died 15 or 20 times during the 3 fractals - I am guessing glass-cannon builds.  However, I need to learn a lot more.

Regarding build, it is Mace/Shield and Scepter/Focus, with R10 V30 H30, shouts/signets for healing and condition removal.  Gear is mainly Power/Toughness/Vit with a few pieces swapped out.  It emphasizes survivability, buffing/condition removal and reasonable damage.

I should say I have 8 years MMO experience (FFXI) including raiding and should really be better at FotM but they are harder than I expected.  FInding some folks to run with wil help a lot, as you suggest.  I really need some advice in-game during the run.

View PostMilennin, on 13 December 2012 - 06:25 PM, said:

Underground boss is pretty simple if you know how. If you are the one pulling the buckets, then wait until the boss is standing underneath, or about to walk underneath it then pull. As puller you also do not attack the boss to avoid getting boss aggro.
If you are dealing damage to the boss, you have to make the boss walk from bucket to next bucket and make sure you get the boss walking underneath the buckets. So what this means is that you do not stand behind the boss, that only makes him walk back and slows down the process. You do not walk far from the bucket location, instead you try to stand as closely underneath it as you can while being outside boss melee range. Because that lava needs to hit the boss.
Some other tips: Do not summon minions. Minions only slow down the process with the boss wasting time hitting them. If you are mesmer with clones, just use shatter as soon as you see boss aggro's a clone.

Underwater Fractal is easy. Just follow party closely and remember the route. If you are doing the darkness path, just pick up one of the glowing stuffs and swim to the next one you see. The glowing stuffs disappear from your hands after a while, so you have to pick up another at the next spot and move on.
On jumping parts, just take it slow. Better to be slow and not constantly fall.

Thanks!  Those last two points are especially helpful.