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Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

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[E4S] A Test of Character

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The Journey into Savage 16
A casual scrub's raiding misadventures

"Join practice parties every day," I told myself. Well, what happened next? I proceeded to oversleep for 3 days in a row and miss my practice session.



I wonder if I am becoming burnt out. It has been 10 weeks of Savage progression. 10 weeks of waking up early to raid, of weekly clears every Tuesday reset. Beneath my hunger for the clear, there is also a kind of fatigue - a desire to get this over with and be able to say "I'm done, I did it, I am free!"

I thought I was past the danger zone - that, having mastered phase 1 and 2, I am qualified for phase 3, and the clear is within reach. But this battle continued to spite me. Every party I was in died at the 1st merry-go-round or immediately after.

It is very hard to practice, because just reaching Phase 3 is insufficient. The entire party must be alive and in good condition. If even 1 person is dead, mechanics will target the wrong player, and the strategy fails. One party was a static of 5 players. However, as a static, their strategies differed from the PF standard in a few ways, causing confusion. Other parties wiped in Phase 2. A single misplaced marker will wipe the entire party or result in starting Phase 3 with deaths.

When this happens, I start to think selfish, unreasonable things. "I just need the rest of these guys to stop dying, then I can practice the last phase!" And later, "maybe I should join the clear party. I've watched the guide, I'm certain I can do the mechanic after seeing it once." (It's wishful thinking. Watching guides is never sufficient.) While I know these thoughts are wrong, it can be very difficult to resist human nature.

However, today something happened that cured me of this notion forever. I was in a party for "Phase 3 prog > clear", and the SAM kept dying in phase 1. He blamed "server lag" for this (??)

After a few wipes in Phase 2, my co-tank asked him if he needed any explanation. He said yes, so the party explained all of phase 2 to him. "The first blue marker should go down," the tank was saying.

"Is it a marker on your head or in your status bar?" the SAM asked. At this point, it became obvious that the SAM knew nothing of phase 1 or 2. The same mechanic of orange, yellow and blue markers is used throughout the fight in different combinations, and anyone who has cleared phase 2 should be familiar with it. (Image is of a different, unrelated party, just to show what markers I am talking about.)



I decided to give it 1 last try, and on the next pull, the SAM misplaced the Crumbling Down boulder, and the party wiped. This was one of literally 2 times in Savage where I got really annoyed with a player. I didn't want to deal with it, so I said "thank you for the party" and left. Careless mistakes are one thing, but being dishonest about your level of experience and blaming it on lag is another!

No, I thought to myself, I will not be like that SAM. We must not become that person who is unprepared to do their duty, and turns the party into a trap party.

I realize now that Savage is not just a test of skill at video games. In a small way, it is also a test of character.

There is an air of desperation in PF. I saw one person's PF pop up several times. First it said "P2 cleanup, P3 prog", then "P3 to enrage prog" several times, then "P3 prog to clear", then "PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE CLEAR US ;_;". Well, at least he/she is making progress, lol.



I thought about the WHM and WAR I met on my practice party last week, have they both cleared by now? I saw a tank who was in practice party with me a few weeks earlier now started a party for weekly 2 chest, has she cleared too?

No, let's not think this way. Focus on ourselves, master the fight, and sooner or later we will clear. However many times the boss kills us, we are not truly defeated until we give up.

The long, hard road goes on and on, and there is no way left to go but forward, further into the most cruel and painful part of my journey.

Don't get bitter, just get better! Let's clear together next time!
Comments (7)

Annabel Ashcroft

Faerie (Aether)

"I wonder if I am becoming burnt out. It has been 10 weeks of Savage progression. 10 weeks of waking up early to raid, of weekly clears every Tuesday reset."

Um,.......YES!

I might be a ditz dear Helltank, but even I can see that! ;p

You are getting Wayyyyy too into it too obsessed. Do you have to do it NOW? Why not wait a little for better gear, it might make it a little easier.

"But ANNABEL! Eden savage 5-8 is COMING! I NEED to be READY for it!"

My reply.....UGH, you're hopeless! ;p

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

Lol Annabel sees through me! Maybe you are right. Bit by bit, this has become the only thing I do in-game. When the greatest goal is just within reach, it's really hard to stop...

Ironically, I play less now (in terms of hours spent). Because Savage needs focus, and I need to be alert and refreshed to do it, so no playing late at night after work. And after playing it I usually don't feel like doing anything else, and log off.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

I have thought of taking a break, but as time goes on, it will actually get harder to clear the fight, because more and more players will clear. I am already close to maximum ilvl (468), and in Savage, gear only eases the DPS check, all the mechanics still have to be done correctly.

For now I have decided to try and continue in a casual way. Join 1 party per day and play PF roulette, hoping to get a party that is capable...

Pan'da Express

Sargatanas (Aether)

If you know the fight Siggy just ask. We can round up some scrubs and get you this clear.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

Thanks a ton, Panda. I really appreciate that. I will definitely ask for your help when I need it. However, I have not even mastered the fight lol. There is still p3 left to master.

I also do not wish to become that guy who always begs for clears and carries, so I have resolved to ask for your help to clear only as a final resort. Actually, I would like to clear early and then I can help those of our FC who have not started E4 with practice. I know Pearl is on E3.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

For now, I plan to continue and make more serious attempts on my own. The thought of being able to clear in PF for the honor of pugs is actually quite tempting. We pug players don't have the best dps, but we can still clear content!

Felsea Stryfe

Lich (Light)

Sending massive bro’hugs!!
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