Yesterday I was able to get the following three achievements – two from Scarlet Monastery and one from the Golden Lotus dailies. Burning Man was really easy to get although the warrior in the group might not think so when he stood (and kept standing in) the bad…
We don’t normally ask puggers if they’d like to do an achievement but in this case, I wanted to see what the group was like on the easier one above. When we entered the Cathedral, I asked if they were interested in doing And Stay Dead. We had tried it once before with another PUG but didn’t really try to do it – well Cool and I were game, we just didn’t let the other three know. It just so happened that no-one interrupted the mass rez so we ended up getting a bit smashed. But hey, we didn’t plan to do it that day.
When we tried it again yesterday, everyone was ready for what happened and it went of really easily. Isn’t it great when a plan comes together? Even though the Shammie’s element almost instantly blew up, he did what he was supposed to so it worked out.
While doing the Golden Lotus dailies on my mage, I noticed that the third set of quests were at the Setting Sun Garrison. I was hoping for one thing… the Survival Ring of Flame.
I managed to get the Survival Ring of Blades really easily by doing the pillar standing technique but that ‘strategy’ has since been fixed as all the pillars have been moved inward. So I began my attempts trying several methods – bubbles for speed and levitate. After A LOT of attempts and abandoning of the quest, my eyes started to widen when I saw the bar was almost full without getting bounced. I couldn’t believe that I had finally done it so about a second after I saw the bar was full, I maneuvered my way around the dark spots and headed past the pillars and out of the ring. If I didn’t I would have been smack dab in the middle of a couple of spots. BUT the quest didn’t come up as complete. NOOO!
I had to do it again…
So around midnight I tried it again (since there were less people monkeying around)… waiting until there were no or maybe one other person in the ring before I gave it another go. Last thing I needed was to have several people muck up my path by leaving black spots where I didn’t need them or get boxed in. I finally managed to get a minute with no-one else entering the circle. By the time my bar was full again there was one other person who had started their 90sec run but thankfully stayed a fair distance away from me.
I found running around the edge worked well most of the time but don’t limit yourself to that if you see a nice clear space in the middle. It was a bit like the Alys fight but prettier. The most excruciating part was waiting for the quest line to come up with the word COMPLETE after my bar filled again. I swear it felt like two seconds!
Doesn’t it look pretty? OK, maybe when you’re not focusing on the ground for a minute and a half…
You know what? Having seen the bosses in the first two raids, I think I am ready for a new challenge. Bring on Terrace of the Endless Spring.