Raid Boss: The Artifact

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Hi Conflicters! By now, I hope most of you have had the chance to try out the great new feature The Sators have incorporated into our beloved system. If you haven’t, I urge you to do so. It’s so much fun. For this post, I interviewed some of the first conflicters, of both species, who battled against the Raid Boss. I wanted to know their reactions and what their initial thoughts on It were. Since these interviews, four levels have been introduced. easy, normal, hard and heroic. At the time of the interview, only normal was available as an option. We are always interested in hearing your thoughts on things, so feel free to comment below.

After much anticipation, The Sators released the beta version of The Raid Boss. We were first teased with this new feature about a month ago, since then, other than the also anticipated war, it has been the talk of EC. Everyone wondering when the release will take place and what exactly will happen. So many questions were asked as were many speculations being tossed around but no one really knew.

Today, all the questions were answered and the fun began. What is the Raid Boss?
I for one, can say it was one heck of an experience. Nothing like we have ever seen. Many have called it an adrenaline rush, and I couldn’t agree more. The Demons were the first to test out the powers of The Raid Boss.
Juℓiα Нєᴌᴄаяаxё Stʀɛɛtɛʀ нαчєş
ßℒαzȼ түℓεя Stʀɛɛtɛʀ ṀαүнεṀ
ψ Vєrgil ψ
Lisa Cydaea Ṁιѕтωооȡ
ℐαcкιε Ṁιѕтωооȡ

I had the pleasure of watching it through a screen share on skype. Everyone was amazed. All The first fight lasted about ten minutes with the team successfully defeating the Artifact.

Unanimously, they all stated it was a fantastic and amazing experience and they all wanted to keep doing it. Julia, Blaze and Vergil ended up fighting it three more times and won. It is quite addictive. When they were done, I wanted to hear their thoughts. I asked them all the same questions:
1. Do you think it was Normal, Hard or easy?
2. Do you think it’s great practice for the Arena?
3. What did you like about it?

Lisa Cydaea Ṁιѕтωооȡ:” I like it very much, it is a good way to practice ground fighting and get rewards. It could be good practice for arena” When I asked her if she thought the Boss was hard, normal or easy, she replied with normal. She also stated, “His AOE is very big so you need to have good timing you’re your movements. I’d like to see a hardcore mode without heals and even more damage from him. You, know raid with rules like arena. She then stated it would be cool to let the team chose the level of difficulty and prizes be according to the picked level. Of course, the way it is fun and it was just ideas running through her head but overall, she was excited and LOVED this game.

ψ Vєrgil ψ: “For me it was normal difficulty. I was expecting him to be a lot harder, but that’s me. With people helping of course it’s different than normal fighting. I think it’s good training for the arena if you don’t use follower of course.”

ßℒαzȼ түℓεя Stʀɛɛtɛʀ ṀαүнεṀ: “My initial reaction, I was in awe. It was the most fun thing I have done in A&D so far. It is a great way to show teamwork, and to test your skills as a team, as for the difficulty, I would say normal, for someone who is used to rpg’s. And it is very good practice for the arena. People who are scarred of the arena should give it a try, it will help them get used to being an arena fighter”

Juℓiα Нєᴌᴄаяаxё Stʀɛɛtɛʀ нαчєş: “The first thing I said was wow this place looks pretty, as we started the raid. We enjoyed it of course. I had to tell my brother to move and not just stand in one spot. Yes. I enjoyed it so much, that I went in 4 times. I think it was a normal level, and it’s a great way to practice for arena battles and ground fights.”

Jackie, was kicked from the first battle and I did not catch her in time to get a quote from her. There were two angel groups that went in next the first one, did not successfully beat the artifact, and the second one did. The first Angel group consisted of:
Rɑɥȿσɱσɲɑ Nιɠɧȶωιɲɠ Ŝуℓνεr
Blusн кєtσяi
Guy Ketori
Kᴏʙɪ Рαωђєαɾt

I asked Ray, to ask his group the same questions and this is their replies:

Blusн кєtσяi: “ I loved it, but it was hard!!!

Kᴏʙɪ Рαωђєαɾt: “It’s hard, but it was fun.

Guy Ketori: “I thought it was about normal and fun! It’s a challenge, but i think with practice he can be beat”

Rɑɥȿσɱσɲɑ Nιɠɧȶωιɲɠ Ŝуℓνεr: “So much fun, I was the last one alive and he could not hurt me with my protection on. I took off about 1k on my own. If I would have had one maybe two more heal potions, we would have done better, but no one went in with the bonus potions.”
Even though, they didn’t win I know they will make many attempts again.

The next Angel team to go in was successful at beating the Boss. That team was led by, Aιмεε Lσνε Kʀεεt Vεʀa and consisted of :
Aιмεε Lσνε Kʀεεt Vεʀa
ຖiຖ໐™
Iᴄаяυѕ ŋş λιℓσяσυѕ:
丂ηФωŷ Ϯ Ƒяσмυηɗ
Kobi

Here are their responses:

Aιмεε Lσνε Kʀεεt Vεʀa: “I do think that it is great practice for the area to an extent. The Boss does not cast spells, but for people who are maybe nervous about getting into the arena, the Boss will provide some excellent practice, since it does move around and attack back. I especially think it may be helpful for anyone training for their Task G fight as well, since the Boss has more health, and fairly equivalent attack strength to what players will face in the Task G battle.
I love the adrenaline rush of the raid. I had not realized how much I missed that directed focus on a precise goal. It is different from grid fighting; it has rules, it has mechanics, it has precision. I also love the teamwork it promotes. Getting to fight alongside players I have not typically, or ever, fought beside, and the sense of accomplishment and comradery when we succeeded was a great feeling.

ຖiຖ໐™: “Normal, but the lag makes it hard. It’s a good practice but is different from the battle with a live person. It’s good practice but not for the arena. I liked that we could attack in groups, that one boss, enemy, united angels from different choirs. I wish a unique enemy could unify demons and angels this way, just for the fun of killing something together instead of dividing us more. after all it’s just a game.

Iᴄаяυѕ ŋş λιℓσяσυѕ: “I believe it was hard, but in the best challenging way. I haven’t ever done the Arena nor have I gotten the chance to watch it so I am unsure if it would help. What I liked best was, the thrill of it and the adrenaline, there’s something so smooth about how this thing works that really makes it feel like you’re truly there battling to the death. I love everything about it, I can’t even imagine what it will be like when it’s done being tested.”

Kobi, was also included in the fight initially he could not finish because he crashed during the attempt and if you crash, you can not rejoin.

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The Sators have said, while this new feature is in beta testing, there will be many changes both to how the fighting is done as well as the prizes the winners will get. While watching, the teams waiting to go in, there were several changes made just today. I am sure, that this new ability the possibilities are endless and many more will enjoy this great new feature.

Some advice, make sure you don’t have any HUDS that will cause you to fly or dash. I didn’t realize that one of my HUDS had a feature in it to make me fly by pressing the E key on my keyboard, and that made me fly, so I was teleported out. Also, turn off fly over-ride before you go too. Once you get kicked from the party, you cannot be added back. Lisa suggests checking your backpack too, because if it freezes while in there, you will be stuck and mission will fail.

If you get killed you will not lose your essence or ergs and your reputation will not be taken. Such as, If you are a Dread Lady, dying during the raid, everything stays in-tact. So, if that deters you from attempting, I hoped that made it better. This truly is a fun, addicting part of A&D and I encourage everyone to try. There will be new things added when this comes out of Beta status, so be sure you look put for notices.

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