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Quote of the Day

“Mortals smell better charred.”

-Ash Titan, vCoA2

Daedra got them some mad trash-talk skillz, I’ll give ’em that.

CoA2 was a pledge last Sunday, so I PUG’d it all afternoon and evening through the dungeon finder.  I killed Skoria a half-dozen times.  And yet I’m still wearing a Skoria hat with Training on it, and I did not get a single useful piece of Burning Spellweave gear, because the entire daedric population of the city was mocking me.

The last run cost me over 25 repair kits and almost four hours of my life, and no, we never did finish.  Did I mention two members of the group were in stage 4 vampirism?  In a fire dungeon, yeah.  Good times.  But that actually wasn’t the problem.

Learned a very DPS valuable lesson I can share, so it wasn’t a total wash.  I am currently doing ~20K, which is okay.  Not great, okay.  I keep driving that number up, but currently that’s where I am.  In a harder dungeon like vCoA2, where DPS is the key, that’s the bottom end of the effective range.

The raw DPS number isn’t the whole story, however.  Usually when you’re fighting a boss there’s some amount of evasion and messing with mechanics, so the number will go down, maybe waaaay down.  Knowing that vCoA2 is a tough run, I was wondering if I was pulling my own weight given the lower numbers I was seeing, so I started watching the percent of the group’s damage that I was doing.  And because I ran the same dungeon with a lot of different players, I got to see how that percentage plays out in real terms, comparatively.

In a balanced group, when the other 3 players are comparable to me in skill, I do 40-50% of the group’s overall damage.  That works out logically – together, the other DPS and I are doing 80-90% of the damage, leaving, at most, 10% each for the healer and tank.  That’s solid.  When my damage was in that range, the group got through.  Maybe not a cakewalk, but easy enough to still be fun, with minimal time wasted.

When grouped with players from my guild that I know are rock stars, my percent of the group damage fell to 25-30% – I just can’t (yet) pump out enough damage to keep up with them.  At that point, someone else is carrying the group and I’m… helping. 🙂  But as long as the dungeon is no harder that vCoA2, that’s fine.

Here’s the red flag, though: at my current DPS ability, if my percentage goes up much beyond 50%, it doesn’t mean I got Suddenly Awesome, it means the other DPS is weaker than I am.  If we’re in a dungeon where my DPS level is the bottom end of the acceptable range, that’s a recipe for disaster.

I’ve played ESO for almost two years, and I’ve never walked out on a group mid-dungeon before – I bring a hella lot of Stubborn to the table.  (Also, I was doing easier dungeons.)  But after we spent over an hour and a half on the Ash Titan, replacing two healers along the way, I finally told the group I could not pour any more time or repair kits into a mathematical improbability, wished them well, and ported out.

My friends have repeatedly told me that Stubborn does not solve all woes.  I’ve questioned that logic in the past, but maybe they’re on to something.  In the time I wasted beating my head against the wall with that group, I could have completed the dungeon 3-5 more times with other people.  So the next time I see that I’m doing 60% or more of the group damage, I’m going to stop and ask myself if I’m good enough to get the group through the dungeon.  I am not a quitter, but math is math.

In closing:

Damn you, Ash Titan!  ::shakes fist at sky::

And to Valkyn Skoria: I am still coming for you, buddy.  That light/divines hat will be mine, because that is a problem Stubborn can solve. :p

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Quote of the Day

“(cursing redacted)”

“(cursing redacted)”

“(cursing redacted)”

-Zells, Tales from the City of Ash, special Multiple Party Wipe edition

Next time on Tales from the City of Ash: Will our heroic underdogs defy all mathematical odds, defeat the mighty Ash Titan, and move on to conquer Valkyn Skoria?  Is it possible to fully recover from the Sanity Point loss caused by this level of frustration?  And most importantly: does Zells get her light/divines Skoria hat?!  Stay tuned and find out!

Quote of the Day

Zells: Look, I don’t want to be Debbie Downer, but I know this dungeon, I’ve run it a half-dozen times today, and vCoA2 is a DPS race.  As the person doing 60+ percent of the boss damage, I’m telling you: we don’t have the firepower for this.  I don’t have the firepower for this.

Crown: But we were so close that time!

Zells: Dude.  He was still at 36% when we wiped.  That’s not ‘close’, that’s not even under a third.

Crown: But that was so much better!

God help us, it actually was better.  For a value of ‘better’ that still includes a total party wipe.  Or ten.

Quote of the Day

“Wait, hold on – you’re not only still on that same run in vCoA2, you’re still on the Ash Titan? It’s been over half an hour!” <audible snicker>
-Amused Bystander

Spoiler: It was actually way more than half an hour.

Quote of the Day

“You do zero points of damage per second when you’re dead.”

-Deltia, Deltia’s Gaming, Veteran City of Ash 2 walkthrough

Can confirm this is true via extensive testing last weekend.

Related note: damn you, Ash Titan.

Quotes from Tamriel

“Have you heard the one about the Telvanni chef?  Her idea of a hot meal was burning down the tower!”
– Guard at Kragenmoor, Stonefalls

“Sheesh, you forget one plate of Fishy Sticks in the oven, burn down one mushroom tower, you hear about it for years.  This is why I don’t cook.” – Zellfire

Quotes from Tamriel

“I’m a healer, not a miracle worker.”
-Aamela Rethandus: healer, Selfora

Dammit, Jim. 🙂

Quotes from Tamriel

“Bloody business, war.  There was a time when I loved my axe for its sharpness and my armor for its shine, but no more.  Today I love what they defend.  Don’t lose sight of what’s behind you in the hatred of what’s before you.”
-Lyris Titanborn

When I started this blog, I had no intention of ever posting personal comments, let alone political commentary, but it’s been a long week and I feel I must say something important.

To my international friends: many of us are deeply embarrassed by the election and do not support the bigotry and hatred represented by the campaign that won the electoral college.  We are fighting, and we will continue to fight – not only because we hate what we see coming, but also because we love: we love our Jewish grandmothers and our Hispanic neighbors and our gay nephews and our black professors and our Muslim in-laws.  We love each other, and this crazy, melting-pot experiment of a country, and we will fight to defend the ideals upon which it was founded.

Hatred is blind and destructive; love sees and defends.  I will defend.

Quotes from Tamriel

“We just have to have faith, my friends!  … and maybe a little wine.”
– Priest of Akatosh, Kvatch

Is how I feel about this damn election.

 

Quotes from Tamriel

“Why do the best opportunities always involve caves?”
– Fedar Githrano, Wrothgar

To be fair, Fedar, a lot of the best opportunities also involve crypts.  But remember this, always: “abandoned Daedric shrines” are never actually abandoned.  Not once, not ever in the history of Tamriel.  For the love of the Divines people, stop picking them as the site for your romantic rendezvous or smuggling deal, no good can come of it.

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