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Old 30th August 2012, 11:37   #1
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Ascalonian Catacombs

Despite the completely bugged guild mechanics and defunct guild chat, we had a little guild event going. Kurinkuji organized a dungeon group for the Catacombs of Ascalon, something we actually tried two days ago, but technical issues on A.Net's side prevented us from entering as a group.
We did this with Kurinkuji and Alexiel as our spearhead (the only two of us who had been there before) as well as Berg, ~PolarisNova~ and me.

The dungeon itself is pretty small (which makes the dying, rezzing and running back less painful), but still it took us 2 or 3 hours to complete, as the encounters are quite lengthy. There are a lot of traps and "one" of the (5?) bosses ("the lovers") is actually pretty hard. But then again you can always rez and run back in a few seconds, so it's not really hard but rather a test for your patience.

Bottom line:
+ Doing something as a guild is very enjoyable and fun!
- The dungeon itself is about as much fun as a coloscopy

Mixed feelings about the loot. Some blues, fewer greens, all for random professions. Some scaled up to your level, some not (it's a level 30 dungeon with everyone being scaled down). And after completion you receive a yellow helmet (level 30'ish).

Oh and in the heat of the battle I actually managed to crank out three screenshots:


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Old 30th August 2012, 12:06   #2
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Well I quite liked it, doing this for almost the second time - made me more aware of what has to be done, how to act and what not to do. The last boss is quite a disappointment as of a boss though. The lovers boss - props to that, liked it quite a lot.

I am definitely looking into the exploration mode of this dungeon. From what I have read, the story mode is just to do it once - exlporation is where the shit hits the fan Hopefully we could squeeze it in on weekend!
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Old 30th August 2012, 13:23   #3
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Well I quite liked it, doing this for almost the second time - made me more aware of what has to be done, how to act and what not to do. The last boss is quite a disappointment as of a boss though. The lovers boss - props to that, liked it quite a lot.

I am definitely looking into the exploration mode of this dungeon. From what I have read, the story mode is just to do it once - exlporation is where the shit hits the fan Hopefully we could squeeze it in on weekend!
I got enough fan shit on my fan as it is, my deathcount was in the double digits that run.
Maybe I just need to get used this sort of dungeoning.
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Old 30th August 2012, 13:32   #4
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Me too....died too many times for my liking ^_^
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Old 30th August 2012, 13:37   #5
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Nice work guys sorry I couldn't have been there Kurin
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Old 30th August 2012, 13:44   #6
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But it was nice to do something with the guild nonetheless!
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Old 30th August 2012, 15:47   #7
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argh, wish i was there too. i won't be able to play the next two weeks (vacation). so it'll be a loooong while before i get to do that dungeon. i'll be so underleveld compared to you guys then that i hope you'll have a lot of alts
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Old 30th August 2012, 16:53   #8
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So, how do you manage boss threat? How do you prevent one person to be completely stomped before the boss goes to the next?
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Kiting and positioning. Also the "Control" pillar of GW2's combat (basically CC): Snares, stuns, knockdowns.
There's no real holy trinity in GW2, you can only heal/tank so much. So everyone has to be pretty self-sufficient and bring a good mixture to deal, heal and avoid damage.

The Guild Wars franchise never had any built-in aggro management like the taunts we had since Everquest 1.
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Old 31st August 2012, 21:00   #10
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Gah....how to get to AC? From....Black Citadel?
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Old 31st August 2012, 23:24   #11
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Ashford plains about half way over to the east at the top of the main part of the map there is a way point next to it makes life much easier for the next.
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Ashford plains about half way over to the east at the top of the main part of the map there is a way point next to it makes life much easier for the next.
I have Gendarran Fields almost done, so far
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I have Gendarran Fields almost done, so far
No problem, I had never been to Plains of Ashford myself, when we started. Just use the Mists > LA > Charr City Asura portal. The dungeon is in the Charr starter zone, so you should be able to reach it in about 5 minutes.
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Ok thanks I am lvl 30 now, and got that swiftness elite
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