How to be a Monster- Days 6 and 7

Last time on “How to be a Monster” I talked about what I did on Day 5 yet I failed to mention that I reached Rank 2.  That is because reaching this rank really does not impact your Creep very much.  All it really allows you to do is get a little more health, damage and power.  This is a shame because of all the new things that Rank 0 and 1 throw at the player.  I wish that there was more balance in what Turbine throws at you.  There is really no reason for Turbine to give all this new stuff to the player at R0 and R1 and then have a drought at Rank 2.  I hope this will change with Update 6 and its new seasons mechanic.

Day 6

If you read Day 5 then you might remember me trying out the Warleader.  Within 24 hours of my purchase of the Warleader, it had gone on sale (on Day 6).  This sale also happened less than a week after I had bought my Defiler.  I was not happy that I had wasted around 500 turbine points especially when you consider how often the Creep classes are on sale.  While I do think that all Creep classes are worth the price of 795 turbine points, you might just want to subscribe to LotRO for a month instead.  This is really a good deal if you want to try more than one class.  Keep in mind that you also will get the perks of VIP.

On Day 6 I started playing with some real world friends, trying to get them involved in PvMP.  Since I was able to help them through the learning curve in game and answer any questions that they had, they now love PvMP and we will group up fairly regularly.

On Day 6 I also lead a group to take an outpost.  This group quickly grew into a raid and so I had to use some of the things I learned from other leaders.  The best thing to do when leading a raid is to be unexpected.  If the Freeps can’t predict what you are going to do next then you can be successful even if you are outnumbered.  You also need to know the terrain that you are fighting on.   Don’t go to places that you have not been before and expect to do well.  Luckily there were not very many Freeps on today and so I wanted to try leading people to take an outpost.  We took the outpost easily and as our group grew we decided to go into Delving again.  Notice how I said we; as a leader it is always good to ask your group what they want to do next.  This is so that you don’t lose your whole group if you decide to do something crazy like dance around in pits of lava.

I felt confident enough to lead a group into Delving because I had been there before and learned a few things from my raid leaders.  The best way to become a good leader is to learn from other leaders.  The only way to do that is raid and raid often.  I personally like to raid and lead raids because I like to think tactically.  I love to play strategy games, everything from Total War to Civilization.  Playing strategy games definitely helps you to look for things other leaders do to help your own leadership when the time comes to lead a raid.

Also it is very helpful to have a microphone when leading a raid.  While I have seen raid leaders lead well without voice, it is always easier with it.  If you don’t want to use voice then you can always address the whole raid in chat. If you really want to get your raid’s attention then you will want to use /raidshout <text>.  (note that you have to be raid leader to use this feature)

In Delving I decided that we would try to kill the fire boss again.  We fought hard and I learned that if you use a wall at the top of one of the ramps then you can avoid falling in the lava all together.  The wall acts as a buffer keeping you in the fight against the searing urfons.  While we did better than the time before we still only had fought around ¾ of the searing urfons. We had to leave after too many had died in the fighting.  Also the searing urfons had started to respawn and so we would need a new strategy if we were ever going to take down the hardest boss in LotRO.

We continued on in delving and had a lot of fun exploring some of the places I had not been to yet.  Delving is one of the most diverse dungeons in LotRO because it has enemies that range from Fire to Ice to Earth and even a lot of undead spirits.  It has a dragon boss, a tree boss and of course the Fire Boss.  While this delving run we were not able to defeat any of the bosses I did learn valuable tactics for future runs.

Day 7

On day 7 I made it to Rank 3.  At Rank three the defiler gets an ugly yellow appearance that I really did not like and was a waste of some destiny points.  While I had liked the change of appearance from 0 to 2, I thought that Rank 3 looked like a step back.  I realize this is merely opinion but I want you to know that I still support the change of looks because it is really the only visual sense of progression that you can get as a monster player.   Really there are not many new things for monster players at Rank 3 either.  I now really wish Turbine would fix this and spread new features that are crowded at Rank 0 and 1.

Over the night the Freeps were very hard at work because most of the map had been taken by them.  I decided to join a raid that was defending TA.  This was a great experience because we had a great leader.  He had our groups split up so that we had a defending group and a flanking group.  This allowed us outnumbered to defend TA for 2 full hours.  It was a lot of fun because I received a ton of Infamy.

Without that fight I might not have made it to Rank 3 for a week.  After the 2 hours, the leader decided he had to go and asked who wanted to lead the raid.  I said that I could and I was now in control of a full raid defending TA.  I used his tactics and randomness to continue to surprise the Freeps.  We would hide our numbers and gradually pull the Freeps into TA then the flanking group would attack the Freeps from behind while we (and our NPC’s) would attack from the front.  This lasted for another hour till I had to leave the group as it was getting late.  We had successfully held off the attack of the Freeps and gained a whole bunch of Infamy while doing it.

Playing in Monster Play continues to increase in fun every day.  I think it is getting more fun because I am getting more involved by doing things like leading raids.

I hope to see you all back next week for Day 8 where we will talk about taking back bases, learning from terrible leaders and finally having fun doing solo quests on my Creep without fear of fighting Freeps.

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11 Responses to “How to be a Monster- Days 6 and 7”

  1. Clarysta Sunshine Says:

    I love to see that you are stepping up as a leader! Creepside always needs leaders willing to lead pugs.

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      Andang Says:

      @Clarysta Sunshine- I agree that there are not enough leaders on Creepside. I think that this needs to change and I hope that more will learn how to lead groups to improve the game for both Freeps and Creeps.

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  2. Damsadan Says:

    do you find It hard to solo as a defiler? I always try to heal others that aren’t even in a group with me and it sometimes gets me killed but i feel like I did some good keeping my allies up.

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    • Dirhallith Says:

      Some of the best advice I ever received as a defiler player, personally, was not to worry about healing others if you’re solo. This doesn’t mean don’t heal anyone ever… but when you’re not worrying about others (who aren’t even in a group with you), you’re overall getting more points ;)

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        Andang Says:

        @Dirhallith- Yeah…I always feel bad for not healing people outside of the group but if they want that heal they should join ours. As a defiler you need power to heal and if you use your power on someone outside of your group that could result on someone in-group to die if not the whole team. I know that sounds a little far fetched but really it is completely sound and proven.

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      Andang Says:

      @Damsadan- I find it pretty easy to solo as a defiler you just have to be willing to accept that it will take you personally forever to kill anything…but you will not die very much because you can heal yourself. I usually group with my kin and anyone else that wants to join and enjoy healing a large group. I have not really recieved many complaints being a healer like you do in other games…people only seem to see the plus side and love it when you heal them. This creates a very nice way to play in groups and be as effective as you can being a defiler and all.

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  3. Hades Says:

    Really nice guide Andang. It keeps me from quitting on my reaver.

    I started a reaver on Imladris, but there never seems to be much going on whenever I log in. What are the busy hours for Imladris?

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      Andang Says:

      @Hades- I am glad to keep you in the Moors…but I left the reaver a long time ago. I really don’t like that class but I am sure some people do.

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      Andang Says:

      @Hades- Also a great time to be on Imladris durring week days is that night. The server really gets popular Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday afternoon and evening….hope this helps.

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  4. Andared Says:

    Hey, Andang, just thought I’d give you a few tips about those searing urfons inside of Delving.

    All you need to do to kill them is get them to about 10k health (approximately) and they’ll start an induction move which will make them self destruct. Just make sure you run away from them before they self destruct and you should be able to wipe them out rather quickly!

    Also, I’m not sure what it’s like for the Defiler, but for the Reaver class at least, I found it to be fairly spread out in terms of when you get new skills. It’s possible there’s more of a gap between your skills because the Defiler needs most of his heal skills from the very beginning, instead of gradually earning them.

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      Andang Says:

      @Andared- Thanks for the tip…while I do know how to take them down I can’t really tell players how till I figure this out in a later article.

      It is not just the skills, I am talking about everything at the base for Creeps and how they are all given to the player at a low level and there really is nothing new to learn till around Rank 5 when you get the passive buffs and your character progression goes exponential per rank.

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