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10/06/12 5:58:36 PM#21
Originally posted by Aerowyn
Originally posted by aesperus

So much missinformation.. all I'll say is this:

All dungeons are very PUGable. The trick is to make sure people are paying attention, people are listening to the groupl leader, and knowing the mechanics so you can explain them to the rest of the group. Most PUGs, just making sure these 3 conditions are met is more than enough for success. I see people claiming build X or build Y is required, but it's really all BS.

Having some variety definitely helps, but it really comes down to knowing the fights, and using what's available to deal w/ that. All classes have numerous skills to deal w/ a wide variety of situations. This is why when I run dungeons I rarely ever favor 1 class or another, and instead focus mostly on getting players who don't play foolishly. Which is how I think these games should be anyway.

As a few have said in this thread, most of the dungeons (AC included) really aren't that difficult. The challenge comes in the first few runs, when you don't know what to expect or how to deal w/ it. Once you figure that out the dungeons become fairly easy. AC actually turns into one of the easier dungeons once you understand the mechanics. It is a really fun dungeon, though. It has some really fast explorable runs, and some fairly interesting mechanics as well.

done AC story mode 10 times now has been a pain in the ass every single time but once... the one time it wasn't a pain the entire group aside from me was level 80 and knew the dungeon well.. Every other time it was just 5 random people not on any sort of chat and we got through it each time but no way in hell would I say it's easy compared to Rifts dungeons for example.. I don't mind it being difficult but still find it odd people say it's cake with PUGs yet then say you need to know the fights and have a good leader... well most PUGs I have played only 1 or two of us have played the dungeon and with how fast paced the combat is it's not that easy to just say stand here or stand there since the mobs are all over the place.

Your welcome for that run BTW.

  Aerowyn

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OP  10/06/12 6:02:28 PM#22
Originally posted by eggy08
Originally posted by Aerowyn
Originally posted by aesperus

So much missinformation.. all I'll say is this:

All dungeons are very PUGable. The trick is to make sure people are paying attention, people are listening to the groupl leader, and knowing the mechanics so you can explain them to the rest of the group. Most PUGs, just making sure these 3 conditions are met is more than enough for success. I see people claiming build X or build Y is required, but it's really all BS.

Having some variety definitely helps, but it really comes down to knowing the fights, and using what's available to deal w/ that. All classes have numerous skills to deal w/ a wide variety of situations. This is why when I run dungeons I rarely ever favor 1 class or another, and instead focus mostly on getting players who don't play foolishly. Which is how I think these games should be anyway.

As a few have said in this thread, most of the dungeons (AC included) really aren't that difficult. The challenge comes in the first few runs, when you don't know what to expect or how to deal w/ it. Once you figure that out the dungeons become fairly easy. AC actually turns into one of the easier dungeons once you understand the mechanics. It is a really fun dungeon, though. It has some really fast explorable runs, and some fairly interesting mechanics as well.

done AC story mode 10 times now has been a pain in the ass every single time but once... the one time it wasn't a pain the entire group aside from me was level 80 and knew the dungeon well.. Every other time it was just 5 random people not on any sort of chat and we got through it each time but no way in hell would I say it's easy compared to Rifts dungeons for example.. I don't mind it being difficult but still find it odd people say it's cake with PUGs yet then say you need to know the fights and have a good leader... well most PUGs I have played only 1 or two of us have played the dungeon and with how fast paced the combat is it's not that easy to just say stand here or stand there since the mobs are all over the place.

Your welcome for that run BTW.

lol yea that run with you was the only "easy" run i have had in AC.. remember the next one we did with those 3 random guys? was a mess.. well you did join us halfway through

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  aesperus

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10/06/12 6:16:57 PM#23
Originally posted by Aerowyn
Originally posted by aesperus
**snip**

done AC story mode 10 times now has been a pain in the ass every single time but once... the one time it wasn't a pain the entire group aside from me was level 80 and knew the dungeon well.. Every other time it was just 5 random people not on any sort of chat and we got through it each time but no way in hell would I say it's easy compared to Rifts dungeons for example.. I don't mind it being difficult but still find it odd people say it's cake with PUGs yet then say you need to know the fights and have a good leader... well most PUGs I have played only 1 or two of us have played the dungeon and with how fast paced the combat is it's not that easy to just say stand here or stand there since the mobs are all over the place.

I don't doubt that it was a pain, but the thing about these dungeons is they ARE a pain until you figure them out. It's not much different from other games tbh, other than them being more challenging than most.

Take AC story for example. Most people would say that 'The Lovers' are by far the hardest fight they've faced in game. The thing is, everyone pretty much knows the general strategy for dealing with them. Separate them, and focus them down one at a time. However, many people don't really take that further than skin-deep. They still just charge in, and try and separate them by splitting up and ranged attacking, or zerging, etc. That doesn't really work all that well.

Instead, there are 2 tactics I've found work incredibly well. 1) Try and pull the elementalist to the doorway, and use a boulder to lock her out of the fight. 2) Have 2 people tossing boulders at the mesmer (which knocks him back) until he is effectively pinned out of the fight. You can keep him shutdown indefinitely with that strat, just requires being a bit more proactive & aware of your surroundings.

As for the red part:

A lot of people seem to assume that making a PUG is synonymous with having zero communication, no preparation, and no leadership. If you go into dungeons this way (unless you know the people you are fighting with), you will inevitably fail. However, you don't have to PUG that way. I'm not saying you even need vent either. All it takes is someone needs to step up into a leadership role, who knows what they're doing. In PUGs, a lot of the time it means that person is 'you', because most people just don't do this. From a leadership role you can ask questions in /party chat to make sure everyone's on the same page, and listening. That's usually what I end up doing, and it always pays off. Some PUGs are better than others, they aren't always super smooth, but the only PUG I've failed to clear with was actually a guild group trying to fill up spare slots. They couldn't get passed the first boss of CM explorable, but they had it in their heads that someone needed to tank, and everyone needed to have very specific builds. After that disaster, I ended up forming a new group (which actually included one of the members from that group) and we picked up 3 randoms. It went smooth as butter and we ended up clearing 2 of the paths for CM multiple times.

- Long story short: First time doing dungeons in this game is rarely ever easy. Especially if no one has done them before. However, it's mostly due to inexperience. It's one of those things that is different about this game. In most MMOs the vast majority of dungeons are tank & spank. And many people are still used to this. In this one you have to be more aware of what's going on, you gotta rally teamm8s who go down quickly, and every encounter has a number of ways in which to handle it. Some may require you swapping out certain skills or traits to make the fight a little easier. If you learn from each encounter, you will get better, and find your own class synergies that you find work really well.

Unfortunately I don't think I'm on your same server, but if you ever find yourself on Fort Aspenwood feel free to send me a PM and I can show you what I'm talking about first hand.

 

  Aerowyn

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OP  10/06/12 6:24:33 PM#24
Originally posted by aesperus
 you ever find yourself on Fort Aspenwood feel free to send me a PM and I can show you what I'm talking about first hand.

 

i seen this posted several times you know you don't have to be on the same server to run dungeons with people..

also you say it's similar to other themeparks yet I haven't found that the case.. yes in other themeparks knowing the dungeon made it easier but not knowing it many times it was still easy as long as you had a semi decent healer/tank. I went through every dungeon in Rift on normal mode without completely wiping a single time and many all of us it was our first time. Trinity based games generally have the luxury of  just needing a decent tank/healer can get you through many of the regular dungeons no problem. With GW2 this isn't the case and not to mention mobs hit freakin hard as well compared to other games top that with having no real tank class to pull and hold mobs it makes it much harder to predict where mobs will go. 

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  aesperus

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10/06/12 6:38:06 PM#25
Originally posted by eggy08
Originally posted by aesperus
**SNIP**

Ya... Good luck finding random people to do that constantly. Honestly, I got to ask where you looked for them? In your guild maybe? Since I have yet to find a single competent random in my group since I've started. Literally me and my friend carrying the instance and the only ones surviving on our mains.

Again, not sure how you expect this from a pug. People will do what they want, roll the buffs they want and not care about the group 90% of the time.

Not saying that any explorer mode is not pugable, it can be, but good luck finding that perfect group when your by yourself looking. It's almost impossible since people expect that zerg rezzing is the only solution, instead of mitigating damage. That and builds of people who solely PvP or PvE in the world tend to be very squishy and not able to really help each other out, since they don't care about the team, they care about themselves.

The only reason she had trouble was due to 2 factors:

1. Not experiencing much in dungeons before, and obviously not that instance. Thus the fights were hard.

2. The 2 pugs we got were on the ground 90% of the fight and then one ended up rage quitting (the one who was dumb enough made it explorer mode in the first place when we wanted to just do story) since he died every single pull.

It's not far too uncommon to find a single reliable person in the group unless they are your friends or guildies.

Honestly, when PUGing it's usually different people each time. The people I run w/ consistantly are usually people from one of the various guilds I ended up joining. That said, when I do end up forming PUGs with people I enjoy playing with, it's not uncommon for us to friend each other, and end up grouping again at a later time. Perhaps the biggest problem I've had recently with PUGs is that many are now scared to run dungeons, because they've either had a bad experience, or people are running around screaming how impossible dungeons are (which isn't true).

When dungeon running I do tend to ask guildies first, but there are pleanty of times when they either already have full groups, or just aren't up for a run atm, and so I turn to /map chat.

Basically before I enter a dungeon I talk to the members in /party chat. I ask them how they're doing, what builds they're running, etc. If they seem nervous about that, I'll emphasize that I'm just curious about what people are running with & I like to know what types of settings we're working with. Basically it just comes down to getting a feel for who I'm grouping with. If someone seems sketchy, or too big of a dick, I may end up dropping them and trying to find someone a bit more pleasant to group with. Obviously during less peak hours I'll be a lot more lenient about who I group with.

In general though, I don't really care about who I end up grouping with, as long as they don't seem like dicks and they don't seem like they are overly stupid (nothing is worse than someone who tries to leeroy these dungeons and then rages when he aggros multiple groups at once). There are typically 2 big red flags I look for. 1) People who are specced ultra glass cannon & don't have any ability to increase their health pool to a reasonable lvl. 2) People who aren't responsive / seem unwilling to play as part of a group. By avoiding those 2 things I tend to have much better success in dungeons. People don't get downed as often, and they are more likely to listen when I need to explain a boss fight. They also tend to be more patient & thus less likely to rage quit if a fight goes poorly.

- Probably the largest misconception when going into these dungeons is that you need a perfect group in order to clear them. I've done so many runs that I've cleared these dungeons with most class combinations. I've done 5 necro groups, 5 warrior groups, 5 elementalist groups, 4 mesmer / 1 necro, 3 ele, 1 ranger, 1 thief.. etc. etc. etc.

Honestly the class combinations don't matter as much. This isn't to say that a more diverse class combination isn't stronger, but I have yet to see a class setup that can't clear these dungeons (and I was shocked when I managed to pull it off w/ 5 eles). Some class combinations are easier for various dungeons, but what it really comes down to is how well you know the fights, and that you make sure everyone in the group understands what's going to happen. People aren't completely locked into builds in this game. If a fight seems unusually hard, think about what you're facing, & what skills might be able to deal w/ such an encounter. Have a hall full of traps you don't think you can avoid? Maybe someone can use invulnerability + speed to rush passed them and turn them off. Have a huge group of adds you need to burn down, but not much defense? See if you can throw some AoE into your mix, maybe some AoE blind (thief, or ele in earth attunement + glyph of storms).

So much of the difficulty of these dungeons comes down to how good your understanding of the fights & your skills are. Once you obtain that understanding, a lot of the difficulty for these vanishes. People may still get downed, or die, but it won't be happening nearly as often (and in some cases, it may not happen at all). Hell, I still die or get downed on occassion during these fights. I'm still trying to get better about not over-commiting to resses & not dodging quick enough as a result. However, dying is a part of the game, and I rarely ever fail to clear a dungeon / leave with less than I went in with.

  Aerowyn

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OP  10/06/12 6:46:04 PM#26
imho game really needs some sort of way to save a few builds that you can swap between.. i'm guilty of doing this myself but many times I get invited to a dungeon I don't feel like going to a trainer, re-doing my traits and gear to get setup for the dungeon.. think this would go a long way for dungeons overall

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  aesperus

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10/06/12 6:54:10 PM#27
Originally posted by Aerowyn
Originally posted by aesperus
 you ever find yourself on Fort Aspenwood feel free to send me a PM and I can show you what I'm talking about first hand.

 

i seen this posted several times you know you don't have to be on the same server to run dungeons with people..

also you say it's similar to other themeparks yet I haven't found that the case.. yes in other themeparks knowing the dungeon made it easier but not knowing it many times it was still easy as long as you had a semi decent healer/tank. I went through every dungeon in Rift on normal mode without completely wiping a single time and many all of us it was our first time. Trinity based games generally have the luxury of  just needing a decent tank/healer can get you through many of the regular dungeons no problem. With GW2 this isn't the case and not to mention mobs hit freakin hard as well compared to other games top that with having no real tank class to pull and hold mobs it makes it much harder to predict where mobs will go. 

I'm aware of this.

I don't know if they've ever fixed this, but I have had problems with cross-server groups in the past. Sometimes a 2nd instance ends up being created when there's no overflow, and it's a huge pain in the arse to fix. Still, I'm not opposed to giving it a shot, feel free to PM me.

As to the part in red.

I also played Rift for a while. Great game. When I say the experience is somewhat similar to other MMOs, what I mean with this is, like in Rift (as well as most MMOs with dungeons); the majority of the challenge comes in learning the fights. There is some skill involved in positioning / knowing how to dodge which is integrated into the game on a base lvl. However, with a little bit of practice that gets easier and easier.

I dunno if you've done any of the raids in Rift, or some of the endgame dungeons, but they also have dungeons in which you need to know how to dodge certain attacks / AoE to avoid getting killed. It's a bit easier than GW2's dungeons, for sure, but it's not much different.

A good example of this would be CM asura path. There's a few encounters in there that just overload you with ranged attacks (and it's annoying as hell to deal w/). However, you can easily counter this by using skills that reflect projectile (which effectively takes the enemy's advantage and turns it against them). Furthermore, there's a boss in there that people get VERY frustrated with. He spams chill all over the place, and tends to burn you down when you're chilled, and out of endurance. I even sat on that fight for a while, trying to think about ways to deal w/ it. In the end the answer's very simple: Bring AoE condition removal, projectile reflection (if you have it), cripple / chill, and if you have the buff vigor helps a lot (lets you dodge more). If anyone in the group starts to have trouble, they can run into the water to drop aggro.

- Don't missunderstand, I'm not saying people don't die in my groups. People do. And I never promise that people won't die. I can't promise that. So much of a person's survivability in this game is dependant on their own actions. There are things I can do to try and keep a person alive (group heals, fearbombs, stunning / knocking back an enemy off an ally, kiting mobs away from a downed player trying to rally, etc.) However it's impossible to 100% guaruntee a person won't ever die. It's a part of the game. What you can do is guaruntee a full clear, and promise to do whatever you can to revive someone quickly if they do go down.

  aesperus

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10/06/12 6:55:46 PM#28
Originally posted by Aerowyn
imho game really needs some sort of way to save a few builds that you can swap between.. i'm guilty of doing this myself but many times I get invited to a dungeon I don't feel like going to a trainer, re-doing my traits and gear to get setup for the dungeon.. think this would go a long way for dungeons overall

That would be AMAZING.

I've been guilty of trying to hot-swap builds on the fly and missing a key trait or skill before an engagement begins. GW1 had this feature, and I can't understand why Anet wouldn't carry it over into this game.

  User Deleted
10/06/12 7:23:17 PM#29
Originally posted by aesperus
Originally posted by eggy08
Originally posted by aesperus
**SNIP**

Ya... Good luck finding random people to do that constantly. Honestly, I got to ask where you looked for them? In your guild maybe? Since I have yet to find a single competent random in my group since I've started. Literally me and my friend carrying the instance and the only ones surviving on our mains.

Again, not sure how you expect this from a pug. People will do what they want, roll the buffs they want and not care about the group 90% of the time.

Not saying that any explorer mode is not pugable, it can be, but good luck finding that perfect group when your by yourself looking. It's almost impossible since people expect that zerg rezzing is the only solution, instead of mitigating damage. That and builds of people who solely PvP or PvE in the world tend to be very squishy and not able to really help each other out, since they don't care about the team, they care about themselves.

The only reason she had trouble was due to 2 factors:

1. Not experiencing much in dungeons before, and obviously not that instance. Thus the fights were hard.

2. The 2 pugs we got were on the ground 90% of the fight and then one ended up rage quitting (the one who was dumb enough made it explorer mode in the first place when we wanted to just do story) since he died every single pull.

It's not far too uncommon to find a single reliable person in the group unless they are your friends or guildies.

Honestly, when PUGing it's usually different people each time. The people I run w/ consistantly are usually people from one of the various guilds I ended up joining. That said, when I do end up forming PUGs with people I enjoy playing with, it's not uncommon for us to friend each other, and end up grouping again at a later time. Perhaps the biggest problem I've had recently with PUGs is that many are now scared to run dungeons, because they've either had a bad experience, or people are running around screaming how impossible dungeons are (which isn't true).

When dungeon running I do tend to ask guildies first, but there are pleanty of times when they either already have full groups, or just aren't up for a run atm, and so I turn to /map chat.

Basically before I enter a dungeon I talk to the members in /party chat. I ask them how they're doing, what builds they're running, etc. If they seem nervous about that, I'll emphasize that I'm just curious about what people are running with & I like to know what types of settings we're working with. Basically it just comes down to getting a feel for who I'm grouping with. If someone seems sketchy, or too big of a dick, I may end up dropping them and trying to find someone a bit more pleasant to group with. Obviously during less peak hours I'll be a lot more lenient about who I group with.

In general though, I don't really care about who I end up grouping with, as long as they don't seem like dicks and they don't seem like they are overly stupid (nothing is worse than someone who tries to leeroy these dungeons and then rages when he aggros multiple groups at once). There are typically 2 big red flags I look for. 1) People who are specced ultra glass cannon & don't have any ability to increase their health pool to a reasonable lvl. 2) People who aren't responsive / seem unwilling to play as part of a group. By avoiding those 2 things I tend to have much better success in dungeons. People don't get downed as often, and they are more likely to listen when I need to explain a boss fight. They also tend to be more patient & thus less likely to rage quit if a fight goes poorly.

- Probably the largest misconception when going into these dungeons is that you need a perfect group in order to clear them. I've done so many runs that I've cleared these dungeons with most class combinations. I've done 5 necro groups, 5 warrior groups, 5 elementalist groups, 4 mesmer / 1 necro, 3 ele, 1 ranger, 1 thief.. etc. etc. etc.

Honestly the class combinations don't matter as much. This isn't to say that a more diverse class combination isn't stronger, but I have yet to see a class setup that can't clear these dungeons (and I was shocked when I managed to pull it off w/ 5 eles). Some class combinations are easier for various dungeons, but what it really comes down to is how well you know the fights, and that you make sure everyone in the group understands what's going to happen. People aren't completely locked into builds in this game. If a fight seems unusually hard, think about what you're facing, & what skills might be able to deal w/ such an encounter. Have a hall full of traps you don't think you can avoid? Maybe someone can use invulnerability + speed to rush passed them and turn them off. Have a huge group of adds you need to burn down, but not much defense? See if you can throw some AoE into your mix, maybe some AoE blind (thief, or ele in earth attunement + glyph of storms).

So much of the difficulty of these dungeons comes down to how good your understanding of the fights & your skills are. Once you obtain that understanding, a lot of the difficulty for these vanishes. People may still get downed, or die, but it won't be happening nearly as often (and in some cases, it may not happen at all). Hell, I still die or get downed on occassion during these fights. I'm still trying to get better about not over-commiting to resses & not dodging quick enough as a result. However, dying is a part of the game, and I rarely ever fail to clear a dungeon / leave with less than I went in with.

Problem is you use the word PUGs. Its almost impossible to get said skills out of a PUG. I'm not going to bother wasting my time asking spec or making sure that everyone has the spec I think they should go, because its not my place to tell them how to play. Nor is this game meant to be played so that everyone is supposed to run specific builds and I'm not going to waste an hour forming a group like in trinity MMOs to find that specific group that fits perfectly, specially since I've seen plenty of people who have run certain instances many times, yet still do no get the concept of the fights.

All I'm saying is that you can;t just plow throu non farmable explorer modes with a PUG group. It will smack you in the face over 70% of the time. You might be able to clear it, but it won't be a faceroll, nor should it be. Every other game as long as you had the specific classes you needed, the dungeons were face roll. Now I say specific classes, since they required it. Story mode shouldn't in this game, and it honestly doesn't. Explorer mode should to a point, but still is up and down. This game just requires more coordination and skill on the players side to not make mistakes, which is not very widely known in random PUGs.

If it was guildies, I would be fine to talk to them about those things, but I'm not hounding on every random PUG and basically asking spec/GS, then kicking them if it doesn't please me.

  GrayGhost79

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10/06/12 7:30:01 PM#30
Originally posted by Aerowyn
imho game really needs some sort of way to save a few builds that you can swap between.. i'm guilty of doing this myself but many times I get invited to a dungeon I don't feel like going to a trainer, re-doing my traits and gear to get setup for the dungeon.. think this would go a long way for dungeons overall

This would be such a huge help in so many ways. Not only do I run to the trainer to reset my traits depending on the dungeon I'm going to but I also change Major Traits and Utility Skills and Weapons for specific encounters.

My Guardian GS build doubles as my Spirit Weapon build, my pre 1 handed crit build doubles as my Staff buff and kite build lol.

 

I hate having to build so that I can switch between two or three roles mid dungeon :(

 

  Aerowyn

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OP  10/06/12 7:31:41 PM#31
Originally posted by GrayGhost79
Originally posted by Aerowyn
imho game really needs some sort of way to save a few builds that you can swap between.. i'm guilty of doing this myself but many times I get invited to a dungeon I don't feel like going to a trainer, re-doing my traits and gear to get setup for the dungeon.. think this would go a long way for dungeons overall

This would be such a huge help in so many ways. Not only do I run to the trainer to reset my traits depending on the dungeon I'm going to but I also change Major Traits and Utility Skills and Weapons for specific encounters.

My Guardian GS build doubles as my Spirit Weapon build, my pre 1 handed crit build doubles as my Staff buff and kite build lol.

 

I hate having to build so that I can switch between two or three roles mid dungeon :(

 

yea seriously it's one of my top issues with the game and since they did have it in GW1 really can't see why it wasn't planned from the start for GW2

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  GrayGhost79

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10/06/12 7:35:03 PM#32
Originally posted by eggy08
Originally posted by aesperus

So much missinformation.. all I'll say is this:

All dungeons are very PUGable. The trick is to make sure people are paying attention, people are listening to the groupl leader, and knowing the mechanics so you can explain them to the rest of the group. Most PUGs, just making sure these 3 conditions are met is more than enough for success. I see people claiming build X or build Y is required, but it's really all BS.

Having some variety definitely helps, but it really comes down to knowing the fights, and using what's available to deal w/ that. All classes have numerous skills to deal w/ a wide variety of situations. This is why when I run dungeons I rarely ever favor 1 class or another, and instead focus mostly on getting players who don't play foolishly. Which is how I think these games should be anyway.

As a few have said in this thread, most of the dungeons (AC included) really aren't that difficult. The challenge comes in the first few runs, when you don't know what to expect or how to deal w/ it. Once you figure that out the dungeons become fairly easy. AC actually turns into one of the easier dungeons once you understand the mechanics. It is a really fun dungeon, though. It has some really fast explorable runs, and some fairly interesting mechanics as well.

Ya... Good luck finding random people to do that constantly. Honestly, I got to ask where you looked for them? In your guild maybe? Since I have yet to find a single competent random in my group since I've started. Literally me and my friend carrying the instance and the only ones surviving on our mains.

Again, not sure how you expect this from a pug. People will do what they want, roll the buffs they want and not care about the group 90% of the time.

Not saying that any explorer mode is not pugable, it can be, but good luck finding that perfect group when your by yourself looking. It's almost impossible since people expect that zerg rezzing is the only solution, instead of mitigating damage. That and builds of people who solely PvP or PvE in the world tend to be very squishy and not able to really help each other out, since they don't care about the team, they care about themselves.

The only reason she had trouble was due to 2 factors:

1. Not experiencing much in dungeons before, and obviously not that instance. Thus the fights were hard.

2. The 2 pugs we got were on the ground 90% of the fight and then one ended up rage quitting (the one who was dumb enough made it explorer mode in the first place when we wanted to just do story) since he died every single pull.

It's not far too uncommon to find a single reliable person in the group unless they are your friends or guildies.

I've learned the best way to manage pugs is to not verbally lead them unless it's for a specific encounter like the lovers in AC story. Most pugs are eager to follow but for some reason verbally leading doesn't seem to be the way to do it.

Go in and call the targets, you will notice that they simply start attacking the targets you call. Lead by example, throw down combo fields and use them yourself, buff party members, use their combo fields and all of a sudden they will start following suite without asking why or needing to be told. It's weird, but this is how my pugs go. I silently lead and it works lol...

 

 

  aesperus

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10/06/12 8:03:13 PM#33
Originally posted by eggy08
Originally posted by aesperus
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Problem is you use the word PUGs. Its almost impossible to get said skills out of a PUG. I'm not going to bother wasting my time asking spec or making sure that everyone has the spec I think they should go, because its not my place to tell them how to play. Nor is this game meant to be played so that everyone is supposed to run specific builds and I'm not going to waste an hour forming a group like in trinity MMOs to find that specific group that fits perfectly, specially since I've seen plenty of people who have run certain instances many times, yet still do no get the concept of the fights.

All I'm saying is that you can;t just plow throu non farmable explorer modes with a PUG group. It will smack you in the face over 70% of the time. You might be able to clear it, but it won't be a faceroll, nor should it be. Every other game as long as you had the specific classes you needed, the dungeons were face roll. Now I say specific classes, since they required it. Story mode shouldn't in this game, and it honestly doesn't. Explorer mode should to a point, but still is up and down. This game just requires more coordination and skill on the players side to not make mistakes, which is not very widely known in random PUGs.

If it was guildies, I would be fine to talk to them about those things, but I'm not hounding on every random PUG and basically asking spec/GS, then kicking them if it doesn't please me.

PUG still means Pick Up Group, does it not? It means you are picking up random strangers in order to complete some content.

It doesn't mean you do so with no tactics, preparation, or coordination going on. It's a skill-based game, so naturally it'd make sense to do some kind of initial check to make sure you are playing w/ people that are likely to be somewhat skilled, no? It's not unlike how in a gear-based game, you would make sure that a player joining actually meets the gear req. before entering. It doesn't take long to do, and you can do it while finding new members (ie. briefly talk to the members you currently have, while you're searching for the rest). And that's where the misconception lies.

Again, I'm not saying people need to run specific skills or specs, and I honestly don't normally do that w/ my PUGs anyway. However, it's a skill based game. There are certain base things that just need to be avoided. I.E. someone can't go into a dungeon with so little HP that they get 1-shotted by trash mobs. Just as (similar to most games) you are going to have a very bad time in a dungeon, if you go in w/ someone who doesn't wait for pulls, and doesn't listen to the rest of the group. Both are things that can be avoided by spending a couple minutes before entering just talking to your party. You don't have to go in completely blind w/ a PUG. Aside from that, though, there are skill choices that people can change (without having to modify their spec) which just make sense. Personally I often switch up my skills to deal w/ certain encounters. I.E. if a boss has heavy anti-melee abilities. It doesn't make sense to go full melee. Just as, if I know I'm going to be taking a ton of damage at the start of a fight, it'd make sense to bring some kind of AoE blind, block, invulnerability, or pet skills to soak up the damage.

You're right, though, the first clear is usually the hardest. It generally is the slowest (as people are still learning the encounters / getting used to your class setup), but it's not uncommon for PUGs to want to do multiple runs. Especially if the first one isn't a disaster. Explorables have very few encounters in this game that are basically 'whelp.. this is going to suck, just do what you can and hopefully we win'. Most have simple tricks or tactics that you can use to make the fight a LOT easier. They don't require a huge amount of coordination, usually just a quick explanation before each major encounter. And really, I don't know of many MMOs where I wouldn't bother asking if people know the fights or not. Especially in a PUG.

The encounters actually don't require specific classes. Yes, certain classes are better at certain types of situations, but it's hardly required. Furthermore, when Anet said they've cleared most encounters with 4 people, they weren't lying. It's been done, but it is a lot more frustrating than w/ 5. I was talking w/ a few guildies today, and we mentioned we might try and put out some videos to show just how doable these dungeons are. Currently we don't have the setup to record, but we may be working on that in the near future.

Honestly, the biggest difference between PUGing in this game vs. other MMOs, is the importance of rallying downed players. Groups where people don't prioritize getting up downed allies quickly, are doomed to failure. Even with a PUG u can make sure people will at least make an attempt to do that.

- To the part in red:

I think you may be overexaggerating what I'm saying in that regard. Again, I don't care about what spec / gear a person has. It doesn't really matter. What I do care about, is that people won't be getting 1 shotted, and that people have basic common sense. That's really all it comes down to, and it doesn't take long to figure that out.

There are certain setups that may make a dungeon run slower (ie if every is heavily specced for condition damage, as conditions have a cap on how they stack), but they're still doable. However, this part of the discussion is starting to get into an issue of efficiency, versatility, and convenience, which is an entirely separate and complex topic on it's own.

  aesperus

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10/06/12 8:05:47 PM#34
Originally posted by GrayGhost79

I've learned the best way to manage pugs is to not verbally lead them unless it's for a specific encounter like the lovers in AC story. Most pugs are eager to follow but for some reason verbally leading doesn't seem to be the way to do it.

Go in and call the targets, you will notice that they simply start attacking the targets you call. Lead by example, throw down combo fields and use them yourself, buff party members, use their combo fields and all of a sudden they will start following suite without asking why or needing to be told. It's weird, but this is how my pugs go. I silently lead and it works lol...

This ^

Works very well. I pretty much do the same. I call out warnings for the tricky encounters, make sure people are ready for pulls, and call targets. There are certain exceptions (like in butler path CM), where i will have people listen for a sec, as I explain how to bypass having to fight ~20 enemies at the same time, but they are at a minimum.

  moosecatlol

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10/06/12 8:16:52 PM#35
Originally posted by Aerowyn
Originally posted by PaRoXiTiC

It is a pretty tough dungeon, but once you figure out all the ins and outs it takes literally 20-30 mins to speed run through it and it becomes pretty easy.

 

WIth a good group of 5 of course.

don't see how just for the fact of how much health the mobs have.. we were fighting one that we didn't wipe once on and it took 5 min just to take down that single mob due to its insane health pool...

If you're interested, here's the hardest boss in the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hczh45-8sgM

 

The only reason it is the hardest boss is because it is a dps check, requiring 13k group dps and perfect coordination. It's only because of a bug from her 2nd transition that causes her to go to full health if you can't kill her before it happens, but still a month into the game and it has yet to be fixed.

  jnsereno

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10/06/12 8:20:02 PM#36

AC is a walk in the park.

 

You guys should try out Arrah before complaining about AC.

 

fucking Giganticus...

  Aerowyn

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OP  10/06/12 8:22:05 PM#37
Originally posted by jnsereno

AC is a walk in the park.

 

You guys should try out Arrah before complaining about AC.

 

fucking Giganticus...

yea heard Arrah is damn hard:)

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  Aerowyn

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OP  10/06/12 8:24:00 PM#38
Originally posted by moosecatlol
Originally posted by Aerowyn
Originally posted by PaRoXiTiC

It is a pretty tough dungeon, but once you figure out all the ins and outs it takes literally 20-30 mins to speed run through it and it becomes pretty easy.

 

WIth a good group of 5 of course.

don't see how just for the fact of how much health the mobs have.. we were fighting one that we didn't wipe once on and it took 5 min just to take down that single mob due to its insane health pool...

If you're interested, here's the hardest boss in the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hczh45-8sgM

 

The only reason it is the hardest boss is because it is a dps check, requiring 13k group dps and perfect coordination. It's only because of a bug from her 2nd transition that causes her to go to full health if you can't kill her before it happens, but still a month into the game and it has yet to be fixed.

is it a confirmed bug? only reason I ask I have had several DE boss encounters people thought were bugs but actually just the mechanics of the fight

I angered the clerk in a clothing shop today. She asked me what size I was and I said actual, because I am not to scale. I like vending machines 'cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it... so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential. --Mitch Hedberg

  aesperus

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10/06/12 9:08:47 PM#39
Originally posted by jnsereno

AC is a walk in the park.

 

You guys should try out Arrah before complaining about AC.

 

fucking Giganticus...

LOL, ya Giganticus Lupicus is a pain in the arse!

Definitely one of the hardest bosses in the game (especially if u let him eat those maggots early on)

  Clawzon

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10/06/12 9:14:16 PM#40
Originally posted by Aerowyn

Finally got around to trying one of these out we choose the lover's tomb path.. By far the hardest dungeon I have played in recent memory. The numerous traps pretty much 1 shot you espeically the fire ones. The first spider boss puts out a ton of AOE poison damage all over the room, we finaly were able ot tackle her then the next big fight consists of a monk and couple others.. One of them is a warrior type with a whirlwind attack that pulls anything within a damn big range too him and insta kills anyone he pulls.. We tried this encounter several times before one of our members droppped out and it was getting late so we called it a night... even in the little bit of it we got through it was extremly challenging and look forward to going back in the future.

Another one I did finaly was CM story mode which people said was sooo easy.. I found it to be pretty damn challenging especially the couple rooms that have a swarm of those bandit types.. You get one swarm up stairs then another in the basement.. Also the second to last fight with the bombers was pretty hard as well but overall fun dungeon. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the dungeons and after the last few MMOs I have played nice change of pace to get a good challenge in dungeons.

Oooh, nice!

What is required for Gold Silver and Bronze for those dungeons??

 

 

:)

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