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  1. IccyAsd's Avatar
    I finally got through the Epic Castle Never dungeon last night. I got into a group that needed a bubble tank. For anyone considering doing CN, I don't believe that this is possible with just some random group unless you get really lucky and get in with a bunch of super powerful people. In this case, we actually got onto an Xbox live party and, especially during the final battle, there was a lot of communication.

    Our group consisted of 3 DPS (I think we had a warlock, great fighter, and trickster rogue), bubble paladin, and haste cleric. I basically had the perma-bubble going any time we were fighting. 4 of the 5 of us were at about 2600 equipment level with one at over 3k so nothing too crazy high.

    I did learn some things like how I had equipped the wrong powers for my paladin. And I never really knew what recovery did. Now I know that it helps with your AP which is really important for maintaining the bubble (and other daily powers for everyone else). And I now know that I really want to get a soulforged enchantment (revives you when you die).
    I have done a bunch of CN last week, bubble paladin is almost a must for the last boss, else it's a 1 shot even for me unbuff 15-16k def, I think OP bubble build need kind of same setup as my ITF GF, def>recovery comes first so you could get your dailies full quickly.

    Take sometime to understand more about OP before you do any big changes to it, I would wait until they push out the next update, but if the changes doesn't cost too much go ahead. On future update bubble OP and haste cleric will get a big nerf, result in many ppl changing build so this 2 classes will get a free respec token.

    I did not choose soulforge enchantment for my GF, negation enchantment synergies with ITF, so the higher my damage reduce the higher my buff goes.
    06-02-2016 12:35 PM
  2. IccyAsd's Avatar
    I keep wanting to go to it. I'll be on after work tonight (about 4 hours), I might give it another look. The respec cost has always been what kept me from it ($5 or 180K+ AD). I've got almost 400K saved up, maybe I'll bite the bullet. I'd probably be more up for jumping to it if we were struggling without it, but we've progressed well. IDK, I've gotta find a build for it as well, which has proven really tough. The NEWEST I've seen is about a year old and not explained well on some fronts.
    If you are not in rush wait for next update, OP & DC gets a free respec token, I think it will probably be end of this month. Could save you some AD
    06-02-2016 12:40 PM
  3. littlebib's Avatar
    Take sometime to understand more about OP before you do any big changes to it, I would wait until they push out the next update, but if the changes doesn't cost too much go ahead. On future update bubble OP and haste cleric will get a big nerf, result in many ppl changing build so this 2 classes will get a free respec token.
    Yeah. I'm definitely still learning and then will need to relearn everything when the do the next update. Pretty annoying timing for me (I won't get into whether it is a good/bad change).

    The changes I've made so far included just a gem from a cost standpoint to add some recovery. The other changes I've made were on what daily powers I use. Basically, I changed out Divine Touch and Smite for Binding Oath and Bane. I may re-swap Smite for Bane but I have to play with that more to see. Essentially, I had been scared of Binding Oath because it seems you could kill yourself pretty easily, but it seems I may have been over-reacting.
    06-02-2016 01:11 PM
  4. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    If you are not in rush wait for next update, OP & DC gets a free respec token, I think it will probably be end of this month. Could save you some AD
    Yeah, we had discussed that last week, right? That was something else keeping me from switching--if I paid it, then got a free respec token, I'd be pretty peeved. I know someone (Viva?) was saying Pallys were nerfed in the latest update for PC, is that what's coming to XB1? If so, I can't help but wonder if Haste DCs will meet a similar fate, since they made up that must-have pairing of characters with the haste and bubble.
    06-02-2016 06:57 PM
  5. IccyAsd's Avatar
    Yeah, we had discussed that last week, right? That was something else keeping me from switching--if I paid it, then got a free respec token, I'd be pretty peeved. I know someone (Viva?) was saying Pallys were nerfed in the latest update for PC, is that what's coming to XB1? If so, I can't help but wonder if Haste DCs will meet a similar fate, since they made up that must-have pairing of characters with the haste and bubble.
    Yes it will come soon to Xbox, the whole idea is they do not want a class that's too much depended on, like no one cares what CW, HR, SW, GWF, TR build are, it also comes with a fix for lostmauth set (not intended like the text description) it gives too much dmg in result of all dps class using it, so they will have a npc for lostmauth artifact swapping, quality of the artifact retains but it will lose the level in-between
    06-02-2016 07:41 PM
  6. PerfectZer0's Avatar
    I just dropped a lot of goodies into the guild chest about 20mins ago. All we need now for the next upgrade is a lot of influence and a few thousand in surplus equipment. I also maxed what I could in resources. I'll start having all my characters make surplus chests starting tomorrow. Influence is going to be a drag though.
    06-02-2016 10:14 PM
  7. IccyAsd's Avatar
    I just dropped a lot of goodies into the guild chest about 20mins ago. All we need now for the next upgrade is a lot of influence and a few thousand in surplus equipment. I also maxed what I could in resources. I'll start having all my characters make surplus chests starting tomorrow. Influence is going to be a drag though.
    Thanks for donating! Don't worry too much about surplus lets just focus on influence it may take sometime to get there, I have 2 char so I can get 800 today
    06-02-2016 11:58 PM
  8. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    Yeah, like I said, I'm on after work most every day. That's about 4 PM CST that I'll get in. Given I'm playing a Cleric, I can't run those SH heroics myself, but if others are up for it, I'll totally play to get my daily Influence in every evening. I can try to get my Paladin in on it as well, since he just hit 60, but he's also not left the Enclave since about level 8, so he's wearing total junk gear I'll have to replace before I throw him to the literal and figurative wolves in the SH.
    06-03-2016 12:09 AM
  9. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    Everyone has been doing good on Influence since we sent out the Guild Mail on Thursday. I had fun earning 400 Influence with all 3 of my characters last night, with the help of Viva la Wong, True Gimmick, ChalkyDude, and StaticX.

    Still, we need sooo much Influence. We've gotta step things up with an extra Guild Meetup this week.

    This Saturday, we'll do Guild Stronghold Heroic Encounters starting at 10am ET - the same time we meet on Sundays.

    Please join us if you can! And don't forget to come team up with us on Sunday morning too!
    06-03-2016 04:56 AM
  10. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    We did it, guys! We built the Stable! Extra special thanks to Thyrennia for donating the most Influence out of everyone. You can find the Stable just Northeast of our Stronghold Guild Hall.



    The Stable has a new quest you can pick up:



    This single-player checkpoint race takes place at the Blacklake District (sometimes it might be for other maps):



    You pick up the reward at the entrance to the Blacklake District. The Tier 3 Reward is 10 Influence. Not a lot, but you can pick the quest up again after 3.5 hours. So In one day, some players might be able to earn 30-40 extra Influence from this easy quest.



    As promised, the Stable also unlocks a Defense Boon! You must manually activate this Boon for all of your characters.



    To do this:

    1. Go to the Guild Stronghold
    2. Push Start/Menu
    3. Go left to Character
    4. Pick Boons
    5. Scroll Down to Guild Stronghold
    6. Press Right Trigger until you reach the Defense category
    7. Select Defense Bonus and press A. Activating the Defense Bonus is buggy. If the word Active doesn't appear under the Defense Bonus icon, head to a different map and try again.


    The next Guild upgrade

    With the Stable now built, we have two choices for our next upgrade.

    Stable Level 2, which will increase our Guild Defense Boon from 800 to 1600:



    Or Guild Hall 6, which will increase the Guild Coffer capacity and unlock Level 3 upgrades for all Guild structures:



    Both of these upgrades have massive Influence costs! Stable 2 needs much less Influence, but it also requires a lot of Frozen Treasures from the Icewind Dale campaign. Guild Hall 6 requires an insane 155,000 Influence, which will take forever.

    Either way, we need both of these upgrades. Our current plan is to aim for Stable 2. If we reach the requirements for Guild Hall 6 before Stable 2, we'll switch to Guild Hall 6. It all depends on how long it takes us to accumulate the Frozen Treasures for Stable 2.

    Guild meetups every Saturday and Sunday morning



    Because we need so much Influence for our next two upgrades, we'll be doing Guild meetups every Saturday and Sunday morning at 10am ET from now on. Please join us every Saturday and Sunday morning when you can. Don't forget to wear your headset so you can join the Xbox Live Party, and be sure to mute your mic when not talking to the party. Mic etiquette is very important, especially during big meetups like ours.



    Thanks everybody, and enjoy these two group shots from last week's meetup!
    Last edited by Paul Acevedo; 06-05-2016 at 11:56 PM.
    06-05-2016 02:33 AM
  11. Matt Riddle's Avatar
    I work nights and stay up playing on my nights off. I won't be able to make the Saturday Sunday meet ups. When I wake in the afternoons I log on while drinking some coffee and do what I can for a bit before real life takes over and I go to work. I stay up all night and play on Sunday Monday nights. I'm in Montana so that's mountain timezone or -7 . I look for members when I'm on and will continue to do so. I just reached 60 with my first character and in the under dark quests.
    06-08-2016 02:05 AM
  12. DEADP00L1391's Avatar
    I'll be won't be able to turn up for most on the meet ups now since I'll be working on most of the weekends over the summer but I will hopefully be on in the afternoons.
    06-08-2016 09:09 AM
  13. Thyrennia's Avatar
    Gonna be afk for a few days. Running around doing things for my bday. But will see you all for guild meet ups. ^^
    06-08-2016 01:37 PM
  14. Matt Riddle's Avatar
    Happy birthday
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    06-09-2016 12:41 AM
  15. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    Have a great birthday, Thyrennia!
    Last edited by Paul Acevedo; 06-09-2016 at 05:17 AM.
    06-09-2016 02:03 AM
  16. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    It has been a while since we ran a contest, and it's time to fix that. Next week, we're giving out our last Boar Mounts to 10 lucky (and dedicated) players.



    Contest Details:

    • Prize: Boar mount (50% speed bonus)
    • Begins at daily reset time (6am ET/3am PT) Monday, June 13
    • Ends at daily reset time (6am ET/3am PT) Thursday, June 16 (Total duration: 3 days)
    • How to enter: To qualify for the contest, you must earn and donate 400 Influence all 3 days (1200 total influence) with a character who is below Level 70.
    • Additional rules: Players who have a Level 70 character may enter, but only if they participate using a sub-Level 70 character. Earning extra Influence prior to the start of the contest is okay, but you must still donate on Saturday and Sunday if you played on those days. Donating 1200 total Influence using multiple sub-Level 70 characters belonging to the same Gamertag is permitted (in case somebody misses a day).
    • Determination of the winner: On Thursday, Iccy will use Random.org to select 10 winners from all eligible characters who donated 1200 Influence during the contest period. Prizes will be sent through Xbox Live messages. Winners must redeem the code through the Arc app for Xbox One and then pick up the prize from the Rewards Agent in Protector's Enclave.


    I'll be leaving for E3 on Sunday morning and returning on Friday the 17th. Will definitely miss everyone while I'm gone. Good luck, everybody!
    Last edited by Paul Acevedo; 06-09-2016 at 05:18 AM.
    06-09-2016 02:25 AM
  17. Metal Miracle's Avatar
    Happy Birthday!
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    06-09-2016 06:40 AM
  18. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    I'm hopefully going to be on tonight. I'd like to help out with the Frozen Treasure hunt, if possible. However, since I'm a cleric (and inept at killing things in Icewind Dale), I'm going to need some assistance. If anyone else is up for running around in there this evening, let me know in-game. I'll probably also look at doing Sharandar (haven't done my weekly Arc. Res.), maybe Dread Ring, and some skirmishes/dungeons. Coming up on the weekend, so I should be good to play late into the night/early into the morning (though not too late, since we got guild meetup in the morning!).
    06-10-2016 01:14 PM
  19. Derrin01's Avatar
    Great contest. Will love to be in it. Need to get my alt to 30 so I can get it in the guild. Hoping I will be 70 before the end of the contest. Hope it does not take long to get the 400 influence. I am going to visit my grandson in Texas on Wed. Plan is to leave and spend the whole day out there.
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    06-11-2016 01:00 PM
  20. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    Have you beaten the secret boss Oculus the Inflamed yet? You'll get an Achievement for it. Here's how to find him:



    Oculus the Inflamed can be found way at the end of The Chasm, a Level 49 area. So you must be Level 49 or higher to get the Achievement.

    In The Chasm, take the portals at the following map coordinates to reach the Mystic Grotto/The Jagged Approach where Oculus appears:
    • 13266,-348 portal to Scrying Tower
    • 506,420 portal to Unhallowed Grounds
    • 154,999 portal to Mystic Grotto (head Northeast to find this portal)

    Oculus can be found in a hidden area that appears as a darkened tunnel at the top-right corner of the map. This area is known as The Jagged Arppoach, but you reach it on foot from Mystic Grotto. If his location is not randomized, you'll find him at the Northeast corner of the map near 14137, -902.
    06-11-2016 02:18 PM
  21. Derrin01's Avatar
    Nice will have to head over there soon.
    06-11-2016 03:06 PM
  22. Metal Miracle's Avatar
    Ty for the guide, found him! :)
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    06-14-2016 09:03 AM
  23. littlebib's Avatar
    I know we don't have a lot of paladins in the guild, but have any of you figured out how to use your free respect since they maimed the bubble? I ran a couple of dungeons yesterday without changing anything just to see. The 6 second duration of the bubble really makes it pretty useless. They definitely made it more of an emergency use thing. But, the problem with that is, do you just wait and not use another daily? That seems a waste. Has anyone found any good advice for the respec?
    06-17-2016 06:18 AM
  24. DirtBagMan's Avatar
    My wife and I have both started Paladins and both are in their early 20's. We have no idea now how to build them. I have a MMO Minds build I love, but it doesn't seem like it will work well now. I know we needed Pally's but is it going to be worth having them now.
    06-17-2016 04:08 PM
  25. Paul Acevedo's Avatar
    Hey guys, I missed you while I was away at E3! Thankfully, you did great earning Influence while I was gone. We have now completed the Stable Level 2 upgrade. The Guild Defense Boon now provides 1600 Defense instead of 800. Way to go!



    We're also very close to being able to afford the Guild Hall Level 6 upgrade! As of this moment, we just need a bunch of Gold and ~35,000 Influence. Everyone please donate what you can and don't stop doing Stronghold Heroic Encounters. We should be able to afford the upgrade within the week.

    After Guild Hall 6, our next targets are Marketplace 3 (which unlocks the ability to buy Dragonflight accessories) and Stable 3 (which unlocks the Guild Armor Penetration boon and increases the Guild Defense boon to 2400). Each of these will require massive amounts of Treasures of Tyranny (as does Guild Hall 7), so please work on the Tyranny of Dragons campaign and the Well of Dragons quests as much as you can.

    Interview

    While I was in Los Angeles, I had the special chance to interview Rob Overmeyer, Executive Producer of Neverwinter. They didn't give me much time with him, but I used all of it to advocate for improvements that many of us would like to see.



    Please watch the whole video, Like it, and Subscribe to my channel so that our videos will come up more often in search results. Stay tuned for my article that will include some of the information from the interview and my thoughts on it.
    Last edited by Paul Acevedo; 06-19-2016 at 10:23 PM.
    06-18-2016 05:37 PM
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