It’s been another frustrating couple of weeks for the Challenge Mode Noobs. After our last silver in Scholo almost a month ago, we decided to work on getting another, this time in Stormstout Brewery.
One of the problems we’ve been facing is our ever-changing roster. Our group from the start has consisted of me, Luxy, Navi and Lush and the fifth spot has been filled with members of both Shadow Rising or the Frostwolves or friends of Luxy. Sev has been our fifth for the last couple of runs, so he’s helped out with the consistency a bit. But in one of the weeks, Lush was out got sick and wasn’t online, so we brought in a few more Frostees to fill his spot, first Moo, then Xyn, but in the end it wasn’t happening and we couldn’t get our silvers in the Brewery.
So last weekend, with a healthy Lush, we went back to the alehouse, determined to finally get our medals. Ook-Ook wasn’t really a problem for us and Hoptallus would occasionally give us fits, but the boss that gave us the most trouble was Yan-Zhu the Uncasked.
We would get to Yan-Zhu with about 7 to 8 minutes on the silver timer pretty consistently until his alementals spawned. Our goal was to burst him down as fast as we could before we got overwhelmed with the adds. For the most part, we did a good job in blocking the healing beams that the alementals would channel towards Yan-Zhu, but if even one of the beams got to him, it would heal him for a lot. We had some weird things happen, where beams would get through, even though we were blocking them. Even Sev was using his pet to block the beams and it would sometimes work, sometimes not. I would try to help by interrupting a couple to group them up to make just one beam, but sometimes the repositioning would put them right up on Yan-Zhu or place me in a position where I was hitting the group with Bloat. Luxy then suggested creating a square formation close to and around Yan-zhu for blocking the beams without having to move too much and angling ourselves so Bloat wouldn’t hit anybody.
So, in normal CMN style, it took us a few attempts and a couple resets, but we were finally able to claim our silvers. Go team!
That medal puts me at 7 silvers with two left to go (need to do Gate of the Setting Sun again to get the Frostees caught up, lol). I know we can get Scarlet Monastery, there’s only one trash pull that gives us problems. But Shado-Pan Monastery is gonna be the big one, we haven’t stepped our Challenge Mode feet in there in a long time and I believe it’s the hardest one to do. With a couple of resets, we should be able to get that one too, lol.