I put off taking part in the new PvP Frontlines because I was unsure which Grand Company I wanted to settle with. Once you start levelling it up, switching means you lose all your progress!
Despite starting in Ul'dah as a tiny little Monk, I finally decided to support the Maelstrom! A lot of my friends and LS members chose the same, and personally, Limsa Lominsa is the most convenient and comfortable main city to live in!
Frontlines is incredibly fun, and unlike the Wolves' Den, death doesn't mean game over! Over 70 players going head to head on the battlefield in a grand scale King of the Hill challenge, there's just no stop to the action!
The Eyes of Bahamut finally bested Turn 3's Avatar; a giant, guardian robot that 99% of the time stops intruders dead in their tracks.
We are the 1%!
We used a timed macro system in order to know where to stand and who should deal with certain mechanics. As a Monk, the fight is very TP intensive, Invigoration timing has to be perfect, overusing our doubling up on DoT abilities during adds is a huge mistake, and knowing when to stop and back off to survive certain deadly attacks such as Allagan Field is key! It didn't take as long as Turn 2 to down, but something tells me the next and final Turn will be the biggest headache of all...!
It's time to delve back into the Crystal Tower again! Or should I say...Syrcus Tower!
The second instalment of the 24-man Crystal Tower raid was unlocked in Patch 2.3, and it's beautiful!
Much like the Original Crystal Tower, it consists of 4 bosses and some trash mobs in between!
A lot of the mechanics are borrowed from the original Labyrinth of the Ancients, Coil of Bahamut, and Battle on the Big Bridge, including elemental attacks such as ice and fire that cancel each other out, holding enemies in certain positions in order to charge up teleport pads to escape certain death, and hiding behind big rocks to avoid wiping!
In general, the difficulty is on par with the original raid, and each boss is colourful, eccentric, and boast a huge array of unique and fun mechanics.
The final boss, Xande, is the final boss of Crystal Tower in Final Fantasy III. Square Enix confirmed the next Crystal Tower installation will be the last, but where could it possibly take place?!
We'll just have to wait and find out!
Rewards include ilvl100 equipment that is essentially cosplay from each of the Labyrinth's and Syrcus Tower's bosses! Here's the tanking body piece! Each run also has the possibility of dropping Unidentified Allagan Tomestones, Oil of Time, Furnishing items and Minions! Plus loads of Mythology Tomestones to boot!
Of course, there is a weekly lockout in place due to the raid being new, so I will be using it to casually level up my WAR for now! Wish me luck!
Patch 2.3was released a couple of weeks ago! The first thing Strawberry tackled was the Main Scenario missions, here's a small, spoiler-free recap of what happened!
Unlike 2.2 there wasn't a huge buildup to the main feature - Ramuh! Unlike other Primals, this garlic-bearded old man didn't want to conquer or destroy the world, but decided to judge Strawberry and the Scions to see if Eorzea can be defended by their strength alone!
Ramuh is a very interesting fight. The Story version isn't that difficult, the same cannot be said for the Extreme version, though! Players must practice positioning, learn to purposely damage other players to knock them out of a trance that results in instant death, and damage Ramuh Egis before they bring down the hammer of judgement!
With Gridania saved again, it was time to see what other drama had occurred around Eorzea...!
Ul'dah is in a lot of trouble if one little Syndicate member gets away with what they are trying to do - which would explain Nanamo's tears! Strawberry and friends already defeated the Ultima weapon once (or twice?) but what if something like the Omega weapon were to be uncovered...?!
Introducing the Defenders of Eorzea! The scions (with some help from Strawberry, of course) recruited members from all walks of Eorzea, from baddies that had changed their ways to retired heroes. No matter what the problem, the defenders will be able to solve it!
Well... maybe not all the problems...
Something tells me Coerthas is going to be getting pretty crowded in the future...!
Having just made my very own Spring Dress, it seems Spring has already ended and Patch 2.3 is just around the corner! I managed to complete everything 2.2 and 2.25 had to offer, and I am currently working towards:
It's almost time for Patch 2.3! Here are some funny highlights from 2.2 and 2.25!
Waah! I didn't get to talk about the new Hildibrand quests at all! I was so engrossed in the fantastic storytelling and amazing comedy to take any screenshots! One fight, however, possibly became my favourite fight in the game; Gilgamesh!
Slapstick from start to finish, Gilgamesh was a joy to "fight", he would turn adventurers into frogs, set loose chickens on them, mess up some of his attacks, and even apologise half way throughout the fight! I cannot wait for an Extreme Mode version of this!
I have been with the Maelstrom long enough to unlock this escutcheon! With new Frontlines PvP on the horizon, do I switch back to the Immortal Flames or drink the sea's bitter draught till' sea swallows all?
Jkun brought back a unique minion from one of his ventures!
...What an ugly little chap.
Over 500 people seem to love Strawberry! This was enough to unlock the Gilded Magitek mount! Of course, nothing will beat my fat chocobo, but it's nice to know I must be doing something right through the commendation system!
Lastly, over the course of a year Strawberry has defeated over 100,000 enemies - what an achievement! Here's to another 200,000 deaths by her tiny Lalafell hands!