You seem to have a better paladin formula because you breezed through with a paladin or, did I just have bad luck?
Patches, prepared a potion to cure mana burn, bought a second potion to cure mana burn, converted Patches after suffering mana burn twice.
I also went godless, started fighting Evolvia at level 7, and drank only a couple mana potions to pull it off, leaving a fair chunk of monsters alive. Kept all the mid and low-level wraiths alive to use as free heals in the boss battle. I was playing elf paladin, so a mid-battle level-up gave me an extra 18 mana to work with.
Also, would this be so easy if you didn't have the dragon shield? I suppose the problem is it is too easy to get the dragon shield.
Making Dragonshield harder to get wouldn't make it any less broken once you have it. Besides, I killed Matron with a CYDSTEPP rogue initially, so it's not like he's the only approach, just the most obvious.
Even without the dragonshield, I would have prepared Trisword and still had no problems beating this level first try.
Also, I just crushed eeblis with a monk on my first try! I used all my health potions, but could have used unstoppable fury instead. It really just isn't that hard. They need to seriously buff eeblis.
Okay, if the Monk
can breeze through that level with the boss so heavily stacked against him, it may even qualify as an "easy" mission.
Alternatively the map itself should be made more difficult, but excluding completely unwinnable situations like my previous example, I'm not really sure how that would be feasible.
Yeah, the map is already prone to gimping you so I don't see how this could be done. I lost my first attempt because Patches teleported me to a little island inhabited only by a level 9 monster. Didn't prepare patches my second time around...
It could easily be possible to beat him with every class. (Maybe not wizard, but easily with everything else!)
You'd need to find HALPMEH or CYDSTEPP to pull it off with a wizard, but yeah it's doable. The ability to retaliate fireballs combined with basically no walls to PISORF off of means that you MUST fight with physical attacks, so the presence of either HALPMEH or CYDSTEPP makes this level far
Don't know about performance/slowdown/crash issues, as I haven't encountered them. On the other hand, I have 8GB of RAM and nothing else running so I really wouldn't feel a memory leak unless it was massive.