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Part 63: It's generally good policy to stick with a quest, although later in the game you may want to abandon some of the quests and come back when you are later (vicious quests anyone?). Warlord is one of the few classes I don't take magnet: fireball with because CYDSTEPP alone is enough to carry you. You are often better off taking two extra attack boosters. That is a nice set of preps. One thing is the middle prep is not in any way connected to the pactmaker. It literally spawns an extra altar The first thing you should do is compress your locker item. I would start on either your entrance or altar to figure out where to WONAFYT, because those are the two worst squares to cover. Health is not very good for a warlord. You would be much better served with any mana boosting items. There are 10, so just count. I hope you start to like counting. This will help you later on. How is B2P useful? It allows you two do a focused fireball spike that would normally be only achievable through one off resources, and which also avoids any status affects you might have gotten from any non-counter-fireball enemy. I sound like a freaking dictionary. If it does nothing, why kill it? You could have IMAWALed it if you found IMAWAL. Don't forget to cast CYDSTEPP. Eh, you can use Taurog. It wouldn't be a good overall choice, but you would still win. Yeah, the speeches are buggy. It's a shame. They are rather amusing sometimes. He's a mana burner. How do you propose to kill him? Those enemies are both out of your league. And this will leave you poisoned. If only you would just do the math... You only get one attack on the wraith. You would have been able to kill him if you had just stacked burning. How did you not realize? It said BARELY ALIVE on the combat predictor. You clearly need to look at the panel more. You have might because you drank a mana potion. Don't complain. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? If you had just gone up to FULL MANA like you should that would have worked. You have to pay attention. This absentmindedness hurts you so much. It's already been a mana potion and 26 tiles. 26 TILES! Spirit pact isn't that good unless you go for more small conversion things. Like potions. Or spoons. There was really no reason to take a pact. It was smart not to, as you can save your consensus in case you need it. How on earth are you planning to kill a level 6 mana burner. You could kill him off a level up, assuming you took the health booster, but that's it. You had an extra 6 mana when you leveled. You might as well fireball something. Why would you kill the wraith if you aren't going to level up off it? Now you have to throw away popcorn and that's an unfortunate waste. You really should go for the magically immune one. It will be much easier. All you have to do is convert WONAFYT for an extra CYDSTEPP. If only you had thought. Thank you for regenerating exactly enough. Of course, you should have done the math in the first place, but at least you attempted to salvage it. You should go ahead and convert WONAFYT for 3 CYDSTEPPs. Wow, you just did that. That's like reading my future mind in the past. Or whatever. Nice job with that anyways, it was definitely your best choice. Actually, in a sense you really are wasting that exploration. Frankly, once you are good enough you should consider exploration unless it nets you BOTH health and mana. You can kill him rather easily with a mid fight level up. Good job seeing that. You are quite correct. You really don't have enough damage. I personally prefer damaging warlords. It will only put you at 21. The first hit dispels the slow and thus the extra exp. YES! YOU PLAYED IT RIGHT! THAT MEANS YOU CAN IMMEDIATELY KILL THE OTHER BOSS WITH YOUR EXTRA MANA! That, good sir, was VERY WELL DONE. One thing you should have done as soon as you saw the crusader subdungeon was take Taurog. Not for any of the boons. Just for a piety farm. Always explore out the map before tackling the boss in case there is any hidden popcorn or potions remaining on the map. For the final hit you should use schadenfreude. Good. You remembered. This was a very well done run other than the painful early mistakes.
KEY POINTS: Never forget to check up on enemies abilities (ESPECIALLY POISON AND MANA BURN). Do the math if you aren't sure. Add little mental checks before you start a fight to make sure you have all precasts, both stat bars are full, etc.
Part 64: Plant rage? This ought to be... interesting. Wow, that would be hilarious. I'm routing for gnome berserker in Namtar's Lair. Ick isn't that hard once you get better at dealing with plants. Goblin... bloodmage? That could be fun. You need more bloodmage practice (and appreciation for B2P), so I'm glad that got randomized. Purist is nasty for the bloodmage. Your game relies very heavily on BURNDAYRAZ, so not being able to prep it is PAINFUL. Elven boots are great for the bloodmage. It gets rid of your mana penalty. Those preps seem a bit overkill for a normal dungeon, but whatever. Hoarder is such a pain. Be very happy you brought a compression seal. I don't know where the quite a bit stronger came from, but you can at least beat level 2s. You can get 3 burns. That means you can score a total of 18 damage or 20 utilizing burning pop off. The pendant of health isn't terrible, there are just so many better items out there. You really need to do more class challenges to expand your shop pool. The bloodmage is a class that must be very delicately balanced. You have to balance between turning your blood into magic for fireballs and just beating stuff up. YOU CAN WIN RIGHT NOW BY FIREBALLING! Seriously, you need to account for burning damage. It is HUGE early. A level 4 would be a much better, but adventurers can't be choosers. There, you win. Wow, that's classic. Whenever you see an altar through some walls it means you'll have to go through about 1000 enemies to get there. You haven't even seen the labyrinth. It is a waste. Binlor isn't particularly good for your bloodmage. It wasn't worth killing popcorn to do so. IT ALWAYS GIVES YOU PISORF. That is what is says when you mouse over the WORSHIP button. I'm glad you realized GG would hate B2P. Thank you for using common sense. Every higher level kill is a victory. If you are grumbling about 1 level higher kills, I can't wait till you do vicious. Extra hp is actually very valuable for a bloodmage. Of course, you need to remember to take consensus first. DANG! That means your pact will be virtually useless. You only have the piety to score 2-3 hp off it tops. That golem has magic res. You cannot beat him. Every enemy is exp valuable if it gives any exp (which is almost everything). You may get off 3 fireballs, but at the price of half your hp bar. You are a level 3 with below average stats. He will totally beat you unless you score a mid fight level up. You can throw out 4 fireballs right now. With a level up and just a flat out hit you have won. That extra 1 health is the difference between 3 and 4 fireballs. How valuable. Yes, a level up kill is definitely the best way to approach the fight. Err, why would you potion? The burning pop off was good, but throwing away one of the bloodmage's extra powerful mana potions for 4 extra exp seems quite a waste. I hate to burst your bubble, but that magic resist kind of ruins your plans. I don't think it is worth throwing away 7 exp's worth in popcorn for a 2 level higher kill is worth it. There is a level 7 gorgon below your position. It is an ideal target. I'm glad you saw it. Either way, the kill requires you to use the blood pool, so you should choose the harder of the two. The level 7 meat man is NOT an easy kill. You can use B2P in spite of mana burn and gain mana anyways. Well, that's a bit of a waste, but it's a normal dungeon. WAIT! Each blood stain gives you a mana, so you didn't need to use 3. Two was plenty. That golem is far to tough of a target for you. You have a compression seal. You really aren't in trouble. You could kill the boss right now between popcorn and blood pools. He actually does a lot of damage. Why would you not be burning him. You can totally destroy Cha'Dylan with BURNDAYRAZ. You should have used your fireballs and saved your hp so you can pass over blood pools. You could just burn it and then first strike. You can totally own this boss. Just punch it repeatedly and use level ups and blood pools. Hoarder and miser are not that bad together. Oh yeah, on a side note, you can pick up that sensation stone and locker it. I recommend just hitting bosses. It is more effective than B2Ping. You can just use a bunch of blood pools. You are blowing the difficulty of this boss out of proportion. You did make a fairly stupid and embarrassing mistake, but it happens to all of us. WHY? You seriously underestimate the power of blood pools. You already have feeling parched, so you could use all of your mana potions to fireball and increase your sanguine percent. YES! Don't give up yet! Always burn while you can. Good choice. Don't B2P. Several more hits consists of 4 or so blood pools. Potions would be quicker, but you are losing cash out of game whenever you do so. Wow. Plant Rage was a very apt name. Well, nice win and all that (I feel like I'm being unoriginal because you never lose...).
KEY POINTS: If you are only going to use a pact (and or don't foresee purchasing any high cost boons), then take consensus beforehand. If you are going to use a potion to get a good kill, think about how much more exp you get using that potion vs a level up kill and ask yourself: "Is this potion really worth less than X exp?". Golems are terrible targets for a bloodmage.
Part 65: Well, at least it looks like you're going to get the crusader. Wow, this is set up to be a joke! Only... one? And it's cheeky? You could score specialist and unstoppable I bet, and I wouldn't be surprised if you could get warmonger. This is actually one of the easiest dungeons out there, and you are a berserker, the ideal class. A fine sword is a fine prep for your berserker. Wait, magnet: fire as a berserker? I would just prep Taurog and get warmonger instead. The smuggler's den is a mediocre prep. You are basically trading slightly worse stats for extra regen space. They are both level 1 magic attackers. What a waste. TAUROG! You can definitely score warmonger then. It's good you forgot your fireball. Again. Just keep forgetting please. Scoring warmonger will make things much easier in the future. Go with warmonger. You won't regret it. Warmonger and miser makes a tough combination. Actually, Taurog makes it fine. That is a terrible target. Why on earth would you not just convert some of the glyphs lying around? You aren't picking them up! You can kill popcorn for Taurog piety, but only as a last resort. Yeah, you might cry over the curse. All monsters but two deal magic damage, so curse is terrible. Thank you for noticing the strength potion. Now convert BURNDAYRAZ and take the helm to get the kill. CONVERT BURNDAYRAZ. You CAN out explore him. YOU'RE RIGHT! THERE ARE PEOPLE ON THE FORUM UNHAPPY ABOUT THAT! IT WAS TOTALLY UNAVOIDABLE! You had a convertable BURNDAYRAZ, you are going WARMONGER, and you were 1 piety short of 65% MAGIC RES. You could see from the outlook that wouldn't have worked. On the other hand if you were to get one more Taurog item... This is an instance where killing popcorn is okay. 1 popcorn exp to score 8 bonus exp is a good trade in my book. You got the iron man? You lucked out. You have over 25 piety and you haven't gotten all of Taurog's items. That is a problem. If you take one, JUST ONE item from Taurog you would have enough damage to kill without wasting tiles. YOU CAN TAKE TWO TAUROG ITEMS! At least you noticed. Although noticing a little bit earlier would have saved you tiles and the hassle of regen fighting this goat. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?! IT SAID WIN. THAT MEANS CLICK ON THE ENEMY. You (once again) are forgetting to factor resistances into your regen fighting calculations. You know what would be a great target? The indomitable. You could kill him at level 5, and you'll be able to kill him at level 6. Seriously, do the math. You could have saved a ton of tiles by just doing the math or regen fighting more cautiously. You can't beat the iron man right now, so take out the indomitable. He is so easy. In fact, I would purposely NOT level up, as to score the extra bonus exp. Seriously, is this run not case in point that HHoS is too easy? Rather easy? One of the easiest. You should take Unstoppable Fury because you don't want to accidentally waste piety by going over 100. Just on principle. Feeling Parched WOULD be doable if you hadn't already used a potion. Health potion will do it, you just don't account for resistance and DR. There, this is all clean up. Congrats on unlocking the crusader. They're quite a unique class... Anyways, good win on an easy hard with an ideal class. It was super fun and easy. I'm glad you noticed the walled in area. Just prep a transmutation seal to clear through that.
KEY POINTS: Before you use a potion make sure it is necessary. If you are of Taurog, have over 32 piety and have not taken all of the items and a DP, there is something wrong. Do the math. AND CALCULATE RESISTS FOR REGEN FIGHTING!
Part 66: It is the last one! The crusader isn't particularly good for magma mines. There aren't even curse guys. On the contrary--crusaders work greatly with goblins. You level up a bunch IMMEDIATELY, then since you have extra popcorn and less level ups for momentum you can really get your damage going. Unfortunately, BURNDAYRAZ ends your momentum. That is JJ. And you found him very early. And you are immune to a bunch of his punishments. This ought to be great. Flames doesn't half your attack bonus, it subtracts 50% from attack bonus. That means it leaves your average 30% attack bonus adventurer at -20% attack bonus. Because you are CORRODED he can kill you in one shot. Weaken just lowers your base damage. Did you even lock at momentum. I'd mouse over it. You can just keep stacking that. Momentum is tricky. You have to balance it properly. GETINDARE is quite nice for the crusader. The boss is magic immune. You can't WEYTWUT him. Good. Petition is huge. Boost mana is actually rather lame for a crusader. Unfortunately, JJ isn't THAT good for a crusader. A crusader wants damage above all, and that is the one thing JJ does NOT provide. You don't need to level up right now. You should be fishing for a good target rather than throwing away popcorn. You just need to look for a better target. WAIT! Make sure the direction you are pushed does not shove you into blackspace. Why are you so intent on killing much higher level targets? Your crusader is simply not good enough to kill that level 6 wraith, or any level 6 for that matter. On the other hand the one level higher level 4 is a good target. How on earth do you plan to whittle a 3 level higher guy. You regen ridiculously slowly. If you had pre-quaffed the strength potion that was viable. It was a good plan. If only you could remember your strength potion. Or an extra mana and a piece of popcorn. NO! DON'T YOU DARE WASTE YOUR GETINDARE! Good. You did waste popcorn. but it's okay. The crusader always starts slow. You just have to get your momentum going (both literally and figuratively). Wow, that only leaves the walled in secret class. Taurog is GREAT for the transmuter. Just remember to save BURNDAYRAZ. 1 level above you is fine. If that is the best your character can do, then JUST DO THAT. Ick is really easy with the crusader, although the plants eat your momentum alive (unless they fixed it/changed it). You have a compression seal. For your shop pool that hero's helm is great, but as soon as you get some good items, you'll see. How on earth is your level 5 going to beat a level 9? Wait! NO! STOP! You should convert into Taurog who is VERY EFFECTIVE for your crusader. 19 mana isn't even very good for a crusader. You might as well be playing a guard. If only you had strength potioned... What a waste. If you had just converted to Taurog this would be so much easier. How were you going to kill him? Stop complaining about how you can't kill anything, killing some 1 level higher targets, and STOP WASTING YOUR TIME TRYING RIDICULOUS KILLS! You are destroying yourself in a desperate attempt to get a kill that your crusader cannot manage. Wrong. If you level up, clean up a good amount of popcorn, throw back a strength potion and hit and first strike. I'm going to be honest: you are playing badly. The majority of your run has been you attempting far to difficult kills and complaining about how lame your character is. I always stay honest here (although that might have been a bit too harsh). A level up kill is suicidal. Wow, that was accidentally quite smart. If you just level up now you can kill him without taking damage and save tiles. Why is your DAMAGE FOCUSED crusader going for a PHYSICALLY IMMUNE boss? Just harvest some popcorn, throw down a strength potion, regen 3 tiles, and kill the magically immune boss. That would level you and you can fireball the last one. Then use the exploration in your subdungeon to regen up for the final kill which you can use your remaining resources to defeat. You should just kill him. Throw down the strength potion to destroy this guy. Look at that. you can practically kill him right there is it even worth leveling? Why does it matter when you have GETINDARE? Taurog can deal with you throwing a fireball or two. Grab the armor, clean up as much as possible (and the momentum from killing weak popcorn lets you kill strong popcorn). You'll definitely win, but this was a painful run. Why would you not use your strength potion? You have extra regen space. Taurog takes away mana. Throw down the strength potion after a mana to do a cool kill. And there goes your GETINDARE. That's why you have to THINK. That was a very poorly played run. At least you recognized it though. You never looked at the subdungeon. Also, you really need to look for the last race. It is out west.
KEY POINTS: Seriously, take the best kill you can get and don't try kills you cannot get. JJ is bad for the transmuter. You want DAMAGE. Don't just remember the strength potion--USE IT! Wow. Those are my only two big points, but you have to realize just how big the first point is. That is basically the source of how terrible that run was.
If I might make a recommendation, Jay. I recommend you take a break and take out a bunch of class challenges. Especially do silvers and the bronze challenges for classes you are BAD with, as it helps you learn them a bit. If you are up for a normal run, I recommend out west for the final race. Also, you really need to do the gnome and halfling puzzles. The two items they give are ridiculous.
Oh, and one final note: Even though you hadn't noticed (clicking too fast through your trophy sales), that last goblin bone sold for 30 gold. 30 GOLD! That means the devious and mysterious trophies marked with a bloody "H" (which have been talked about in previous story banners) are starting to really hit your economy. Since the (IMO) under-communicated goal of the game (as in what ends the main storyline) is to collect all of the trophies, I recommend you do that as fast a possible.
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