The Ship Boss
Since the launch of Destiny I have had a desire to do the raid content… because that is the sort of thing I would do in any of the MMOs. Unfortunately Destiny never really gained the sort of traction that I would have liked among my circle of friends. Initially Tam and Ash and Kodra all played… but petered out pretty quickly. With the launch of The Taken King there was a bit of a resurgence, but similarly did not last terribly long. Another friend that would have probably happily joined in raid time fun… plays on a completely different console. I had gotten to the point where I kept considering trying to brute force a raid to happen by coaxing various friends who I know that play the game casually into joining me for madness. Then out of the blue my good friend Squirrel almost strong arms me into joining the raid with his clan Axioma, which in truth I jumped at the opportunity. Last night was that raid and I have to say I am hooked. Firstly the group of folks I went in with are amazing, and super chill about newbie failures. I cannot fathom how the first people to do this raid figured out some of the crap that you need to do. I swear it took me a solid thirty minutes to get through the ship encounter, where you have to jump from one ship at the right time as another one is fading from underneath you. All the while Wet was super supportive and coaxing me through the process, and while I felt horrible to taking so long to grasp the jumps… it was kinda awesome that they were willing to let me keep attempting it.
The entire night I was admittedly largely clueless and doing everything I could to listen to the directions and execute them to the best of my ability. When playing with a new group of folks, there is always the strong desire to “not fail miserably”. That said I still managed to cause us to wipe a few times, and regardless of the situation everyone was really relaxed and just kept plugging forward. I have to say this has done more than anything to validate my decision to follow Squirrel and jump clans, because it seems like this really is an amazing group of folks. I am just floored that I have gone from being a pre-raid super casual, to having defeated Oryx in a single night. I fully expected the rookie night raid thing to be a much harder slog, but I am guessing we had more than enough ringers to make the entire process feel more manageable. I would happily sign up for this every week, and while the loot is a huge draw… I really enjoyed the process of doing the fights and want to see them keep going more smoothly. My favorite of the fights was probably Golgoroth just because there is something special about taking down a jump sized Ogre. We managed to do the “challenge” version of Oryx… which suddenly makes me wonder just what the challenge versions of the other bosses are. I somewhat doubt that I will be able to attend the hard mode content, but I have to say normal mode was a freaking blast.
I think the thing that I appreciate the most about the King’s Fall encounter is the way that even though I was a first timer… I was still forced to do “real” mechanics. Sure the fact that everyone else was adept at the fights gave me significant more wiggle room, but I still had to do a job in the encounters. Being “carried” is not nearly the thing that it is in other games. For example when I got my Moose in World of Warcraft… my friends in the Praetorian Guard straight up carried me to victory. You could have completely removed my warm body from the equation and none of the fights would have gone any differently. Last night it felt like I had a purpose and I had a role to play, and when I failed to complete my assigned task… we wiped or at the very list struggled for a bit. I think this is largely because of the small raid size of only having six players. The bigger the raid the more padding, and just like in a ten player raid in WoW everyone has to be on point to succeed at a fight. We apparently took roughly three hours to clear the entire raid, but I have to say that the time flew by because all of it was fresh and new and exciting. I am sure the more you do this the less that will be the case, but for right now I am completely enamored with these encounters.
More amazing than pretty much anything however is the fact that I am finally off high center in this game and now have breached the 300 light barrier. You have to understand that I have been struggling bit by bit to get over the 300 light barrier for roughly six months in this game. Now admittedly that is not six months of constant play, but at very least I am spending a little bit of time on my titan every single week. Honestly after having played this game for as long and as often as I have… I am not sure there really is a viable way to hit 300 light apart from the raid. Above is a gallery of the items that I ended up snagging. The only thing not shown is a 300 ghost shell, which I have subsequently passed on to my hunter since I had a better option already on my Titan. The highlight of the evening however is the two weapon drops from Oryx. I guess because we did the challenge mode we were guaranteed a weapon, and I just happened to roll well and get one from the other chest also. Having both the raid Pulse Rifle and Auto Rifle would have honestly been the two weapons I would have chose had I been able to snag any of the ones available. Those tend to be my two favorite weapon types in Destiny, and while I have heard that the Auto rifle is less than amazing…. I want to give it a shot for myself. Basically over the next week I need to spend some time leveling all the new stuff that I managed to pick up. It was one hell of a night, and I greatly thank the Axioma Clan folks for taking me with them.