Operations

You win some ... and lose ... a lot
This is a list of all the operations bosses.  I also plan to have some general gameplay footage of clearing the trash so anyone new to the instances can get a feel for how everything works.  The Tantalus is a fantastic raiding guild that I'm privileged to be part of.  The Tantalus has put raiding on hold indefinitely so I am looking for other opportunities to continue raiding.  Thank you to those of you who have taken me on provisionally, hopefully I'll be able to continue providing the footage that you are all used to.

We are currently a strict 8 man guild, though there has been talk about expanding.  I'm not sure what stage we are at, but even when it does happen we'll initially be running two 8 man groups and not a full 16.  Why do you ask?  There is no risk/reward benefit - the only reason we're going to add another 8 man group at this point is because that might change and we want to be ready if it does.

With the general strategies for each boss I'll be including my own observations - what to do, and what not to do as a tanking role.  Most of the time I am OTing (offtanking) with our current setup, I'm not sure if there are plans to change that because so far we mesh pretty well together.  Many of the fights don't require two tanks, but are marginally (to moderately) easier with the two of us working together.

I'll try to include strats for Normal, Hard and Nightmare in the same post - the footage might be from either/or since we're running them all on a weekly basis and I'll just use what I have at the time.  I'll also put in a section for Tank Specific tips toward the bottom for those of you who are looking specifically for your role.

Eternity Vault (5/5 Nightmare)




Karagga's Palace (5/5 Nightmare)


Explosive Conflict (4/4 Hard Mode)

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32 comments:

  1. Kirax (Vrook Lamar)5 February 2012 22:48

    Thanks for this. The EV guide totally got us through most of normal mode with a PUG without much problems. Will be checking back when I do Karagga's next weekend :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping to say something Kirax, I always appreciate knowing that my work is making a difference for people. Grats on EV - good luck with KP next weekend, my guild actually finds KP to be a ton more fun.

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    2. Kirax (Vrook Lamar)11 February 2012 17:30

      Did EV normal again last night (KP will be tonight). Since the latest patch Soa now ignores threat during the final (ground) phase. Not sure if this is intended or a glitch. He can still be taunted but will randomly reassign after the 6 seconds end. It made it a lot more difficult since you can't hold him in the middle to reach any side easily. In addition, if someone doesn't taunt as he re-shields he often resets the whole fight.

      Ended up using some DPS as off-"tanks" so that whoever was closest to the pillars could taunt. Won after about 4 resets, but I'm probably going to stay away from Hard Mode since it seems to have even more glitches.

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    3. Yep, we had the same issues with Soa this week. I'm waiting to see if they talk about fixing it before adding it as part of the strat - since I'm pretty sure it's a bug and not WAI.

      We always run two tanks, so between the two of us we managed to position him most of the time, but it became too difficult on Nightmare to manage his excessive bugginess and the rest of the encounter so we gave up for this week.

      Keeping my fingers crossed that eventually they actually fix him instead of continually breaking him worse.

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  2. Pint (Tomb of Freedon Nadd)10 February 2012 04:38

    I just stumbled upon your site and as a fellow guardian I must say you did an excellent job recapping it all in 1 blog.
    Keep up the good work m8.

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    1. Thanks Pint,

      I appreciate the feedback - don't be a stranger, I'm going to try to keep this as updated as possible. If you have any tips or insight of your own I'd be happy to hear them.

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  3. great work! I always read your mechanics and powers section when we do our guild runs for every Boss fight. I appreciate the hard work and you have helped us progress!

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    1. Thanks Nony, I'm always happy to hear that. Helping other people progress through the game is basically the reason I started this project. Grats on your guild progression.

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  4. Nice guide, and the overall site is a good source of information also :)
    I nearly pushed my head against the wall while fighting Soa last night because of bugs but nervermind....

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    1. Thanks Tinou, glad you found useful stuff here.

      We smashed our heads against Soa's balls all night on Wednesday, but we managed to one shot him last night when we went to attempt it. I'm kind of apprehensive about the next patch - they say they're fixing his aggro dropping, but I am worried about what else they're going to break.

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  5. Just wanted to say thank you for putting all this together, what a fantastic resource you've provided the Swtor community! From the encounter guides to theory craft and all points in between! Your hard work is greatly appreciated.

    Brox

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    1. Thanks Brox, you really made my day. It's been my pleasure to put this together and I'm very happy that even a small portion of people have made their way here and found it useful.

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  6. Concise, well-documented, and clear. Videos are ace, no annoying loud music in the background, either!
    Keep up the awesome work on EC! Bookmarked and will be eagerly awaiting more :)
    Great job!!

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    1. Thanks Justin, I'm happier with the game sound than having my own music going, a lot of the fights have audio queues that you can take advantage of.

      We've pushed through 2/4 EC Hard Mode so far, more tonight and I'll have the hard mode strats and videos up soon.

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    2. Oh dude, there are two things i can't stand, the first being my ex but we won't go into that lol, and the 2nd is that annoying techno music played over some boss guides on youtube.

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  7. What kind of gear requirement would you recommend for HM EV/KP?

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    1. I'd recommend mostly Columi gear for starting Hard Modes, or at least some Columi and the rest Tionese Equivalent. It also depends on what role you're playing, the tanks always need to be better geared than average.

      The only thing to do really, is try it and see if you're hitting enrage timers, if you are - your DPS needs better gear, or if they're wearing the best gear - they need to get better ;)

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  8. When's the kephess video getting posted?! Eagerly awaiting...

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    1. I was hoping to have it up last week, but then they came out with that 8man bug that basically killed us every time he changed phases at 60% with the purple stuff.

      This week that is supposed to be fixed, so we'll see what happens tonight. With luck I'll have it up tomorrow.

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    2. Kephess is up with a full strategy! It's a long read - very rewarding to have finally put him down.

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    3. Congratulations. I know how difficult that fight is in story mode. I cannot imagine the very small tolerances (just the slightest bug or mishap leading to a whipe) that you saw in Hard Mode. Again, well done!

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  9. Thank you Mr. Kenig for this very well done guide. It is a very concise and professionally done product.

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    1. Hello Malificus,

      Thanks for leaving a note, it always makes my day when I see someone leave a message likes this. I'm glad you found some helpful stuff here, don't be a stranger!

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  10. Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into these guides. I've found them very helpful to give me some context and good tips for my first experience at EV and KP with my guild. I did KP for the first time last night and found this info invaluable!

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    1. I'm glad that it helped you out Kambria, that's what it's here for. Thanks for writing to let me know - don't be a stranger ;)

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  11. What server are you on? Only thing holding us back is a solid second tank. We just moved to prophecy of the five.

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    1. I just ended up moving to "The Harbinger" - so unfortunately we can't connect ;) But thanks for thinking ofm e.

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  12. Thank you for all your hard work on this blog Mr. Kenig. I tanked for many years in WoW, but had not tried it in SWTOR until recently since I took my time leveling up and have enjoyed several classes. You work here has been my "bible" for tanking and I just completed my first week of Ops. Your Ops guides were a great help and tanking SOA was a blast! I hope you find that Tank spot on your server so that you can continue your fine work.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Narshadal, it really is appreciated.

      I'm glad you found the stuff here useful and congrats on your first Soa clear :D I hope you have much more success.

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  13. Your guides are really great. Theyre so easy to read and understand. It made a ton of difference when i tanked ec hm. Just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work and effort you put not this. Its very professional. Keep up the good.

    Thank you!


    Rowan

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  14. Any chance of a Terror from Beyond update?

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    1. Sorry Nony, but I'm no longer playing so there won't be any new content coming.

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