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How I beat Titan HM and learned to love the bombFollow

#1 Feb 26 2014 at 7:05 AM Rating: Excellent
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Okay, so I spent at least 5-6 separate attempts with different groups trying to beat Titan HM. I was the weakest link - I would get booted off the side and leave my fellow healer struggling alone to keep up, which doesn't work.

I could zip and dodge everything but the bomb phase. I struggled to see the dumb rock pattern and to see which "line" dropped. I'd inevitably run the wrong way and get land slided or blown up or both.

My epiphany came with this: If I could at least avoid the landslide, I could survive a direct bomb hit from full HP.

Instead of worrying about the bomb pattern, I just said ***** it and worried about dodging landslide. As soon as I got smacked by a bomb, a fat cure on myself solved the problem and then I could worry about curing everyone else afterward.

Curing priority needed to be ME first throughout the fight. Not the tank - that was number two. Third in line is the other healer. Only then should you worry about the DPS. Once you're past the heart phase, it's just a matter of slowly wearing him down while dodging all his crap, and losing a DPS or two won't make or break the battle (we were down two DPS by the time we won.)
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#2 Feb 26 2014 at 3:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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Back in Titan story mode I figured out something similar when lag or something was causing me to get hit by Landslide despite apparently being clear of the marked area when it went off (and yes, I did run as soon as the ability charged, no waiting to finish casting, run NOW). To get through the fight, all I had to do was not be knocked off the platform. So whenever Landslide charged, I'd run towards Titan -- running out of the area to the side, but always towards Titan -- so that if I did get hit, I would still be in the fight. Big fat cure on myself, and not a problem anymore.

It really is weird prioritizing myself as a healer. Getting used to the absence of the Reraise safety net and realizing that if I die, that's it, was very hard indeed.
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#3 Mar 03 2014 at 5:10 AM Rating: Excellent
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Very cool stories you two. :) I wish other healers had similar epiphanies. You often see deaths on Titan due to players eating more than one bomb. Most of them cannot rationalize the fact that they can actually survive one bomb because they are in 'dodge or die' mode.

It does put more pressure on the healer but so does resurrecting a dead body!
#4 Mar 04 2014 at 2:01 AM Rating: Excellent
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Related to the topic in the sense that Healers need to keep themselves alive, I was a SCH in AK and the Demon Wall had chewed me up and spit me out like 10 times before I just stopped trying to dodge his attacks and instead planted myself dead center on the walkway facing the Wall. And whenever I was inevitiably hit by an attack, I just healed up (my faerie helps in that regard too) and went back to work.

When I focused on healing the party, I'd be watching the life bars, and I never target an enemy anywho, so I could never see attacks like Repel coming and off the side I go. When I realized I could sort of just brute force heal my way through, it made things actually a lot easier.

More and more, I'm noticing that I can survive a lot of attacks I would normally try to dodge. Perhaps not the most mana-conservative approach, but it is helping me survive fights.

Its nice to hear that I can get away with this as a WHM too. :D
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#5 Mar 04 2014 at 9:40 AM Rating: Good
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Oh, and Jjn/Vrr? You're on the wrong server. You need to come to Lamia and join your old Seraph comrades.

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#6 Mar 09 2014 at 3:55 PM Rating: Good
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Other than Catwho, I thought everyone else was gone!

Sadly, I'm part of a couple of FCs on Faerie, and its been established I'm not a total crap healer, so there is some kind of need for me ;p
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SCH 50 (/*-*)/ WAR 50 (and the rest are works in progress)

Vrrelle Moondancer (Mi'qote / Limsa / Faerie)
PLD 50 (rawr~) MRD 29

Vrrllyrr (Mithra / San d'Oria / Seraph)
Drg 75 (I <3 Lumi!)

"The problem with black and white, is that is turns grey at all the points of contact."

"I feel its an insult to Mithra everywhere that rabbits can /check as 'Tough' instead of 'Lunch'"
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