My team this time:
- Melendor +11
- Rigard + 7
- Boril 4^70
- Brienne 3^50
- Caedmon 4^70
Compared to last time, Melendor is up 4 talents; Rigard, Boril, and Caedmon are all maxed, from 4^27, 4^40, and 4^56, respectively; and Rigard has emblems, but the big change for me was subbing in Brienne for Hawkmoon +20. Hawkmoon is clearly stronger and has the advantage of being red against a green boss like Horghall, but I’m dying to pull her emblems for Rigard, so I thought I’d see if Brienne could hold her own in the final stage and boost my team’s damage to boot, as two of the bosses have passive specials. This turned out to be a terrible idea, and if anyone else is considering doing it, don’t. Brienne was not even able to take one regular attack before dying, and to make things worse, I had her flanking Boril, so I gave away some riposte damage on Horghall. I can’t stress how bad of an idea this was on my part. As it turns out, I also could have used Hawkmoon’s healing, even with Melendor and Rigard in the fold. This one is just a battle of attrition; no two ways about it.
Anyway, the mob waves weren’t very tough, and I did enter the boss wave with all specials ready to fire. As mentioned, Brienne fell rather quickly, but I was able to get Horghall to mess himself up pretty good by getting his special riposted a few times. I tried working with tile damage for a while, because I didn’t want a dragon’s damage and DoT cleansed by Vivica. However, without mana control, the bosses were just firing too often. With Horghall nearly dead, but Vivica and Boril still in relatively good shape, I unloaded 5 axes, 5 bombs, and a dragon, killing Vivica and Horghall. I determined to save the rest of my dragons and finish Boril with tile damage, especially with a green 3tack. Used all of my small healing potions and still finished with only Melendor standing. A terrible effort on my part.
Hawkmoon retains her emblems a while longer. My long-term plan right now is to level Ranvir to 2^60 and see if he is an effective replacement, but he also has to wait on Li Xiu, who is my current yellow project and only at 3^38 right now, so I suspect Hawkmoon returns to action in this trial next time. Druid emblems take Melendor to +12, cleric emblems get stored for Rigard. Trainer hero goes to Hisan.