Getting complacent with lineups that worked before might be the greatest cause for losing a trial level which one may not have had trouble clearing before because they tend to forget two factors. One, this is still a Trial stage, not your normal Raid lineup or even your Farm team, so you have to re-adjust your playing mindset to ones that you may not use as much/often. Two, RNG board can screw you up if boards are unfriendly.
As evident by my trial today, I have:
Quintus at 3^52 (slightly better than last time)
Sabina 4^70 +9 (she was emblemed higher since last)
Kashhrek 4^70 (same)
Kiril 3^44 (replaced a 3^50 Jahangir from last time)
Isarnia 4^80 +3 (same)
So… not only did I bring in one more healer than before, I replaced the Red Damage + DOT from Jahangir, should have an easier time right? Well, the mobs are much easier handled since I didn’t have to baby Jahangir from being killed off as quickly. Then we come to the final bosses.
Mad Scientist Quintus who “still” hasn’t learned to control his runaway Golems and his two assistants Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb
Ulmer: You are Dumb!
Balthazar: No, You are Dumb!
Quintus: Silence! My Dumb Dumb helpers. Here they come to stop my out of control Golems, but we are going to surprise them by joining the Golems in the fight! Wee hee hee!
Balthazar/Ulmer: Umm, Doctor… Isn’t that what we always do?
Looking to stave off my dependence of battle items, I chose not to use Timestop that I brought and see how I can handle this with lesser items. So Dragon / Bomb were still used. The RNG showed its hand fairly quickly, not enough green tiles to help do damage to Ulmer and he managed to fire off his special and Balthazar’s quick charge dealt pretty serious damage. The board is also littered with red tiles that would’ve caused damage had I still had Jahangir, so moves that triggered cascading red tiles ended up charging up the bosses fairly quickly. Kiril was the first to go, followed by Quintus. Well, so much for the multi-healer approach and now Kash can’t even reach Isarnia to heal her because she’s on the other side and Sabina doesn’t have enough mana for the heal yet and she’s seeing red. I also did not bring mana potion this time.
Eventually, I had to rely on taking out Ulmer first, by ways of the Dragon/Bomb, and ghosting some tiles to help take out Balthazar. Quintus gave me a scare because he did fire off his special once that almost wiped me out, but a well placed board doing neutral damage eventually finished him off.
Point of the experience. Don’t take RNG lightly, not on a 4000 TP stage, not with a lineup you might not normally be used to, don’t forget to pack antidotes / mana on the fight if you choose not to nuke.