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Advice: How can I get legendary armor on my schedule?


Shroud.4683

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Lemme give you context.

I'm a very busy man and I can't raid during prime time. I'm a teacher and a husband, I've got student aggro by day, and wife aggro at night. Most of my major progress happens during spring break, summer vacation and all that stuff, but what about a typical day/week? Since I can't really commit 2 hours to a regular static, is it still plausible for me to pug through raids? Or is that something I really need to make a static party for? I know I can PvP and WvW for it, but I want the skins. How have you guys in similar situations manage?

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It is possible to pug the legi armor, it will just take longer and might be more frustrating, especially when on limited time.

First off, you'll want to pick a class which is in high demand as to not have to waste a lot of time on looking for groups.

The current 3 high in demand classes are:

  • chronomancer (I'd recommend going support first, eventually tank once you know the fights)
  • cPS (condition phalanx strength warrior)
  • druid

Next you'll want to focus on easier wings and boss fights which provide Living Insights. Some that come to mind are:

  • escort event in Wing 3
  • wing 1
  • wing 4 the first 3 bosses (Cairn, MO and Samarog)
  • Trio in Wing 2 (requires an opener who has killed Sloth, boss 1)

That's 5-7 LI per week where the bar for entry is quite low too. Most new groups require no or only 50-100 LI. Basically start with training runs and work your way up. It will be rough at the start, especially when you are lacking LI to join most new player pug groups. Still at 7 LI per week you are looking at 21 weeks or more until you have the full 150 LI for your first set. That's half a year of weekly raiding with pugs.

You will have to eventually kill every boss for your legendary armor collections, but that's far off in the future for now.

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Thanks for the insight, (Pun intended). I've built up a DPS tempest, and was thinking of doing the chronomancer gig since I like tanking. Should I just buy a set of exotics to start with or should I go ahead and make an ascended set before I even start raiding? I can do either

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Sounds to me you have no interest whatsoever in spending time in-game (2 hours a week too much to ask?), but rather spend 99% of your time in real life. Your ideal option would be buying gems with credit card, converting them to gold and buying raid runs from seasoned raiders. Doesn't require you to do anything, you just join them, pay, and they will complete the raids for you, allowing you to craft your armor with the LI you drop.

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I'd say find a time to talk to your wife first. Let her know that you'd like to have 1-2 hours during the week to have uniterrupted game time. Also assure her that you'll still spend time with her outside those hours. Once you get that done it becomes easier as you'll have 2hrs during the week to raid with whomever you come across be it pugs/guild/static.

This is what i've seen work best from people who like you live heavy erratic schedules, like the few doctors and lawyers i've raided with.

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@Shroud.4683 said:Thanks for the insight, (Pun intended). I've built up a DPS tempest, and was thinking of doing the chronomancer gig since I like tanking. Should I just buy a set of exotics to start with or should I go ahead and make an ascended set before I even start raiding? I can do either

I'd say get exotic armor (with Firebrand Runes), ascended weapons (Caladbolg questline, specialisation achievement, etc.) and ascended trinkets from the living world season 3 maps. Ascended armor is not needed for raids.

@Tarasicodissa.7084 said:Sounds to me you have no interest whatsoever in spending time in-game (2 hours a week too much to ask?), but rather spend 99% of your time in real life. Your ideal option would be buying gems with credit card, converting them to gold and buying raid runs from seasoned raiders. Doesn't require you to do anything, you just join them, pay, and they will complete the raids for you, allowing you to craft your armor with the LI you drop.

This would work too and might even be more feasible or at least less stressful. Between forming a pug group, getting a kill and clearing some bosses (especially in a low skill enviroment) a lot of time will pass. Might be just safer and faster to farm the gold and pay someone.

Maybe try to find a nice guild with like minded people. Would make the entire experience way more fun.

@TexZero.7910 said:I'd say find a time to talk to your wife first. Let her know that you'd like to have 1-2 hours during the week to have uniterrupted game time. Also assure her that you'll still spend time with her outside those hours. Once you get that done it becomes easier as you'll have 2hrs during the week to raid with whomever you come across be it pugs/guild/static.

This is what i've seen work best from people who like you live heavy erratic schedules, like the few doctors and lawyers i've raided with.

Agreed, getting the real life balance sorted first should be a priority before raiding in just about any MMO.

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My suggestion would be to try and join a guild, which offers a training runs and later on perhaps a chance to get into a static group. It wont be an easy task to try and fit with such limited time, but pretty sure it will be easier then trying to do with pug groups, trust me. Some of those guild have raid runs up from twice to several times per week, so surely you might find sooner or later a convinient time frame you might fit in.

However if it just the legendary armor you are interested in, a better bet might be WvW. There you can work towards it slowly at your own pace, afsaik. I am not really into WvW, so I havent payed any interest how one can optain it there. If you are not into pvp and WvW however, still give a thought of what I said, about trying to find a nice, relaxed static/guild. Either way, good luck!

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@Tarasicodissa.7084 said:Sounds to me you have no interest whatsoever in spending time in-game (2 hours a week too much to ask?), but rather spend 99% of your time in real life. Your ideal option would be buying gems with credit card, converting them to gold and buying raid runs from seasoned raiders. Doesn't require you to do anything, you just join them, pay, and they will complete the raids for you, allowing you to craft your armor with the LI you drop.

On the contrary, I'd love to spend more time in game, as much as I love the casual content on this game, everytime I watch some raid videos I just wanna jump into the action yenno? With my schedule, yes 2 hours is pretty demanding. You should see my daily schedule, it makes me long for the days when I had 18 hours of playtime! And no, I'm not going to buy raid runs. I want the armor yeah, but I want to raid too, doing high level are super fun and I want to up my game. Lining up a regular raid on a weeknight is difficult for me, and weekend nights are a total no go as well. And while I do get 2 hours of playtime very early in the morning (between 4am-6am), the average skill level of that player pool is nowhere near as good during peak times, and I use that time to run my T4 fractals (which I found to have varying levels of success during those times.)

@TexZero.7910 said:I'd say find a time to talk to your wife first. Let her know that you'd like to have 1-2 hours during the week to have uniterrupted game time. Also assure her that you'll still spend time with her outside those hours. Once you get that done it becomes easier as you'll have 2hrs during the week to raid with whomever you come across be it pugs/guild/static.

This is what i've seen work best from people who like you live heavy erratic schedules, like the few doctors and lawyers i've raided with.

Yeah, we've been trying to figure out the schedule too, that's actually why I asked how you guys have approached it, I'm sure this isn't something new.

I appreciate the input by the way.

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Doing raids on a tight schedule automatically rules out pugging as it is too random with how much time u take per boss not to add that sometimes pug groups fail a lot or even give up and disband. That means the only way is to find a raid guild, training/experienced depending on your own experience. Most raid guilds have fixed times and signups for raid clears (people can apply days b4 the actual raid for a spot) so u can somehow organize and raid even on a tight schedule. The only problem here is that most of these raid clears happen during prime time cause that's when u get most people online. Provided u can find a raiding guild u will be able to run raids on a schedule and get your LI's for Leg armor, ofc u will have to make some compromises as getting 10 people together at the same time is not the easiest thing.

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My suggestion is this op, focus on the easy raids. Watch a video/read a guide first.

Escort (first event in wing 3) very easy, almost fool proof. That is 1 LI per week easy. At the very least, always get an escort kill each week.
wing 4 (bastion of the penitent) has 4 bosses, the first 3 are all quite easy.

Each week it resets, so if you can only get time to raid for an hour, I would start with these.

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