FFXIV Patch 6.5 provides Thordan Unreal and my raiding redemption arc

FFXIV Patch 6.5 provides Thordan Unreal and my raiding redemption arc

Lots has modified since Remaining Fantasy XIV’s Heavensward enlargement. The MMO’s group noticed explosive progress within the introduction of Endwalker, and it’s lengthy since mentioned goodbye to the great ole days of melding Accuracy Materia and therapeutic in Cleric Stance. If which means nothing to you, good.

Whereas I’ve fond reminiscences of outdated Heavensward encounters, I’m not enthusiastic about evangelizing these days. I’m, nonetheless, very enthusiastic about telling you about my hellish Thordan Excessive ordeal, how unhealthy I used to be at therapeutic, and what’s modified since.

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Thordan Unreal, the next Faux Hollows boss in FFXIV Patch 6.5
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On the non-public progress entrance, I’m nonetheless unhealthy at FFXIV. I’ve simply gotten higher at brute forcing my means by, a technique you might know as “getting carried.” And whereas discussions across the MMORPG’s finest eras of battle content material stay a sensitive topic, I nonetheless consider the sport is extra my reverse — FFXIV Excessive Trials and Savage Raids grew higher with time.

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All of that leads me to storytime; slightly explainer of why I care a lot about a few of these Unreal trials, notably the retuned Patch 3.1 trial, The Minstrel’s Ballad: Thordan’s Reign. Simply seeing that identify makes me panic heal and clench my jaw. I each hate it and find it irresistible.

Anyway, in FFXIV Patch 6.5 the primal pope and his knights return in a freshly tuned Unreal encounter. The Unreal trials aren’t new, since they’re a part of the Fake Hollows weekly problem. We’ve defeated a rolling roster of outdated Excessive fights Yoshi-P and his staff revisited, respiratory new life into encounters that misplaced their luster years in the past. When Thordan EX was present content material, I used to be further horrible at FFXIV. In case you performed in Heavensward and I’m in your blacklist, I’d guess cash you met me combating Thordan.

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Thordan Unreal and a Heavensward humbling

I used to be feeling slightly cocky round Heavensward’s launch. The me of at the moment is aware of I sucked eight years in the past, however 2015 Andrea? She was far too assured. By the grace of the Twelve, I’d cleared the once-challenging Ramuh EX utilizing my cobbled-together macros for callouts and a gaggle of random dudes from Reddit. I’d struggled to complete any of Bahamut’s raids inside a well timed matter, and I couldn’t make a dent in Alexander’s Gordias Savage encounters. However, for no matter motive, I satisfied myself it was everybody else’s fault I couldn’t clear Thordan EX.

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In my 2015 protection, most individuals struggled with Alexander till the ultimate tier, Creator. FFXIV didn’t actually have the identical group sources again then because it does now, plus lots of us simply didn’t fairly get the MMO’s fundamentals. And, for lack of a greater technical time period, the sport was fairly rattling janky. The unique Thordan launched on this local weather.

For the Stormblood and past crowd, think about rolling as much as an Endwalker boss and seeing all of these flying numbers changed with “Miss” as your White Mage takes aggro from the tank for respiratory too loud. Then, for no matter motive, your Bard is a caster, so that they refuse to maneuver, and your Scholar tries to put it aside all with a clutch heal. Sadly, the heal does nothing as a result of they forgot to swap their stance.

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It’s me, I’m the ineffective Scholar.

Time and time once more, I rolled into Thordan Excessive and his ten-billion section battle, hardly making it to the midway level. My unhealthy habits managing the job’s therapeutic buddy, Eos or Selene, typically meant their skills went out on the worst occasions possible, in the event that they went out in any respect. I threw myself at Thordan and his group of enthralled lackeys for weeks, satisfied I simply had unhealthy luck.

Ultimately, a pal who was much better by this level pulled me apart to elucidate a few of my largest errors. I used to be equal elements embarrassed, in denial, and aggravated the sport hadn’t clicked with me in the way in which I assumed it had. I unsubscribed from FFXIV, taking my first break till a number of days earlier than the following Heavensward patch. That’s when Sephirot got here out. Raiding associates took me underneath their wing, and I used to be in ok form to solo heal my first “robust” battle when it was related.

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FFXIV Thordan EX as he finally falls to a Warrior of Light on the Scholar Job
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That is all lots to say, my Thordan days weren’t an excellent look. Again then, I wasn’t receptive to suggestions from my get together nor enthusiastic about studying. It was some time earlier than Thordan’s trial grew to become simple to bulldoze by, and I conquered the king and his knights god is aware of what number of occasions after. He launched after I was simply on the cusp of getting something in FFXIV really click on with me, and I remorse my period of hard-headed satisfaction holding me again the way in which it did.

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I do know Thordan Unreal isn’t the very same, however I’m excited and optimistic about spherical two. It’s my probability to point out up truly ready, with years of follow behind me. The sport is totally different now, my Scholar equipment has fancy new instruments, Selene doesn’t even exist, and possibly Expedient means I gained’t eat all of his meteor mechanics. It’s nonetheless an opportunity for me to offer it one other shot slightly nearer to when it was recent, although.

That’s what I dig about all of those Unreal trials, too. They’re an opportunity for me to relive a few of my outdated FFXIV highlights and redeem my uglier performances. The Warring Triad’s Sephirot, Sophia, and Zurvan had been all fond reminiscences to revisit by the Heavensward tour, however I feel that is my first actual showdown with an Unreal boss that gave me severe hell when the battle launched.

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FFXIV Patch 6.5 is out on October 3 with the following Unreal. So, I’ll put down my Astrologian globe and produce out Eos to point out Thordan that I’ve learn a tooltip or two this time. Till then, I’ll beat up on the present baddie, Zurvan, a number of extra occasions and sit up for my Unreal victory lap.

And if it feels like Thordan’s trial taught me a lesson in staying humble, it didn’t. Nidhogg certain did, although. However that’s a narrative for one more day.

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About The Writer
Andrea Shearon

Affiliate Editor – Andrea is Destructoid’s personal little FFXIV encyclopedia along with her fingers in a little bit of every thing. She’s been within the video games trade for nearly seven years, and has a passion for RPGs, MMOs, farming sims, survival video games, and the occasional horror journey.

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