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Best Hard Mode to start with?

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Bleedbloo
01.13.2012 , 08:15 AM | #1
As the title indicates, which hard mode instance would be the easiest to start with gear wise? Yes I know there are people out there who downed hard mode EV in quest greens, I'm just not that good .


Suggestions on what avg level gear should be for hard modes would be appreciated as well.
The only limits you have are the ones you place on yourself.
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

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Ckren
01.13.2012 , 08:43 AM | #2
Quote: Originally Posted by Bleedbloo View Post
As the title indicates, which hard mode instance would be the easiest to start with gear wise? Yes I know there are people out there who downed hard mode EV in quest greens, I'm just not that good .


Suggestions on what avg level gear should be for hard modes would be appreciated as well.
Probably the easiest one to start with, as far as HardMode goes would be Maelstrom or The Last Emperor

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Bleedbloo
01.13.2012 , 09:34 AM | #3
Awesome, I appreciate the info. I'm trying to move my semi-casual guild through content in a natural progression and this helps.
The only limits you have are the ones you place on yourself.
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

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Farabee
01.13.2012 , 10:04 AM | #4
If you're Empire, you can easily roll through HM Black Talon. They softened up the enrage timers since release and now anyone can complete it.

The bosses in False Emp are pretty easy, but the mountains of trash to clear it sucks. Same with Boarding Party with the added bonus of a last boss you have to kite around to win. Battle of Ilum isn't bad if you skip the 3rd boss.

Avoid Foundry like the plague unless you have great DPS and an Assassin tank.
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Ambrossius
01.13.2012 , 10:31 AM | #5
Level of difficulty wise.. Easiest to hardest I'd probably go;

Black Talon = False Emperor
Directive 7 (Bulwark is a really tight enrage)
Battle for Ilum
Boarding Party = Foundry (Last bosses only)

They're all pretty easy when you've got good players, but just starting out you might hit some ugly gear checks. Bulwark in D7 will ruin the tank when he gets stunned.

The 2nd? or 3rd? boss in Battle for Ilum is pretty dependant on your DPS having AoE that locks the targets down like Death From Above for Mercenaries. He spawns 3 stealthed adds that will obliterate an undergeared tank extremely quickly.

We've been clearing them all for a while now so they're all doable, but Boarding Party and Foundry end bosses are extremely challenging compared to the rest of the content.

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Bleedbloo
01.13.2012 , 10:43 AM | #6
Should have clarified, we are republic. I appreciate the responses.
The only limits you have are the ones you place on yourself.
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

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Sheridyn
01.13.2012 , 11:00 AM | #7
Maelstrom Prison and Esseles are the easiest. Then probably False Emperor (2 knockbacks or Vanguard tank needed for last boss), Taral V and Battle of Ilum. Directive 7 is probably the most difficult instance because of Bulwark's enrage timer unless you have a ranged-heavy party. The last boss, Mentor, can also bug if you wipe on the first try.