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SWTOR Hard Mode / Nightmare Mode Video Boss Fight Guides

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SWTOR Hard Mode / Nightmare Mode Video Boss Fight Guides

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Bahadori
04.09.2016 , 08:29 PM | #1
- Project Update (October 2016) -


Introduction:

For those who may not know me my name is Hayete and i'm one of the Theorycrafters for the Sentinel/Marauder community as well as the current guide writer for 4.0 Combat/Carnage specs. I lead an end-game progression team known as Phalanx Squad within TAW on The Shadowlands server. At the onset of 4.0 I restructured the team towards a new objective, creating detailed video guides for all 50 boss fights in the game on both Hard and Nightmare Modes. I've wanted to do this for the SWTOR community for a while now and with the changes made in 4.0 to many operations as well as older ones finding their way back into the fold the opportunity could not be ignored. Our hope is that these guides will be helpful and informative to those looking to progress on these fights for the first time, returning after an extended period of time, or to guilds looking to push informational aids out to their members. As with all my guides and forum posts please feel free to comment with your feedback and questions. As always I aim to keep my guides and posts informative and progressive. Feel free to open up dialogue with your fellow gamers and offer advice and opinions as that is the only way we learn. With that said please no trolling, negative comments, etc. Doing so will be reported and we already deal with enough of those anyway. Lets keep this a positive post for those who enjoy the challenge of progression and are looking to progress in our favorite pastime. Thank you and enjoy!

Methodology:
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Disclaimer:
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*** Operation Names highlighted currently contain video guide content

Eternity Vault HM


Karagga's Palace HM
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Explosive Conflict HM


Explosive Conflict NiM


Terror From Beyond HM


Terror From Beyond NiM


Scum and Villainy HM


Scum and Villainy NiM
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Dread Fortress HM
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Dread Fortress NiM
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Dread Palace HM
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Dread Palace NiM
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Ravagers HM
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Temple of Sacrifice HM
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Instanced Boss Encounters
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Event Boss Encounters
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Bahadori
04.09.2016 , 08:31 PM | #2
Reserved for future additions.

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Crossward
04.09.2016 , 10:48 PM | #3
Love the videos! There's been a lack of these voiced-over guides for SWTOR's operations. You are easy to understand, the video quality is superb, and the advice is sound.

My only critique is that the intro runs a bit too long at 30 seconds. I found myself skipping that segment to get to the video proper. That's a minor critique, however.

I believe what you're doing will bring value to the raiding community, and encourage you to submit these videos to popular SWTOR fan sites so that they get the maximum amount of exposure.

Again, great work!
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Bahadori
04.10.2016 , 07:33 AM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Crossward View Post
Love the videos! There's been a lack of these voiced-over guides for SWTOR's operations. You are easy to understand, the video quality is superb, and the advice is sound.

My only critique is that the intro runs a bit too long at 30 seconds. I found myself skipping that segment to get to the video proper. That's a minor critique, however.

I believe what you're doing will bring value to the raiding community, and encourage you to submit these videos to popular SWTOR fan sites so that they get the maximum amount of exposure.

Again, great work!
Thanks for that mate. The intro i'll look into shortening. We've had some feedback to that end prior lol if you look at the Annihilation Droid intro compared to Vorgath you'll see we shortened it a good bit. We wanted there to be a tiny bit of an RP element to the intro, if anything just for the fun of it. I'll definitely look into editing it down to a shorter more manageable intro. Thank you for your support and feedback.

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Bahadori
04.18.2016 , 10:11 PM | #5
Explosive Conflict: HM Kephess added

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RikuvonDrake
04.18.2016 , 11:24 PM | #6
mfw i click on all spoilers and just find ”Coming Soon”, just remove all you have yet to complete for now, orange text clue is nice but kinda weird if only 2 out of 16 are with info.

Overall, it’s some cool stuff and I think I remember reading about this on reddit quite a while ago, nice to see that the project is starting to take form. My only critique relates somewhat to what Crossward says, the videos are way to long and although they do cover quite a bit of information, it’s not efficiently delivered to the viewer. The initial parts with intro, strategy and tactical explanations are good but far to extended, the later parts with how to apply the knowledge from the previous explanation however are great. As your guides are only looking at hardmode and nightmare, I think that you should spend less time explaining mechanics from storymode and similar basic concepts, it drags out the video way to much.

A small note, I have yet to watch all of your current videos, but I turned the speed to 2.0 and apart from the funny way your voice sounds, it's still easy to understand and follow your explanations, maybe talk a bit quicker to cover more in shorter time? Additionally, don't forget the sweet spot for rDPS/Healer on Kephess, it's great for HM but vital for nightmare

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Bahadori
04.19.2016 , 12:30 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by RikuvonDrake View Post
mfw i click on all spoilers and just find ”Coming Soon”, just remove all you have yet to complete for now, orange text clue is nice but kinda weird if only 2 out of 16 are with info.

Overall, it’s some cool stuff and I think I remember reading about this on reddit quite a while ago, nice to see that the project is starting to take form. My only critique relates somewhat to what Crossward says, the videos are way to long and although they do cover quite a bit of information, it’s not efficiently delivered to the viewer. The initial parts with intro, strategy and tactical explanations are good but far to extended, the later parts with how to apply the knowledge from the previous explanation however are great. As your guides are only looking at hardmode and nightmare, I think that you should spend less time explaining mechanics from storymode and similar basic concepts, it drags out the video way to much.

A small note, I have yet to watch all of your current videos, but I turned the speed to 2.0 and apart from the funny way your voice sounds, it's still easy to understand and follow your explanations, maybe talk a bit quicker to cover more in shorter time? Additionally, don't forget the sweet spot for rDPS/Healer on Kephess, it's great for HM but vital for nightmare
Thanks for the feedback mate! I believe what Crossward was referring to was the lengthy intro not the video itself. With that the intro for the Kephess video was brought down from 38 sec to 13 sec so I feel that was a reasonable response to the feedback received not only from Crossward but others as well. The Kephess video itself from start to finish is about 14 minutes long. The kill video (about 8 to 9 minutes) at the end of the video is what overbloats the run time. The mechanics explanation and strategy information is contained in about 14 minutes which i feel is reasonable for the amount of detail it contains.

As to the video guides themselves there is a method to the madness so to speak. With the state of Operations in 4.0 Story Mode ops no longer represent an environment conducive of laying the ground work for foundation mechanics. Several Story Mode Operations have had mechanics pulled from them or restructured damage profiles that no longer punish players for mistakes made. For these reasons as well as the bolster inherent to the Story Mode Operations many players experience with detailed mechanics and strategies in these Operations amounts to "Don't stand in stupid and don't die."

With the feedback I received prior to this project there was a huge desire for detailed information pertaining to mechanics, how to handle them, and minimum DPS requirements from the greater SWTOR community through email, the forums, my website, etc. Because of the state of Story Mode Operations I felt it was better to detail the Hard Mode Operations and explain differences between Hard Mode and Nightmare Mode than to do it from Story Mode and up. Honestly, it just came down to community demand and the workforce we have behind the project. The Hard Mode videos will be more indepth and longer than their Nightmare counterparts. The Nightmare videos will only reflect changes from Hard Mode to Nightmare, a DPS analysis, and Nightmare kill video. All information regarding foundational mechanics and stratagies will be directed back to the Hard Mode videos for reference.

My apologies for the lengthy response. I dont think i mentioned the big picture setup between the Hard Mode and Nightmare Mode videos at the time this post was created.

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benmas
04.19.2016 , 01:52 PM | #8
since ravagers is the priority are you going to be making guides for the bosses that you clear if you do it?
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Lil_Fusion
04.19.2016 , 02:12 PM | #9
Good job Hayete. I watched you guys kill Kephess last night I believe. Also having looked at your combat/carnage guides on Dulfy and how greatly informative they are i'm sure these guides will be just as helpful to new players that want to go beyond the storymode operations and above highlighted hardmodes. I wish you good luck and I hope this encourages players to try harder content because it is a lot of fun even though there hasn't been any new content in about a year and a half.
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smokesnake
04.19.2016 , 03:24 PM | #10
benmas, we will be heading into TfB to do the guides for that. Under the methodology tab you can see our current plan for guides. As far as the weeklies go we don't need the gear from them, so we stick to the schedule for the most part. The guides can take several weeks to do , so that is another reason we don't do them as the weekly each week. I'm sure Hayete can touch up on it more if need be, but yea thanks for the support guys.