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03.12.2013 , 03:54 PM | #1 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
Are you a fan of Operations in SWTOR? Who is your favorite boss?

My second 50 was a Juggernaut tank and I got to spend quite a bit of time tanking Ops so I always tend to see fights from that side. With that in mind, I really enjoyed Firebrand and Stormcaller. A lot of movement, tank swapping, and a smidge of "tank and spank." Overall I just really enjoyed that fight.

How about you?
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03.12.2013 , 04:00 PM | #2
Yes, operations are what I spend most of my level 50 time doing.

Favorite boss....probably Tro...I mean Operator IX. He is a big PITA on hard mode, but the colors are pretty, so....

Second favorite, Karagga. There's something amusing about fighting a Hutt in a giant mecha.
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03.12.2013 , 04:00 PM | #3
I enjoy them, though I don't do them as much as I used to. Favorite boss I think would have to be Toth&Zorn, before it became impossible to cycle their phases too quickly. As a ranged dps, the fight gave me more to pay attention to then I usually have to(especially that 2m safe zone).
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03.12.2013 , 04:04 PM | #4
I guess every dead boss.
No, I don't know, I haven't done all of them in HM yet, but I kinda liked the last boss in Asation. It was pretty funny to jump in those tunnels to go from tentacle to tentacle. I liked that.
But I honestly enjoy every boss my guild and I manage to beat.

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03.12.2013 , 04:15 PM | #5
Although I hated it and he should of been saved as a main questgiver for the republic, Revan's fight in the Foundry, fighting a force user with abilities from all 4 of the claases, Jedi Knight/warrior Melee, inquisitor's force storm, consular's object pulling. And he /Should/ of been OPs worthy at least.

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03.12.2013 , 04:31 PM | #6
even tho this boss isn't technically out yet my favorite was the last boss in the new raid on the PTS scum and villany
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03.12.2013 , 04:31 PM | #7
I do like Operations though I really wish you could make them as a four man mode as well.

My favorite boss probably is Operator IX. The room the boss is in is pretty and his "Operator Response timed out, Please Repeat." line is cool and creepy sounding at the same time.
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03.12.2013 , 04:40 PM | #8
Honestly I've never played an operation before in the game, and I've been playing since launch. It's not due to lack of interest, they seem to have really fun stories attached, but I'll go into why.

For the large portion of the history of the game, the only way to really gear yourself adequately for these operations was to repeat flashpoints over and over again. Unfortunately, they were written in a way that no roleplayer could sensically repeat them, as they were specific story events that were written, as Daniel Erickson noted back in the day, to be specific unrepeatable events. Since none of the HM flashpoints were written to really allow story-focused players to grind them, this kind of put the whole 'operation' thing regretablly off the table.

Then Black Hole was introduced. WH/EWH was introduced, and agumented seemed decent enough. Finally there were sources of more than adequate gear to do this content that didn't require breaking the narrative of a story-based game. However, by this time, most people knew these operations very well, and the expectation would be that you did as well - people would not want to risk a wipe because you were not prepared, operation wipes came with a notable cost, and you couldn't really blame people for taking this stance. However, as a story-based players, myself and the people I tend to play with would have no interest in looking up ahead of time what would occur.

Essentially, although this content looks like a ton of fun, the systems around it appear to have been setup to be story insensitive. They are designed to be read-up on ahead of actually engaging in them, and then run repeatedly killing the same character again and again and again. Of course this playstyle should be available if thats what people want - but sometimes I do wish it was a bit more story sensitive (giving the HM versions the "Simulation" dressing same-v-same warzones are given for the sake of story preservation, for example).

Currently, I am hoping to run Karraga's Palace SM before the expansion hits, for sake of the supposed chronology and connection between them. I won't have to repeat it, obviously, since all I want to run is the SM once, and with fully augmented BH/EWH, I should be able to DPS in the SM without much of a problem. I've joined a guild that has yet to do operations, but is interested, so I think this should work out well for doing a run of Karraga's SM, and I'm greately looking forward to it. I can dream of the day there are things like randomly generated dialogue-less HM Flashpoints to deal with story and preparation related issues, but I doubt that's coming as that would probably require some clever design to work, so for now I'll have to be content with not being able to play the progression endgame and still be a roleplayer.

In short, both my wife and I are very interested in operations, and we're trying to go out of our way to finally run one after a year's + worth of gameplay, but it is something that seems unnecessarily difficult. It's not something that becomes instantly easy just because there's a "groupfinder" button, specifically when the culture and expectations around them run contrary to the playstyles of many people who are otherwise very interested in the content.
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03.12.2013 , 04:43 PM | #9
Operator IX ... he's a pain. But that just makes killing him that much more awesome!

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03.12.2013 , 04:46 PM | #10
Majority of my in-game time is spent doing operations. I have tanks, healers and dps on both factions that I run all levels of operations.

Favorite boss is The Terror from Beyond. The whole encounter is unique and unlike anything I've experienced in other MMO's.

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