Anyone who follows me on Twitter might have noticed that me and the hubby have a thing for 2 manning 4 man content in Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR). This is an interest that goes back many years, to before SWTOR, and has its roots in us wanting to get a good challenge that we can solve together.
Due to our real life situation we are leveling quite slow. So the soon to be lvl 40 characters we have as mains are our first ever SWTOR characters. Our little group consists of a tank specced Juggernaut and a heal specced Operative.
We are both using DPS companions and by now they are doing more DPS that we are. But it can still be tricky to keep them alive, you need fast reactions to move them out of AoE and such. We end up having to revive them now and then.
We try to do the flashpoints and heroic areas at the right levels, while they are still yellow. And so far we have only had to look up the strategy for one boss, HK-41 in the Foundry. He gave us a tought fight that needed quite some multitasking.
He was tricky, but in the end we got him down.
The thing both of us like the best about taking on content in this manner is that you have to think about what you are doing and why you are doing it. You need to use crowd controls and stuns. You need to think ahead. And you need to be quick to react on things happening around you, things you had no idea would happen (at least the first time you do an encounter). And once you get to a point where you wipe (it will eventually happen) you get to think strategically: how can we solve this with the resources we have?
The jedi to the left is taking a nap and the droid to the right will soon be sliced.
I am not sure it will be doable for us to keep this up all the way to level 55. The content is getting slightly harder as we level up and some bosses in the Foundry turned out to be a real challenge. But I sure do hope that we can keep on doing it. It’s more than just our favorite type of gaming, it’s quality time.
If you’re interested in 2 manning I have some tips that might make it easier:
- Use your crowd controls.
- Turn off your companions AoE attacks, they will break the crowd controls.
- Use stuns, silences, slows and such as much as you can.
- Get to know your own character and its abilities and the control abilities your friend is using.
- Don’t be afraid to do some dmg even if you’re healing. If you use crowd controls well you can get a few attacks in while the need for heals are low. It will make the run go faster.
- Have patience.
- And most importantly: communication is everything.
I’m taking the time to DPS a bit while the jedi is debilitated.