My mad race to make up for lost time for the Endwalker expansion of Final Fantasy XIV

Endwalker happens, and I’m not ready for it. I came to Final Fantasy XIV only this year, ravenously ripping through A kingdom reborn and Toward the sky before giving up the game somewhere in the middle of Stormblood, which is generally considered inferior to other FFXIV expansions.

Then news of a new expansion hit, rekindling my desire to start my journey all over again, hopefully finishing in time for Endwalkeris the launch. I had no illusions about my ability to tap into the content of an expansion and a half until December 8, but I could give it a try, and trying meant getting through. Stormblood first. So I proposed an experiment: Final Fantasy XIV will stop for maintenance at 4:00 EST in preparation for a new fix and to open Endwalker early access for the lucky ones. If i could finish Stormblood before the servers go down I would be in a good position to get closer to the end of Shadowbringer in time to start Endwalker, if not on launch day, then the same week. Can I do it?

Without knowing where I was in the Stormblood the main story questline and dedicated to the silly idea of ​​keeping my tank and healer jobs on par, I said yes.

One thing i appreciate Final Fantasy XIV it is that he respects your time. If you want to play multiple classes in other MMOs, like World of warcraft – you have to level different characters for each class, often requiring you to repeat the content. Final fantasyThe job system allows you to level as many classes as you want on the same character seamlessly. I can bounce between my weapon breaker tank and my astrologer healer while progressing through the main story quest with relative ease. I even developed a method by which I kept these two classes close in level. I would gain two levels on my gunbreaker, then move on to my astrologer and catch up, rinse and repeat. It is not a perfect system. Sometimes I would go too far in the quest for the main story of one class, so that when I switched to the other class, I didn’t reach the level required to continue, which made me feel forced to stop progress and rectify a bit. for XP lost.

Now you would think in a mad rush to finish Stormblood Before server maintenance got me stuck out of the game, I’d ditch this quirky leveling dance in favor of picking a class and making it through. You would be wrong.

I, like Thanos, am a creature of balance. If my class levels are too out of sync, it’s more likely that a class will be left behind in trivial side quests to catch up. I hate grinding with passion. There’s a reason I’ve only created one character in a decade of playing. World of warcraft. I enjoy both classes too much to leave one aside because of my stubborn refusal to work, and that rule stuck even when time was running out.

My gunslinger, cute as a button that she is.

By midnight, I had around 700,000 XP to level up my class and unlock the next main story quest. I decided to roam the map completing fates, which are timed quests with great XP rewards that anyone can participate in. I was alone, finishing a destiny, when a player joined me. I didn’t understand their name, but when we finished the spell, they performed the kiss emote as a thank you. I went to the next destiny, and they were still there, and again for the destiny after that. I liked it. Our goals were temporarily aligned (they probably needed a quick grinding session like me), and we had this very human connection and cooperation without ever speaking to each other, only communicating through emoticons. For a moment a bond was forged – and as quickly as it came, it was over.

Most of my life as an MMO player has been spent being a damage dealer because I didn’t think I was able to take on the responsibility that comes with being a tank or a healer. You can usually get by with a bad damage dealer, but if the tank or healer sucks, the game is over. I decided to get out of my comfort zone by playing these lessons in FFXIV, and while my confidence in those roles has improved, I’m still anxious when it’s time to do a story dungeon. I had an amazing time last night trying to get my healer up to 70 because even though my tank was already at level 70 and could complete the last dungeon, ending that way Stormblood with time to spare, I was terrified to tank this dungeon. The dungeon The single boss fight was so complex with so many mechanics to remember and be careful what I thought there was no way out without killing the group which would waste my precious time . I spent a lot of time that I couldn’t really afford to spare for my healer to turn 70 so I could do the healing work a lot easier (but still incredibly stressful).

I hit 70 on my healer at 3 in the morning. The servers go down in an hour, my eyes are watery and hunched over my keyboard, but I managed. Once I finish this dungeon, I am done. And that should be a quick task because while damage dealers have to wait extremely long to enter a dungeon, healers don’t, as they are usually more in demand with a lower supply. I entered the queue and waited.

And waited.

Oh shit.

What I thought was an instant queue was stretching over and over again because my stupid, sleep deprived ass didn’t realize most people were still playing Final Fantasy XIV an hour before server maintenance probably have better things to do than queue for a dungeon from an expansion ago.

I waited 20 minutes – an unimaginable time as a healer – thinking that my quest to end Stormblood before time runs out would end here in failure. Of course, I could come back after the maintenance and try again, but I was disappointed because I had come so close to achieving my absolutely bonkers goal. I looked away to tweet my failure, my hand moving to the escape button as I finished so I could log out in shame. I almost missed the “Duty Commenced” box letting me know the party was full and the dungeon was waiting. I almost clicked “withdraw” out of surprise.

The queue burst at 3:17 a.m.

It turns out that my fears about this dungeon were unfounded. My group did a light job of the boss, Shinryu, with barely a scratch, let alone a death. We just blew it like wet tissue paper, though the dungeon guide video I watched made me believe that this boss would erase the party for the slightest mistake. To the seven of you who lined up for one Stormblood keep in the last few minutes before the server shutdown, thanks.

Once Shinryu was dead, and after several dramatic cutscenes, I came to Stormblood‘s end with less than 30 minutes to spare.

I will not miss Stormblood. It was a typical revolution story that didn’t seem to match the grandeur of the stories that came before it. And while Stormblood did not move me the way Toward the sky and A kingdom reborn fact, this experience definitely improved my overall impression. For me, Stormblood was an extension of the journey, not the destination, and this time the end of the journey was the best. I will come back to the travel companions who accompanied me in the last minutes of Stormblood affectionately, though I’ll never remember their names or much else from what happened in that set. Only now Shadowbringer stands between me and my trip to the moon in Endwalker, and from what I hear, this is the best of the best.

Will i make it out Shadowbringer in time for Endwalker? Probably not. But i did misguided sprints through Final fantasy content before, and by the Twelve, I can do it again.

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