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Temple of Balthazar

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Temple of Balthazar is a meta event that takes place in Straits of Devastation. Upon completion you can access Tactician Deathstrider, an exotic armor karma merchant. This event involves a escorting three paths of troops along three quest chains to the rally point at Triumph Plaza. You can start the rally point movement forward with one, two or all three of the troops there. Each set of troops makes it easier to move the Pact troops along the path to the final encounter.

[edit] Dynamic events

The event begins with this status in the zone:

Leaders at the Pact rally point are awaiting reinforcements from the central, northern, and southern invasions before the assault on Temple of Balthazar can begin.

Once the event is ready to progress, this status appears:

Pact forces have begun preparing for the assault on the Temple of Balthazar

At this point, three distinct Pact invasion paths open up to complete and can be progressed simultaneously:

If at any point one of the quests in any of the chains fail, wait a moment and a Defend-type event will trigger. Defend the point from the Risen and the next step in the chain will restart. If you fail to defend, the Pact will be pushed back up the chain until the event fails.

The status at Triumph Plaza will be one of the following, which will indicate which paths have been completed and which paths need to be completed:

  • Reinforcements from the northern invasion have arrived at the Pact rally point. Pact forces are awaiting additional reinforcements from the southern invasion.
  • Reinforcements from the central invasion have arrived at the Pact rally point. Pact forces are awaiting additional reinforcements from the northern invasion.
  • Reinforcements from the central and northern invasions have arrived at the Pact rally point. Pact forces are awaiting additional reinforcements from the southern invasion.
  • Reinforcements from the northern and southern invasion have arrived at the Pact rally point. Pact forces are awaiting additional reinforcements from the central invasion.

[edit] The Assault on the Temple of Balthazar

The final event chain can be started when at least one of the invasion forces reaches Triumph Plaza. For each invasion force (North, Central, South) that reaches Rally point, the Pact's morale increases by 33%.

Defending the Temple of Balthazar

After gaining the temple, it remains friendly for about 1:45 hours after which an event spawns to defend it. If successful, it will remain open for about one more hour after which a much more difficult defend event triggers - with victory conditions such that failure is essentially certain.

[edit] Walkthrough

The assault on the temple of Balthazar is a multi-stage meta event, with some portions that are optional. There are three invasion paths that bring reinforcements to a central Rally Point, which then makes a final push to the temple. This final push can happen with reinforcements from any combination of invasion paths, using just a single reinforcement, or all three. The meta event has different scaling requirements at different stages, requiring from two to twenty players for reliable success of individual events.

Balthazar's meta events can actually be slow to start, and there's a merchant near the start point for two of the invasion paths, if you are bringing a full zerg directly to this event, bring full bags of loot to burn some time sorting/merching while waiting for the events to kick off.

Generally, the first decision to make is to split your available manpower appropriately for the invasions.

[edit] The Invasions

There are three invasion paths:

Assuming there is no progress on any invasion path and only the Northern invasion is active, and regardless of actually intending to complete the Northern Invasion path, send a single player to work Northern's first two events, and have the rest park in Fort Trinity. It's not unusual for a single event's completion at the Northern Invasion to be followed by South or Central starting up - Whether this is coincidence or actual implementation is moot, sending a single player North just to try kicking off the other paths gives waiting players one more thing to focus on while waiting for the other event chains to kick off.

Each invasion path has notes for how to best handle it. While only one is necessary to open the temple, more invasion paths give you added margin for error later in the event chain. Generally, the advice is to stall (when possible and necessary) any well-advanced invasions to allow other invasions you are bringing a chance to catch up.

When bringing all 3 invasions, keep at least 3 players on south, and few players on North, keep the surplus on Central through Stygian Deeps. After clearing Stygian Deeps, keep at least 6 players on Central, and send the rest to North, to speed it along and to assist North with the Beachhead.

Each path can be started independently and advanced forward to where it takes a beachhead. Once an Invasion has a beachhead, reinforcements for that beachhead spawn almost immediately, and proceed to the Rally Point

[edit] The Reinforcements

Players new to Balthazar and surplus players should find their way to the Central Reinforcement escort. There are several reasons for this: It is the most difficult, between spawns that sometimes trigger together instead of in series, and Veteran Risen Subjugators. This is also a good chance to introduce players to the Veteran Risen Subjugators - while they are not a serious threat to the reinforcement stage of the event chain, they are serious later in the chain. Now is a good chance to educate players without having the entire meta at risk.

Once one set of reinforcements reaches the Rally point, the Rally point will first wait for any remaining reinforcements to arrive, or fail. Once all the reinforcment events have resolved, the main attack on the temple begins.

[edit] The Escort

The main escort faces various threats, and players need to balance many tasks. There are more specific notes under the escort event, but the general guidelines are:

  • Players will face many targets in tight groups. AoE skills are a must-have for being effective through here.
  • Players will need to mitigate damage to the Pact NPCs. AoE Crowd Control skills can help with that, by moving threats clear of the Pact, and by interrupting, slowing, or otherwise preventing their attacks from working.
  • Players will want to have AoE heal skills. The Pact have weak heals and the Risen are many. It will be important to bring skills that can heal them. Water fields are a good choice as Blast Finishers can multiply the healing effect.
  • Pre-spot 2 players at each potential Veteran Risen Subjugator spawn point - each spawn point can produce one or two Subjugators, you need at least one player per to hold them for more than a few seconds.

[edit] Altar of Betrayal

Once the NPCs reach the Altar, a ring-cap event starts, followed by the priest fight. Capping the ring is rarely an issue, as long as the players get inside it. Depending on scaling, the Priest Fight may spawn a Champion Risen Abomination. The summary advice for the Priest Fight:

  • Keep Ranged. Do not be in melee range of the Abomination for any reason, it downs players with one hit, kills them with a second. The Priest has a point blank fear skill that it uses frequently. Your damage is higher if you do not spend half the fight under fear or running back to the fight.
  • Use AoE skills - There will be adds to burn down. Some of those adds will heal the priest, so use attacks that can hit them in addition to the priest.
  • Keep out of red circles. They kill here.
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