Saturday, November 12, 2011
Runescape: Fight Caves- Finally learned how to beat Jad with Ranged
I've wanted to mess with him for months, but there's always something else to work on. Those other goals kept getting in the way. But about a week ago, the mood descended upon me, and it was time to learn the Zen of Jad. Again.
For nearly a week, I tried different things, kept going back, got stomped on by Jad. Over and over. But that's okay now. Way back when, I learned how to beat Jad just because I wanted the Taskmaster emote, which required all the elite tasks to be accomplished. One of those requirements was to own a Fire Cape, which of course means I had to defeat Jad.
Basically, I didn't want to fight Jad, but had to in order to get another goal. So I really hated it. This time, my motivation was unclouded by hidden agendas. I just wanted to learn how to beat the Fight Cave.
Many players just sail through the cave, making it look easy. "Look, I beat Jad with a spoon!"... "Look, I beat Jad with 1 prayer point!"... tons of creative players showing off how good they are.
Not me. My combat skills are atrocious. I survive most fights because I've got maxed combat stats. If it requires real skill, I'm sunk. Nomad took me over a week to beat. Jad just seemed way beyond my abilities.
This time, though... it was different. I kept going back, persistently. Once or twice a day. Each time I'd try something different, learn a little more. Without realizing, I was actually practising. A lot.
Last night, I finally took him on, using the traditional ranged approach. It was a thing of beauty. I was in the zone. No panic, no fear, no mistakes. Once Jad and I squared off, every step went perfectly. For my first time ever, I ranged Jad to halfway, popped the each of the healers with a bolt, got them lined up, and finished Jad. Finishing him off with the Knockout Aura was just icing on the cake.
I know, probably not a big deal to most players. But for me, it's huge. Now I feel like I can beat Jad (nearly) every time I go.
I got good at Jad by accidentally practicing too much...How cool is that?