Soa is the final boss in the Eternity Vault operation (raid). He’s some kind of powered up ancient Rakata Palpatine or some such and he’s supposed to be badass and impressive. Personally, I think he looks like a mutant tuna fish.
And as befit most final bosses in raid, he’s got somewhat of a fancy fight with multiple phases, platform hoping, positioning him under pillars so he takes damage and a slew of other small things. Under normal circumstances I’d call him an interesting fight.
But that would be if he wasn’t bugged out like hell. He’s a raid leader nightmare come true. Why? Because our ability to kill him reside not so much our own abilities but more with our ability to beat the RBG (Random Bug Generator). Of all our wipes on this guy, slightly over half are directly linked to bugs.
We’ve had the boss reset, platforms disappears or not being there to begin with, the pillars not hitting him when they should, the boss not taking damage even though he had his debuff on. We had people fall through the floor or not falling at all when they go down, lightning balls do an absurd amount of damage.. or being simply invisible and the list goes on. There was a thread on the swtor forums where people compiled the various bugs and last time I looked, there was 27 different wipe causing bugs listed.
We did kill him in the end but it’s so frustrating to have to suffer through the bugs for a boss that we would have under control if not for the bugs. And it’s taking its toll on some of our raider moral as well. I’ve had people talk to me through whisper telling me that they were considering never doing Eternity Vault again. Normally I’d say screw them along with scathing comments about being a team player but in this particular case I can’t say I disagree with them. Raiding should be fun and wiping due to bugs is not.
But the worst for me is that it gets me ranting during raid and possibly ruining the other people evening who might be enjoying the raid despite the bugs. I try to catch myself from doing it but sometimes I slip up and launch into some sort of angry rant. I don’t want to do that…
I’ll close by saying that I’m aware that this post is basically an angry rant but I had to let it out and hopefully, be done with it.