I had done it 4 times before, and it was challenging but doable. Today, even with all I had learned in previous runthroughs, it was brutally hard. Even using all my perks like Defiance and Medical Nanite Cloud, even deploying Crystals like mad, I still died over and over and over, perhaps 10-12 deaths in the course of the run, if not 15. I lost track.
I am an old grognard from way back. My toon is geared up to the nines. Now, maybe I just had a bad team, though I am loathe to blame them. But it seemed to me like Cryptic tweaked the scenario to massively increase the reinforcement rate. I was TRIBBLE-deep in alligators just non-stop.
I was within an RCH of bailing, but stubborn pride kept me going, and we got it done eventually.
So, my question is, ahh, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over?
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