Throw another half dozen unto the bone heap. Our next attempt in The Core might not be until next summer, and here's why:
Although we didn't have an absolutely ideal party configuration on this run, it was better than last time, and it was close to perfect. There were a few level 6's in the mix.
We had a half-orc kensai who pulled a holy khopesh in the Bloody Crypt. We had 3 strength-based monks with pillars of light. We had two high dps rogues (one acrobat, one halfling doing 2d6+10 on each sneak attack. We had THREE radiant servants. We had a 7th level paladin. We had a bard.
And still we could not take the final boss down, though we got close. We had some very close calls throughout the raid up to that point. But mostly we handled it well without an incap.
I have a dorf shintao at 7th level with handwraps of pure good, but he won't be on a suicide mission. Either everyone is fully prepared or we won't go. Fully prepared? Getting to level 7 is not enough-- we should blueline xp in order to treasure-hunt and collectible hunt so that we have the best chance for optimal gear and loads of healing pots and elixirs.
We had the final boss down to 25% health, and people recalled with mana, so it wasn't a total party wipe, but when our main tanks went down because they were blocked and couldn't receive healing, that was all she wrote...
Mobampao waits in the wings for his shot at glory...