I first heard about this secret fight club when some of my guildies were talking about it. They were buying their way into it via blood-soaked invitations sold on the Black Market Auction house, run by that ringleader of organised crime, Madam Goya. That house of ill repute is tucked away out of the the general travel route, on the Veiled Stair.
I wasn't keen to pay money to buy one - I knew prices would drop eventually. And you can get them from other sources - by killing the rare spawn Alliance captains around Lion's Landing. I did that a few weeks ago, and gave Ayelena the invitation. He went in and I followed him to see what all the fuss and fun was about.
Ayelena started out with some fights and I cheered her as she won. She made it look easy without breaking a sweat. Even Roshii came to watch.
Then good ol' Falln got to rank 7 and sent me an invite! I was waiting for Lushnek so we could do it together and the other week I finally stepped in and handed in my invitation.
Rank 1 was easy, even for a non DPSer!
I wondered how to do this achievement. I didn't know what an angry spectator looked like - until one started attacking me.
At the moment I'm only just into Rank 2. So haven't got much to tell except that healing and tanking isn't going to cut it in a real DPS club like this!
hit and run through him to get out of bad frontal attack. Was nice and easy.
Vian the Volatile
avoid the fire lines and avoid his fire balls hanging in mid air. I found it a little tricky as a noob melee.
charges at a red marker (like a bull!) easy to avoid, and was a pleasant fight.
Dungeon Master Vishas
run away from heated pokers!
Don't push him up against the wall! That peck is a killer!
That's all I've gotten up to in there so far. My impression? That the first few levels are accessible, but I'm worried I can't get to rank 4. And you know what, nobody is really looking at what the people in the arena are doing. So you can sneak in there and just hit stuff and not worry about jeering and nasty mentally delayed jokes.
I noticed that there is an NPC named Dirk Roughly which is a play on Dirk Gently, the fictional detective created by Douglas Adams. There's also another NPC named Robert Paulson, after the character in Fight Club (played by Meatloaf) of a very similar name (Robert "Bob" Paulson).
Wish me luck! Here's the list I have to get through...
Leper Gnome Quintet (one is Greazy)