I've spent the last few ingame days trying to kill the Shimmering Effusion with my sampire and... well, let's say it didn't go very well. Actually it was so bad that I ran out of money to insure my stuff - and I had around 800k in bank. Keying isn't a problem (today I managed to get the whole set in 20 minutes or so, thanks to some RNG luck) - the problem is the Effusion itself. I have tried several tactics and all the feint-enabled weapons I have, with the best result obtained with a 100% fire tessen, that took the Eff to around 5% health before it disappeared out of sheer boredom. The absolute worst result has been a 100% fire daisho, that I tried both wearing anatomy and spirit speak (I'm a Connorist) - half health for the Eff, roughly 50 deaths for me. So far, I think there are at least two critical issues that cause whatever tactics to fail: 1) High ping - I normally ping between 140 and 200 ms, thanks to a crappy DSL; this, along with my very average reflexes, means that I can react around a full tick after the event - seeing as the Eff happily casts 5 flamestrikes in 5 ticks, the outcome can't be so good. 2) Sadly, my beloved EC doesn't seem up to the task - first of all, dragging the healthbars for fetid essences etc is stupidly hard thanks to the models' offset; second, and worse, when I die there is a full second freeze (thanks to the fade to gray, i suppose) that makes it almost impossible for me to save my swampie. And once the swampie's dead, well, those flamestrikes start hitting for 70ish damage... Any ideas? Suggestions? Oh, yeah, I also tried wraith form - will try again with a tessen, because the leafblade doesn't work for me.