OK, this is going to be long, so bear with me. :)
Hiya. I'm a not especially great 72 apprentice and mostly have fresh-from-finishing-campaign-on-hard gear. I'm playing the first eternia shard mission on Normal (kinda silly that I can get through most of the campaign on insane but this one is tough on Normal). I have no problem for the most part making it up to the boss. But first, the spiders drive me crazy. This is normal so they die easily, but they still manage to be really annoying.
The main problem I have is with the large group of spiders that appears all over the place near at end of each wave. They get behind your turrets and disable them with their web attack, then hack away and wreck your defenses if you don't get to them in time. This was especially problematic with the southwest Crystal- with proper defenses, no monster will go near it, except for wyverns, so you just need one turret there to take care of them. But no- the spiders will get behind it and destroy it. so I put a lightning tower nearby. This is where things get strange- The spiders would attack the death striker I was using, but the lightning tower which was completely within range did not fire on it, even though the spider wasn't lightning immune. Is there a reason for this?
Finally, I resorted to surrounding my wyvern defenses with magic barricades to stop them from destroying them- This works, but it uses up a lot of extra defense points, and is impractical to use at all of my defense locations. I tried using lightning towers all over the place, but sometimes they wouldn't shoot them and I can't figure out why (again, in most cases they weren't lightning immune). I tried pointing a magic missile turret in the opposite direction of my main defenses, but this didn't work very well either.
So does anyone have any advice on handling the spiders that will work with just an apprentice? I'm still working on other classes so other class defenses might not be good enough yet.
The spider queen I only find difficult because of the normal spiders wrecking my defenses. I try to focus on killing her, but if I do, my defenses go down and I lose. I placed four death strikers aimed at eachother around where she appears which took down half her health really quickly along with em shooting at her but my defenses failed before I could finish the job because of the DAMN NORMAL SPIDERS! So for the queen itself the only question I have is- is there a trick to opening up her obvious weak spot? Honestly, she isn't even the real threat to me, but knowing that would help.
I know my gear is terrible, I don't need to be ridiculed for that- but I can get through the regular waves- I'm sure I can do this right now, so I'm just looking for some advice.