Yeah, we ran through a few of the quests, and then went back and tried the Hard Mode ones. And...
What in the hell are you guys taking in with you?
I haven't played in about two years or more. Raye and I did not discuss what builds we were taking whatsoever. When I talked to her about it after, I found out that she didn't bring any condition removal, was wearing the wrong armor, and her hero monk was set up for Urgoz runs. I brought a generic axe build, Evis, Exec, Body Blow, that overpowered dwarf KD skill, and Frenzy - yes, Frenzy. Oh, and to make things more interesting I'd been talking with my friend Jack Daniels a bit. Mmmm.
We died once, when I err7'ed right in the middle of the pool toward the end of that afflicted swarm quest. There was no skill required. Likewise for hard mode, it was the same thing with more afflicted and more damage - had we bothered planning, we could have brought extra AoE heals, or more skills to exploit the AI. But we didn't.
If someone that hasn't played in two years can go in with a bunch of heroes, completely unplanned, and utterly destroy it, then you would think that the people who have been still playing all this time would be better at it. C'mon... You can better yourselves. I promise you that becoming better players does not make the game less fun.
Unless, of course, you find it enjoyable to die all the time in normal mode.
In which case, carry on. But stop complaining about how much you're dying on the forums.