Blasting out 'Rokatanc' by Vox Vulgaris. Nothing like some hardcore medieval music to warm your blood in the morning :)
Mistress of Apocrypha says: "Welcome back, journeyman mages! Beyond knowledge of the mechanics, success in veteran Maelstrom Arena involves the pracitice of three key skills: knowing how to sustain your resources, knowing your primary targets, and knowing how to burst them down when they appear. To those ends, I would suggest the following...
Observe my simple technique to maximize both sustain and burst damage: keep Overload prepared on the back bar, and activate this ability between fights to cast Dark Exchange and apply a long-term buff, like Boundless Storm, to yourself. This allows me to fight full-tilt each round, and go into each subsequent round with maximum magicka. Neat!
Throughout Maelstrom Arena, it is useful to lead with your Wall of Elements. The Destruction Expert passive ability will cause any enemy that dies to your Wall's effects to restore 3600 magicka to you!
Your primary targets in vMA round nine should always be daedroths and archers. The damage from the daedroths' fiery breath remains active until they are dead, and the archers can activate their Taking Aim ability to kill you in a single shot. Yikes!
I don't have to tell you to avoid the white ghosts and gather the gold ones, do I? Oh well, I just did!
During part four of the round, be on the lookout for Dremora Nurkynaz, those sneaky walky guys who approach from the outer edge of the arena. If they reach the middle, they begin summoning a Bone Collossus that's REALLY REALLY hard to kill, and will probably kill you!
See that big guy that takes up your entire screen, who spawns right after the daedroth is killed in part five of the round? Yeah, drop a thunderous rage on his head to kill him before he sends out nasty waves of fire that damage and stun you.
By the time the final boss arrives, your Thunderous Rage should be ready again. Use it to nuke him down to 70% health before he teleports and spawns a daedroth. Watch my "Twilight's Delight" dps test video for build and rotation advice to help you get the damage to achieve this.
With practice, you will learn to anticipate the boss' flying skull attacks. These should be blocked or dodged, or else they will knock you on your backside. Also remember that when he puts his staff into the air, you must interrupt him immediately- then back away to avoid his ground area attack!
When the boss goes 'upstairs', I find it useful to travel counter-clockwise. This is because the floating walls that shield you from his knockback attack travel clockwise. You're bound to meet up with them using this technique, and you won't have to sprint after them as they speed up.
By the time you get back down, your Thunderous Rage should be ready once again. Use it on the boss, and give him holy hell! Remember to keep watching for his staff ability, his flying skull, and his ground area attack! Get the gold ghosts, and Bob's your uncle.
If at first you don't succeed, try again... and again... and again. I died over ONE THOUSAND times on my first attempt at veteran Maelstrom Arena. You heard me right: ONE THOUSAND TIMES! Don't lose heart. Soon, you'll be melting those bosses like butter.
If you would like any more help or advice, please feel free to ask in the comment section- I will reply! Until next time, keep your shields up, and happy hunting!"
All rights to the music go to the band Vox Vulgaris. (Which I didn't realise was recording along with the video! lol)