I was checking out the houses in the Bridge District, trying to find the red clothed guy for the graveyard district quest with the buried guy. One of the houses near Red Guy had two trapped doors, so Jan untrapped and opened these doors. The eastern door sent me into a pocket dimension or something.
At first, I thought the guy in the circle in the dimension was full of it, but then he wasted my party with his minions helping. I reloaded, and started devising a strategy after a few tries with trial and error.
I sent my party to the very back of the area, behind where the big doors are. The next room is empty and where the Shag guy teleports to after his obligatory evil speech. I turned party AI off because I didn't want my guys rushing after anyone.
Sent in Rasaad to trigger Shag to pop up, and sent Rasaad straight back to my guys, Shag teleported, but his minions did not follow. I had my party far enough away not to lure these guys in, and they stayed by that circle/ Shag ended up fighting my party alone. I tossed Breach, Keldorn's Dispel Magic, and Jan dispelled Shag's illusion spells with Detect Illusion passive thief skill (another reason I kept Party AI off). Shag's Mislead was dispelled, and I wore him down.
Once Shag was finally dead, he dropped about 3000 gold. His minions still didn't come into that room.
I then equipped Mazzy with the Shield of Balduran, and tossed a fireball into the fog of war to pull out one or two of the minions. The Beholder and the fighter chased me back into that entrance room. The Behdolder was a joke, Mazzy just tore it apart while its eyes fired rapid machine gun laser stuff at Mazzy. These lasers bounced off and hurt the eyeball instead. The fighter died pretty easily.
That left the mage and vampire for last. I tossed another fireball to the left of the circle, tagged the mage, drew the mage in, and then pounced on her the same way I did to Shag. Jan dispelled illusions while everybody else whacked on her.
Vampire was last. Sent in Mazzy with helm of charm protection. Vampire wasted her turns on Mazzy while everyone else hit her with ranged weapons, magic, or melee attacks.
The key here was to draw out the group 1 by 1. Made things so much easier and manageable. Plus knowing when to turn off Party AI.
After all that, I picked up the loot. Shag's 3000 gold, the Beholder's eye, a few extra gold, and the Staff of the Magi. I checked out the staff, and I'm like "Hot damn, this looks good!" with invisibility and +5 to hit and other goodies.
Should I put this baby on Jan? Since Jan can backstab with the staff, plus invisibility, plus the +5 to hit? What other good strategies can I use with the staff?