Duplicity | Critical Role | Campaign 2, Episode 55

  • Published on Mar 18, 2019
    The Mighty Nein engage in an intense battle with some nasty fiends below the city of Asarius as they search for the source of the rifts.
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  • Flando Maltrizian
    Flando Maltrizian Month ago +1816

    HEY, there might be some SPOILERS under the thing
    1:20 Sam helps out my job search
    4:45 Critiquing Marisha’s notes
    10:25 Intro cinematic
    12:00 Episode Starts
    15:20 Recap Ends
    18:25 Nott’s weakness
    22:35 First battle begins
    25:40 Marisha’s football sounds
    37:00 Not sure if that was Beau or Marisha
    38:30 Charge blindly
    40:40 Messing with Fjord
    44:35 Messages from beyond the veil
    45:25 Called a quasit
    48:35 Stay (feat. Nott)
    50:25 Detect Dicks
    53:45 Suspicious high five
    55:20 I don’t cat with my paw, I cat with my heart
    59:05 Looking for Nott
    1:03:10 Caleb betrays the party
    1:07:15 Second battle begins
    1:10:50 Zemnian joke
    1:12:20 Metagaming pigeon
    1:15:35 Picking spells to kill the party
    1:20:00 A great spell to celebrate the Kickstarter
    1:22:35 Bidet
    1:37:55 Luckily, Fjord was useless
    1:42:00 Eeeldrith blasts
    1:51:15 Break Starts
    1:52:05 A message from Ashley
    2:00:20 Art Montage
    2:013:50 Break Ends
    2:15:50 The final battle begins
    2:22:45 Return of the rhymes
    2:24:10 That was a pun too far
    2:32:20 HDYWTDT
    2:35:25 Sam, don’t be vulgar with Laura
    2:43:25 Marisha monks Liam
    2:45:50 Punch Liam for luck
    2:46:40 Sam has the power to ruin rolls
    2:59:15 YEEHAW
    3:08:30 Make Ashley kill Caleb
    3:18:00 It’ll be better when we’re dead
    3:20:55 Fudge, man
    3:25:10 The most devastating rhyme yet
    3:37:00 Matt is accidentally the worst
    3:32:10 Yasha finally listens
    3:46:55 UP THE BUTT
    3:51:20 Caleb gets a turn
    3:53:35 HDYWTDT
    4:03:30 HDYWTDT (twice in one shot!)
    4:05:05 Saving a life
    4:07:25 Cad gets his vision
    4:08:45 Max blood effects
    4:25:10 Episode Ends
    Twitch live viewership of this episode peaked around 55,000 people. The in-game start date for the episode was the 20th of Horisal 836. Sam’s flask says, “What Would Rammstein Do?”
    The 7.5-million-dollar mark has been passed. If they get to 8.8 in the next month, we get the full Briarwood arc.
    Any moments I missed? Feel free to post them here. Is it Thursday yet?

    • TheLuftpolsterfolie
      TheLuftpolsterfolie 2 days ago

      Break ends still puts you to the beginning of the episode

    • Jakub Ziarno
      Jakub Ziarno 3 days ago

      3:26:40 Traveler crit

    • namenotavailableyet
      namenotavailableyet 12 days ago

      break link has typo

    • Rookzer0
      Rookzer0 17 days ago

      You forgot to mention at 4:25:28 My fan art made it into the video :D I'm So happy!

    • Willy Wonka
      Willy Wonka 19 days ago

      Flando, the god among men. I am not criticizing but the time stamp for break ends has a little typo. Stay lit

  • Tylan Wyatt
    Tylan Wyatt 5 hours ago

    Idk if anybody really minds outside of me, and thank you to whoever did the captions you are great; but there are a decent number of small mistakes if anybody wants to fix that

  • Aaron Radney
    Aaron Radney 8 hours ago

    Beau just used a dang fatality lol.

  • Nosferatu
    Nosferatu Day ago

    I love how Sams doesn't look away until Liam insists he is OK after the uppercut from Marisha , The brothers love is too real XD

  • dead scorn
    dead scorn Day ago


    Caduceus uncon within 5ft of enemy, lost 2 death saving throws. Nott prepared an explosive bolt, fired at an enemy within melee range of Caduceus, THANK YOU MATT for letting the held actions of the party fuck them over.

  • MikeCammack1
    MikeCammack1 Day ago

    I don’t remember Nott’s explosive arrows having AOE in the past. I think it’s lame that they did now, and made them burn their diamond. I could be mistaken about the AOE though

  • James Radar
    James Radar 2 days ago

    Hmmm more stuff for the monk who literally doesn’t need it. How about items that buff other characters for Christ sake.

  • Fishtastic
    Fishtastic 2 days ago +2

    idk why the subtitles in this episode are so bad........IT KEEPS SAYING "YOSHA"

  • derius douglas
    derius douglas 2 days ago

    Dude Yasha is fucking them up lmao

  • Anna McNeill
    Anna McNeill 2 days ago

    Them talking about the device: "Well, no one has dispel magic"
    Them: ""I wonder what we should do with it"
    Them: "Let's put it in the lead box"

  • DoughyInTheMiddle
    DoughyInTheMiddle 2 days ago

    53:45 Very disappointed in Liam's lack of "Ah...there's the rub!"

  • Euan Dunbar
    Euan Dunbar 2 days ago

    caleb should have been immune to the charm as it didn't work last session

  • Acclamator44
    Acclamator44 2 days ago

    RAMMSTEIN!!! - Hi from Germany.

  • Chris Lester
    Chris Lester 2 days ago

    Taliesin Jaffe is shaking so much!

  • Soriosh
    Soriosh 2 days ago


    Sam: Rolls a nat 20 for stealth.
    Sam: Hold action until he is engaged with someone.
    Me: What, why?
    Sam: Also loading an explosive arrow.
    I love all of these people to death, but that had me stressed.

  • Alex Dignard
    Alex Dignard 3 days ago

    The subtitles are weird in this episode, skull attack for spell attack, Yosha for Yasha, no host's name before their dialogue and a few other oddities. I hope it gets fixed in more recents episodes :(

    • HulluMel
      HulluMel Day ago

      I noticed it too kinda bothers me. I think it's because they switched to a professional captioning service. If I remember right they have a program that auto-generates captions that they apply to the episode and go in later to fix. I guess they haven't gotten around to it yet. (Not 100% sure though I think it's just what I remember from reading in their announcement about it)

  • crazywriterchic
    crazywriterchic 3 days ago

    Listened to the first half of this and then decided to wait until I could watch the second half and DAMN is Liam looking fine

  • Michael Devine
    Michael Devine 3 days ago

    Little did Liam know that a harmful play on words would actually happen lol 2:14:55

  • Brianna AhMu
    Brianna AhMu 4 days ago

    Man, Laura doesn't attack with bonus actions anymore. Is there a reason?

  • conor hilton
    conor hilton 4 days ago

    I just finished watching 'Search for Grog' before watching this, and watching Laura playing Vex and then Jester, its lick a whole different person and i am not even talking about the character, watching her as a person play is so radically different.

  • Dennis Troha
    Dennis Troha 4 days ago

    17 points actually

  • alfredisthename
    alfredisthename 4 days ago

    Wait, did Matt let Yasha Reckless an AOO at 3:24:15?

  • Jem Zheng
    Jem Zheng 5 days ago +2

    anybody else think the periapt of wound closure is actually the periapt of death

  • DavidGomezEarthosVEVO

    GotHere By well I duno .. any essplanation?

  • Chris M
    Chris M 6 days ago

    Sam cpuld totally rock a pooh bear voice

  • Riley Loux
    Riley Loux 6 days ago

    *spoilers sorta* Super intense fight but that flavor kill should have totally been a god of war style kill; grab the horn and impale its skull through the stalagmite on the ground around it. I like what they did but I sat here for like 4 rounds dreaming of that sweet sweet glory kill.

  • leroyjenkinz7
    leroyjenkinz7 6 days ago

    God fucking dammit matt, you're a sadistic fucking assbag for making them fight like this. ESPECIALLY against people with fucking mind control.

  • jadeyn frericks
    jadeyn frericks 6 days ago

    They messed up so much on this episode on the one reaction when mr clay ran past she cant use reckless cause i wasnt her turn and not would have had advantage man i am so mad

  • Lucas martins
    Lucas martins 7 days ago

    elbowregard 2:43:25

  • porcelain doll
    porcelain doll 7 days ago +5

    fjord's reaction to when nott pretended to get hit by his eldritch blast..that was seriously the absolute sweetest. "take my spurs, but not my goblin girl!!"

  • Sr. Bootsnpants
    Sr. Bootsnpants 7 days ago

    It's silence Laura, silence!!

  • Hendry Wa
    Hendry Wa 7 days ago

    umm, in earlier campaign revivy need to roll. why its not now?

  • Taylor Alexandra
    Taylor Alexandra 7 days ago

    Who made Laura Bailey's adorable mug!?!?

  • oregeki
    oregeki 8 days ago

    I cant deal with how stressed Taliesin is watching this live would have been torture

  • Afraid Bacon
    Afraid Bacon 8 days ago

    I thought raged creatures couldnt be charmed

    • Taylor Alexandra
      Taylor Alexandra 7 days ago

      Yep, level 6 barbarian. To be fair though, Travis is controlling 2 characters and is probably freaking out. We had a situation like this in our game. Our monk wasn't there and ended up charmed too and we all forgot he could end that on himself. We were all so mad afterwards when we remembered because it was such a huge deal.

  • Legend Of Welda
    Legend Of Welda 8 days ago

    Wait, aren't barbarians immune to charm if they are raging?

  • Dan West
    Dan West 9 days ago

    Is it just me, or does Matt seem to ALWAYS roll high? Compared to the party, he's usually rolling high numbers, making savings, and frequently hitting. I'd be really interested to see a tally of all his rolls throughout season 2 to see his stats. It seems abnormally high

  • Hilary Jordan
    Hilary Jordan 9 days ago

    I turn my sleeves into dice bags! I take them off my clothes and then make them into dice bags.

  • John N
    John N 9 days ago

    "For with your subscription, what streams may come!" Willy himself would be jealous, I tell you...

  • Strat-O-Matic Delaware

    When the DM is smiling, it is already too late.

  • Emrigael Alpern
    Emrigael Alpern 9 days ago

    Matt: You're killin' me!
    Taliesin: That's not how this works. It's actually quite the opposite.
    my nerves are fucking shot right now

  • Sabeena
    Sabeena 9 days ago +8

    Marisha: [gets sidetracked by goldfish die]
    Travis: *OH MY GOD.*

  • LittleMissBlackBird
    LittleMissBlackBird 9 days ago

    Those who can sign: dose mat accidentally sign any thing at any point ? This episode or any other?

  • SammietheAverageGirl
    SammietheAverageGirl 10 days ago +2

    I've never felt so deeply upset during a fight before this was the WORST

    GRRAB 10 days ago

    It's funny how you can tell these new Closed Caption Transcription people they hired don't play D&D, looking at some of these odd mistranslations.

  • Adrian Caminiti
    Adrian Caminiti 10 days ago +6

    Sam: Punish That Slit!! No?
    Matt: No. Nononono no

  • Danilo Luís Faria
    Danilo Luís Faria 10 days ago +1

    I love tallesin, but he should work on his turns, he takes way too long.

    • Emily Blackie
      Emily Blackie 6 days ago

      Oh he drove me crazy this episode. All the "um ..uh...no...well...no...um...uh...uh...uh..." 's about had me throwing things.

  • Bailey Locklear
    Bailey Locklear 10 days ago

    Laura’s moment of asking the Traveler to tell The Wild Mother Cad need’s help was so sweet and then Matt going with it so well! I love all of Laura’s interactions with the Traveler ❤️

  • geoff2886
    geoff2886 10 days ago

    3:54:00 Dani in the background

  • Lord Plebatron
    Lord Plebatron 10 days ago

    Does anyone know the name of the track that's playing at 1:37:00?

  • Dannii Lee
    Dannii Lee 10 days ago

    Point of order here: Yasha wouldn't have been charmed because she was raging.
    According to the description for Rage, after 6th Level, you can't be Charmed while Raging.
    Or if already Charmed it is suspended by entering a Rage (for the duration of the Rage).

    • Dannii Lee
      Dannii Lee 10 days ago

      ​+cede11 ahhh thanks that makes a lot more sense. A voice in my head was screaming at me the whole time saying "but she's a Barbarian" and I was like "Shadup! I'm trying to watch the show."
      Good to know.

    • cede11
      cede11 10 days ago

      Only for the path of the berserker, but yasha is a zealot or smth.

  • Peter Noreen
    Peter Noreen 10 days ago

    As dramatic as Nott killing Cad was...didn't Talesin just sham about having two failed death saving throws, stabilizing, then taking two more? Dude was getting stressed out, but I think I knew he was deceiving Matt then. 😣

  • Bryn
    Bryn 11 days ago +1

    That Dispel Magic ruling on the charm was botched as all hell... :\
    Not to mention that not allowing people to cast Healing Word as A BONUS ACTION (as it is spell in the book) and another ACTION spell as an ACTION is weird af.

  • Zak Ember
    Zak Ember 11 days ago

    You know, in a lot of ways, I think this episode cleared Wil Wheaton's name. Everyone rolled as badly as he did during his legendary poor rolling game; it really just goes to show that the randomness of the dice can really, really go against you some nights.
    That being said... holy god, the rolling was terrible in this episode! I have to give shoutouts to Liam for sticking with his charmed character and committing fully to it, and to Marisha for pulling few clutch moves.
    My biggest gripe was with Laura... I love her to death, but when you've got two teammates down, one charmed, and only three level one spell slots, (because you're saving a 3rd level Revivify), it's time to reconsider how you approach your fighting and healing balance. As soon as anyone was charmed, both healers should have been rushing to get them uncharmed with Protection from Good and Evil, (which helps their friends with breaking out of it with their rolls). Much of the damage of the night would have been avoided or mitigated if they could have broken Caleb or Yasha out of charm. Huge props to her for dispelling the gate, but waiting till a teammate is down to use a healing spell is playing with fire.

  • super dragon
    super dragon 11 days ago

    So no head?

  • Che Martin
    Che Martin 11 days ago

    2:22:49 Sam: It’s your go-regard! Taliesin: She know-regards.
    2:24:12 Sam: Stomp that ho-regard!
    2:44:34 Sam: Naruto-regard!
    2:46:40 Sam: Flurry of blows-regard!
    2:55:48 Sam: You reap what you sow-regard!
    3:25:13 Sam: Henry. David. Thoreauregard.
    3:53:45 Sam: How do you want to do-regard!

  • Lisa Rodjer
    Lisa Rodjer 11 days ago

    i watched this while baking cookies... i think the stress would have killed me otherwise

  • VintageTrollean
    VintageTrollean 11 days ago

    3:07:30 Rebel yell

  • Joseph Wicken
    Joseph Wicken 12 days ago

    I was not prepared for this episode.

  • super dragon
    super dragon 12 days ago

    Wait maybe I’m dumb, but what kind of creature is that big friend? Is it a specific devil or fiend? Or is it a Matt Mercer original?

  • Uptonogood Ashe
    Uptonogood Ashe 13 days ago +2

    Man i wanted Caleb and Fjord to wreck the rest of the party

    • Fionor
      Fionor 10 days ago +1

      Me too, I feel confused about it because I love them all.

  • Robert Macneish
    Robert Macneish 13 days ago

    Urgh, I'm so conflicted. I love cadeceus , but taliesin is the worst player to watch sometimes. He like never knows what hes going to do, or what his character can do and it takes him 2 or 3 times as long to do anything as it does for almost anybody else. It's just so frustrating

  • Grant Dixson
    Grant Dixson 13 days ago

    Good thing Beau didn't get exhausted even though she stayed up fighting all night, but if they ride a horse an hour after sunset it's instant exhaustion.

  • RavenStorm31
    RavenStorm31 14 days ago +4

    omg the moment marisha elbows liam i had to rewind to see everyones expressions XD

  • Frankie
    Frankie 14 days ago

    Liam supporting fascism? A german man wishing to incinerate people? Hmm...I feel like I've seen this somewhere before!

  • Tiro Boron
    Tiro Boron 14 days ago +1

    so is the invisible figurine Nott or not?

  • EarOfRam
    EarOfRam 14 days ago +1

    I died.

  • jehrad0
    jehrad0 14 days ago +11

    You’re not my type. *high five*
    Favorite part of this whole campaign.

  • AngliNex
    AngliNex 15 days ago

    Anyone know the name of the gloves? I'm trying to find them on D&D beyond.

  • Frankie
    Frankie 15 days ago

    1:04:30 You mean 17 points?

  • Mike Heitz
    Mike Heitz 15 days ago

    Really wanted to see Caleb die

  • gay men all the way
    gay men all the way 15 days ago

    Watching this episode really shows how poor Matt is at balancing encounters

  • UserDude
    UserDude 15 days ago

    Retitle for the video: Sniffing 4 Hour Loop.

  • Dipa Raditya
    Dipa Raditya 15 days ago

    Did I hear Battle of Azeroth music as battle music? is it?

  • DanaanBartok
    DanaanBartok 15 days ago +2

    Are those status markers ("hastened", "stunned", etc) for the minis available somewhere?

  • Dimitri LK
    Dimitri LK 15 days ago +7

    "Imagine what that thing and Uk'otoa could do together"

  • Dagzilla brofist
    Dagzilla brofist 15 days ago

    wow...just....wow, its been 4 and a half hours?.....dam, that was intense AF!!!!!!!

  • mckade bush
    mckade bush 15 days ago

    Isn't it kinda bullcrap that Mathew would make jesster roll to dispel a charm but when yasha is conveniently trying to dispel beacon of hope it just happens like come really

    • Blackmanefury
      Blackmanefury 13 days ago

      Beacon of Hope is a 3rd level spell so is auto dispelled by a base level cast of dispel magic. The charm isn't technically dispelable (RAW) so allowing the role was actually generous. Plenty of other rule mess ups around but not these.

  • Michael Zedd
    Michael Zedd 16 days ago

    I like to think the charm spell made Caleb imagine Parent Teacher Night at the Soltryce Academy. The parents he loves and the teachers he hates all grouped up together. Of course he’d cast a fireball.

  • Unus Multorum
    Unus Multorum 16 days ago

    Taliesin just wtf? Your ultra-awesome character has got channel divinity and you did not use it against the demon lord?

  • Matteo Fenner
    Matteo Fenner 16 days ago +2

    Yosha for all the subtitles lol

  • Dist0rt3d Hum0r
    Dist0rt3d Hum0r 16 days ago +24

    Matt: "Duci make a death saving throw."
    Duci: "I dont have to I'm autostabilized."
    Matt: "Oh thats right... man I cant kill you!"
    Me: *Cries for MollyMauk*

  • CognizantPsyche
    CognizantPsyche 16 days ago

    This is a fucking intense roller coaster...

  • JND
    JND 16 days ago

    Liam: It's an explosive arrow!
    Everyone else: ...

  • McAnkkuli
    McAnkkuli 16 days ago +1

    I'm not really seeing anyone critiquing Liam in the comments. It seemed pretty out of character for the intelligent and scaredy-cat Caleb to tell others to WAIT while he went into the spooky cave alone.
    It was arguably the worst tactical decision anyone made in the fight, but most of all it didn't make that much sense for Caleb to do.

  • sikay
    sikay 17 days ago

    I fell asleep while watching this episode and woke up to Travis' SQUEALS

  • Brad Molyneaux
    Brad Molyneaux 17 days ago

    Matt had Yasha do reckless on a reaction against them when they are getting shit kicked. I'm sure he heard about that one on Twitter.

  • Firerain
    Firerain 17 days ago

    I thought barbarians couldn't be charmed while raging?

    • Michael Fradley
      Michael Fradley 15 days ago

      That's only Berserker Barbarians at Level 6. Yasha is Path of the Zealot

  • Mia Torr
    Mia Torr 17 days ago +3

    "You're trapped in here with us!"
    "Oh. No. Maybe we're trapped in here with it..."

  • artemide68
    artemide68 17 days ago

    hey guys i absolutely love the blizzard playlist but the tracks aren't really fit for your story. They're very specific and tailored tracks for certain areas/scenarios. It's annoying at times to hear some of these during a fight sequence. I hope you consider making a more balanced playlist for the setting cause i really liked what was going on before.

  • Micah Clark
    Micah Clark 17 days ago

    How does sacred flame do 19 damage at level 8

    • Andrew DeVita
      Andrew DeVita 16 days ago

      Caduceus can add his wisdom modifier to his cantrip damage

  • Ashezth
    Ashezth 17 days ago

    God, that opener gives me chills every time haha

  • Mustakrakish16
    Mustakrakish16 17 days ago +5

    I never got why so many artists draw Jester so plump when she's clearly on the more slender side canonically in the animated intros.

  • Eldon Grove
    Eldon Grove 18 days ago +1

    Please bring back Chris Hardwick he’s amazing, funny and highly entertaining. I’m going to keep asking until you capitulate. Thanks.

  • StrudelKitty5527
    StrudelKitty5527 18 days ago

    dude Liam has ripped arms

  • Vicarious 14
    Vicarious 14 18 days ago

    Ya know, I really appreciate Travis and his positive attitude when it comes to close calls like this one, and to a lesser degree Liam and Sam for at least not becoming uber depressed, cause that's just it, the others all become fucking UBER depressed when shit gets hard and it's really just not that fun to watch.

    Laura gets all despondent and keeps talking like "well there's nothing we can do we're just all dead so w/e," Taliesin seems to get internally angry and acts really frustrated for the whole fight and somehow forgets even more of how his own abilities and spells work, and Marisha gets argumentative and when she inevitably loses her posed challenges she to gets as despondent as Laura. If these attitudes were more rare to see I would chalk it up to them having a bad day or something, but they without fail seem to always default to this everytime they're ever seriously challenged and the presence of potential PC death is felt.

    And this isn't about it being a show and about my enjoyment as a viewer, I just always find these kinds of attitudes to be incredibly disrespectful to the DM, and they usually never even realize how disrespectful it is especially since Matt is so good at rolling with the punches. but also, going back to my main point, I feel like Travis staying so positive, invested, and even hyper at times likely does wonders for Matt as well. When ALL of your players are despondent and/or depressed it's not fun for you as a DM either, but even just ONE of them staying in it not only helps some of the other players stay mature and invested but helps the DM stay in it as well.

    So thank you Travis, and please you others I mentioned, realize it's a game and your attitudes effect all the others around you at that table.

  • Brandon Camarda
    Brandon Camarda 18 days ago +1

    So can we no longer see the health and status of the characters unless we watch Live via twitch?

  • Bas Tange
    Bas Tange 18 days ago +1

    3:20:52 Btw, that monster keeping Caleb down every time just before his turn would hit is absolutely metagaming from Matthew, I'd have expected better from him.

  • Bas Tange
    Bas Tange 18 days ago +2

    3:00:14 Actually, because of the magician's judge that attack would cleave straight through the shield.

  • Suk Mike Hok
    Suk Mike Hok 18 days ago

    Anyone else think for a second that was Elon musk in the thumbnail