OK I'm not proud, somebody PM and give me some ideas for completing the annoying area in question or my cleric will have to commit ritual suicide.
Bud, turns out we used the same tactics - spoken to some of them. We lost out because what happened to one of our members that it turns out did not happen to them. Of course I cannot go into detail now but you and I know what happened to Vel and there is no way to avoid that respawn when you consider where he popped up. Just unlucky I say.
It happened to you and not to us because we killed off the spawn faster. No luck, no random chance. You hit respawn, we didn't, because you took longer.
Actually I was told exaclty what happened Arch by 2 players who we party with now and again and shame we cannot discuss here but what happened to you was not identical to us. When I said what happened they went "oh". Nothing about you killing faster.