I've cleared VMA many times and am very close to that first Flawless Conqueror run. Not a huge deal, just an accomplishment I'd like to have. As usual, was perfect running up to the final boss of the 7th Arena. Have consistently lowered my deaths in there as I progress to maybe 2-3 at this point , all due to the flowers. However, last night was something special. Those flowers got me 18 times in a row on the final boss. Didn't matter where I stood, where I started the fight, or how much burn until the 2 adds showed up. Because for each of those 18 runs, a flower would pop up directly underneath my character within a second of the boss fight starting and I'd die en route to the cleansing pool. Start the fight near the pool? Great idea. Nope. Pool would not cleanse. RIP.
19th time, killed it, moved on. Uneventful the rest of the way. I know it was a brutal run of luck, but this was so preposterous I had to share. Either way, I've made up my mind that those flowers are the most annoying mechanic in the game. RNG plus heavy damage mixed with the "this pool will work maybe 90% of the time" is flat out dumb.