And coming from not exactly the best gamer in the world, the fight really wasn't what I was expecting. I'm currently SL 51, and I beat it on my second try in about 5 minutes. It's actually a pretty simple fight as long as you can keep them separated and use their respective weaknesses against them. And of course using those nice boulders a well.
id done 3.5 playthrough over 3 characters, most at launch. my recent SL1 playthrough was awesome. theres some grind, but doing some of the bosses was a real test.
your pretty much guarenteed to get OHKO by smough... ornstein it depends on the attack. your lower offense means the fight goes on for longer... more chances for you to get double teamed / make a mistake.
and then you get to bosses like 4 kings..... everytime i got close and died my heart was pounding.
also bosses that just get roflstomped by even semi-leveled characters all of a sudden become a challenge. i didnt even remember the centipede demon boss existed. granted i was tired when i was trying it, but it stomped me hard. more deaths than 4kings. but also less travel time and preperation.
i pulled a 'almost got it first time.... doesnt get close the next 20' deal.
Really tough fight. Used all estus flasks (3 on trip their, 7 in fight. 10 total.) plus all 16 fireorb. I had some health left, but not enough to survive a hit from uber Smough. We both swung about the same time, but my quicker Gargoyle 2 hand attack beat him.