Funny since most fighters find that the farthest thing form being cookie-cutter. What's cookie cutter is making Atkus/Detha the only thing necessary in passing a test. Adding things like kill-rate and Histia requirements adds different ways to approach the test, other than just Detha/Atkus, and keeps the standard high.
I guess it depends on the stinging beetle -- they vary ridiculously, and some of them are nearly impossible to kill even for someone with Sala's killrate (which is pretty quick).
I'd like the idea of a Dredlock / multiple Hemlocks more if there was more room to move around. As it is, with the current arena, it'd be a hassle of "am I going to get trapped this time I take the test or will I be lucky?" when running after the bolter.
Also, while I like the creatures you used in the test, almost every single sixth circler I know could pass both, easily.
Hmm, maybe put the Attendant in the 7th circle test then. It's been a while, but I seem to remember those being strong and pretty hard to brick.
Eighth is just flat-out far too easy. Eighth should be a test that even Muj has some trouble passing. Something like, a Crimson Arachnoid (WITH webs), an Ironwood Giant, a Green Tok'han.
Note: Those three creatures have varying speeds, so running them would be quite difficult. Obviously the Crimson would be the highest priority since it's fast, traps you and throws webs. But if it does happen to trap you, the other two would only be too glad to knock you over.
But even that's too easy. Muj, Natas and maybe Gurgi/Gorv could probably still pass on their first try. In which case we'd be needing a ninth and tenth test, soon.
I think the idea is to add more tests. I should hope as many people pass 8th quickly as passed the 7th circle healer test. I like your ideas for 8th more than mine. In retrospect, my 8th circle test wasn't much harder than 7th.
I think that an Ironwood would probably be good for 8th. Again, the crimson with webs would be really irritating with the current limited fighting arena we have. Possibly we could have a new arena for taking the later tests (something I'd love, but that's kind of another topic).