- Don’t stand in shit that hurts
- …except when it’s good for you
- OMG OMG OMG DAMAGE ON THE TANK
- Everyone around you has cooties (ranged)
- Oh look a gimmick
You’ll only need one tank unless you are going for the hard mode. For the most part, it’s a basic tank and spank-stand there and let your face get beat in. When Vezax starts casting Surge of Darkness, be sure to have some internal or external cooldowns available to survive the OMG WTF BBQ DAMAGE that he is going to inflict on you. We did it with a prot warrior and a disc priest-cycling warrior cooldowns/trinkets plus Pain Suppression were adequate.
You need at least 4 people (9 for 25 man) standing 15 yards or more from the boss. IF YOU ARE AN INTERRUPTER, YOU HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT JOB. IF YOU FUCK UP YOU WIPE THE RAID. No pressure, man, but Searing Flames is OMG BAD. Set up a rotation and stick to it.
Mana-based ranged DPS will want to be the ones standing out at range, spread out. You spread out for two reasons-one, to keep too many people going LA LA LA and getting hit by a Shadow Crash, and also to avoid spreading a debuff that heals the boss. Boss healing is bad, mmkay?
Anyway, back to Shadow Crash. Think back on Hodir for a moment and the Big Snowpiles. Run OUT of the shadow crash, and then back IN. It’ll…fuck, screw the technical terms. It’ll make your DPS go up and your e-penis get bigger, okay? When not standing in the pretty shadow crash affect, do not DPS. Wand, auto-shot, WTF ever…just don’t DPS. Why? BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO MOTHER FUCKING MANA REGEN.
When we did this, we assigned a hunter to Crystal Duty. The wowiki strat has the following: “After every Surge of darkness, a melee or unoccupied ranged dps should go to kill the closest Saronite Vapor. All healers stand in until they have 6-7 debuffs, then step out. If that first regen is not enough, they can step in the vapor for another 6-7 debuffs (once they have lost the first 6-7 debuffs).” That is…uh…not how we did it. We had a hunter on Crystal Duty, and he would pop a crystal whenever one of the healers started whimpering and we’d run to it, rather than having the tank drag the boss around to crystals. Any casters who found themselves needing a hit of mana later in the fight would just join in.
DO NOT PULL THE BOSS OFF THE TANK BECAUSE HE CANNOT BE TAUNTED.
All three of you can heal conservatively and dance in puddles at once, or do what we did-have one healer hold off a bit, and then cycle through healers as you run low. Please note that your third healer will be whining that he is bored if you chose the latter, though.
You can see our DPS section for the note about wowiki’s strat vs ours on the puddles. Either way, go puddle dance when you get low on mana. Either go find the one your DPS popped, or QQ at someone so they pop one for you. Oh and uh, priests? Don’t bubble when you go puddle dance, okay? You don’t regen mana that way. :( We won’t talk about how I found that out, alright?
Although the non mana regen thing sounds scary, even the healers thought this cake was loleasy after Mim.
Note to disc priests in particular: Use Pain Supression for the first Surge. I suggest this because on one of our initial attempts, the tank called for it while I was puddle dancing. Using it first improved the timing so that I could om nom nom mana safely.
Also, you may want to consider pretending to be DPS and shadow crash dancing. I don’t reccomend this for 10 man, as I found myself still doing direct healing, but for 25s it’s a thought. Normally shadow crash decreases healing done, but guess what? Bubbles aren’t heals! You can cast bubbles at reduced mana cost this way.
I am not doing a Yogg Strat…because I don’t need to. The best one ever is here. It’s like, someone channeled from my brain and made pictures for it. WIN!