For one reason or another, you’re now looking at doing hard modes. The hard part, of course, is in picking which to try!
I haven’t tried them all yet to say, but to steal from Rhidach’s Twitter, his ranking is as follows:
Gunship > Marrow > Rotface > BQL > Dreamwalker > Festergut > Saurfang > Princes > LDW
You wanna know something though? The second HM we did in SiB, after Lootship…was LDW. Chew on that for a moment. The real answer when it comes to picking hard modes, although this is not the answer you want to hear, is: it depends.
I’ve done my best to compile a list with notes on what makes each heroic mode hard, so that you can adjust at will: if you don’t have your ace healers or a strange, raid healing light raid comp, you know to skip BQL, etc. Now I havent’ done all of these myself and don’t have notes for all of them yet either, so feel free to comment and toss your own experiences out there so I can update this.
Gunship: is full of lulz and should be doable by just about anyone.
Marrowgar: Can demand some tricky positioning work on behalf of the tanks. Healers and DPS need to be more alert for boned targets during bone storm, but I don’t remember it being an especial strain. It’s definitely more about getting everyone to stand in the right spot.
BQL: Is healing intensive, but aside from that, not overly difficult in my opinion. Good for new tanks because you just slot them in as OT and tell them to go play Tetris.
Rotface: We’ve only tried one night, and we struggled in part due to a newish tank (and my love for hugging slimes?). I’d say it’s a lot of situational awareness and the slime tank keeping the booger where it needs to be.
LDW: Awaremess, awareness, awareness. New tanks should avoid tanking the adds. Your CCing DPS needs to be on the ball for MC’d targets.
Putricide: DPS, DPS, DPS. I’d say positioning, too, just going from the normal fight.
Saurfang: Tank heals need to be solid (I hear holy pally is the favorite for this), and your ranged needs to be good at handling the adds.
Fester: high DPS and “a pulse” according to one lovely Twitter comment. XD
Princes: no concrete answers on this one yet, but if awareness isn’t up there I don’t know what would be.