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ToC 10: Northrend Beasts

Basic Theories:


Phase One  – Gormok the Impaler

Tanks: Two tanks are required.  One should taunt off the other when 3-4 impale stacks are reached.  The boss can be disarmed.

DPS: The priority of the ranged DPS is to kill snobolds when they are thrown onto a player.  They chuck fire and can stun the poor sap they’re attached to.  Get out of the fire, blah blah.  There’s no time to drink between phases so if you’re a mana user, plan accordingly.

Healers: Your typical fill-green-bars fight except for the snobolds OMNOMNOMing your head and the impale stacks on the tanks.  I typically ask one of the raid healers (a tree, if I have one) to keep an eye on the OT as the tank healer switches.  Keep some heals up on the tanks as you transition to the next phase…

All casters: don’t hug the boss…his stomp is also a spell interrupt inside 15 yards.

Phase Two – Worms of Suck and Fail

I seriously hate this phase.

There’s a  couple of ways to do it-you can pick a spot and have the poison debuffed people stand there for the fire debuffed people to cuddle with, or leave it up to the fire people to pay attention, or…  *waves her hands*  Whatever.  With us, it’s general chaos.

People should spread out for this phase so that the burning bile debuff doesn’t hit too many people.

Usually, Acidmaw dies first, because without burning bile the other debuff is, well, impossible to get rid of. 

Tanks: Ooookay.  So.  To start with, Acidmaw will be rooted and Dreadscale will be mobile.  Acidmaw will spit paralytic poison at people, which will need to be cleansed by burning bile.   Since the paralytic poison slowly immobilizes you, it’s generally easier for the burning bile person to go give them a hug. 

The mobile worm will periodically drop a slime pool and need to be moved.

The second worm will enrage when the first dies, but it’s not a OMG OMG OMG type of enrage.

DPS:  The rooted worm will sweep, so melee don’t want to go play with him.  You’ll want to be careful on the mobile worm as well, however, because he drops slime pools. 

 If you get the burning bile debuff, see if anyone with poison needs a hug.

Healers:  Same deal with you and the burning bile debuff.  Otherwise, standard fill green bars whilst not standing in ouchy.

Phase 3 – Icehowl


Tanks: Tank and spank, for the most part.  One tank fight, so one of you gets to loltankdps.

Everyone: Spread out, because he’ll do a freezy breathy thingy and you don’t exactly want all of your healers chillin’ out together, you know? 

Periodically he’ll jump into the middle of the room, throwing everyone back and stunning them.  If he targets you or anyone near you-in other words, if you can see his ugly mug pointing in his direction-GTFO!  Strafe to one side or risk almost certain death and being lol’d at.  If everyone succeeds at paying attention, he’ll hit the wall and stun himself.  DPS, gogogo! 

Melee – he has a knock back.

If someone does fail at GTFO, a hunter can tranq the resulting rage. 

3 minute enrage timer.

ETA:  Tags.  :P

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  • Stay away from the whelp caves!
  • and the bosses tail…
  • …and her head…
  • …and deep breaths…
  • …and the big adds when they make the burny circles…
  • …and where the big adds SPAWN lest they come nom you when you are not a tank…
  • …and the lava spouting cracks during phase three…
  • Did I mention stay the fuck away from the whelp caves?!

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Big Ugly Thing: Vezax Strat

General Concepts:

  • Don’t stand in shit that hurts
  • …except when it’s good for you
  • 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.



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!

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I call the blue lion! Mimiron Strat

“Amber, aren’t you skipping a bunch?”
Yeah but we’re doing this on Monday, so I figured it was time for a refresher. 

DISCLAIMER: I haven’t actually DOWNED this boss yet.  We’ve gotten through a few phases but I was too busy going OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD HEALS to really pay attention to nuances.  In other words, I have no idea what the fuck goes on because OH GOD THE TANK DIED WHAT THE FUCK BREZ BREZ OH LORD THE OTHER TANK DIED WHAT THE HELL.

Basic Concepts:

  • Don’t stand in shit that hurts
  • DPS what you’re told WHEN  you’re told, mister
  • Oh look adds

PHASE 1 – Mini Lootmobile

In this phase, he does stuff, and this stuff stings.  He drops mines on the ground, and they hurt like a bitch, so avoid those.  He also does something called Shock Blast, which is an AoE, so tanks and melee need to GTFO.   Your rogues are probably going to die, because…they’re rogues, and that’s what they do.

The tank and healers need to have cool downs ready for when he uses Plasma Blast  every 30 seconds or so.   If you don’t, your tank will probably die, too, and then you’ll have to listen to him bitch and no one wants that.

Spread out slightly (5 yds) so that napalm shell doesn’t splash damage onto anyone else.   Your raid healers need to keep their eyes peeled for this icky bit of fire damage.


Keep spread out, dorks.

Healers, he’s going to be spamming random shit on the raid.  Randomly.   Try to keep people topped up for when he decides to randomly hit the same person with everything, as per Normal Boss Operation. 

Tanks, you get to lol DPS.  Enjoy.  :P

When he “spins up”, everyone needs to get their asses away from his front end.  He’ll cast a laser barrage and unlike your disc priest’s lasers, you don’t want these.  Run away from it.

Circles on the ground are bad.


LOL WARLOCK TANK.  I mean, er.  He’s airborne in this phase so you need a ranged DPS who can soak some damage.  A warlock is actually a good choice, though.  A hunter works, as well.

Due to the fact that you’re dealing with ads, you might want to clump into a range group, and a tank/melee group, so that things aren’t total chaos.

Tanks, put away your loldps weapons.  You get to play with Assault bots!  They hit like a train and oh, they root you too.  Someone should play cleanse bitch to clear off the snare they put on the tank, and they’ll take a good amount of damage.  In 25s these actually have to be kited by some ranged DPS who can snare.   Apparently this is not the case anymore.  Dear “real strat” websites, please to be updating your shit, kthx. 

There will be junk bots who wander around aimlessly.  These can safely be ignored and will probably die to incidental AoE.  Bomb bots are a wee bit ouchy, though, so you don’t want to give them hugs.  They can be kited and killed.

Put loot on free for all.  When assault bots die, they drop a Magnetic Core.  Picking these up and dropping them underneath the boss will cause him to descend and take more damage for a brief period of time.


All that shit but together.  Don’t step on the mines, don’t stand in the lasers, and don’t hug the boss during Shock Blast.  The head and body have separate aggro tables, so you’ll again need a ranged to “tank” the head while your tank tanks the tank.  I mean, the bottom.  The mini lootmobile.  Whatever.   They maintain their aggro tables from earlier in the fight.

Oh, and they all have to die at about the same time.  Enjoy!

Obviously, DPS will have to be coordinated.  Pay attention to what you’re told and not the damn meters.



No Tantrum Required: XT Strat

Basic Concepts:

  • DPS what you’re told WHEN you’re told, mister
  • Don’t spread the cooties

We use two tanks for this fight.  One tanks the boss, and the other gathers up big robots (Pummelers).   You can tank the boss directly across from the entrance if you wish (we do), or you can tank him on one of the junk piles.

DPS, you…DPS the boss.  Except when the heart is down, then you DPS the heart.  If you’re AoE you may be assigned to watch a pile and take care of the adds.  If the little robots reach the boss, they heal him, which is bad, mmmkay?  Bomb bot thingys go asplody, so 1) don’t stand near them and 2) make them asplode so they asplode the little bots. 

Spread out.  Everyone around you can potentially have cooties.  For shiny white cooties, 5 yards away is safe.  For purply glowy cooties, you need to be 10 yards away.  If you do not have a means of showing distance (/range for DBM), then GTFO my raid, scrub.  That or go stand in a god damn corner.

Healers, I’m sorry.  You’ll need to watch for a couple of things this fight.  Watch for people with cooties.  Keep everyone as topped off as you can because the boss with pitch a fit every so often.  He will tend to do this while you also have cooties, just to be a dick.  Use bubbles/AoE heals/liberally sprinkled hots/whack a mole/whatever to keep everyone up.  If you have mana to spare and are a dork like me, you can run into the adds and HOLY NOVA! for shits and giggles.  Just uh, dont’ get yourself blown up by bombs.  Not that I’ve done that, or anything.