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I’m going to break these up into Melee and Ranged, because we do have slightly different jobs for phase one.
Melee Phase One:
Be prepared to rage at tiny hit boxes.
The way we handle this in 10s, both melee peel off the boss to follow the add tank. You’re worried about two things here: 1) interrupting Depravity (OMG IMPORTANT) and 2) not accidentally killing the add before the tank drags him back to the doors. Once the add is dead, run back to the boss and DPS as normal.
Be sure to keep an eye out for people who are worshipped so that you can give them a good whack as you go by. With an interrupt, mind you, no matter how tempting it is to do otherwise. Sometimes your fellow melee will get worshipped on the way back and stand there worshipping away because no one is paying any fucking attention to shit behind them.
While on the boss, there’s really nothing special to consider except interrupting worshippers when you can. Oh and not standing in things. But really, should I have to include things like “don’t stand in fire and dark puddles on the ground” at this stage?
Ranged Phase One:
When the adds die up by the door, the dark puddles they drop on the floor will spawn oozes. The oozes need to die. The melee should, ideally, never even know they exist! Otherwise pay no attention to the ugly adds that SPAWN the oozes–that’s the melee’s job. If there are no oozes up, DPS the boss.
Interrupt any and all people worshipping when you can.
Don’t stand in things on the floor.
Phase Two, Both:
Kill all the stalks and interrupt their casts. Once they are dead, flail wildly at the boss until there’s more stalks.
This is a good time to blow Army and other tasty cooldowns.
If you have corruption sickness, do try not to vomit on people, they don’t appreciate that.
Too often, my Apil Fool jokes end up coming true in one way or another–the year I /gquit BoO and joined Viva La Muffin, the year I switched my Twitter over to ILikeRawrRedPet…
I think I shall abstain from a joke this year out of fear. I mean, I’d hate to really go horde or something later.
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…and with it, NaNoWriMo, and a month long silence on this blog.
At least, from me. Unless I fail, of course, then it’s a whole ‘nother ballgame…but anyway!
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My e-mail is over there in the side bar…send away!
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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.
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