Heroic Shannox Down!
Our first heroic boss is down! Ok, so we got him down after the nerf, but it’s still exciting to me.
I Created a Boss Strategy!
Everything I’ve read about Heroic Shannox says that he was never a particularly difficult heroic boss. In some ways the fight is simpler on heroic: There’s only one phase instead of two, and you don’t have to DPS the dogs. The gimmick to heroic is that the dogs gain a stacking buff called Feeding Frenzy every time they melee, so you have to use the crystal traps to trap the dogs long enough to get the buff to fall off. Now, the tanks are used to having to drop stacks from the normal version of the encounter, and as long as they are able to trap Riplimb long enough to drop the normal stacks of Jagged Tear the dog’s buff should fall off too. What complicates matters is trying to get Rageface to drop his stacks.
- Rageface does NOT gain stacks of Feeding Frenzy while using his Face Rage ability.
- The DPS player who breaks the Face Rage attack will be the next person targeted by Rageface’s normal melee attacks. This means the player assigned to Rageface will be the one primarily responsible for trapping Rageface. (A second player needs to be assigned as backup in case the primary person is targeted with Face Rage.)
- Crystal traps do NOT last long enough to reset the buff stacks. (If they did it would be too easy!) It takes about 6 seconds for the buff to fall off after the trap breaks, so everyone must move far enough away so that the dog will have to run for 6 seconds before being able to attack again.
- There are not enough crystal traps to trap both dogs every time Shannox throws his spear. You need to alternate trapping one then the other. Because the first trap usually spawns close to Shannox we trapped Rageface first and Riplimb second. This means the tanks will build up more stacks than they are accustomed to.
After trying a few different strategies that didn’t work, I had a brainstorm about raid positioning. It still took a bit of practice, but it ended up working, so I’m going to share it with you. Now, I doubt I’m the first person to come up with this method, but I haven’t seen it anywhere else. I came up with it independently.
First off, we cleared both sides of the road between the instance entrance and the path to Beth’tilac. (On normal we only clear one side, but for heroic we needed more space.) We then pulled Shannox on the west side of the path as he came around. Our DK tank took Shannox to one side of the road while our Warrior took Riplimb to the other side. All the healers and ranged DPS stood loosely stacked up in the middle. As traps were spawned at our feet the entire raid would shuffle over to the east slightly. When a dog was trapped everyone — tanks, healers and DPS — ran east parallel to the road about 40-50 yards. This caused the dogs to have to run far enough to drop their stacks. We then repeated the process until we were at the eastern most part of the road where it turns toward Rhyolith. We then reversed directions and doubled back on ourselves, moving west about 40-50 yards each time a dog was trapped.
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, I made a diagram:
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As soon as we tried this method the fight became a lot easier. It still took a few attempts to perfect, but we got him down quickly.