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We One-Shot Heroic Rhyolith…

September 30, 2011

“Augh – smooshy little pests, look what you’ve done!”

Ok, so it’s not quite as impressive as it sounds, since we worked on him Wednesday.  But we really did waltz in on Thursday and kill him in one pull.  We were all a bit shocked.  I also finally got to take a screenshot with no skeletons in the background, because hey!  No one died!  😀

It’s funny because we ended raid on Wednesday wondering if we had the DPS to pull off a Rhyolith kill at all.  We were having trouble getting the big adds down before all the little adds spawned, and we weren’t killing Rhyolith fast enough.  Going into Phase 2 with multiple stacks of Superheated is bad… His Concussive Stomp was one-shotting people at that point.  To get a bit more DPS we tried two-healing it, with me going Boomkin, but then the healing was too intense and we were overwhelmed early.  (We were also having problems with having three or more volcanoes active at one time, which dramatically increases damage taken.)

On Thursday we made only one small adjustment to our strategy.  Based on some research, we decided to blow Time Warp when the boss was at 40% and ignore all the adds at that point.  This was in order to push him over into Phase 2 and kill him as quickly as possible before he gained too many stacks of Superheated.  Otherwise we used exactly the same strategy as before.

It worked like a charm.  As soon as everyone started nuking the boss his health plummeted dramatically.  Ignoring the adds wasn’t a problem because they de-spawn in Phase 2, so they weren’t up long enough to overwhelm the tank.  As soon as Phase 2 started we spread out to avoid the laser beams.  When everyone’s health was getting low I popped Tranquility and watched all the pretty little health bars turn green again.  And then boom!  He was dead.

“You stood in the fire.”

I almost got to post about two new dead bosses today.  After our early success on Rhyolith we still had two hours of raid time to kill and only two bosses left.  It seemed silly to just kill them on normal and call it an early night, so we worked on Heroic Majordomo Staghelm.

We made excellent progress on Staghelm.  In fact, we nearly killed him.  On our best attempt we had him at less than 1% of his health.  He had 700k HP left.  Unfortunately we had lost one of our DPS during Cat-Phase-With-Orbs so we hit the enrage timer.  If we’d had that extra DPS alive Heroic Staghelm would be dead now.

Unfortunately, by that point we only had 15 minutes of raid time left, so we decided to kill him quick on normal and then see if we could kill Ragnaros again.  Sadly, we didn’t kill Rag — we wiped late in Phase 3.  Stupid meteors…  Since it was already past midnight we called it for a night, but we’ve scheduled a bit of extra time on Monday to try to finish off Rag.

So, all in all, a successful first week of heroic raiding.  I only wish we could have tried these bosses before the nerfs to see if we could have still taken them down.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2011 11:24 am

    Very nice! congrats

  2. September 30, 2011 11:42 am

    Grats!

  3. September 30, 2011 12:05 pm

    Awesome! Grats!

    What strat were you using for Heroic Domo?

    • September 30, 2011 12:26 pm

      That’s probably a whole other post in and of itself… Basically we were having two melee and our arcane mage stand outside the stack while the rest of us split Flamescythes for Scorpion phases 1 & 3. We had everyone rejoin the stack for Scorpion phase 2 even though that meant everyone would lose their concentration, just because it was easier to avoid accidentally switching phases while people were running in and out with Burning Seeds.

      We still like staying in Scorpion as much as possible because we still do more DPS in Scorpion than we do in Cat (even with most people losing the concentration buff). We did nine stacks of Adrenaline in Scorpion 1, then seven in both Scorpion 2 & 3, and three in Scorpion 4. We did 7 jumps in every Cat phase. Of course, we have an insane number of healing cooldowns with our group composition, so that might not work for everyone.

      Cat-Phase-With-Orbs was definitely the most difficult part of the fight. Ideally we’re having our healers and Shadow Priest soak the orbs. Our Spriest died on our best attempt because he mis-timed dispersion and the DoTs killed him when it wore off. I’m sure he’ll time it better next week.

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