A rough Sunday/Monday
So we had an interesting 2 nights of raiding. Sunday night was our first venture into Black Temple and our first attempts at High Warlord Naj’entus. I think it went well for a first night there, no wipes on the trash was nice, and I think we have the boss figured out for our next night of attempts. A tip for you ferals out there DPSing this fight, when you hear the call to throw the spike at his shield go ahead and cast Barkskin and a Healing Touch on yourself so right after you take damage you will make most right back up. This will help your healers and keep you alive to continue to DPS. Hopefully if your raid is on the ball (or is passing the moron test as Doom likes to call it) then your Healing Touch will land right after you take the damage… if you want follow it with a Rejuv and a Lifebloom but by then your healers might already have you to full anyway.
So Monday is Hyjal night and some more attempts on Anetheron, well actually my first night for attempts, and I am tanking trash then DPSing. I started out playing it safe using hurricane and making sure the AoE tank had lots of agro before moving in… Ok, this might not have been the best plan since once I was a little too close and got the full force of the oncoming wave before they hit his consecrate… bad move, screwed up the healers timed heals, dead pally tank. Let me explain, the healers are already casting a big heal for the initial impact, oh crap Jace has agro heal him, oh crap now Mili has agro, “Mili down” we hear… DOH.
So testing strategy 2, stand behind the pally, single target a big nasty, moonfire pull… nope, doesn’t work… mob hits consecrate and it is all his… feral charge in and take him off.
So then we find out the big strain on our pally tank are the casters in the back firing shadow bolts at him sometimes 4 at a time before they get sheeped or feared. So Strategy 3 which I liked, stealth off to the side and as the mobs run by I target a caster pounce him and then shift to bear and pick him up. Then I bash him to prolong the stun a little more to make sure I give the healers a little more time keeping everyone else alive. This seemed to go much better and I used the same strategy on other single targets even when the casters were not coming. A pounce, mangle, shred, bear, bash, cuts right through consecrate agro and successfully helped lessen the initial blow on the pally tank. Just be careful to give the oncoming mob enough space to not get ran over and detected early.
Ok, so on to Anetheron… 3 tries, 3 wipes, sad panda. I guess we are still having problems getting the infernals managed and I think I heard the pally tank say something about not being able to get on his fire resist gear in time since the trash took too long before the boss came which although not necessary, might have helped at least a little. Another feral druid note, don’t forget to change into your dps gear as soon as you are out of combat. Make sure before the trash started you downed your DPS potion, food, and put a Adamantite Weightstone on your DPS weapon because you most definitely don’t want to do that between the trash and the boss. When the last 1-2 trash mobs are being killed run away to the back of the action so as soon as you drop out of combat you can make the change.
I really think our next attempts on both these bosses will be successful.