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2-19-2010 @ 5:34PM
Much better this week, but still a lot of missing things.Valanar:Kinetic Bombs are not just handled by DPS. They only go up by taking direct damage. DoTs will not keep it up. One strategy to handle these are pets. Stick any pet on the orb and keep it healed and it'll handle the orb when it comes into range.You missed his Empowered ability: Empowered Shock Vortex. This ability forces your raid to think about positioning carefully. While this is being cast, your melee DPS need to run. Your healers and ranged DPS should already be 10-ish yards apart from one another, and the Keleseth tank needs to watch his positioning during this cast as well as he'll be running around collecting orbs.In 10-man, it's easy to have your melee spread out, even if you're in a melee-heavy raid. We just assign one to each of the portals in the back of the room. In 25-man, it's a lot harder. We never got a completely foolproof strategy for this as our 25-mans are melee-stacked, so we have pairs of people going to specific places and only knocking back each other. As long as it's only two people being hit, they likely won't die, unless they also have Sparks on them.Be extremely careful when the Orb jumps BACK to Valanar. Once he has it again, he will cast Empowered Shock Vortex immediately after getting it. Melee should not run in to attack him until after he does it.TL;DR: spread out formation, don't stand next to anyone else, especially healers.Taldaram:This well-written, but I just want to make some comments about the flame sphere. The first is how you 'eat' stacks off the orb. You just have to be near it. If you're specifically assigned to be a soaker (aka not a melee dps), follow it as best you can to soak as many as you can. When I'm on my tank, I'm usually assigned to Valanar. Since he doesn't do anything during this phase other than drop vortex zones and such, I tank him in the path of the orb.The second thing I'll mention here is to not spread out. In my raid, I tell everybody to shift into the "column" formation when this guy gets the orb. It looks like this:MT T MELEE ----------- RANGEDThink of it like a column and don't let people stray to the sides. If nobody is between Taldaram and the target, the target will die. Also, melee should do their best to stick to the boss. If you get knocked back by an unnoticed Shock Vortex or a Kinetic Bomb hitting the floor, it may be best to not run back in until after he throws out a sphere. It can target anyone outside of melee range, and you may eat an explosion on your way in and kill all your melee dps.The last comment here is that if you're the target, don't stand next to other people when it's about to hit you. It has splash damage.TL;DR: Form up in a big line with space between melee and ranged, watch out for vortex zones, run away if you get the sphere chasing you.Keleseth:Not much else to mention here. The ranged tank should be mindful of his positioning and threat when the DPS switch to this guy. Don't stand on top of Keleseth, as the dps may cleave off orbs from you, which will kill you. Watch vortex zones. Don't die.This is a pretty technical fight that is actually easier in 25-man than it is in 10 due to the crazy raid composition required in 10-man. A lot of things can kill you, so keep your raid aware of all of them at all times. Call out void zones positioning, kinetic bombs positioning, and formations on target swaps.
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