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Healthy Gameplay

A new Dev Watercooler went up today and it addressed a topic near and dear to my heart, healing. Specifically, it told us some of the changes we can expect to see to the healing game in Warlords of Draenor.

The first topic brought up is about health and resilience. It’s mainly related to PVP, so I don’t really care. I do think beginning the Watercooler with this was a mistake, as it open it up to cries of “Waaah, PVE healing is being nerfed because of PVP” and “you’re making healing too hard!”

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Here’s the problem with that argument. It’s stupid. Okay, I’ll explain more. Nerfs (and buffs) relate to class and game balance. If you overhaul all of healing – reduce effectiveness of spells for each class/spec, add cast times, try to make each healer think and plan more – no one is getting nerfed. As a Resto Druid, I’m not any worse off than the Resto Shaman who’s seeing the exact same types of changes to their spells. People may not trust Blizzard to fix things correctly, but are they going to completely break the PVE game so no healer is capable of keeping their group/raid alive? No. They’re not.

Let’s move on to the changes that are being discussed.

Healer throughput will be toned down relative to the size of player health pools

…healers are able to refill health bars so fast that we have to make damage more and more “bursty” in order to challenge them. Ideally, we want players to spend some time below full health without having healers feel like the players they’re responsible for are in danger of dying at any moment. We also think that healer gameplay would be more varied, interesting, and skillful if your allies spent more time between 0% and 100%, rather than just getting damaged quickly to low health, forcing the healer to then scramble to get them back to 100% as quickly as possible.

To me, this sounds fantastic. I know it’s something that was tried before, but I’m glad Blizzard is giving it another shot. Hopefully it works this time. Health bars do get filled way too fast, and people spend way too much time at 100% health. Healing has turned into a very twitchy game, a contest of who can get those heals out first. As a Druid, the idea of people not being at full health very often is fantastic. I don’t want my Rejuvenation to be 60% overheal anymore, I’d love for it to do more effective healing. As a healer in general, I also really like this. I don’t want to play whack-a-mole. I want healing to require some thought and planning. If a tank dies, I don’t want it to be because I missed the 1 GCD that I could have healed her in between damage ticks. I’d rather it be because for the last 5 or 10 seconds I didn’t prioritize or anticipate damage correctly, and I got too far behind to save them.

Additionally, we’re toning down the power of absorbs in general. When they get too strong, absorption effects are often used in place of direct healing instead of as a way to supplement it.

Obviously absorbs create huge balance problems. It’s nice that this is acknowledged, but we didn’t get much detail about how this will be fixed.

We also took a look at healing spells that were passive or auto-targeted (so-called “smart” heals). We want healers to care about who they’re targeting and which heals they’re using, because that makes healer gameplay more interactive and fun. To that end, we’re reducing the healing of many passive and auto-targeted heals, and making smart heals a little less smart. Smart heals will now randomly pick any injured target within range instead of always picking the most injured target. Priority will still be given to players over pets, of course.

I’m a bit torn on this. I think smart heals are a huge problem. However, I’m not sure that making them dumber is the answer. I’d rather see less smart heals overall and have the ones left be less efficient. On the other hand, having my Wild Growth target a person at 70% health instead of the person at 30% health will force me to use some targeted heals on them, which I think we need to do more of.

Another of our goals for healing in this expansion is to strike a better balance between single-target and multi-target healing spells. We’ve taken a close look at the mana efficiency of our multi-target heals, and in many cases, we’re reducing their efficiency, usually by reducing the amount they heal. Sometimes, but more rarely, raising their mana cost was a better decision. We want players to use multi-target heals, but they should only be better than their single-target equivalents when they heal more than two players without any overhealing.

On the surface, this sounds good. However, thinking more about it, I see a problem. Earlier in the post they mentioned that they don’t want players to be sitting at 100% health so often. If that’s the case, multi-target heals should usually be hitting two or more players without overhealing, meaning they’re usually better than their single-target equivalents, meaning there’s really no decision to be made. I think that efficiency/mana costs will need to be adjusted even more if this has any chance of working.

Finally, we’re removing the low-throughput, low-mana-cost heals like Nourish, Holy Light, Heal, and Healing Wave, because we think that while they do add complexity, they don’t truly add depth to healing gameplay.

Excellent.

…we’ve increased base mana regen a great deal at early gear levels, while having it scale up less at later gear levels.

In theory, this should mean that we can’t spend our mana willy-nilly in the last tier of the xpac. As long as they don’t add in things like the legendary meta-gem to ruin it.

Less instant cast heals

Over time, healers have gained a bigger and bigger arsenal of heals that they can cast while on the move, which removes the inherent cost that movement is intended to have for them, while also limiting players’ ability to counter healing in PvP.

Now this change does actually seem to be mainly about PVP. But, I think for many of the spells they mention getting a cast time (Wild Growth, Uplift, Word of Glory, Light of Dawn, Cascade, Divine Star, Halo) a side effect will be that these smart/multi-target heals are even less efficient, and encourage people to think before they use them. I do have a couple concerns with the spells they’re giving a cast time to though. Giving Prayer of Mending a cast time seems unnecessarily punitive, as does giving a cast time to Wild Growth, a HoT. If they do this, I think WG needs a small instant heal component like RJ does, otherwise it takes too long after you decide to cast it for it to start ticking.


Overall, I’m impressed with the information they released and really hope that everything works out. I think a few of the points need some more thought in order to accomplish the stated goal, but I’m hopeful.

I think a major overhaul is just what the healing game needs. Right now it’s about as engaging as swatting flies. Make mana matter, force us to make choices, let us use our whole toolkit without 1 or 2 spells making up the most of our healing. If they can pull it off, healing should be fun again.

The 80% of comments whinging on the watercooler post really boil down to this:

We fear change

Hunter Tips for Malkorok

Malkorok is the 9th boss in Siege of Orgrimmar. He’s got some nasty abilities and is a step up in difficulty from many of the early bosses. 

It’s two-phase single target fight (there are a few adds in heroic, but they’re not a big focus). 

The fight

During phase one there is constant raid-wide damage, and a shield mechanic similar to Tortos. Any healing taken will go into your shield, not your health bar. Thankfully, you don’t have to shoot a crystal to trigger the shield, it applies automatically. Malkorok uses a few damaging abilities. Seismic Slam does damage in a 5 yard area and shoots players up into the air. Be sure to be spread out so only one person gets hit at a time. Imploding Energy will spawn void pools around the room. After 5 seconds they will explode, doing damage to anyone in them. Each zone must be soaked by at least one player standing in them, or massive shadow damage will be done to all players. My raid splits the room into quadrants and assigns people to each one so everyone knows where they need to soak. Arcing Smash is a cone attack that he will use 3 times during the phase, this can be avoided. 10 seconds after the 3rd Arcing Smash, he’ll use Breath of Y’Shaarj which deals massive damage in the places where the smashes were. Remembering the position of each smash so you know where the safe zones are is very important.

Heroic only – When Malk uses Seismic slam, it causes Living corruption adds to spawn and attack players. These have an aura which reduces the casting and movement speed of those around them. They need to get to the tank so they don’t sabotage the casters. Malkorok will also spawn orbs of corruption continuously throughout phase 1. These persist and if anyone comes into contact with them, their barrier gets removed and they take damage. These can be soaked using cooldowns, but should generally be avoided in this phase.

In phase 2 the Ancient Miasma fades, meaning people no longer have shields and can have their health restored. Malkorok will start using Blood Rage, doing huge amounts of damage split among any players in front of him. In normal, everyone just stacks in front of the boss to split the damage. Displaced Energy is a debuff that will be applied to random players. It deals damage to the player and if it is dispelled (or after 9 seconds) explodes, doing damage to anyone in 8 yards. Because of this, players who get this need to move out of the group. Whether or not you want to dispel is up to your group (I vote no!).

Heroic only – The Displaced Energy debuff also roots the affected player in place. Only tanks (or one Monk tank) should stand in front of the boss to soak the Blood Rage. The rest of the players should stay spread out in their quadrants. At this time, the Essences of Y’Shaarj can be soaked by players with good cooldowns (hunters, shadow priests, paladins) to free up some space.

When the Blood Rage ends, we go back to phase 1.

Talent Recommendations

Level 15 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera
In order to soak as many Orbs as possible, the shorter cooldown on Deterrence is good.

Level 90 – Glaive Toss
Normal is a single-target fight and in heroic the adds aren’t numerous and die quickly.

Tips for the Fight

  • Deterrence has a ton of uses on this fight. In heroic you can use it to soak the Essences of Y’Shaarj. If you get caught in an Arcing Smash or Breath of Y’Shaarj, Deterrence will keep you alive.
  • Disengage can help you get out of the bad floor effects, reduce fall damage after a slam, or get to Imploding Energy to soak in time.
  • Keep an eye on your Barrier level. It will change colour based on how full it is. Use a Healthstone if you’re in the red.
  • Heroic - Master’s Call is helpful on heroic, it can be used if you’re slowed by an ooze or if you are rooted by Displaced Energy.
  • Heroic – Help out the raid by Misdirecting the oozes when they spawn. Once they’re on the tank, Multishot every once in a while to help get them down. 
  • Heroic - Get a Druid to Symbiosis you so they can get Deterrence and you can use Dash so you can soak more orbs.

Happy hunting!

Button Bloat – Hunters

I talked about what abilities I thought could be eliminated from the Resto Druid kit last week, and now it’s time to talk hunters.

As I looked through my spellbook for all three specs last night, it struck me that I was fine with the hunter’s basic rotational abilities. I wouldn’t get rid of any of the basic 7-8 shots used by each spec. There are not too many. If anything, some new shot or mechanic could be added to spice things up a little bit. Where hunters feel bloated is in our cooldowns and situational abilities.

There are a whole bunch of abilities that could be removed or streamlined to make hunters feel more fluid, and possibly make room for other, more interesting abilities.

Aspects
These used to be a lot more interesting back when we had Aspect of Nature and Aspect of the Viper. We needed to make a meaningful choice for what aspect we were in and would often switch a few times during fights. Now there really is no choice and these abilities seem unnecessary.

Aspect of the Hawk/Ironhawk should be passive, or just removed. There’s really no reason we should ever have to reapply it. Right now it only serves as an annoyance to have to make sure to put it back on after switching specs. 

Aspect of the Cheetah/Pack we could probably live without. Having a whole aspect bar just for these two things seems silly, if AotH is removed. Perhaps we could get an ability like Stampeding Roar as a replacement. That would actually be really nice, even without a root/snare break.

Traps
Trap use has gone down a lot since previous expansions and they’re clunky to use compared to other abilities. The only real positive traps have is being able to place them before a pull, but even that only gives a marginal increase in damage.

As far as a I know, Survival is really the only spec that gets any use out of Explosive Trap. In order to be worthwhile, there needs to be a certain number of enemies and they need to stay still within the area of effect. I’d be more than happy to have this taken away.

Likewise, Snake Trap has very little use in PVE. I remember there used to be some cool uses for it, when snakes could be targeted by boss abilities and save your raid some damage, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore.

The PVP implications of this might be too big, but I’d also love to see Freezing Trap and Ice Trap combined into a single ability. The first hostile mob to hit the trap would be frozen. If the trap gets broken, or the mob is immune, the Ice Trap effect would show up.

Trap Launcher should be removed and made baseline.

Cooldowns
Rapid Fire and Focus Fire are very similar abilities which increase haste and I see no reason for both to exist. One could be removed, or they could be combined into one. The pet haste effect from Rabid could also be combined into this.

Other Spells
This one may be a bit more controversial, but I’d love to never be asked to Misdirect again. With all the changes to tank threat and ranged taunts, it really shouldn’t be necessary (and whatever happened to “wait 3 seconds before you attack the boss?”). Of course, MD is most useful in directing stray/spawning mobs to the tank, but our ability to do this marginal at best. As BM especially, my misdirect can’t out-threat much of anything. 

Hunter’s Mark seems unnecessary at this point. We don’t really even need to cast it anymore since its application is baked into basic shots. The tracking component is useful for PVP, but I’d rather it become a situational spell used for the tracking and have the damage buff component removed.

Flavour
These spells don’t impact much and the only reason to keep them would be nostalgia.

I can’t remember the last time I used Beast Lore. Since pets have been normalized, and don’t need to be fed, there’s not much point.

I didn’t even remember hunters had Eagle Eye until I was browsing through my spell book. I wouldn’t miss it.


Well, that’s 13 abilities I think could safely be removed from Hunters. That’s a lot. It seems that there are a lot of opportunities to streamline our toolkit. 

What do you think? What Hunter abilities would you like to see removed? Are there any you wouldn’t want to lose?

Ashunera has written another well-thought out piece about ability bloat, and wants to know what 5 abilities you’d prune from your class. You should check it out.

Button Bloat – Resto Druids

Everybody’s talking about button bloat. Lissanna’s doing it. Vidyala’s doing it. Celestalon was the one who started it.

So I’m going to talk about it too. First, to answer the question – there’s no ability I love that I fear will be cut. I am fearless in that regard. Would I want something like Rejuvenation to go away? Obviously not, but I’m also quite positive it’s not on the chopping block.

Second, I think removing some abilities is an excellent idea. How many abilities is too many? More than I can comfortably bind. On my Druid I use VuhDo bindings and bind all my common heals to a combination of SHIFT, CTRL, ALT (or no modifier) plus one of 4 buttons on my mouse. That gives me 16 possible bindings. Actually, 15, since unmodified left click is used to target.

Currently, my breakdown of resto Druid spells in PVE looks like this:

  • Spells I want the fastest access to that need to be bound: Healing Touch, Lifebloom, Nature’s Cure, Nature’s Swiftness, Regrowth, Rejuvenation, Swiftmend, Wild Growth, Wild Mushroom, WM: Bloom, Innervate, Ironbark, Barkskin (13 spells)
  • Spells which I feel  should be bound, but in reality almost never get used: Nourish, Genesis (2 spells)
  • Spells which are used regularly but have a long enough cooldown that I don’t mind not having them bound: Rebirth, Tranquility, Incarnation, Nature’s Vigil/HotW, whatever I get from Symbiosis (5 spells)
  • Utility spells that I use frequently: Dash, Displacer Beast, Stampeding Roar (3 spells)
  • Situational utility spells: Typhoon, Soothe, Ursol’s Vortex, Cat form, Bear form, Might of Ursoc, Growl (7 spells, give or take)
  • DPS spells that I like to use when I’m bored or the boss is at 1% and is berserking: Moonfire, Wrath (2 spells)

Adding those up, I have a total of 32 abilities which I will want access to at some point or another in raids. If I take away the highly situational spells that I don’t use on most encounters, I’m still left with 23. 

I think 23 abilities is too many to use on a regular basis. So what can we cut? Looking at my breakdown of spells, two things stick out. Nourish and Genesis.

Nourish is a spell I haven’t had bound since about a week into Mists. With all the other healing spells available to us, it just doesn’t pack enough of a punch. It’s cheap mana-wise, but it’s also slow and barely puts a dent in health bars. It seems like an obvious choice for removal.

Genesis is a spell I was excited about when it was first announced, thinking that it would give Druid healing some much-needed extra burst. However, it didn’t really work out that way. Rejuvenation just has too short a duration to make Genesis really work. At most you’re going to have 5 up that you can speed up, and the first couple applied will barely benefit from the Genesis cast. Plus, using Genesis mean you lose all your applied Rejuvs very quickly when most of the time it’s more beneficial to leave them up, ticking slowly. The only real use people have gotten out of Genesis is quickly charging Wild Mushrooms, but I don’t think giving us a faster way to overheal was what the devs had in mind when they made this spell. Cut it.

These two were obvious ones, but now it gets a little murkier. Healing Touch or Regrowth could also be candidates for removal, depending on how/if the healing model changes in Warlords. If we continue down the road of AoE/smartheal/cooldown all the things, we really don’t need 2 cast-time direct heals in our kit. I think that Healing Touch could be removed without too much impact. For most of this expansion I only used it in combination with Nature’s Swiftness (or if there was not enough to heal and I could just chain cast it on a tank to refresh LB/Harmony/give me something to do). The 4T16 bonus means people are using it more now, but unless this effect gets baked in as a passive ability, this will change in Tier 17. I find that Regrowth and Healing Touch are in the same niche, but Regrowth fills it better. If the healing model gets changed so that single target heals are something we actually want to be casting, I think there is room for both of these spells. However, I think they would need to be changed a little to differentiate them. I’d like to see the HoT portion of Regrowth be more substantial, as it once was. Alternatively, Healing Touch could be cheaper and bigger to compensate for the slow cast time.

The last spell that I think could be removed is Innervate. Of course it’s nice to have a mana return, but I think it would be just as easy to balance healers around not having an ability like this instead. Druids’ mana return is a little more interesting than something like Divine Plea or Mana Tea in that we can choose to cast it on someone else but, really, how often does that happen? Generally Innervate just amounts to another 3-minute cooldown to watch and use as soon as it’s available. It’s not really adding anything.

I’m trying to find more candidates for removal, but everything else has a real purpose, even if it doesn’t get used on every fight. I really like having so many utility spells and I can’t think of one I’d want to remove to reduce button bloat.

What do you think? Are there any abilities you wouldn’t miss if they were removed?

Speaking of Resto Druids (since I don’t speak about them all that much any more), if you’re an avid tree lover, you should check out Team Waffle’s most recent Resto Roundtable and Final Boss’s podcast on Restos for some great discussion. I’m kind of sad that not maining a Druid means I don’t get invited to these things anymore :( But they’re both great things to listen to.

Warcraft Logs – Basic Raider Evaluations

Another day, another section added to my Evaluating Raiders with Warcraft Logs guide.

This time, I give some tips on basic raider evaluations, using my Hunter as an example. I go over all sorts of things, like:

  • Evaluating damage done
  • Ability use
  • Targets/damage prioritization
  • Timing and frequency of cooldown use
  • Debuffs applied to enemies
  • Avoidable damage taken
  • Self-healing and healthstone use

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Go check it out, and feel free to ask questions or give suggestions.

Evaluating Raider with Warcraft Logs

Hunter Tips for General Nazgrim

General Nazgrim is the 8th boss in Siege of Orgrimmar. He’s a warrior with the typical warrior abilities, rage generation,and stances. He also summons waves of adds to help him throughout the fight.

The most difficult part of the fight is learning to control and efficiently kill the adds.

The fight

Nazgrim has the three typical warrior stances, which he cycles through during the fight, spending 1 minute in each. 

  • Battle Stance – He begins the fight in this stance and generates 1 Rage per second.
  • Berserker Stance – This is the second stance. He takes and deals 25% more damage and gains more rage from abilities.
  • Defensive Stance – This is the third stance, which causes Nazgrim to take reduced damage and gain rage any time he’s attacked by a non-tank. No one but the tanks should be attacking while he’s in defensive stance.

What does Nazgrim do with all this rage? He’ll cast an ability every 15 seconds, depending on how much rage he has.

  • Heroic Shockwave (30 rage) – Nazgrim leaps to a random player, dealing damage and stunning anyone in the impact zone. After this, Aftershock lines go out in random directions, dealing damage to anyone in them and generating rage per person hit. If you’re doing the mechanics correctly, you’ll see this ability a lot.
  • Kor’kron Banner (50 rage) – Nazgrim summons a banner, which causes any adds present to generate rage for him. This has low health and is easily killed.
  • War Song (70 rage) – Deals damage to all players (50% of max health).
  • Ravager (100 rage) – Spawns an axe that whirls around the room. It inflicts a large amount of damage on anyone it hits, and makes Nazgrim gain rage. Ideally, you don’t want to see one of these at all during the fight.

Every 45 seconds or so, Nazgrim will summon a group of adds into the fight (I believe it’s 3 in 25 and 2 in 10). There are a few different types of adds (listed in rough order of kill priority):

  • Warshaman – This guy is a healer. He drops Healing Tide Totems which must be killed (and never allowed to get near Nazgrim), and casts Empowered Chain Heal, which must be interrupted.
  • Arcweaver – A mage that does high damage with Arcane Shock (a single target nuke) and Magistrike (AoE). Both of these are incorruptible. In heroic mode, the Arcweaver becomes the highest priority target as it is very dangerous.
  • Assassin – A rogue that starts in stealth and tries to Backstab his fixated target. To deal with the Assassin, the focused target should either kite, or face the mob.
  • Ironblade – A warrior that spins around the room, doing damage to anyone he hits. Since this add is most dangerous to melee, it should be the priority target for ranged once the Shaman/Arcweaver is dead.
  • Sniper (heroic only) – A hunter that will focus a target and shoot at it. It will also cast Multishot, so it needs to be faced away from the raid.

Control of the adds is a very important part of the fight. The shaman and mage needs to be locked down with interrupts. The other mobs can be stunned, rooted and slowed.

Talent Recommendations

Level 15 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera

Level 30 – Binding Shot
This is helpful for controlling the Ironblades and Assassins.

Level 75 – A Murder of Crows (SV)/Blink Strikes (BM)
I am generally Survival for this fight and I like AMoC. If you time it carefully, you can get one right on the pull and put up a second just before he switches to Defensive stance. If you’re BM, stick with Blink Strikes.

Level 90 – Glaive Toss
There aren’t very many adds and they tend to be quite spread out so Barrage isn’t fully effective a lot of the time.

Tips for the Fight

  • Your pets basic attacks do not cause Nazgrim to gain rage during Defensive stance. So your pet can attack during this phase. However, Kill Command will make him gain rage. So don’t use it during defensive if you are BM and leave your pet on him.
  • If you do this fight as Survival, leave your pet on the boss full time.
  • If you get focused by the Assassin – kite! Use Concussive Shot, Binding Shot, Disengage. Deterrence if it gets too close and you can deflect all the melee attacks.
  • Help slow down the Ironblade, or an Assassin focused on someone else (Concussive Shot, Binding Shot).
  • If you are focused by the Sniper, Deterrence will not deflect his shots (which is odd), but you still get the damage reduction.
  • I generally avoid Frost Traps, as they can obscure Aftershocks on the ground.
  • Deterrence is a great thing to use if you’re about to get hit with a War Cry.
  • Disengage is good for getting out of poorly positioned Aftershocks.
  • Refresh any DoTs on Nazgrim just before he enters Defensive stance.

Happy hunting!

Hunter Tips for Kor’kron Dark Shaman

Kor’kron Dark Shaman is the 7th boss in Siege of Orgrimmar. It’s a multi-mob, multi-tank fight (3 >2) and is a bit of a clusterfrak of  bad things on the floor that the raid needs to avoid.

Even through the Shaman share a health pool, my guild always tanks them separately (on normal and heroic) to make staying alive much easier, and I recommend that strat. 

The fight

When the fight starts, you face not only the two shaman (Haromm and Kardris), but also their wolf mounts, Darkfang and Bloodclaw. The wolves do a nasty stacking bleed on their current target, so they should be burned down quickly. Keep all 4 mobs together until the wolves are dead so you can take advantage of cleaves.

Once the wolves are dead, send two tanks, the melee dps and most of your healers away with Haromm. My raid pulls him up the hill to the right of the building. Leave 1 tank, the ranged dps and a couple (or 1 on 10 man) healers to deal with Kardris.

Haromm’s side needs more healers because of Toxic Mist. That portion of the raid will also have to avoid a number of mechanics that can kill them very quickly – Foul Stream, Ashen Wall, and in heroic mode – Iron Tomb. It’s very important for the Walls and the Tombs to be positioned carefully so the raid doesn’t get boxed in and die a horrible death.

Kardris’s side also has a lot of bad stuff to deal with and will need to make the most of the space in the room. Toxic Storms are large purple swirlies which spawn on players and need to be avoided. The storms will also spawn Toxic Tornados which are smaller, but quick-moving. All ranged and healers should stay on one side of the tank so you can control where these spawn. Once you start running out of space, rotate around the room a bit until you have a clear area. Starting at 65%, Kardris will start summoning Foul Slimes, nasty little adds with a 3 yard aura that does heavy damage. Kill these asap, but don’t get too close to them. Periodically Kardris will cast Falling Ash. This creates a large red circle on the floor and after 15 seconds does very heavy damage to the whole raid (anyone actually in the red circle will be killed). The terrain can cause issues with seeing exactly where the borders of the Falling Ash circle are. The heroic mode mechanic is Iron Prison, which is cast on random players throughout the fight, dealing 100% of their health as damage after a minute. Damage mitigation cooldowns or shields are required to keep people alive through this.

At 25% the Shaman cast Heroism on themselves, increasing their damage and haste.

Talent Recommendations

According to the top parses, BM outperforms SV on this fight. Maybe I’m just bad at BM, but I find this fight so much easier and my dps much better as Survival. The Foul Slimes are one of the biggest concerns for the ranged and I find them easier to mow down with hard hitting shots rather than my pet. But, YMMV.

Level 15 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera
This is more for heroic. You can get unlucky and get targeted by Iron Prison a bunch on this fight, so having Deterrence available more often is good. On normal, you might find the speed boost from Postehaste more beneficial.

Level 90 – Barrage
The cooldown on this lines up very nicely with the summoning of Foul Slimes.

Tips for the fight

  • The bosses initially start off in a building and are a pain to get to. Do your raid a favour and reset them so they respawn outside. Don’t forget to dismiss your pet first.
  • Use all your cooldowns and AoE/Cleave away while the bosses and their wolves are grouped up. Get those puppies down fast.
  • If you happen to get hit by a toxic tornado (it happens), use a Healthstone immediately.
  • Make sure Barrage is up while the Foul Slimes are spawning and also try to have an almost full focus bar so you don’t need to cast many/any Cobra Shots while they’re up. Start off with Multishot as they’re spawning and hit Barrage once they are all out. I generally don’t find dropping Explosive/Frost traps worth it. However, Binding Shot is great for keeping them still if you place it properly.
  • You can use Deterrence to completely deflect the Falling Ash damage. You should definitely do this if you’re lower on health when it’s about to hit.
  • On heroic, make sure Deterrence is up if you get Iron Prison – it takes a minute to deal its damage, so you have lots of warning. Use Deterrence when there are only a couple seconds left. It won’t completely negate the damage, it’ll just apply the damage reduction. It’s also a really good idea to use a WeakAura to let you know when you have the debuff and when it will expire.

Happy hunting!