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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!

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 Iron Juggernaut

Iron Juggernaut is the 6th fight in SoO and is as close to a tank & spank as we’re going to get. Though he looks menacing, it’s actually one of the easier fights. Heroic mode is almost exactly the same for a ranged dps.

The fight

Iron Juggernaut is broken up into two phases. Assault phase come first and lasts 2 minutes. During this time he smacks the tanks around, casts Borer Drills (look like spikes coming out of the ground) that you should move away from, and fires Mortar Cannons which requires everyone to be spread out 8 yards apart. He also does some unavoidable damage on the raid. The most troublesome ability in Assault phase is Crawler Mines. These will spawn around the boss and will explode, doing massive damage to everyone, if they are allowed to detonate. To prevent them from detonating, they must be stomped on. Generally, whichever tank does not currently have the boss is the best option for stomping mines.  However, if they can’t get to all of them another raider, with a good damage mitigation cooldown, will need to pick up the extra(s).

Heroic only – A sawblade will be launched from the boss, and then return, doing damage to anything it hits.

The second part of the fight is a 60 second Siege mode. During this phase, the boss does not need to be tanked. Raid damage goes up in this phase immensely, and keeping yourself alive becomes much more important than damaging the boss. There is unavoidable raid-wide damage and the boss fires avoidable Demolisher Cannons. You can tell where these will land as there will be a big, red, circle. Three times during the phase, the boss will cast Shock Pulse, doing massive damage and knocking everyone back – it’s important to put your back to a wall so you don’t get knocked out of range of healers. Explosive Tar will be spread around on the ground and people will randomly be targeted by a Cutter Laser, which follows them around for a time. Do not kite the cutter laser over the tar or it will explode and probably kill most of the raid.

Heroic only – The boss is extra dangerous to the melee in this phase due to Mortar Barrage.

Talent Recommendations

Level 15 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera
Deterrence owns on this fight, and you’ll want to be able to use it a lot. Deterrence is also pretty good if you get caught off guard and get knocked back. Glyph of Deterrence is a good option as well.

Level 90 – Glaive Toss

Tips for the Fight

  • Deterrence is amazing on this fight. It will let you stomp on mines without dying. In Siege phase deterrence will completely deflect the raid-wide Seismic Activity damage and the Shock Pulse (both the damage and the knock-back).
  • If you do get knocked back too far, Disengage can help you get back faster. Or use it to get out of the Demolisher Cannon damage zones.
  • Use your big cooldowns during Assault phase.
  • Use your Healthstones! You obviously can’t Deterrence every Shock Pulse, so use a Healthstone after one of them.

Happy hunting!

Hunter Tips for Sha of Pride

Sha of Pride is the fourth and last boss in the Vale of Eternal Sorrows, before you start the march on Orgrimmar. For the majority of the time it’s a single-target fight, though there are a few different kinds of adds that spawn at certain times. This fight also involves an individual resource, Pride, which you want to avoid getting as much as possible. These are tips for both normal and heroic.

The fight

At the beginning of the fight, everyone starts out with 0 Pride, which means no bad effects. Most avoidable damage gives Pride (so avoid it), along with some unavoidable abilities. 

There are two debuffs which go out throughout the fight:

1. Periodically, random people will be affected by Gift of the Titans, which makes them immune to gaining pride for 20 seconds. If the people who have this debuff group up, they will get Power of the Titans, which increases haste, damage and healing done. On normal mode, everyone can stand together for most of the fight so no action should be required. However, on heroic your raid will likely be spread out, so the people with Gift should run together, then spread back out once they get the Power buff.

2. Players will get Mark of Arrogance, a DoT which does heavy damage and must be dispelled. Dispelling gives 5 Pride.

There are a few major events which happen roughly in order and repeat throughout the fight:

1. Self Reflection is used on random raid members and creates a Reflection of Pride add at their location. It also puts a small, bubbly purple void zone down at the spawn spot which should be moved out of as it does heavy damage and gives Pride. The Reflections should be grouped up in the middle and AoE’d down.

Heroic Only – Around the time Self-Reflection is cast, the Sha will also cast Banishment, sending a few players to the Sha Realm. Banished players leave behind a hostile copy of themselves, which must be killed in order to get the player unbanished.

2. Corrupted Prison will trap players (2 in 10, 4 in 25) in glowy circles spread around the boss. While players are trapped they are stunned, gain Pride and take damage. To release them, players must stand on each of the glowing yellow titan locks around the prison. All locks must be activated at once.

3. The boss will summon Manifestations of Pride (1 in 10, 2 in 25), a large add which will chain cast Mocking Pride and will give Pride to whoever is closest when it dies. These should be silenced and gripped into the group if possible so they can be killed by everyone. They should also be interrupted as much as possible.

4. Swelling Pride is cast when the boss reached 100 energy and is the most dangerous part of the fight. It inflicts massive shadow damage on all players, along with a secondary effect on anyone with 25 or more Pride. Anyone with 25 or more Pride should get away from the group before Swelling Pride is cast.

  • 25-49 Pride – Creates a mass of Sha  corruption, Bursting Pride, which does damage to anyone within 5 yards after 3 seconds. 
  • 50-74 Pride – Creates a Projection 15 yards away from the player. The player must find it and stand in it or it will do massive raid-wide damage.
  • 75-99 Pride – Aura of Pride inflicts pulsing shadow damage to anyone within 5 yards for 25 seconds.
  • 100 – You get mind controlled and wreak havoc on your raid.

When the boss reaches 30% all Pride levels are reset to 0, and it will start using Unleashed on the raid, which does heavy raid-wide damage and gives everyone 5 Pride every 10 seconds. The other mechanics continue as normal.

Extra heroic mechanic 
Unstable Corruption – Rifts will continually spawn on the ground around the room and will launch bolts of corruption at players. You can tell where they will land, there’s a purple puff on the ground. Anyone hit by these will take damage and gain Pride. Players can and should close the rifts by walking over them, but can only do so once per minute because of the Weakened Resolve debuff.

Talent Recommendations

Level 15 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera
Deterrence and disengage are both great on this fight and you’ll want them up as often as possible.

Level 30 – Binding Shot
This can be used to help keep the reflections in place once they’re grouped in the middle.

Level 90
Normal Mode – Glaive Toss

Reflections don’t stay up too long on normal.

Heroic Mode – Barrage
There are a lot of adds up when self-reflection is cast and Barrage is great for mowing them down. Make sure Barrage is available to use when Self-Reflection is being cast.

Tips for the fight

  • Disengage has a ton of uses on this fight. Use it to quickly get to prisons to free people, to get out of Bursting Pride if you’re over 25 Pride during the Swelling cast, or to get to rifts quickly (on heroic). Glyph it if you don’t normally for some extra distance.
  • Deterrence is also amazing. You can use it to completely deflect Swelling Pride and make your healers love you. I found I could deflect 2 in a row, but the cooldown wasn’t quite up for the 3rd. Use a healthstone after the cast if you aren’t able to use Deterrence.
  • You can move and shoot, so watch your feet. You shouldn’t be taking any Unstable Corruption hits.
  • You can help interrupt the Manifestation of Pride’s Mocking Pride cast. Ideally, the first cast will be silenced so the mob will move into the middle, but you should be able to get an interrupt in after. These should be your damage focus while they’re up.
  • Heroic – If are banished to the Sha Realm, there is a simple pattern to move in to make sure you don’t die. Take your first left, grab the orb, go immediately left again, then go clockwise around the circle on your right (grab that orb too). This should put you out of the way of the mobs. Just don’t run into walls!
  • Heroic – Make sure you can easily keep track of the Weakened Resolve debuff. It you don’t have it, you should go soak a rift.

Happy hunting!