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How Much Is That Doggy In The ICC?

Priceless! (Best in show apparently as well.)

So last night we blow through the first four bosses and worm our way towards Festergut (who we didn’t down btw, in part due to time and in part due to HE F”ING KICKED OUR PATOOTIES!!!) I actually think my new favorite pulls are the two dogs, the mini-Gluths. Let’s face it they’re cute, right?

OK it’s more because they can actually cause a wipe. Seriously, I’ve missed hard trash.

So we pull Precious first because she’s supposedly the harder of the two. As she heads down the stairs she drops her first Decimate. So the healers are spamming their heals to get everyone up, but instantly 4 people die. There’s a groan for the impending wipe.

As we get the tanks up, future decimates and incoming damage takes out one of the tanks and the other healer. The frustration ramps up as the impending wipe turns to the guaranteed wipe.

But no! With determined arrogance, and a little humor I might add, the trusty shaman pops Heroism as a few people laugh while the lone tank, healer, and two dps tough it out. But with great skill comes great responsibility as the epic shaman spams Riptides and Healing Waves on the tank! And Precious goes down!!!

It was epic! 🙂

OK, maybe it wasn’t so much about the healer’s skill because let’s face it, madly punching hotkeys is not skill. But the tank popping cooldowns at the right time to keep himself alive as my heals heal him for a whopping 10 health due to a health debuff? Now that was skill!

One of our tanks hates those pulls because he feels Blizzard’s way of making encounters harder is to increase the RNG factor. Forget skill, forget gear, just make an encounter randomly do something so devastating that a group will die regardless.

I however love those pulls because they make me work. I have to pay attention. They’re exciting!

And besides, I had to use Heroism on what’s technically a trash pull. Heroism!!!

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8 Responses

  1. Nice save 🙂

    So, how much harder is Fester compare to say Saurfang (when we first tried Saurfang)?

  2. Did your tank ever face Tempest Keep or Sunwell trash? Multiple deaths were common back then. They might have been trash, but they handed your arse back to you if you got them wrong.

  3. I have been playing WoW since beta, but never raided until WoTLK. So when I had to use defensive cooldowns to tank the trash in the Blood Quarter, I was quite shocked.

  4. Hehe, youll get it. Festergut spanked our guild too… two weeks in a row. But last week we really REALLY made good progress. We got him down to 45% on best try. Its just so dammed healer intensive, it may just be a matter of a bit more gear.

  5. The dogs will become a joke after the second or third time around. We wiped a few times the first week but now that the healers know what to expect its not that hard.
    I don’t agree with your tanks conclusion regarding the RNG factor. The fights are designed to keep everyone on their toes, at least until Blizz nerfs the instance.

  6. I don’t see the RNG factor there either. The decimates have a cast bar and you can see when they’re coming, the dog who pulses out AOE does it constantly, the stacking debuff on the tank is predictable and why you have to tank swap. Just manage the elements and it’s not random at all.

    Good luck on Festergut! Not sure if you’re doing 10m or 25m, but a tip is to keep only the required number at range, stack the rest of your ranged dps on his feet so they don’t have to worry about moving as much. In 10m I think it’s 3 at range, 25m it’s 8.

  7. @raquoon/Tara – We’re running with a disc priest/holy paladin/druid or shaman. The Decimate + AoE combos CAN be pretty vicious if I’m not extensively pre-shielding.

  8. Yes the dogs are a very healing intensive fight. But they are a pre-cursor to Festergut and Rotface. The healers will go from heavy raid healing, to heavy tank healing, and back. As Tara said the tanks need to be pro-active and know when to use their cool downs to help the healers out, like your tanks did. In my experience right after the decimate the dog does not do that much damage to the tank if he does not have stacks on.
    My point is this are not RNG gimmicks by Blizz, its the mechanics of the fight. They are just getting everyone ready for the next fight.

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