Last night I had the opportunity to raid with my new guild, and spent some time with two bosses in Firelands.
What did I learn?
The PTR was a decoy. Largely the mechanics are the same, but it’s safe to say that you can’t rely on the videos and strategies written by the PTR versions of the fights. Blizzard pulled a fast one.
I’m sure on Thursday when we go back in we’ll be able to down some bosses since we’ve got an idea of what the differences are now, but man last night was frustrating for awhile.
We spent some time with Shannox, which seemed to have the biggest mechanic difference in the two we worked on last night, and Beth’tilac. In just completing the trash in the zone (before they hotfixed the guild standards), we managed to get to Friendly reputation, so everyone in the raid got a shiny new cloak.
Pro Tip: Don’t try to kill the turtles. You’ll be there forever.
Shannox is a hunter-type boss with 2 fire dogs. Rageface and Riplimb. I’ll let you guess what they do. There’s traps he throws around, and he’ll pitch a spear out every once in awhile that a dog will retrieve. There’s a catch to that mechanic that we’re still trying to work out. One thing we did do last night is keep the range DPS on Rageface because he’ll periodically target a random raid member and not leave them alone until he gets hit by a 40k shot of some type, and that seemed to work in our favor. I’ll have more once I down him.
Beth’tilac is the spider boss, and it’s a pretty fun fight, but chaotic doesn’t even begin to describe it. It looked like our best attempt last night got her down to around 26%. Having the mechanics be changed, I’d say that’s pretty good. For a hunter, that fight is largely about add control, and the ability to burn down single targets. Frost traps are your friend, and it might be worth spec’ing into improved traps to lock the tiny adds down. May also be worth spec’ing MM for the stun on your Multi-Shot ability.
So. Those of you that did spend some time in the Firelands last night, do you have any tips to share?