How to wipe in Trial of the Grand Crusader

Last night Forgotten Heroes downed Northrend Beasts in Trial of the Grand Crusader 25.  We welcomed a lot of new members over the weekend as another guild joined with ours and it made all the difference.

Now with some progress wiping going on, we have to learn to wipe again.  The nature of Wrath raiding is that pretty much everyone has to live.  So heres some tips for what to do when a wipe is called.

General Tips

  • Stop healing!
  • Stop tanking – you WANT the boss to rampage insanely around the room now.
  • Actually die.  Using Divine Intervention, Feign Death, etc. does two bad things.  It means the person who did not die still has a Heroism debuff.  And it means that the wipe is slower as the boss takes longer to reset (or it sure feels that way to the people standing outside the door).  Only use these abilties when someone uses a StupidNinjaPuller Wand on members of your raid.  They dropped off the Headless Horseman, you know.

Northrend Beasts
Phase 1 – Stand in the fire!
Phase 2 – Stand in the slime!
Phase 3 – This one is trickier.  You basically need to stop healing and wait for him to kill you all.  Stand close to the boss to get damage from his knockback and clump up so more people are targetted by his icy breath.

Demon Lord Jaraxxus
Stand in the fire!

Faction Champions
Stop dispelling.  Stop healing.  Stand in the Hellfire/Whirlwind/Consecration/etc.  All group up together so that mobs will come close to you.

Twin Valkyr
This is an easy one.  Run around the room like a nut taking every opposite coloured orb you can find! This one is possibly more fun than the boss…

Anub’arak
Phase 1 – Again you need to wait for him or his adds to kill you all.
Phase 2 – All gather up in the middle to get spiked.
Phase 3 – Just stopping the healing should be enough.

Updated  21 November 2009

Altaholism

So now I’m no longer an officer I have some time to spend on other things.  I’m indulging my Altaholism at the moment.  Trial of the Crusader/Onyxia and the Emblem changes are such that both my alts can raid.

Akandra the Discipline Priest
I did Trial of the Crusader 10 on Akandra the healer.  I can feel the difference healing on her as opposed to being on Morrighan.  Probably because I used to have on Akandra what I now have on Morrighan – that kind of instinctive experience with my class that means when the going gets tough I can pull out all the stops in a split second.  Knowing instantly where my buttons are and what does the things I need.

That being said, no one died from my failure apart from me.

It was a clear, a success and a great deal of fun.  And as some of the blogs I continue to read and my Horde experiences remind me, not everyone has waltzed around and cleared Trial of the Crusader even with their mains.   So I am very please to be able to go with my alts.

Plans for Akandra – Trial of the Crusader 25.  I took my main to our alt run this week as she didn’t get in on the main run.  But hopefully I will this week and then I can bring Akandra to the Friday run.

Enalla the Feral Bear Druid
Now for me its the other way around.  Trial of the Crusader was my nostalgia moment, healing on my priest.  I never did Onyxia at 60.  But my friends Rincmaster, Uvejret and Wahelen were putting together an Onyxia run so I offered the services of my suite of characters.  And knowing me as they do, they let me bring Enalla my feral tank to what I called Enalla’s First Raid (which is especially nice considering Rinc loves to tank so thanks especially to him).

It was a one shot.  I tanked the lady herself.  It was HUGE fun. I loved it.  Special thanks go to Mokelok, Lela and Morningblade for controlling their aggro so well.  Yes I know I need a new weapon.

Plans for Enalla –  Ulduar 10 to start with.  With a new weapon I could also manage Trial of the Crusader 10 most likely.

Arianrhodd the Frost Death Knight
I’m just trying my hardest here to get her some gear.  Without the kind of support that a large and friendly guild like Forgotten Heroes its much harder to gear up.  Right now I am busy upping my weapon skills after the dual wield switch and farming rep, rep and more rep.

I’ve found having this character an incredibly useful experience.  It reminds me of how hard things are still in this game for some players.  It makes me feel even more angry when I see people complain about ‘welfare epics’ and ‘raids are too easy’.

Plans for Arianrhodd – PuGs and lots of em.  Especially in 3.3 with that PuG achievement out there.

Levelling
I am levelling two characters at the moment.  Morrighan the Blood Elf paladin with my husband and his hunter, Hesttia the Drenai shaman on her own with a full set of Heirloom gear.  Both are in their 40s and on the last run up to Outland.  Hesttia will probably have to spend longer in Azeroth, levelling her Engineering.

Plans for the levelling characters – get them both to 80.  I will definitely try some PvP levelling too on Hesttia – probably in the last run up to 58.

In other news …
Morrighan had some tries on Anub’arak on 10 man hard mode last night.  For my first time on the hard mode version it was good, I only noob died once.  We tried with just two healers, but thats not enough.  What we need to down him is 3 good healers, 2 good tanks and 5 dps good enough to ensure we only had one burrow phase.  We had a few problems with crashed login servers, etc. and never quite got enough tries once we had that setup.  But he will die.  Our very first attempt was 9%!!!  And it wasn’t the only one where he went low that night.  Its close.

Trial of the Crusader (Normal 10 and 25) Crib Sheet

This is a new kind of post here.  One thing I notice is that most guides are LONG.  Theres a lot of information in there.  If you’re doing hard modes or heroic versions, you need that information.  But sometimes, you don’t.  Sometimes you’ve just got into this PuG with a mate and you’ve never seen it before and all you need to know is what to hit and how not to die.  This guide is for you.

Links to the WoWwiki posts and the (awesome) Tankspot tactics videos are at the end.  I cannot recommend those videos enough.

Northrend Beasts

Phase 1 – Gormok

  • Tanks hand the boss between them at 2-3 stacks of Impale.  10 man = 2 tanks.  25 man = 2/3 tanks.
  • Ranged dps Snobolds down ASAP.
  • Stay out of the fire.

Phase 2 – Dreadscale and Acidmaw

  • 2 tanks for 2 worms.  Kite the mobile worm out of slime and keep both facing away from the raid.
  • Burn Acidmaw first, using cooldowns.  Dreadscale will do a small enrage then.
  • If you get Paralytic Poison from Acidmaw, run to someone with Burning Bile from Dreadscale (or have them run to you).

Phase 3 – Icehowl

  • 1 tank.
  • Spread out to minimize who takes Arctic Breath (cone attack), especially healers.
  • When he uses Massive Crash, he throws you to the side and stuns you.  He targets one player.  The target and everyone near them needs to run along the walls ASAP (not touching them) so he charges into the wall and is stunned.  He takes extra damage whilst stunned.
  • If he hits a player and enrages, a rogue or hunter can de-enrage him.  Do it fast before he kills your tank.

Demon Lord Jaraxxus

  • 1 tank on the boss, 1 the adds.
  • 1 interrupter to interrupt Fel Fireball stays on the boss at all times.
  • When the Mistress comes all dps take her out.
  • When the volcano comes, ranged dps take out the elementals.
  • Heal the Incinerate Flesh target until the debuff comes off, otherwise they explode and damage everyone.
  • If you get Legion Flame you drop fire every few seconds.  Keep moving and drop flames out of the way.
  • Mages should spell steal Nether Power.

Faction Champions:

  • On 10 man you will have 2 each of Healers, Melee and Casters.  On 25 man you have 3 of each.
  • Kill order is Healers, Melee (especially the rogue), Casters.
  • Healer Kill Order: Shaman, Priest, Druid, Paladin.  Pop cooldowns to kill the first healer and try to cc the others or interrupt their healing.
  • Tanks should control the melee at all times using taunt, cc and aggro abilities. Ranged can be cc’d as much as possible.
  • Use PvP trinkets to break cc on you, but no other PvP gear.

Twin Val’kyrs

  • Divide the raid into 2 groups.  1 clicks on the light portal and dps Darkbane and the other click on the Dark portal and dps Lightbane.  The Twins have a shared health pool.
  • Healers should stand with groups of the opposite colour to intercept orbs.  All players should intercerpt orbs of the same colour before they hit the bosses.
  • 1 tank per boss in the square and near a portal of the opposite colour to the tank.
  • When one Twin casts a Vortex, all players including tanks should IMMEDIATELY change colour to match that Twin.  Once the Vortex is over, change back to what you were.
  • When one Twin casts Twins Pact, all dps should IMMEDIATELY change colour to the opposite of that Twin.  They should then dps down the shield as soon as possible so that this heal can be interrupted.  Once this is done, change back to what you were.

Anub’arak

  • You all fall down!
  • One tank takes the boss.  The other tank/s pick up adds which must be tanked on the ice patches.  One dps should be assigned to shoot down ice patches.
  • In 10 man leave adds until he burrows.  In 25 man ranged dps take out 2 adds and leave the other 2 until he burrows.
  • When he is underground all hug. Anub’arak will chase players and try to spike them, throwing them into the air and doing damage.  A chase can be stopped by kiting him over an ice patch which then disappears.
  • Make sure all the large adds are dead before you tip him over 30%.
  • Once he is over 30% he starts leaching a % of current HP from all players.  Spam heal the tank as he takes large amounts of damage.  Spam heal players with Penetrating Cold.  Everyone else should be kept on around around 5-7k health.  The more health they have, the more is leached to Anub’arak.  Pop cooldowns and burn.

Da Links

Northrend Beasts
Wowiki tactics
Tankspot video
Healing guide from World of Matticus

Demon Lord Jaraxxus
Wowiki tactics
Tankspot video
Healing guide from World of Matticus

Faction Champions
Wowiki tactics
Tankspot video
Healing guide from World of Matticus

Twin Valkyr
Wowiki tactics
Tankspot video
Healing guide from World of Matticus

Anub’arak
Wowiki tactics
Tankspot video

Updated 28 September 2009.

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