So Halloween is only a few days away. I have but one more treat to share with you all! Well, two actually. Sorry Alliance peoples, but we all know Hallow’s End is about the undead. So we have a couple new live wallpapers from the Undercity and Brill. Enjoy!
You can get Dreamscene to run this on your desktop here.
Did you miss me?
Just kidding! I am back though after a couple of weeks exploring the wonders through the Mists. Panda haters be damned, but I do love the new zones, and yes, the new race and class.
If you don’t know that Halloween is on its way, you are obviously living in another country, or else quite deprived. But we still love you anyway <3. For the next 3 weeks I’ll be bringing you the best of my tricks and as always the treats! If you’re still playing WoW (and if you are reading this you probably are) it should be noted that Hallows End will be starting this Thursday October 18th in game.
Some things of note for this year’s Hallows End event.. Scarlet Monastery has been updated with the expansion, so I highly suggest going in and doing the Horseman at least once. The item levels will be equivalent of current MoP end game gear. If it matches Brewfest (as I’m sure it will), the level to go in will be 89. The Headless horseman’s mount is now account bound, so if you have more than one toon that is high enough take them in to try to win it. And if you haven’t been in a while, there are some new rewards that can be earned with the trick-or-treat candy like the Feline Familiar (or you can just buy one of mine of the AH $$)
Onward to the first of our Halloween goodies! Are you having a hard time deciding on your costume? Why not go as the original evil playable class, a Warlock! PMF has an awesome papercraft design for a wearable Warlock helm based on the Hood of Malefic. I put this together in relatively short time at work, and I can attest to it being big enough to be wearable… perhaps a little too big in design though.
Some comments before you get crafting though.. the horns do sag on the finished product, I used interlaced drinking straws reinforced with toothpicks taped to the underside to give a little more stability. I would advise you to glue the pieces once you have their locations mapped, it is tight enough that with the double sided tape it does get a few ‘holes’ in it. Also, this is a little difficult as far as wear-ability, there is a liner for the head built into the base, but it shifts very easily because of the weight of the horns, so you may want to think of a way to anchor this with a rubber band or pins or something.
You can find PMF’s post with the download to the pattern here
And here is my completed version, with my little Windrider Cub for reference
Stay tuned, next week will feature a double post, one for a peek at my epic Halloween playlist, and one featuring some of the best Halloween tracks released by the WoW community!!
I don’t usually post outside of Sundays, but I came across something I found of interest today. If you don’t follow WoW Insider, you may have missed this.. Guild Ox has implemented an alt search through their site. What this means is that anyone can search just one of your character names, and it will produce a list of your alts too. It’s true that this might help guilds with their selection of new recruits, but honestly I see far too many con’s to this.
My toons are my toons, I choose who I put on my Real ID because I trust those people to know my alts. No one else needs to know that information. If someone were harassing me, would I want them to be able to do so no matter who I was on? Do I want to be judged because of what I may, or may not have done on my other toons?
Anyway /end rant.
According to WoW Insider, and Guild Ox, this feature can be disabled. Hit escape, go into interface, then display and then check “display only character achievements to others”.
If you want to see the full article, go here
Just 9 days left until Mists will be playable. So will you be leveling a new panda/monk? Or will you be focused on getting your main up and ready to raid? Next week will be the final blog post for one to two weeks while I work on powering up a panda monk tank to raid with my new guild, not an easy feat while working full time (Refer a friend for the win!).
Next week will feature a new live wallpaper to commemorate the memory of Theramore. There will also be a panda wow video by TheGreyfoo to hold you guys off til I’m back 😉 I will have lots of tricks and treats for you in October!
For this week, I have a couple of very cute, very easy panda girls put together by Ork Kleavage
A couple easy, small papercrafts that can fit in the palm of your hand!
Not a complete list, but some of the best of what to expect today! What are you looking forward to?
So, what If I told you, you could have your own Frostsaber, whether you are alliance or horde?
Now, what if I told you, you could even take this frosty cat with you to a job that doesn’t allow you to play wow?
This puss took me more hours than my old-fashioned, pre-daily, frostsaber rep grind, but the rewards are well worth it if you ask me. He sit’s up on the edge of my cubicle where me and my neighbors can enjoy looking at him daily. Oh, did I mention the best part? HE’S MADE OF PAPER!! Yup, printed, folded paper with a bit of glue and double-sided tape. He’s only one of my current papercrafting projects, but he get’s no less attention for it. Plus he makes it easy for people to find me whenever I move desks.
A BIG shout to PMF for creating these awesome files!!!!
And now for the details on how to get your own!
My papercrafting tips:
- Invest in lots of double-sided tape.. even if you know you’re going to end up gluing a difficult part, it’s good to stick it together first to make sure you’re matching up the right stuff. (I buy the 3-packs from Walmart)
- Toothpicks. They are great for getting small amounts of glue to cover a small area and to even it out. Plus you can use them to smooth down, and hold a tab together where fingers can’t reach. Clothespins are also a good investment for holding together open areas when you have to use your hands for other thinks like documenting calls.
- Work in sections. Label your tabs, pages, and openings well. It’s very easy to lose track of what goes where.
- Plastic bags, label stickers, and/or tupperware. I put the parts for each page into separate bags, label the bags, and put the larger parts into the tupperware containers.
- Check your pages!!! I can’t stress this one enough. One of the projects I worked on had a complete section where the printed guide didn’t match the colored cutouts. I attempted to work past it, but it became impossible (I still don’t know if those pieces ever fit together). I fixed it eventually by printing the pepakura file instead of the pdf, but I lost about two and a half weeks on the project. Also my current project has pieces that are too dark to see where the folds are, and it’s not clear about the peaks and valleys, so I had to stop what I was doing and reprint the guide from home.
The easiest thing to forget when working on the Children’s week achievements, is having your orphan summoned when you do all of these things. To get you started, you can pick up your Orc or Human orphan in Orgrimmar in the Drag area (just below the cooking/inscription trainers) or for the Alliance, in the Cathedral district (east side). In Shattrah you can get a Dreanei or Blood Elf Orphan, or in Dalaran you can pick up a Wolvar or Oracle orphan. You’ll be handed a whistle with which you can complete quests, and complete the achievements. If you lose the whistle or want to carry the orphan around a while after doing the quests, just talk to one of the matron’s again. Blizzard has given us a great slew of achievements that we can drag our poor, unsuspecting children through. Each more dangerous than the last. Teach the kids early on that life is hard, I say…
Home alone: Use your Hearthstone while your orphan is with you. LOL yup, torture the little bugger while you leave her behind as you jump from city to city.
Bad Example: Eat the sweets listed below while your orphan is watching. [Tigule and Foror’s Strawberry Ice Cream, Red Velvet Cupcake, Lovely Cake Slice, Dalaran Doughnut, Tasty Cupcake, Delicious Chocolate Cake, Dalaran Brownie] All but 3 of these are available in Dalaran. The Tigule and Foror’s Strawberry Ice Cream can be found in Org off the vendor during the holiday, Tasty Cupcake and Delicious Chocolate Cake are cooking recipes.
Daily Chores: Complete 5 daily quests with your orphan out. Nothing really to say about this, pick a place where you need to do quests and have at it.
Aw Isn’t It Cute?: Obtain one of the Children’s Week reward pets. Each orphan has a set of quests available when you pick them up, do the quests and get the pet. each of the 3 orphans has different pets available, 3 for Orc, 3 for Blood Elf, and either Oracle or Wolvar. (If you only want to do the quests for one orphan, I suggest getting the Shattrah orphan for Veteran Nanny)
School of Hard Knocks: Take your orphan into the battlegrounds and complete the feats listed below. [Capture the flag in Eye of the Storm(EOTS), Assault a flag in Arathi Basin(AB), Assault a tower in Alterac Valley(AV), Return a fallen flag in Warsong Gulch(WSG)].
This has got to be my most hated achievement of all time. Especially as one who would normally pvp as a healer. Pray you have some nice people from the other faction when doing most of these. Children’s week will be covered by EOTS and AV weekends this year.
EOTS – grab the flag from the center of the map and run it to one of your bases, hopefully you have a base, and hopefully you are even able to get a flag. (I will be immensely enjoying thunderstorming all of you off the ledge after I finish my achievements this weekend).
AB – Be ready to hit the gate running. If you have good latency, drop off and hit farm as soon as the gate opens. If not, try blacksmith, lumber mill, or mines.
AV – Assault a tower means you have to hit the other faction’s. So ride on til you’re more than half way across the map, and look for a nice tower to hit. Failing that, watch your map, for other towers that have changed sides. If all else fails, look for a tower that seems to be going back and forth, you might just find some people who are there for the same purpose as you, giving you an easy tap.
WSG – My nemesis achievement. If you find good luck, you could end up with an ally in your base that runs in, attacks no one, picks up the flag, and drops it. If you are here for the achievement, DON’T kill him. He’s there to help you, and is probably going to be hoping that you will be doing the same for him in return.
Side notes on this particular achievement. Yeah I know it’s already a wall of text, but its the nature of the beast. DON’T forget to make sure your orphan is up. You will die. A lot. Pay it forward if you find someone of the other faction trying to help out. There will probably be plenty of people on your side who are there to actually pvp, and won’t hesitate to take advantage of the vulnerable helpers. Ready a /truce or /wait macro, or both. People may be less likely to kill you if you’re trying to help, not all, but some who are there for the same reason as you. Also, if you get into a helpful bg, this is an ideal time to work on some of your other pvp achievements. I know I’m pretty close on Tower Defense in AV, and I’m hoping to get Persistent Defender in WSG and maybe some AB ones as well.
Hail To The King, Baby: Defeat King Ymiron in Utgarde Pinnacle with your orphan out. This doesn’t even require heroic, I would be surprised if there was a class at 85 that couldn’t easily solo this guy.
Veteran Nanny: Acquire Egbert’s Egg, Sleepy Willy, and Elekk Training Collar on one character. Fortunately it was decided in the first year of achievements that this would not be included in the meta. It takes 3 years to complete. Pick up a Dreanei or Blood Elf whistle in Shattrah respectfully, and complete the orphan’s quests. The pet counts for Aw, Isn’t It Cute?
Noblegarden is a holiday that centers solely and completely up on the collection of ‘Brightly Colored Eggs’. In order to complete each of the achievements, you need to collect the chocolate from the hidden eggs and use that chocolate to both complete some of the achievements, as well as use as currency to buy the items needed to complete the other achievements.
You need a maximum total of 355 eggs to have every achievement. I say maximum, because not only does each egg have a chance at dropping the chocolaty currency, it can also drop any one of the required items for the meta! Meaning unless you are the most unlucky person in the world, you probably won’t need all the required chocolates listed. The best strategy I have for this, is to keep track of your eggs. Each time one of the items drops, subtract that from the total eggs needed (You just got a Spring Rabbit from that egg? Great! That’s 100 fewer eggs you have to find now!)
You can find the eggs in the level 5 start zones of each city.. Brill, Razor Hill, Bloodhoof Village, and Falconwing Square for the horde. (ok, ok, allys, you can find yours in Kharanos, Goldshire, Dolanaar, and Azure Watch) [It’s unlikely that areas will be added for Goblin or Worgen start areas, and Gnomes and Trolls should still share the same level 5 start zones as they always have.]
I Found One!: Find a Brightly Colored Egg. Really basic, find your first hidden egg.
Chocolate Lover: Eat 25 Noblegarden Chocolates during the Noblegarden celebration. This is the first achievement mark on the way to getting Chocoholic, which is 100 eggs.
Sunday’s Finest: Discover the White Tuxedo Shirt and Black Tuxedo Pants by opening Brightly Colored Eggs during the Noble Garden celebration. While these pieces are needed for Blushing Bride achievement, finding them in the eggs is not a part of the meta. That said, you will probably find at least one of them on your search anyway.
Dressed for the Occasion: Discover an Elegant Dress by opening Brightly Colored Eggs during the Noblegarden celebration. Not required for the meta, not required for one of the other achievements. This is one for the achievement whores to farm (Yay! 10 more epeen points! Yes, I did in fact farm this dress last year, and right after, my shadow priest alt opened it on her first egg. Ah well, least it looks sexier on the Blood Elf). Try to find someone who has it so you can complete Blushing Bride.
Hard Boiled: Lay an egg in Un’Goro Crater’s Golakka Hot Springs as a rabbit during the Noblegarden celebration. Find a friend, or you may be camping here waiting. You need to find someone with a Blossoming Branch to transform you into a bunny once you get there. Once you’re a bunny, just stick around for a minute or 2 and you’ll lay the egg and get the achievement. (you can buy a branch with chocolate, but since you can’t use it on yourself, the cost is not factored into the 355 total)
Spring Fling: Find your pet Spring Rabbit another one to love in each of the towns listed below. (See the starting towns list above). Buy or find a Spring Rabbit’s Foot. Summon it up in the towns as you look for eggs, chances are you’ll have it done in no time. You might need to work with a friend for the less common towns if you put it off longer then the first day (chances are first day, every one of the towns will have a fair number of people). The pet costs 100 chocolate if you don’t find it in an egg.
Noble Garden: Hide a Brightly Colored Egg in Silvermoon City. Buy an egg, place it in Silvermoon’s Murder Row district. The egg costs 5 chocolate, it’s the only thing you won’t find in one of the eggs.
Shake Your Bunny-Maker: Use Spring Flowers to place rabbit ears upon females of at least 18th level. [Blood Elf, Dreanei, Dwarf, Gnome, Human, Night Elf, Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead]. Yeah… good luck with this one. Without a central meeting place for horde and alliance this will be quite a bit more difficult at best. The level 18 restriction effectively rules out the standard have-a-friend-roll-an-alt strategy. PvP battlegrounds, Tol Barad are probably your best bets.. Tol Barad Peninsula if you don’t want to get yelled at by the people actually WANTING to pvp. Outside SW or Org and maybe you’ll get lucky finding some dueling females. Be aware the flowers drop or are purchased, and they have a cd. Don’t use them on someone who already has the buff. The flowers cost 50 chocolate.
Desert Rose: Use Spring Robes to plant a flower in each of the deserts listed below. [Badlands, Desolace, Silithus, Tanaris, Thousand Needles]. Ok, so maybe half of these aren’t deserts anymore, but still. Dress is buy or drop, just like almost everything else, its /use ability will plant the flower. The dress costs 50 chocolate.
Blushing Bride: Kiss someone wearing an Elegant Dress while wearing a White Tuxedo Shirt and Black Tuxedo Pants. If you don’t get both pieces as a drop, buy what you need. Ask a friend who has a dress to help you out, hope someone in the start zones is wearing one, or, as a last resort, ask in trade. The Tuxedo pieces cost 25 chocolate each, and make for a good role-play set if you’re into it. (You can buy a dress with chocolate, but since you can’t use it on yourself to get the achievement, the cost is not factored into the 355 total)
If you find yourself with some extra chocolate, you can also buy a Spring Circlet (which is a helm that looks like bunny ears, really nice for rp) for 50 chocolate, and mages may want to invest in the Tome of Polymorph: Rabbit for 100 chocolate. The circlet can drop from eggs as well, but the tome will not.
If you did the love fool the first year it was a meta achievement, you will remember how this holiday was pure RNG, and in particular the candy bags cost more than a few people their violet proto drakes. Fortunately they’ve changed this holiday to more than compensate for the random number generator factor that year, so that everything you will need for the meta is obtainable with Valentine currency, Love Tokens. You can obtain these through daily quests, (and)or you can farm Lovely Charms to create Lovely Charm Bracelets to exchange for tokens. I’m looking for anyone who finds good places to farm up the Lovely Charms, so if you find a place, please reply, I’ll be checking Tol Barad and Tol Barad Peninsula later for their rapid respawn rates, large aoe areas would also be superb.
There are some known bugs to this event. Going to SFK can cause you to lose tokens, charms, and your collection box. It’s also shown that some people have issues buying anything besides the candy bag off the merchant, if you encounter this issue type /run BuyMerchantItem(#) with # being the number slot of the item you want to buy. With luck these should be fixed no later than Tuesday. Thanks Gilthresa for finding these bugs (and I’m sorry you had to find them the hard way) and for helping with some of the confirmations <3.
Be mine!: Eat the 8 “Bag of Candies” hearts listed below. This was the one that tripped everyone up the first year. The bags were obtainable only through the hourly valentines box, were a low random droprate, and then you had the random candies inside. Now you just buy a bag through the valentine vendor for 2 Heart Tokens.
Charming: Create 12 Lovely Charm Bracelets. Complete the dailies, or kill certain mobs to get what you need to create these bracelets. You’ll want to make these anyway for the currency.
Dangerous Love: Assist the Steamwheedle Cartel in stopping the Sinister Crown Chemical Company plot. Simply complete one of the Valentine daily quests available in Orgrimmar. This will actually not be implemented until after Tuesday.
Fistful of Love: Use a Handful of Rose Petals on each of the Race/Class combination’s. Gnome Warlock, Human Death Knight, Orc Shaman, Undead Warrior, Blood Elf Mage, Dwarf Hunter, Orc Death Knight, Night Elf Priest, Tauren Druid, Troll Rogue, Dreanei Paladin. This leans a little toward the horde side, as there’s 6 horde combination and only 5 Alliance (For the Horde!!). With Dalaran a ghost town, your options might be a little more limited pre-85. If you have a spare account, or a friend’s account set up for creating these combination’s as alts and just fly around showering them. If you are max level, Tol Barad Peninsula will probably be the second best place, as there are usually a decent amount of both factions working on dailies and rep. The petals are available at the Lovely Merchant for 2 Heart Tokens (5 quantity)
Flirt With Disaster: Get completely smashed, put on your best perfume, throw a handful of rose petals on Jeremiah Payson or Sraaz and then kiss him. You’ll regret it in the morning. Pick up enough brew to get smashed, buy the perfume/cologne bottle from the Lovely Merchant (1 token, various buffs). Use one of the leftover petals from Fistful of Love, and don’t forget to /kiss. Make sure he does not still have the petal buff on him when you attempt this.
I Pitied the Fool: Pity the Love Fool in the locations listed below. Wintergrasp, Arathi Basin Blacksmith(cue for Arathi Basin battleground), Naxxramus (in Dragonblight), Battle Ring of Gurubashi Arena (North Stranglethorn Vale, will pvp flag you), and The Culling of Stratholme (Tanaris, max level will have to fly there as it doesn’t come up in the lfg tool). You can purchase them for 10 tokens each. Special note, the purchases are in single quantities, you need to buy one for each location.
Lonely?: Enjoy a Buttermilk Delight with someone in Dalaran at a Romantic Picnic during the Love is in the Air celebration. If you don’t have a friend with a picnic basket, I suggest going to Dalaran on the first day as soon as you get a Buttermilk Delight, found in the hourly valentines, or purchasable Box of Chocolates for 10 tokens off the Lovely Merchant. You can purchase your own basket for 10 tokens if you absolutely don’t know anyone or can’t find anyone in Dalaran.
Lovely Luck is on Your Side: Open a Lovely Dress Box and receive a Lovely Black Dress. This isn’t part of the meta, but if you really want to go for achievements you can buy the dress boxes after you finish the meta. The boxes contain one of a number of different colored dresses, and getting the black one is random. Just buying it off the AH or getting it from a friend will not activate the achievement. Lovely Dress Boxes are 20 tokens each.
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose: Obtain a bouquet of Red or Ebon Roses during the Love is in the Air celebration. These drop off certain Northrend instance bosses, and will drop in normal and heroic versions. Maiden of Grief in Halls of Stone, Prince Keleseth in Utgarde Keep (Ebon bouquet), and Prince Taldaram in Ahn’Kahet: The Old Kingdom.
Nation of Adoration: Complete the Lovely Charm Bracelet daily quest for each Horde or Alliance capital. Use 4 of the bracelets from Charming to give to each of your faction leaders (excluding the redirected Troll and Gnome leaders). Complete the dailies in each city for the Love Tokens.
Perma-Peddle: Obtain a permanent Peddlefeet pet by procuring a Truesilver Shafted Arrow. The pet costs 40 Love Tokens. This is NOT a part of the meta, and the TRUESILVER arrow should not be confused with the SILVER Shafted Arrow required for Shafted. It’s just a vanity pet.
Shafted!: Shoot 10 players with the Silver Shafted Arrow. The arrows cost 5 tokens for 5 quantity. Once you purchase, just target and shoot 10 random people, to give them a temporary Peddlefeet pet, does not work on yourself.
Sweet Tooth: Sample the Love is in the Air candies listed below. Buttermilk Delight, Dark Desire, Sweet Surprise, Very Berry Cream. Save the Buttermilk Delight for when you go to Dalaran for Lonely? All the candies are randomly available inside the Box of Chocolates off the Lovely Merchant for 10 tokens. May require more then one box to get all 4.
The Rockets Pink Glare: Shoot off 10 Love Rockets in 20 seconds or less. Buy the Love Rockets off the Lovely Merchant for 5 tokens for 5 quantity. When you have 10, keybind the rocket and spam.
Tough Love: Defeat the Trio of Crown Chemical Company apothecaries in Shadowfang Keep. The crowning glory of Love is in the Air, these guys drop some really nice stuff. Obtainable in your daily bag is a rose that can be worn in the hair for girls or mouth for boys, Vile Fumigator’s Mask, a pet slime, or the extremely rare Big Love Rocket mount, in addition to random drop 346 necklaces. These guys are level 87 bosses and act much like any other holiday boss with the valentines box only being available the first victory of the day.. The bosses are located in the courtyard of Shadowfang Keep and should be reachable without having any trash to worry about. The instance is only available through the lfg tool, and you will want to do it daily to try for all the goodies. There actually is a strat involved for this trio……
When you cue for the dungeon, you find yourself in the courtyard, on the table to the left you will see bottles of perfume and cologne neutralizer. Once everyone’s gotten their vials, the bosses will become aggressive. During the fight the bosses will douse you with perfume or cologne, use the vial you picked up in the beginning to neutralize this debuff. Watch out for Cologne/Perfume on the ground as well. Otherwise they are fairly simple tank and spank bosses.
Big Love Rocket: Obtain the Big Love Rocket from Apothecary Hummel in Shadowfang Keep During Love is in the Air. This is not a meta, and technically not even a holiday achievement, it’s a Feat of Strength for winning the extremely rare Big Love Rocket mount from the SFK daily.
The Conclave is a set of 3 bosses, Anshal, Rohash, and Nezir. The fight takes place among the 3 platforms where the bosses are located and the fight is a marriage of mechanics and coordination. Its important for each individual in this fight to be constantly aware of not just the mechanics, but the role they need to perform and when. These three bosses do not share a health pool, but they do need to be killed within 60 seconds of each other, as when each one dies they send a buff to the other called ‘Gathering Power’. If they do not die within this time they will begin to regenerate.
The Mechanics: First to note, the bosses do share a Power Bar. When this reaches 100%, they will each cast their ultimate power and the launch pad between the platforms will disappear. The power bar will become a useful tool in knowing at what times you should be moving. You also cannot leave a platform with no one on it, as that boss’ abilities will then become raid-wide. During the ultimate channels, most of your raid will be on Nezir. The first channel is an ideal time to Bloodlust.
Anshal, Nature: This is the first platform to the left. The first thing he will do is cast Soothing Winds. This looks like a green circle on the ground, if the boss or any adds are left within this circle they will be healed by it and additionally any raid member within it will be silenced while remaining inside. You will of course want to keep everyone and everything out of this circle for its 30 second duration.
Anshal will start to summon adds with his Nurture ability. These need to be downed quickly and hopefully before your team needs to switch platforms. These Ravenous Creepers both melee and cast Toxic Spores which deals nature damage every second for 5 seconds. This effect can stack 25 times but the range of this is only 8 yards of the add. The way we handled these adds was a combination of slowing the adds and kiting them, and having hunters distracting shot the ones that would reach their target. Make sure your hunters are saving the cooldown on Distracting Shot and dropping the frost traps. You will want to keep both the adds and the boss out of the center of the platform. He will cast Soothing Winds on himself or the adds, and when ultimate happens he teleports to the center of his platform, you don’t want him to be healing himself during this.
While you should strive to kill all of the adds, at lower gear levels, you might struggle. Know this: it is more important to make it to Nezir to absorb the ultimate than get the last one or two down. you’ll have time before Anshal casts his next set to get down any stragglers.
Zephyr is Anshal’s ultimate ability. It will heal any remaining adds as well as give them 15% damage increase for 15 seconds, an effect which stacks. Your tanks will want to use Shield Wall or other similar cooldowns.
Rohash, Wind: This is the first platform to the right. Rohash will consistently cast Slicing Gale which damages a random target and increases the nature damage they take by 15% for 30 seconds, an effect that also stacks.
Rohash summons three tornadoes which will circle randomly around the room. They cause damage to anyone who gets within 10 yards of them and knocks them back.
Wind Blast is where Rohash will circle slowly around the platform, causing damage every second to anyone caught in front of him. In addition they will be knocked back 200 yards off the platform (unless you hit a pole). Melee should have their cameras positioned in such a way as they can see what direction he is facing at all times, and hopefully still be able to see the tornadoes.
Hurricane is Rohash’s ultimate ability. It creates a vortex which launches everyone on the platform up into the air. All raid members on this platform will take damage every second for 15 seconds, and in addition, will also take fall damage at the end of this ability. The best idea would be to put 2 melee on this platform, rogues or kitty druids as they will take less fall damage and lose less down time than say a shadow priest or mage using the slower free falling spells. Your heals on this platform must be watching the timer as the melee will have to be topped off before the vortex as they can only cast instants during it. In addition, Rohash will also immediately cast a Slicing Gale after his ultimate channel.
Nezir, Frost: Nezir is located on the far platform from the entrance. He does have more hit points then his other two companion bosses, 25 million as opposed to Rohash and Anshal’s 17 million. His abilities are also far more devastating.
Wind Chill deals damage to everyone on the platform and gives them a stacking debuff which increases frost damage taken by 10% for 30 seconds. It will become necessary to have people switch platforms, or bubble off this effect a few times during the fight. This being one of the key areas where your coordination comes in to play since you cannot leave any platform empty.
Ice Patch looks the same as a hunter’s frost trap except larger and more painful to you, you don’t want to stand in this one. Like the trap, the patch will slow your movement speed by 10%. In addition it will cause frost damage per second.
Permafrost is a cone that channels out from the front of Nezir. Anyone caught in this cone will receive frost damage per second for the 3 seconds its active.
Sleet Storm is Nezir’s ultimate ability. It deals huge amounts of frost damage to everyone on the platform per second for 15 seconds. This damage is split between the raid members, so you will want to have the larger portion of your raid on this platform when the power bar reaches its maximum.
Now for the coordination. This is how our team handled it, how you choose to do it will of course depend on your composition and raids’ abilities.
Tanks: first, Rohash does not require a tank so this is still a two tank fight. Where a pally is ideal on Nezir to bubble off the Wind Chill stacks, its not necessary. Start off by having one tank on Anshal who will want to be at max distance to kite him out of the Soothing Winds, and one on Nezir. When the boss’ power bar hits 80, have your tanks be ready to switch between Anshal’s and Nezir’s platforms. As soon as Permafrost is cast, switch. The remainder of the raid should also be watching for this change as the tanks will need a moment to switch and pick up their new boss. Communication is a must to time this properly.
Healing: Heals are a bit more complicated, and where a lot of your coordination comes in. While its not completely necessary to have specific healing classes, there are some places and platforms where some healers will make a better choice. I’m listing our own healers we used in order to help show how we coordinated. We start off with 2 healers on Anshal, Priest and Shaman. On Nezir we have 3, Paladin, Shaman, and Druid. Finally on Rohash we have a Druid. The Shamans switch between Nezir and Anshal at about 7 stacks, keeping them low to save on our output healing. These tend to coordinate well with when the tanks switch off too, especially the first jump. The Druid on Nezir will jump over to Rohash’s platform when he gets to about 12 stacks of the debuff to clear his own stacks. The Paladin healer on Nezir remains on that platform through the entire fight, he bubbles off his stacks when they reach 18. The original Druid on Rohash and the Priest on Anshal also remain on their platforms through the entire fight. The druid as he can quickly shift to cat to help offset the fall damage after the ultimate cast, and the Priest for his damage reduction cooldowns on the tank after the ultimate cast as he will be hitting 15% harder for 15 seconds.
Melee: With the exception of the rogue’s/kitty’s you leave on Rohash’s platform, your melee will be moving together as a team. They’ll start off on the Wind platform to the right, taking the boss down as much as possible, until the boss’ power bar reaches between 70-75. At this point they will want to migrate to Nezir to be on that platform for the ultimate channel. After the channel is done, they move back to Rohash. They continue moving between these 2 bosses during the ultimate until Rohash is below 15% health. At that point, they move to Nezir and only move to Anshal to clear their stacks. Melee will stay on Nezir until he is below 15% health. Melee then moves to Anshal to focus on getting the boss down while the range continue to handle the adds. Once all the boss’s are around 10-15% health, the melee will begin to kill them off in the order of Anshal>Nezir>Rohash.
Range: Range will start out on Anshal’s platform, their primary function here will be to kill all the adds. The goal is to keep the adds moving without actually getting too close to anyone. This should keep them from melee’ing anyone or hitting them with their Toxic Spores if done correctly. Hunters will of course want to drop their frost traps to slow them, or Shamans for Earthbind. While you do want to slow them, you don’t want them to be rooted in place. When the boss’ power bar reaches 70-75, range should leave any adds that are not already down and jump over to Nezir for the ultimate channel. Its important not to wait on this, as once the channel begins, all the launch pads will disappear and you will be locked to the platform you are currently on (while this goes for everyone, your range will likely be more susceptible, as they will be more focused on downing the adds). After the channel, go back to Anshal to handle any adds that may be left over, as well as any further adds that are spawned.
If you can stay coordinated and keep a clear head on this fight, it will become fairly easy to down it regularly.