Tomb of Sargeras: A Peep into Deceiver’s Fall

I will start right at the point: Kil’Jaeden must be nerfed. Plain and simple.

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–¬†WHAT?
– Yeah, you heard me right, Kil’Jaeden. You must be nerfed.

Micromantica was an obvious pioneer in the fourth wing yesterday. We had the most experienced tanks there. One of them naturally came as a raid leader. He patiently explained tactics and stayed with us until the end.

I switched from Frost to Fire, as I deliver more damage through it, both artifacts being at 52 traits. My ilvl was 897, which is more than enough for LFR. The other guys were well geared too.

And we just couldn’t beat it.

On our first try we had an obvious quick wipe as people learned how to manage the fiery void zones. On our second try we managed to pass up to the shadow phase, still struggling with void zones, but much better.

On our third and fourth try we’ve driven him to the last phase. Everyone was performing perfectly! And he hit enrage both times.

This is ridiculous – as you are geared via LFR, you should be able to kill KJ in this raid’s gear. But we needed 25% flat buff to kill him on our 5th try. Mark you, EVERYONE survived when we killed him. EVERYONE was just perfect in performing their role at all phases. And yet we wouldn’t kill him if not for 25% buff.

The mechanics are perfect, they are multiple, they are interesting, and it’s quite a challenge for a raid group who needs patience, quick reaction and work in unison, because the other’s fail may cause a wipe. Everything’s cool for the “last” boss – if not for this ridiculous overtuning.

So yes, it’s gonna be a single kill for every toon.

Tomb of Sargeras: A Peep into Chamber of the Avatar

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The next wing is opened in LFR, and today we enter Chamber of the Avatar.

The wing is significantly shorter than the previous ones – most notably, it’s just two bosses, and little trash is present which is also killed in a blink of an eye opposed to very tedious and dangerous Wailing Halls. This also means it’s not the best place to farm your set pieces which drop from trash mobs only.

Maiden of Vigilance – offers a pretty unique terrain with a giant and deadly elevator hole in the middle (Tip: don’t enter it under usual circumstances). The fight itself can boast with several mechanics, all comprehensible and executable but one. First, you need to jump down the hole when the bomb starts ticking at your head – the easiest and the most fun part. Second, a massive AoE spell which you cannot interrupt unless you blow off a small shield – also easy. Third, you are not supposed to collide with players of other debuffs when you’re granted with one of two debuffs – it’s the hardest thing that may pose a great trouble in LFR. Think Xhul’horac, but it’s harder due to the less move options. You should be tracking the others’ debuffs not to come close to the opposite ones. I think most casualties happened because of this, but we pulled off the fight on our first try.

The Avatar of Sargeras – is much more likeable and probably the best encounter for me. In LFR there’s no option to cover the beams – so it’s basically a single-target fight and a relief for tanks. It’s a pure DPS check, and everything is about stepping out of the bad (very deadly bad though). If tanks don’t fail positioning at the last phase, it’s a piece of cake – an extra dps buff on your extra tries would do the trick sooner or later. We wiped once, leaving the boss at 170k, and it was only because the tanks didn’t know the range of platform destruction, so he got rid of it in just two blows (should be at least three). On our second try it went smooth, although I was the only one dead because I failed to use the Ice Block to prevent my debuff, and no one came to help.

Lorewise, it’s the most interesting wing of all.

Previously we dealt with sealing the Legion gateway with Pillars of Creation. Assume that by the time we are breaching the Tomb class order halls already dealt with Legion in Broken Shore. I played every class storyline, and I see the whole picture. Class order halls each delivered a strike at a specific area of Broken Shore, demolishing the Legion ranks, plans and efforts down to zero. Despite the world quests still running, lorewise the Legion is beaten and chased into the Tomb of Sargeras – and it’s just feeble remnants of them. Goroth, Inquisitors, Desolate Host machine and Kil’Jaeden himself are all that’s left. Mad Titan construct/elf guardians are local. ¬†Just think of it: we did it.

And when we kill off the Legion’s last hope in this invasion – the Avatar of Sargeras, a doom weapon – this is the end of invasion. We won. Kil’Jaeden flees. The Avatar of Sargeras encounter equals the Sunwell Plateau ending: Kil’Jaeden is gone. The threat is eliminated. Kil’Jaeden didn’t even make his last stand. He ran away.

We dealt with all the demons in Broken Isles (remember how Maiev sent us to deal even with Legion camps in Azsuna/Suramar during Legionfall campaign?), sealed the portals, and no demons remain on Azeroth. We won. Please understand that the main goal is completed – ever since that first preview cinematic when Khadgar flew in Varian’s court as a raven and told him that Legion is here – this job ends exactly here. Let it sink:

There is – no – more – Legion – on – our – planet.

Only this time Velen follows his brother into the Twisting Nether, and the second chapter begins exactly now: OUR assault. Illidan and Khadgar and us follow Velen to save him and try to end the Legion at its lair… A bold move, and a necessary one to prevent “merely-a-setbacks”. Next stop: Twisting Nether and Legion’s general, Kil’Jaeden.

P.S. I couldn’t help but notice that Kil’Jaeden doesn’t look as intimidating and large as Archimonde. It maybe due to their different development: Archimonde was all obsessed with raw magical power, so no wonder he got so big, accumulating it and focusing on this way of enhancement that Legion provided.

Class Specs in Legion 7.2.5.

As I’m exploring the least played specs – due to investing the artifact power in them, it’s time to revise my thoughts and feelings about them.

Legion is encouraging me to try every spec which I do, so by the end of expansion I’m becoming a natural in each and every of them. I’m quite capable now of telling my likes and dislikes as my artifacts are fully – or almost fully developed by the moment. It’s time for revision.

Demon Hunter – Melaris the Night Elf

Havoc – the DPS spec is one of the best melee DPS due to its extreme mobility. I’m a whirlwind of blades, and it’s still awesome.

Vengeance is powerful and cool for tanking. I praise it for perfect self-heals, pro-active gameplay (no cooldown waiting), and very cool AoE damage and aggro.

Death Knight – Mindebad the Gnome

Frost – is yet my favorite DK spec. I like winter, I like how powerful it is, excellent against a single target and not bad for AoE.

Unholy – is a very strong spec, maybe even more powerful than Frost. But the gameplay feels slow, cooldowns are often there, there’s debuff tracking involved, and an ugly pet to guide. Not my piece of cake, not playing it whatever the numbers it delivers.

Blood – the slowest tanking spec of all. I like the vampiric fantasy of the spec very much, but imo it should be a hurricane, now it’s a very slow doom type. It just doesn’t fit.

Druid – Helu the Tauren

Balance – is still a mortar, but it’s feels more channeling now. Very powerful, very comprehensible, perfect for raids, although maybe not for the field.

Feral – vice versa. Perfect for the field gameplay to quickly slay all the mobs if you have enough Haste not to wait for cooldowns, but I’d prefer a caster in raids.

Restoration – a new and enjoyable healing spec for me. I like the HoTs rolling on, but I think that massive healing is not its strong side.

Guardian – with all the range of other druid specs, I’m rarely playing it, but it’s one of the easiest tanks. Nothing bad to say about it.

Hunter – Backston the Human

Marksmanship – once you learn the synergy between abilities, it becomes the most enjoyable spec to play. It benefits from pets, massive damage, ranged gameplay and what not. Excellent one, and once again my choice in every situation.

Survival – I haven’t played one much or even at all before Legion. Its fantasy nowadays is awesome, I can’t help repeating that. It’s definitely more dangerous to play than ranged specs, but it’s effective enough and has this trapper’s vibe. Haste is very drastic, or it just turns into pile of shit if there are cooldowns to wait for. Should be very swift.

Beast Mastery – is hell. Again, I’m not sure what has it been before, but it’s just awful in Legion. Naturally you don’t see your pets much, because they’re somewhere there in the fray of battle. You have ONE shooting ability in your single target rotation. You, a hunter with a gun, have ONE shooting ability. The rest of the time you’re YELLING. No kidding, three of your basic rotation abilities + artifact special trait are YELLING OUT LOUD. And you’re supposed to be immersed about that. Imagine you’re in raid, and what you do is just crying at the boss, then it dies. Besides, the spec was probably designed for kindergarten. I stood in raid and just pressed the abilities when they went off cooldown. It’s faceroll, there’s no depth, no nothing. You faceroll and shout at the bosses, and this is Beast Mastery. Very immersing (not).

Mage – Micromantica the Gnome

Frost – is the best spec, but to my liking, I have a soft spot for snow and ice magic. You need to be cool, let the ice flow through your palms and let it do the job. Every iteration in every expansion is enjoyable, albeit very different from its predecessor.

Fire – feels more devastating, and offers excellent bursts.

Arcane – I grew to enjoy it in general. Although I hate that mana runs out which slows you down for 5 seconds to replenish. Quite unnecessary. The spec is not convenient in the field, but excellent for AoE mobs in older raids.

Monk – Paitsu the Gnome

It had some changes from Pandaria and Draenor, although everything is pretty fine with it.

Brewmaster – tanking spec offers excellent AoE options, including aggro. The major mitigation mechanics of the delayed damage is perfect to ease up the job for healers. Yet it feels a bit slow and clumsy.

Mistweaver – is a brand new spec for me, and I like the clever mist spell as well as other healing options. Probably one of the most enjoyable healers for me with lots of opportunities.

Windwalker – is less enjoyable than before, with trademark stuns gone, although quite cool and powerful. Not so fast as expected from a martial fighter, although very much pleasurable to play.

Paladin – Anibell the Human

Protection – is one of the most solid tanking specs with excellent movement and aggro, sturdy, powerful, designed to stand on your ground. It’s so stout that I rarely even use the most powerful cooldowns – because basic rotation is normally quite enough.

Holy – is my least favorite healing spec of all. You have to be in close proximity to the healed players to be the most effective (based on mastery), so when the raid is spread wide, you just suck. And despite the strong single target heals, AoE is a problem for you, so whenever massive AoE damage, you struggle, and your fingers are steaming to keep up.

Retribution – has always been the easiest build – spend damage dealing spec. It has some abilities’ synergy to think about, but it’s not quite interesting to play nowadays.

Priest – Aurinko the Gnome

I’m quite new to the whole priesting business, as I started my first serious priest toon only a month prior to Legion.

Shadow – the new madness mechanics is nice. I did a trick in my latest raid run, juggling my panel a bit to make it more accessible, and carrying out DoTs a bit farther, now I’m a killer machine.

Holy – is the best healing spec in the game, period. Direct heals and HoTs, a range of spells for every situation and in their own niches.

Discipline – I guess it was mainly shields before. It was very nice to play (I believe I played a Disc priest once until level 40). Now it’s a frenzy! You have to think in two ways at once: thinking about delivering lots of damage and thinking about delivering heals. It’s the most pro-active spec in the whole game, and not only healing ones. I’m enjoying healing with it because it’s super fun, but I doubt it would compare in effectiveness with Holy – at least in my hands. Yet :) Maybe I need a lot more practice.

Rogue – Hexen the Goblin

Assassination – my love. Heavy hitting poisons and bleeds which continue to work their way in enemy’s veins even if you had to step away from him are precious. Nuff said.

Subtlety – I’ve never tried this spec before Legion, but it’s a killer. You dive in and out of the shadows, almost no DoTs (strange for a rogue, huh), but the strikes themselves are mighty. Literally two hits to slay a mob. I’m trembling at the sight of its power. Super effective, and a very enjoyable rotation.

Outlaw – is a spec with a face turned to people :) No hiding and sneaking, you step proud and start a saber slashing game. I’m not a fan of this pirate thing – well if I were, there’s nothing wrong with it.

Shaman – Schlitzchen the Goblin

Enhancement – is super squishy nowadays. This is why I’m not enjoying it, although it’s well fitting to questing, because mobs die fast enough. Seriously, mobs keep taking off health very quickly, and you have very few self-healing options now.

Elemental – is a mortar which is very enjoyable, fun… but slow. You have to collect enough firepower for the most powerful spells, and you can’t do that with common mobs. So you just plink them chip by chip, and it’s tedious. Killing 10 wossnames bores you to the bowels – NOT good for questing. When you have enough time – like fighting a raid boss – it suddenly shines.

Restoration – is my second favorite healing spec after Holy Priest. I’m enjoying the major Chain Heal for being a clever heal, and it’s quite spectacular too. Excellent AoE utility.

Warlock – Faerella the Goblin

Affliction – my favorite spec. The two new things in Legion are these: one of the DoTs now can and has to be implemented multiple times (the more of this DoT, the more the damage), two, mana is being depleted nowadays – which is just an extra nuisance lingering you. These are irritating in raids, but you kill everything in the open world super fast.

Destruction – is a mortar type thing which makes it hell in the open field. When you want to rush into a fray of battle, you start caaaaaaaaasting. Yikes :) Although it has no mana troubles, and thus perfect for raiding.

Demonology – I have as many issues as possible. It’s not complex to comprehend, but many of your spells are summoning packs of demons which deal damage. Fantasy-fitting approach, the only problem being: you don’t see any of those demons. They are dark, small, and even casting imps are summoned not beside you, but near your enemy. So you can’t tell them even in the field, save the raid environment. You keep clicking your ability buttons, and enemy health just drops – you don’t feel like you control anything. You’re just clicking buttons. This is awfully discouraging.

Warrior – Bons the Gnome

Protection has excellent saves, yet it feels very slow. I think I enjoyed the previous Draenor version more.

Arms is a heavy weapon swinging, everything’s ok with how it feels and spec fantasy. Although… not so powerful. That’s the rarest case when I want less frequent actions compensated by more powerful blows.

Fury is really furious, but very squishy – again. I don’t know how, but a warrior manages to get it all even in its plate armor. And I’m not quite happy with the ability range – one of the blows must be there in rotation yet it feels so out of place.

Generally every warrior spec is not fine for 100%, it’s a solid 70%.

So, this is my spec review for Legion 7.2.5.

Tomb of Sargeras: A Peep into Wailing Halls

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Naturally what I did yesterday was a testing run in the new wing by Micromantica, doubled today by yet another caster – Faerella the Warlock.

The next wing consists of 3 bosses: Demonic inquisition, Sisters of the Moon and The Desolate Host.

In this wing I start to understand the whining about logistics – it really is tricky. But not so much on your second run.

Demonic Inquisition is a pair of fellow dudes who argue about whether flesh or soul is a subject of torment. I liked these bosses very much. Their looks design is awesome, and torture mechanics are totally comprehensible: just stop hitting them during a specific spell, is all. Neither of my tries brought me to the second room. Well, Faerella got this debuff by the very end, but bosses were supposed to die in 10 seconds (which they did), so I didn’t see any reason to try and see the other room.

After that we fight the same infernals in Goroth room – I hate when we have to kill the same trash in different wings – and then we descend to Elven rooms. Few packs of trash – really not annoying, well done, Blizzard, and we reach Sisters of the Moon boss.

I didn’t even notice how we killed them. First of all, I liked the wrestling-type boss change: when you deal with one and the same health bar, and they just give each other high five and change one by one as you do so. Really cool (and Elisande-type replenishing health bar, thrice – is not). The moon mechanics is probably the easiest movement requirement during a boss fight. You may go to the other floor color if you feel so, or you may do nothing and still be good, because the needed color will reach you anyways. So it’s just stepping out of a rare bad and nuking an add owl. Piece of cake.

Then comes The Desolate Host fight. Micromantica spent the whole encounter dead. She knew someone should go to the spirit realm, so she did. Something killed her immediately far away from any boss, and she never learnt what. Apparently not many guys, like myself, knew the encounter, because there was only one healer among very few people in spirit realm, and she had some tough times. Anyways, the boss went down. On my next try Faerella stayed in corporeal realm, but the group was better, so it split in two without any discussions. The boss just died, no troubles at all.

Is it because people already got some loot in previous weeks, but the wing seems very simple compared to the first one. The encounters are fun enough, and I won’t feel tedious when re-running them for loot. Second wing’s cool.

Gates of Hell Tanking – Nailed

One day before opening of the second wing, I’ve decided to try tanking the first one.

Besides the perfect timing, Melaris is closing in 52 on her tanking weapon, and she also had a quest and no first wing runs yet. So I decided to give it a go.

It went surprisingly smooth. Our second tank, a dwarf paladin, didn’t have a clue about what’s going on, so I pulled it off almost alone.

Trash mobs – no trouble at all. Took them out pack by pack, so we were fine.

Goroth – I was the only tank. Even with melted armor I just used my cooldowns, and all was fine. A pair of jumps was handy to relocate myself behind the pillars and back, so the boss positioning was executed by textbook.

Har’jatan – the second tank obviously died, because he didn’t turn the boss to raid bulk. So I pulled it off almost alone. Positioning was not that perfect, I held the beast in puddles very often, so it was not too convenient for melee dps.

Sassz’ine – nailed it, and almost alone again. As for void zones, I only got trapped by jellyfish once, but it was the only fail. I whispered to the second tank before the encounter to aggro from me at debuffs, but it didn’t work too well. He succeeded to perform this once, so I had to survive the whole debuff periods on my own cooldowns. A tough fight, yet I weren’t on the verge of dying.

For loot, I’ve got a cape, tier gloves, and a trinket. A decent drop.

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I’m eager to try tanking with other specs, although demon hunter is so great with AoE aggroing which is basically built in rotation. Could be harder with other classes.

So, all roles for the first wing tried and succeeded. Bring us the next wing! :)

New Specs!

For the second time in Legion the artifact system dictates me trying and playing the other specs than I normally like to play.

When you have a goal of driving every artifact to 52 traits, and you accidentally drop 21,8 million token into the already upgraded weapon… well, it sucks. So just in case I’m running, questing and exploring the pleasures of now-upgraded spec.

I think however good I’m becoming in playing an extra spec, sometimes I just don’t like to do this. Examples would be Beast Mastery for Backston, Demonology for Faerella or Unholy for Mindebad – outright boring. Mindebad is almost at 52 with her Unholy spec, and yet I didn’t grow to like it as much as I like Frost. So it’s 52, and I’m done with it.

Sometimes I switch specs due to their utility. Obviously tanking specs are a mere pleasure when engaging specifically fat very dangerous mobs during a world quest.

For warlocks it’s extremely awesome to quest in Affliction, because everything dies super fast, but I hate my mana depletion during raids, and a very slow Destruction is much more enjoyable for nuking bosses, although its mortar-type playing style is a torture in the field. It’s the same with shaman: Enhancement is very cool in the field, cause you rush into the fray, and in few quick blows everything’s dying, but Elemental is a preferable thing in raids to rain elements from afar and have a better sight of encounter.

Draenor introduced tanking specs to me, and in Legion I started healing. Actually every spec that can heal is my choice for Tomb of Sargeras today. It’s fun, relaxing, and very engaging. My paladin Anibell pulled off the Har’jatan encounter when our tank had 30 (!) stacks on himself. The other tank just died 5 seconds after he tried to tank any boss, I don’t know the reason. He was a warrior, he had a decent ilvl around 870 – quite enough for LFR. He just got one-shot – nothing a healer could do.

The most challenging spec is Discipline, and I tried it yesterday. It’s mind blowing by all means, but I think I’m starting to get the general idea. You have to place a heal on a friendly character, then start DPS-ing a boss very quickly to heal the friendly target, BUT if he’s dying, you have to switch to mighty direct healing spells. It’s outright insane :)

For a test, I ran Aqueducts to make it a bit challenging, but not so stressful as Tomb of Sargeras. Whew, it was fun. I want to learn the “how” at least. I like Holy very much, but Discipline has a potential in my case.

And when I’m done with healing artifacts, it’s gonna be time for tanking :) My goal with tanks is making it a fun and relaxing experience, not a run where I sweat and get tired :)

Anyways, exploring new specs is very fun! By the end of the Legion I’m gonna be decent in every 36 ways I guess.

Tomb of Sargeras: A Peep into The Gates of Hell

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Although finishing EN/TN raid tiers is still my raiding priority these days, I’m also starting to explore the new raid.

I’ve completed three runs by now. Aurinko the Priest got a healer’s trinket, Backston the Hunter got her tier wrists, and Paitsu the Monk who went as a healer got gauntlets and legguards from her tier – and without extra coin rolls.

I liked the lore very much. Probably my most favorite theme in every game, cartoon or movie is assembling something big out of parts. I’m a fan of Elements or other concepts alike. So no wonder that the whole thing of Pillars of Creation is my thing 100%.

In every wing we will be putting the Pillars in their slots – and before we assembled them. By the way, it must be checked if they are removed from storage in Dalaran after you get the raid achievement :) Would be awesome.

The first wing is water-themed, and naga are bound here perfectly.

  • First, the Tidestone is the element of water.
  • Second, the naga have nothing to do with Legion, but they continue their story arc from Azsuna and the following dungeon. Their arrival is quite logical, as they wait us here – a perfect deduction from their side to get a Tidestone. Of course they can’t retrieve it from Dalaran! It also explains the naga arrival near the Tomb in Broken Shore, although those on surface are a corrupted kind. I don’t think that Azshara would greet her soldiers back demon-corrupted – she has bonds with the Old Gods, who are the ultimate nemesis of the Legion and vice versa. Maybe those ones in the surface were left as a supporting base camp, and the main forces went into the Tomb? So the bored soldiers got corrupted :) If Sassz’ine retrieved the Tidestone successfully, I guess she wiould beat all the shit out of the renegades then.
  • Third, it’s a direct link to the flooded, naga-filled tube we were passing through in the original Tomb of Sargeras in Frozen Throne expansion for Warcraft 3. Remember?

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I conclude that the room in Warcraft 3, where we learned about that naga were elves once, is the same room where we fight the naga lady Sassz’ine. On my next trip there I’ll run around after the raid ends – for exploring and matching both maps in my mind.

The raid design is beautiful – I don’t even mind the darkness. Since Warcraft 3, the levels above water were cleared of seaweed and everything.

Goroth is a fun encounter. He is relying on AoE attacks, and following the mechanics is easy and comprehensible.

Harjatan. I’m not a fan of the fight, it’s basically his thick skin to address and some adds to be switched to.

Sassz’ine is cool. There’s lots of stuff to do, the field is tight enough to make avoiding multiple void zones an interesting problem. The only thing that I don’t understand is ink clouds. I know how to get this debuff by stepping in violet pools, but I’m completely unaware of where to carry it and at which moments.

In general the raid encounters design somewhat elusively reminds me of old arcade games, like it was the case with Blackrock Foundry. It’s like the best things were borrowed from them, but not a single annoying one. If the other bosses and wings will be as interesting, it’s gonna be my favorite raid in Legion.

Everything’s good with The Gates of Hell. Well, maybe except a wing name :) Tomb is not exactly hell, and naga wing is about Tidestone and water, not about Legion troops guarding the entrance.