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Semi-Guide – Trial of the Crusader

So, we tried out Trial of the Crusader 10man.. (So do we call this ToC now.. or is that the 5-man?.. Maybe ToC10?).. Not really knowing anything about the encounters.. So, having beat it (woot!), at least the first section of bosses that they let you play now.. I’ve come up with some Tips.. This isn’t a listing of the abilities of the bosses, etc.. You can find that elsewhere.

There are 3 waves of “Northrend Beasts”, which I guess is the first of the available fights in here.  The waves are: Gormok, Acidmaw and Dreadscale and IceHowl.  I’ll put tips for each of them.

  1. Gormok – This is a big centaur looking dude (forget what they are called) like the ones in Borean Tundra.
    • Stay out of the fires (duh)
    • There are 3 segments to this fight.
      1. Tank boss, attack boss, avoid fires on the floor.
      2. Tank boss, Adds jump down, there are 4 of them (in 10 man). They jump ONTO a player. Kill them asap
      3. After all adds are down, this is just tank and spank. No more fires, no more adds
    • Stay out of the fires (still)..
  2. Acidmaw and Dreadscale
    • Acidmaw does a poison that slowly petrifies you. This can be removed by being close to the debuff Dreadscale does..
    • Dreadscale does a fire debuff that is a LONG DoT and does a lot of damage. To remove it, go to the green circles that Acidmaw leaves (might be able to get it off from someone with the poison too, I don’t remember)
    • One of them is stationary and the other is roving.  This swaps every so often.
    • They should die close to the same time since the other enrages when you kill the first.
    • Good time to swap DPS is when they switch.. DPS the stationary one all the time until one or both are close to dying.
    • Healers should watch people with the fire debuff especially.  They take a TON of damage.
    • Spread out so that less people get the debuffs at a time (they are ranged.. They spit them I guess)
  3. IceHowl
    • Does frost damage
    • Spread out to avoid everyone getting hit by the ice trap breath at the same time..
    • Tank him where you can, but the wall is good since he does a knock back.
    • Every so often he will jump to the center and do an AoE stomp
      • When this happens everyone is damaged
      • And shot back against the wall unable to move.
      • He will target a single player and look at them
      • Soon, you will be free to run (with a speed boost!)
      • If you are targeted run to either side (not forward!) quickly. If you are NEAR the person targeted run away too.
      • DON’T RUN TOWARD THE PERSON TARGETED!
      • If he hits the person (or anyone else).. They WILL DIE and he gets an enrage bonus
      • If he misses everyone (which should happen every time.. this is really easy) he gets stunned.. (Good time for Heroism/Bloodlust)
    • Once you get the hang of this, it’s pretty easy. Healers make sure people are topped off since the AoE stomp does a nice bit of damage sometimes.

Whats next? Take your loot!  WOO HOO!  Hope this helps peeps. Good luck!

UPDATE: GUIDES TO THE OTHER BOSSES:

The 3.2 Blues

So yeah, patch 3.2 hit live yesterday (like I predicted on the show). Things weren’t actually so bad.. Well, except for the lag.. Oh, and the broken addons (although fixes for those are showing up quickly).. Did I mention the lag?

So, I logged in, got my addon situation squared away as best I could (barring new versions, some had to be turned off) and then we ran through the daily heroic.. Which just happened to be Oculus. Bah! It went pretty well actually. We wiped once on the last boss because not everyone knew we had to “run away!” from the globes when he goes all translucent.. BOOOM!  We actually almost got him down (since we all fell down to the ledge we were over when we dismounted), but wiped at the last 10k or something annoying like that.

After we were done and I was 2 Emblems of Triumph richer (woot!), we tried to get into Ulduar10.. Well, it seems that this was also the time the server was going to take a big dump and just leave us all completely lagged out with nothing but chat to keep us company. The HORROR!. While waiting I made up some Blizzcon cards for TNB and talked on vent a bit. Oh, they changed the achievements for # of emblems to a homogenized version (first badge, 5 badges, 10 badges, etc.. Or something like that).

By far the most annoying broken addon was ArkInventory, I rely on that all the time. I see all the new updates coming fast and furious though, so things should be back to “normal” soon.. I didn’t get a chance to do any of the other new things that are going on except to pick up the Northrend orphan quest. Haven’t done any of it yet. Ooh, and while waiting I also logged into my warlock and got her flying! It is so much faster now.. I don’t feel like I am crawling through the air anymore.. woot!

That’s it. I assume we will again try to go into Ulduar tonight. I suppose we will just have to see.

BAK From the Beach

In case you couldn’t tell, I was AFK for a while. Yes, bloggers do go on vacation! I’ve been back on WoW since Saturday night and did a couple bosses in Uld10 Saturday (they had already cleared a bit earlier that week) and then joined the usual ULD25 on Sunday. Not a huge amount to report on except I picked up a nice new Belt from Ignis and a bunch of stuff dropped (rings mainly) that I wanted and couldn’t roll high enough to get (oh and tier pieces).  However, with all the 25manning I got enough Conquest emblems (yeah yeah, just wait until 3.2) to pick up the tier Helm. So, I now have 2 tier 8+ pieces but I still need to enchant and gem them.. Money go bye-bye..

So, for vacation I went out to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It was nice and relaxing and we had a lot of fun, ate too much, and generally spent a whole week doing nuttin’.

No idea what is planned for tonight.. I’m thinking continuation of something or other.. Or I’ll just level my paladin maybe. Ok.. That’s it! maybe 3.2 will hit tomorrow.. Maybe it won’t.. I suppose we’ll just have to see!

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