Matt, Slayer of Kings

Matt, Slayer of Kings


So much weight and pressure off my shoulders. Arthas was taken down on 10s. Now that I’ve seen the entire fight from beginning to end, I’ve got a better idea on how to handle stuff on 25s and what calls to make. Took about 12 hours of learning in total, I think. The hardest part for myself personally was coordinating Defiles and Valks. I wasn’t sure whether to play the Defile position first or Valk positions first. But I figured quickly that the Defiles were the more threatening of the two.

Go figure. Our first kill was done without a Shaman. It wasn’t the most optimal group make up, but I wanted to go with players who happened to be available at the time and zero in for a kill.


Disc Priest (Me)
Resto Druid
Holy Paladin
Death Knight (tank)
Death Knight (DPS)
Shadow Priest (DPS)
Balance Druid
Ret Paladin
Prot Paladin

I’m a little disappointed that I never got a chance to see the inside of Frostmourne. From what I heard, there was zero difficulty.

There are a few things I do want to shore up though on that final phase. The first two times they swooped in, I called for DPS on them from the Shadow Priest and the Balance Druid. In hindsight, I’m not sure if that was the most effective play. After the second set of explosions, we opted to spread out and rely on defensive cooldowns with the 3 Divine Guardian specced paladins and Divine Hymns. Once Arthas approached 14%, I just called for all out nukes on him and forget the ads. Once he hit 12%, vent exploded and erupted in cheers since we knew we had it.

So what dropped?

2 x Valius, Gavel of the Lightbringer

Yeah. Two healing maces. Does anyone else find that ironic that the first weapons that drop for my guild on Lich King happen to be two healing maces?

Anyway, LFM for Lich King on 25?

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About Matticus

Matticus is the founder of World of Matticus and Plus Heal. Read more of his columns at WoW Insider. League of Legends player. Caffeine enthusiast.


  1. Grats on your kill, man.

  2. Imalinata says:

    Yay, grats!

    lol…apparently that’s too short of a comment.

  3. Congratulations on your well-deserved kill, Matt. One of my buddies just got his first 25-man kill on Malygos-US, and he was ridiculously excited. He said, though, from a DPS warrior’s standpoint that Yogg-Saron was actually a much harder fight to get through. I find that hard to fathom, given that this is Arthas.

    Maybe I’ll have time sometime this summer to take my Paladin or Priest into ICC with the help of the % buff and actually see the fights. Here’s hoping, at least.

    Again, my friend, congratulations!
    .-= Professor Beej´s last blog ..When Students Will Not Read =-.

  4. Grats!

    My personal take is that you can’t quite trivialize the valks on 25 as much as 10s, and you need to be even more coordinated so that all three valks are going the same way. But the key to the fight is defile, you’re absolutely right. That’s what will make or break you, especially on 25s where you have more people running randomly.

  5. Gratz man 🙂 glad you made it, especially after last post, surely a burden off your back.

  6. I’m very happy for you, Matt!

    My guild finally downed him on 25 this week and we also got two of the spellpower maces. How funny! Have fun diving into the hard modes, and best of luck on LK-25.

    Cheers from Fenris-US

  7. w00t! Congrats to all of you! Keep us posted how it goes on 25 🙂

  8. Grats Matty! I got sucked into the sword room on my Resto Druid for my first kill and missed my interupt >_>. Mad raid leader was mad to say the least! Good luck on getting him down in 25s!

  9. Grats! Would you say it counts as another point for that “Epic moments in playing WoW” thread that was up a while back?

  10. Good now do it on 25 man

  11. Grats!

    Did you capture logs? Can you post them?
    .-= Khaal´s last blog ..Account Suspended =-.

  12. Many grats on your first kill, my guild had their first last week and i’m still grinning like an idiot 🙂

    We had 2 of the same item drop as well (daggers and no rogue lol), i’ve read this double dropping of items is happening a lot and theres been a few complaints in blizz forums. No official response on it yet though correct me if i’m wrong.

  13. I’m pretty sure I mentioned this on twitter, but I have the memory of a goldfish. Grats to you guys! Hopefully the next kill yeilds a bit more variety in the loot department.
    .-= Abi @ Kungaloosh´s last blog ..@abifails Back on Twitter. =-.


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