The second wing of Icecrown Citadel has been open for just two lockout periods. There have been the outcries from all sides:
“It’s too soon!”
“Thank God, it’s finally here!”
“Why can’t we just fight Arthas already?”
But my new personal favorite, has GOT to be:
“Rotface is too hard!”
First, let me go on the record that I’m thankful for fights like these. I’ve mentioned here before, and also when I’ve guest-hosted on Raid Warning (shameless plug), that I loved bosses back in the BC days. Fights like Leotheras or Al’ar took coordination, teamwork, and dedication. I remember the guild I was in never took down Al’ar. Primarily, we lacked perseverance. We would spend 3-4 attempts on that bird, and then people would gripe about how hard it was and we’d move onto Loot Reaver, I mean Void Reaver.
My point is that in Wrath, we’ve essentially seen easier bosses in raids. Yogg was hard, Faction Champions held up a lot of guilds, true. Aside from examples like those, we haven’t seen any fights in ICC thus far that have resembled the challenging nature of a true raid boss.
Rotface as a challenge? I welcome it. I think we, as raiders, get tunnel vision too easily. Most of the fights have been the following:
- Switching targets to an add or group of adds
- Stay out of the stuff on the ground
- Heal through this bout of incoming damage
Hence, Rotface is a breath of fresh air, even if it’s the leading cause of my healer-rage on any given raid night. Healers, because of the instances of raid damage, have to step it up. Any combination of the following mechanics will make for a bad experience:
Mutated infection – [UNAVOIDABLE] The primary mechanic for the fight. Your choice to cleanse it early, though I wouldn’t recommend it unless your raid is totally on their A-Game. You have to get on top of this as fast as possible because of the Mortal Strike-styled healing debuff. When I’m assigned to the mutated peeps, I throw PW:Shield, Prayer of Mending, and a quick Penance to pile on Grace. It’s better to keep them topped off than just keep them alive.
Slime Spray – [AVOIDABLE] This is a pain in the butt to deal with if people don’t move out of the way. At roughly 5k each second, multiple victims make healing rough, especially in the later stages of the fight. It’s a short cast but on a regular timer, so it’s easy to anticipate. If you keep your raid clumped behind the boss, a simple run-through to the other side is all that’s needed. Don’t always assume it’s going to the majority of the raid. Rotface may target the slime tank/kiter. I’ve seen attempts almost wipe because people ran right into the spray without thinking.
Ooze Flood – [AVOIDABLE] The standard WoW rule of “Don’t stand in the crap on the ground!” A lot of raiders claim to be taken by surprise, but I don’t buy it. Not only do you get an audible warning from Petricide, but you see ooze spouting from the pipes before the flood appears. At crucial moments of kiting or fleeing the ooze explosion, it’s not impossible to miss these entirely.
Radiating Ooze – [SEMI-AVOIDABLE] The only time anyone should be taking damage from this is the person merging an ooze with the big ooze and possibly the player kiting the ooze. They’ll take damage from their own smaller ooze, which is less, and then momentarily from the big ooze. I see too many people run INTO the ooze to try to get it to merge. In actuality, you just need to get the ooze into the 10 yard radius of the big ooze for it to merge. Even at that, it’s best to wait until your disease is gone to step into that area. A near-full ooze will tick for a lot of damage, and a half-heal debuff is horrible to try to work through, let alone the tick from the disease itself. It’s easy to die to this, even with a lot of healers on you.
Unstable Ooze Explosion – [AVOIDABLE] It’s simple. It’s like the orbs in Void Reaver, except smaller. Once the ooze explodes, and not before, you should start running away. From personal experience, try not to be by the tank when it explodes. If the tank is caught in about 4-5 of those projectile oozes, he or she is a goner. Don’t run into ooze puddles, and don’t run near other oozes that are still growing.
I highly recommend that you read and know each of the mechanics that I’ve explained above. These debuffs and mechanics aren’t just for the healers to heal through but for every raider to avoid. One or two of them together is manageable, but when you’re consistently not paying attention to the different intricacies of the fight, it just makes my soul hurt.
I know there’s a tendency to just want muscle through some of the fights, but on some of these Icecrown fights, it’s imperative to actually know what you’re being afflicted with. Your little extra focus can get you through that last 30% that most guilds may be struggling with.