So after wiping an entire night on heroic Beth’tilac, as you can see here, we finally killed The Red Widow on the last pull. That left only heroic Staghelm, which we had killed before, and the Firelord himself. Last night, we two-shot Staghelm, and moved on to battle what we knew would be a ruthless, vicious foe.
In preparation for this, I read whatever I could and asked people who are smarter than I am all the questions I could. Sunnier, a blogger and 10-man bear herself, wrote up an amazing guide to the fight, explaining what she learned on her way to becoming a Firelady. We all watched videos, of course, but you can’t really put two and two together for yourself until you pull the boss.
The first thing I noticed was how hard this guy hits. Combined with the Burning Wound debuff, Ragnaros’ melee damage (close to 80,000 a pop) forces everyone to pay attention and be on top of cooldowns and healing. After our warrior tank would taunt off, I’d still notice significant Burning Wound damage. On normal, it really was a non-issue. This is the first boss I’ve encountered in a long time where I had a real chance of croaking right after the pull. I am going to try reforging toward dodge and away from expertise, etc., a setup I had been using for Alysrazor. Add to this higher damage from blowing up Magma Traps, and you have one heck of a blast! [fire pun? fire pun.]
We seemed to handle Sons of Flame well enough, with a “swing group”, and two groups on each side of the room. The Sons can spawn in random order on heroic, so of course, we have to watch them closely.
Our biggest problems right now are:
- Tank healing
- DPS on Molten Elementals (which gain a damage buff when too close to each other)
- Lack of a moonkin (see second point)
I know it will be a long road. Maybe we aren’t ready just yet. But the fact is, we’re here now. It’s time to learn, it’s time to grow, it’s time to tank with my fase!
P.S.: Here’s hoping we can get some good work in on Phase 2 tonight!