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Heroic Galakras Slain!

Taymage a posted Feb 15, 14
After getting two heroic bosses last week, team Kaels killed those bosses again this week and continued our work on heroic Galakras. Aside from increased health and damage to the raid, the only mechanical change on heroic is an additional friendly NPC who is in charge of unlocking and opening the tower doors. Unfortunately for the poor guy, he is rather quickly targeted by a nasty grunt that has to be killed rapidly. 

After tweaking our strategy a touch in the middle of the evening tonight, we started successfully dealing with both towers. The last phase (when Galakras lands and the raid has to burn him) was fairly brutal. Lots of fire. Lots of damage. We killed him by the skin of our teeth. We placed our last DoTs on him, and as Galakras finally expired, the only person left alive was Ashblade. So is he on farm now? Sure, why not. Up next: Protectors.
Dark Awesome! Grats ya'll.
Pamena o Major grats guys!!! Awesome!

Heroic Norushen Purified!

Taymage a posted Feb 5, 14

So I guess Team Kaels was on a bit of a role tonight, because not only did we get Immerseus, we also killed our second heroic boss: Norushen.

We had read this was a relatively easy heroic boss. It is. There are no longer any mechanics different for heroic on this boss; just more health and more damage. We defeated the encounter with about 10 or 20 seconds left on the enrage, and it was our second pull.

Up next: Hmm, not sure.

After a few weeks of various and assorted absences, Team Kaels was able to attempt some heroics in Siege of Orgrimmar tonight, and we have good news! No, we haven't fixed the frozen slime pipes. We have, however, finally killed the watery Mr. Immerseus.

I was going to write up the differences between Heroic and Normal myself, but instead, I'm going to literally cut and paste from a guide I found somewhere on MMO Champions:

The major change on Heroic, aside from a fairly large increase in raid damage, is a buff that the boss gains called Swelling Corruption, causing all raid members who use a single target ability on the boss to take damage. It inflicts damage proportional to Immerseus’ current corruption level, so it is quite easy for a raid member not paying attention to rapidly kill themselves by blindly nuking the boss. To make things worse, the debuff applied (Sha Corruption) stacks and the DoT will quickly become unhealable without caution.

The number of stacks you want to risk any one DPS taking is entirely up to your healers capabilities, we chose to switch at no more than 3 stacks - this means that if you have certain abilities with double cast procs or similar and you hit 3 stacks, you may still end up at 4 or 5 stacks, but the damage is still survivable.

In addition to this, every stack gained by a raid member, coinciding with an individual single target attack, also spawns a small Congealed Sha add. These melee for a relatively low amount of damage and can be picked up by either of the tanks. However, these adds can rapidly overrun the raid if the boss is nuked blindly, meaning the risk of the Swelling Corruption mechanic is 2-fold.

Last time we attempted this, we started acclimating to the dance required for this boss: avoiding puddles, switching to adds, and not being destroyed by his Swirl ability. On our kill, we were fairly lucky in that all of the "Swirls" originated in places such that the raid wasn't hit. Even so, we all died right as he hit enrage. Not quite on farm yet, but hey, who cares? He's dead.

Garrosh Hellscream Down!

Taymage a posted Jan 11, 14
Garrosh Hellscream
It took team Kaels two months, but we finally defeated that rat bastard, Garrosh Hellscream. Well, in fairness, we didn't attempt progression for a month and a half, because of absences and those pesky holidays. But in any event, he's dead, and I'm too lazy to write more about the obnoxiousness of this fight. Next up: heroics!

Edit: here we are, standing over the body:

Team Kaels
nhox42 Congratulations!! Way to go ...
Pamena o What a great picture that is, Tay!!! Thanks for the "action shot"! Esp what looks like Cenwyn's pet trying to ...
Dark Most excellent! Grats Team Kaels!!
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