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Crusaders’ Coliseum: Trial of the Crusader

September 25th, 2009

32-CotCI know I have been slow to post here lately, that is mainly due to the fact we have done nothing to post about.  We are hitting the end of the summer slump I think and starting to look back at the goal of finishing off current content.  Last night after a bit of guild drama, for another time and perhaps another place, we went back to the Coliseum.

First up, obviously, was the Northrend Beast collection.  These had been one shot.  These used to cause use fits in previous attempts, however last night seemed trivial.  Gormok the Impaler went down fast.  People were quick to move and handle the snobolds.  One thing we do slightly different that I have not seen written up is we have our melee take care of all snobolds.   This allows the ranged to focus squarely on DPSing the boss.  If a snobold lands on a tank for any reason, we clean those up while waiting for Acidmaw & Dreadscale.  We handle the implae by swapping on the third stack.  We also try to use out bubble early to clear the debuff, we also combine it with Divine Sacrifice.  The absorption of that damage is a nice way to help the healers out.  That is it, one of the few closest to a tank’n’spank in modern memory.

Acidmaw & Dreadscale use to be our major issue, however a few changes made them trivial.  We make sure we always focus them away from the center.  That is where all range group up.  I leave one DPS assigned to always being on the mobile worm.  All other DPS goes to Acidmaw, since his Paralytic Bite can be the most brutal if killed last.  We would have one tank be dedicated to being the mobile tank.  He is responsible for the mobile worm.  Does not matter which one it is.  This tank will get the debuff from the worm he is tanking.  So he is responsible for getting Burning Bile to those infected by Paralytic Poison.  He is also responsible to call out when tanking Acidmaw that he is infect by the poison.  Then the one person infected by the Bile in the raid can get to the tank so he can continue to tank.  We managed to get Acidmaw down after two burrows.  So that made the healers job a whole lot easier.  Then we just tanked swapped as we could using our Divine Protection.  Since he does have a damage increase since his buddy was killed.

Icehowl is last on the list and the easiest as long as people pay attention.  You tank him in the middle and the raid then spreads out around in a circle.  That way when he casts Arctic Breath, the number of people affected is to a minimum.  If you are a human, Every Man for Himself will get you out of the block, PvP trinkets work as well, however the DPS loss for the trinket change over is not worth it.  He will occasionally cast Massive Crash.  This is signified by him jumping to the center of the area and everyone being pinned to the wall.   This is also reason for spreading out at the beginning.  He will then focus on one person and charge them.  You will see “Icehowl glares at <name> and lets out a bellowing roar!” this person is the one being charged.  If you are looking at his butt or sides during this announcement, just start running towards him.  If you can see him head on, run away from his closet shoulder.  Example: <- O(  )O -> the O represent the shoulder, if you are the one being focused on, just pick a side and run.  The key is to avoid him from hitting anyone.  If he does hit someone, he will enrage, a hunter with Tranq Shot immediately, this will remove the enrage and greatly reduce the risk of him wiping the raid.  If he does not hit someone he is stuck on the wall for a few seconds, dazed, during which he takes extra damage.  That is it, just keep up the rotations and finish him off.

This is a fun fight with three phases, plus sub-phases.  Each has a different mechanic and does not allow much room to slack.  Everyone has a specific task to follow and are responsible for themselves at many moments.  It requires a team effort, coupled with individual effort to be successful.

Enjoy the loot and get ready for Lord Jaraxxus.   This update will be coming up shortly.

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