Originally Posted by SolarflairHello and welcome to Tankspot's Mogu'shan Vaults raid guide. My name is Solarflair and today I will be walking you through the 10-man normal Gara'jal the Spiritbinder encounter.
Gara'jal is a two phase fight that requires good coordination and synergy between all of your raid members, it is also worth noting that this fight can be two or three healed depending on how competent your DPS are.
To start, you'll notice that Gara'jal summons Spirit Totems throughout the fight. These are key to controlling the encounter to always ensure you have the upper hand. We recommend sending one healer and two DPS into the spirit world each time.
Once the Spirit Totem is killed, three players within six yards of the totem will Cross Over into the Spirit Realm, and in the process be taken down to 30% health.
In the Spirit Realm, you'll notice Shadowy Minions spawning around the platform. These guys do damage to your raid both outside and in the Spirit Realm and it is important to kill as many as you can to control the damage on this encounter.
While you're in the Spirit Realm, your healer should be bombing heals onto the other two members inside to get them to full health, in the process of doing so, two things will be going on.
One, you will be gaining stacks of Spiritual Innervation. These stacks vary depending on class and spec, but they all have one thing in common. They increase certain stats such as Haste and Critical Strike as well as buffing your damage done. The more your healer heals you, the more stacks you will gain. It's best to shoot for 20-25 stacks upon leaving. Note, it's not the amount healed but the number of heals recieved, and HoT's will only stack it once. It's advised to spam your fastest heals, as when you leave the Spirit Realm, you gain a powerful Spirit buff that will restore a substantial amount of mana back.
Also, upon reaching full health, you'll notice another button pop up on your screen, this is Return Soul, and is used to retun yourself back into the living realm. Upon being in the spirit realm for 30 seconds, you will die, so you need to make the most of your time underground. Spam heals and kill as many Minions as possible, and when your Spirit Realm debuff is about to expire, hit your button to head back out.
Voodoo Dolls is a debuff Gara'jal will periodically cast throughout the encounter. Gara'jal will fixate on your tank, and will force them to copy 70% of incoming damage onto the two other afflicted players. Also, it is important to note that if you do have Voodoo Doll, you cannot enter the Spirit Realm, thus causing you to cycle in new healers and DPS as the case may be. During this time, your tank should be rolling light cooldowns in order to help alleviate some of the incoming damage. Discipline Priests and Holy Paladin Mastery are very useful when it comes to dealing with this mechanic as they both deal in absorbs and can almost completely negate Voodoo Doll damage if played successfully.
Voodoo Doll targets will change every time Gara'jal casts this new ability called Banishment.
Gara'jal will banish the current tank and send them into the Spirit Realm, while inside, the tank will have 30 seconds to kill a Severer of Souls, if the tank fails to accomplish this in time, they will die, however if they are successful, they will be transported back into the raid to continue the fight as normal.
Due to the fact that this fight has such a tight enrage timer, and that the Spirit World really chunks up your uptime on the boss, it is important to stagger cooldowns in a way that will be most beneficial, this is ideally just after you get out of the Spirit Realm.
At 20%, Gara'jal will go into a Frenzy, this is a Berserk, and should be handled as such. Spirit Totems will stop spawning and the Minions will increase in number. It is ideal to pop Bloodlust or Heroism at this point and cycle raid cooldowns as necessary, however because this is also the execute phase, it should go by fairly quickly.
Overall, Gara'jal is a very fun and engaging encounter for all roles and requires good communication between your raiders. Thanks for watching this guide, remember, you can always find more information on this or any other encounter on our forums at tankspot.com, if you're watching this on YouTube you can click the link in the details below. My name is Solarflair, and good luck.