I've been reading up on Illidan's Shear, and wondering about some of the mechanics of it.
I know for fact that it can be dodged and obviously it can be blocked, seeing as how thats the main way to counter it, but can it be parryed or Missed? I have yet to see either one happen. If it could I was thinking of a Passive Uncrush set. Any ideas or comments?
I have not been there yet, but as far as I have heard, he does not crush, which allows you to time sheild block to avoid the shear. At the same time he hits very hard, making the passive uncrush set probably not ideal, even if it works.
I've found that wearing avoidance gear (while maintaining EH high enough) is very good for this boss. He doesn't hit harder than Mother Shahraz, but he uses both weapons to fight. The principal difference between gear needed for this fight against Mother's is that you have all healers on you and they won't be get mana burned so you don't need to keep a particular high stamina set as you are gonna get overhealed a lot.
Ive tried both high EH and high avoidance sets and at least for me avoidance went better. I run this fight with 20k hp buffed, around 19k AC, 31% dodge, 19% parry. Basicly this set: http://eu.wowarmory.com/character-sh...7Thun&n=Narshe but trading autoblocker for Moroes watch.
As the posters above told, Shear cannot miss and Illidan cannot crush so save your shield block for these casts.
In summary, TBC raiding is easy. 9/10 encounters can be summarized with 1 phrase. Stay out of the fucking fire. Panda Cub with a Gnome pet!
Even though Illidan swings very fast with two weapons, he doesn't actually suffer any dual wield penalty, just like Gurtogg. That said, avoidance is still very good in this encounter because of the attack speed.
Illidan doesn't really leave you rage starved. You pretty much always have enough rage to block Shear unless you blindly spam HS without watching your rage bar.
Check some WWS and you will see that his miss rate is the same as any boss that doesn't dual wield.