Heroic Al'Akir 10-man
My guild is currently 7/13 HC on 10-man but we're really struggling with Al'Akir at the moment. Supposedly it's easier than the 25-man version due to the extra space but I gotta say if that's the case... I feel sorry for whoever's doing 25-man because that boss has been handing our arses to us for days now.
Our raid grp does not lack skill, that's for sure. We're top end on the server and we normally do very well on progress. But from my perspective there's just sooo much RNG going on in that fight. Normally I'd mock anyone blaming RNG but I'm running out of better explanations... It's like, we can easily handle the abilities separately but having tornados + ice patches + chain lightning + wind blast is just horrendous. If ONE person accidentally chains the lightning for a period when running to avoid stuff, it's a wipe. I just have to believe that something might be off about our positioning because if it's this RNG nightmare that I fear, I might as well shoot myself.
So, basically we're spreading out on the platforms pretty evenly. We've noticed that there's a certain pattern to the ice patches and tornado spawn points, which is usually on the western part of the platform (known in my guild as "the death zone") - We currently have classes with the most mobility in that area (mage + paladins), while we try and cluster a bit more in the northern area behind him, seeing as the timing with wind blast and the other abilities seems a bit more forgiving there. The problem with that is, that now we chain the lightning too much in that area.
We spread out so that each group of three people form the shape of an triangle. That way, when chain lightning hits, the person centered in it just stays and soak it while the two others strafe a few yards to the sides. Ideally, we're having just enough space in between groups to create a small safe zone where there should be no chain lightning even if two groups get it right next to each other.
We're really struggling to get into P2 and I'd like some practice for add tanking (ret paladin). And a kill obviously. It's really against my nature to go to a message board and ask for help but I know some of you guys are probably more experienced with this encounter than I am so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Retribution paladin (me, OT'ing stormlings in P2)
Thank you in advance!
Last edited by Anygdala; 03-11-2011 at 06:04 AM.
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