April 06, 2014, 01:15:07 AM by Scythe | Views: 229 | Comments: 5

Annnnnd down goes another! With our dismantling of Heroic Paragons, only Heroic Garrosh Hellscream stands between Vortex and the successful completion of yet another expansion-ending tier of heroic content.

The heroic version of the Paragons of the Klaaxi fight requires a well balanced raid with substantial DPS and healing output, careful tank coordination, and substantial amount of execution. In a fight where there are already effectively 9 mini-bosses, each with their own abilities, adding new abilities and making existing ones more dangerous in combination with the regular heroic changes to enemy damage output makes things especially lethal.

We're pretty heavily geared at this point in the expansion, however, so the DPS/healing checks weren't too difficult for us to meet after we polished our tactics. Instead, our issues were execution-based, but we eventually worked...
February 26, 2014, 11:20:47 AM by Scythe | Views: 407 | Comments: 10

Whew! It feels great to be writing this post because, at times, it seemed like we never would be able to. The heroic version of the Siegecrafter Blackfuse fight was billed as possibly the toughest fight in the tier and we can confirm that it's ridiculously difficult, but we can also post this:

That picture represents weeks of effort and almost 300 pulls for us. It represents numerous strategy changes, composition switches, and endless amounts of patience and good (and dirty!) humor from our raiding team. But we can post it.

It's rumored that this fight was the first one made by a new encounter designer at Blizzard. If that's true, I think we can rustle up a fair number of folks who wouldn't mind flying to Irvine and giving him/her some "feedback" regarding the fight. It's a giant swarm of death as mechanics interact and overlap to literally set what seems l...
January 25, 2014, 08:56:53 PM by Scythe | Views: 615 | Comments: 4

They say that a picture is worth 1000 words. For Vortex, this particular picture actually represents about 150 pulls.

The heroic version of Thok the Bloodthirsty encounter is extremely punishing and a worthy test for a determined raid group like ours. It's commonly perceived to be the toughest healing encounter of the entire tier and I think our healers would certainly attest to the difficulty of healing a single tank (taking ever-increasing stacks of Fearsome Roar) while simultaneously coordinating enough healing to push nearly 30 stacks of Deafening Screech so that our DPS can chew through as much of Thok's enormous health pool as possible.

Then, even assuming that your healers are up to the challenge, there's also the issue of needing to do upwards of 800 million damage in a period of 7-9 minutes while defeating (or ignoring) a host of cave bats and a particularly obnoxi...
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