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4.2 Firelands: Tier 12 Raid Resources for Patch Week

June 27, 2011

I’m very pleased to report that I have finally received an e-mail asking a question!

Tdiddy wrote:

What resources are you guys using for (Firelands) raids?

The lessons from T11 have been learned – to be competetive you must be prepared with a plan and use the raid time effectively.  This is especially true if you are only raiding 6 hours per raid lockout.
These are the resources I have been using to study up so far:

Fire from the lava to the sky - Firelands 4.2

Icy Veins

First, I would recommend checking out:  http://www.icy-veins.com/firelands-raid
Firelands (7/7)

Icy Veins does a good job with an introduction to the whole raid instance and even presents a suggestion of a progression order on the first 4 bosses:

  • Shannox;
  • Lord Rhyolith;
  • Alysrazor.
  • Beth’tilac;

My own investigation on forums has since discovered that Beth’tilac was once overtuned and now can be completed with T11 normal gear level so that moves it into second spot.

Shannox is suggested to die first because it’s a fairly simple tank and spank fight with adds.  The trash leading up to it will also save your raid time if you can clear it first.

Alysrazor has simple mechanics compared to Lord Rhyolith, (dodging fire compared to steering). edit:  The mechanics aren’t really that simple at first glance but will be easier once learned.  Think Ascendant Council mixed with Al’akir.  Check out the Ivy Veins guide for a breakdown of the 4 phases and role responsibilities.

The final order I have suggested for us is:

  • Shannox;
  • Beth’tilac;
  • Alysrazor.
  • Lord Rhyolith;

Learn to Raid

My second resource is L2R http://www.learntoraid.com/category/raid-guides/
Raid Guides

They include both 10 and 25 raid stat videos from the PTR.  It also features a nice forum.

25man.com

Next, we have 25man.com.
http://25man.com/firelands

But it’s for 25 mans?  As we saw in T11, studying up even on larger scale guides can give us ideas for tactics to employ in our raids.

Tankspot, et al.

Lastly, as always we should be reading what we can from forums various class/role forums.

Cataclysm Tier 12 Raids at Tankspot.com has a thread started for each boss.

If you have time, try to study up on at least two of the first fights.  Tankspot has the Dungeon Journal entries posted for the bosses and have handy wowhead links of abilties.  Some members who have experience on the PTR are posting as well.

For healers, check out Firelands at Plusheal.com (at the moment of writing there are no boss relevant threads started).

Maintankadin and Totemspot, are other sites that I frequented for information in T11.  (currently light on T12).

What resources are you using for raids?  How are you preparing for Firelands?  What is your game plan for the first week of Tier 12 raiding?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2011 2:22 am

    Hello!

    Thank you for linking to our site, it is always very encouraging to see our work appreciated.

    I wanted to comment on the kill order. While Beth’tilac has been supposedly tuned down, one reason for displaying Lord Rhyolith and Alysrazor in second and third, respectively, is that they seem a lot of fun, with unique and interesting mechanics (and I should probably mention it on our Firelands page). Just thought people would prefer attempting them first. I mean, we are playing a game, after all :)

    Kind regards

    • June 28, 2011 6:48 am

      Thank you for the comment, we’ll keep that in mind. The five bosses I have previewed on videos so far all look like a lot of fun. It’s going to be another great raid tier.

      Thanks for all of the work you did on PTR and in the making of these guides. /salute

  2. June 28, 2011 3:36 am

    Awesome list, thanks so much! I’m sharing it with my raid leaders to help prep for our team kickoffs this week <3
    Hugs,
    Gina

    • June 28, 2011 6:36 am

      Check out the comment that Damien @ ICY VEINS left : The progression order list as always will depend on the strengths and weaknesses of your group. Thanks for visiitng :)

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