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Strategist: Trial of the Grand Crusader
25/9/2009 em 19:31
So this is the last one of the Trial of the Crusader Strategists. Really. This time.
I am going to use this introductory paragraph to explain why the Grand Crusader is different - in general - and then dive into the specific details of each fight.
First, you start Trial of the Grand Crusader with 50 "unsuccessful attempts". Every time you wipe - or every time a boss resets, you lose 1 attempt. When you lose all 50, all bosses despawn and you can't do anything until the next reset. There are two reward systems, to promote better performance. The items that drop off bosses of higher level than the normal version of the raid - they are essentially the same items, with buffed stats. And then there is the Tribute Chest. As I understand it, the Tribute Chest will always contain 2 Trophies/Regalias (for 10/25 respectively) and a number of items. If you reach it with 25-44 attempts left, you get an extra Trophy/Regalia and an extra item. For 45-49 attempts left, you gain another one. And for a perfect run (50 attempts left), you get one unique mount and a very high level cloak.
Now that you are all familiar with the basic idea behind the Heroic raid mode, let's
Strategist: Onyxia 3.2.2
22/9/2009 em 12:43
Why, hello there! You take your eyes away from the game for a little while and there it is - 5 years pass by. As
would say: "
5 years, you say? Well, you're certainly the bearer of wonderful news, aren't you? Next you're going to tell me that Onyxia is still alive and attacking the city.
" Well, what do you know - old Elling has a big surprise brewing up for him.
is in fact alive (kind of, but we don't mind) and back, ready to wreck raids once more!
And as you very well know, every time a new raid boss pops up, a new Strategist is spawned as well. Buckle up, break the piggy-bank with money for extra repair bills, stock up with flasks, and get ready for even MOAR DOTZ!
16/9/2009 em 14:34
Here it is! Azjol-Nerub was merely a setback, spider power >8< forever, and
won't save you this time. Well, in a way it will. But not the one I linked. The one you will create. Get it, get it? Hmm?
Okay, the lame joke is out of the way. I had to make it. This is going to be the last of Trial of the Crusader (Normal) Strategists. I know it doesn't seem like a big deal to you - the raid was small, and the bosses weren't all that hard - but I think it's a good milestone for me. It's the first raid instance I've completed. Like, completely completed. I've written every single boss page, I've written a guide for every one of the bosses, I've modified the design a little so it fits. In other words - I feel accomplished.
Well, technically I have one more Strategist that should be posted before I am done - the one about the Trial of the Grand Crusader, i.e. the Heroic version of the raid. I decided that since I've written an extensive blog about each one of the fights, I don't need
Strategist: Faction Champions
14/9/2009 em 05:20
I think I've avoided this one long enough. The fight is chaotic and random, and different group compositions (for both the raid and the bosses) require different prioritizing. In other words - waiting more won't make the "strategy" any easier to write.
This being said, the term "strategy" is used very loosely. I won't give you a strategy - instead I will offer a short description of the strong and weak sides of each possible opponent, some way you can negate his or her weaknesses, and hopefully a tip as to how dangerous the specific miniboss is.
Read and find out what the
have in store!
Strategist: Twin Val'kyr
04/9/2009 em 14:37
Long time no see! I know you haven't seen the Faction Champions guide yet - and frankly, I am not looking forward to it. My guild did fairly well this week (not a single wipe until Anub'arak, and even then only a few), but I am still not feeling confident enough to provide detailed description of that third encounter. Probably because it's so chaotic, you can't really grab a strategy and execute it every time by the letter, and expect it to work. So expect Anub'arak, and maybe even some Heroic notions before the Faction Champions. I also accept suggestions on my email (found in my profile) as to how to deal with them.
So for now, I give you the Twin Val'kyr -
Strategist: Lord Jaraxxus
25/8/2009 em 11:47
With BlizzCon around, school (re)starting and twice as much raiding as before (now I lead my own group, and that eats my time a little), I haven't had a whole lot of time for guides. I try though. I've had most of this done a little while ago, but I got a chance to finish it just now. This may be bad news for some, others might be indifferent, but I personally dislike being behind on schedule, even if it's as flexible as mine. It doesn't help to say that you probably will see the Twin Val'kyr Strategist before the Faction Champions one - the latter is just too chaotic, and I doubt there will be a viable strategy anywhere for a long time.
Anyway, enough of my woes. This time it's
- an eredar lord summoned by
(master summoner). Thank or curse the little gnome for cheating you and summoning a mighty demon instead of a measly Doomguard. Whichever one you choose, it matters not - it's eredar you get. Read on, heroes, and find out how to defeat
not one but two
Strategist: Northrend Beasts
17/8/2009 em 15:44
Ha! Not Ulduar. Surprised, aren't you? You better not be...
Ulduar's Strategist was kind of a filler. Many of you had already done it, and a new patch was coming. However this new patch is here now, and it makes sense to start writing more
guides. You know, stuff people might actually get to use. Worry not, Ulduar won't be forgotten - just pushed down the list for a while.
So here I give you the first Strategist in Patch 3.2. The raid is Crusaders' Coliseum,
Trial of the Crusader
. The encounter:
31/7/2009 em 13:45
Archivist of Ulduar, Auriaya
unfortunately bears no resemblance to the
in Diablo III.
Actually, scratch that. Sonic Screech looks like
makes me think of Sentinel Blast, and
is kind of like Terrifying Screech. But
I have found myself with some time in my hands, and nothing in particular to do, so I thought I'd put another Strategist together. Hoping that somebody actually reads and uses these... ;)
Also, before I actually start writing, I will have you know that this boss is actually rather hard for my guild. I think we might be doing something wrong - it's not that the strategy doesn't work, it's just messy.
28/7/2009 em 18:53
Slow internet, sitting out of raids this week, poor weather for going out... Which means more Strategists this week!
A little known fact about
- Brann Bronzebeard wiped on him. So you better read carefully and not repeat the dwarven explorer's mistake. In addition to this, Kologarn is a mandatory boss, whom you need to kill in order to reach the Keepers' sanctums. And then Yogg-Saron. His dead body will become the bridge to the Observation Ring, and Ulduar's archivist - Auriaya. Body crafted personally by Ignis the Furnace Master, who hopefully lies dead by his forge by the time you get to Kologarn. You are quite a decimating group of raiders, aren't you? :)
Strategist: Assembly of Iron
26/7/2009 em 18:50
Well, I did earn
The Siege of Ulduar
, did I not? Made an entry for each one of the Siege bosses, that I did. Made me wonder how adequate the term "siege" is, when the only Expedition forces are in the base camp and around Razorscale - looks we've been
Ulduar, not besieging it. But that's just my thoughts :)
So this time it's the
Assembly of Iron
. What many people call '
the Iron Council
'. The three Iron Generals represent each of the iron races in the Iron Army (they also love iron).
, the biggest and physically strongest of them all, is an Iron Giant with colossal strength.
is an Iron Vrykul, who has mastered the art of rune magic.
is an Iron Dwarf with a master's touch in the lightning magic, who hates being mocked for his height.
The Assembly of Iron has taken residence in the left wing of the Antechamber of Ulduar, j
Strategist: XT-002 Deconstructor
24/7/2009 em 19:22
Time to deconstruct another boss' strategy! Har har har!
I love silly jokes. They make me... silly. But it's true -
is the subject of today's Strategist. Similarly to the other Ulduar bosses, not a whole lot is known XT, other than the fact that he is the last boss in the Siege of Ulduar, he is a mandatory fight, and his voice is the single reason people wipe on him.
XT-002 is located in the Scrapyard, between the Formation Grounds and the Antechamber of Ulduar. He is another one of
's creations, whom XT considers to be his father. Hence the boyish voice, the diligent exercise and dutiful guard. You need to defeat XT in order to proceed further in Ulduar, even if you skip the optional Ignis and Razroscale. The Deconstructor also has a hard mode.
And now, skipping over the break, let's take a look at He-who-does-not-drop-my-
Gume de Aesir
Strategist: Ignis the Furnace Master
22/7/2009 em 02:00
Hello, folks! My name is
not important. What is important is that I have finally put together an Ignis guide. Many of you probably have the old giant on farm, but for those who don't - and the future generations - here it is!
Ignis the Furnace Master
is fire giant, located in Ulduar. It is unknown whether he was there originally, or if he was brought by
(although I prefer the former), but one thing is certain - he works for
just as much as Loken did. He is the one who crafted Razorscale's metal armor, and the one who created Kologarn, literally from a chunk of stone. You can find him in his Colossal Forge, on the opposite side of Razorscale.
Not intended to make fun of Dorkins. I love the opening :)
13/7/2009 em 17:33
Welcome back to the Strategist (or just "welcome", if it's your first time here)! A while ago I went over the
fight in Ulduar. This week I hope to give you not only
(which you will read about in this issue), but
Ignis the Furnace Master
Razorscale is...was a Proto-drake better known under the name Veranus. She was a Broodmother among the Proto-drakes, and has been
's loyal mount and friend for many years. Unfortunately when Loken defeated Thorim not that long ago, Veranus was captured, but not killed - Loken mentions that he has other plans for her. Now we know what they were - Ignis the Furnace Master crafted an armor of some sort for Veranus. Her scales were plated with steel as sharp as razor - hence the name. Now Razorscale lives in her Aerie in Ulduar, just between the Formation Grounds and the Scrapyard. She is an optional boss, but not a hard one.
For details a
Strategist: Flame Leviathan
27/6/2009 em 14:39
Welcome to my new series in the Wowhead Blog - the
has heard me, on many occasions, complain how the Overview section on all of the Ulduar bosses is just...not enough. They are all too complex to be explained by a single paragraph or by a list of their spells. This worked well with Naxxramas, because many people were familiar with the fights, and the actual fights were not overly complicated. Unfortunately, Ulduar is far from simple...
And this is how the Strategist was born! Partly inspired by
The Eye of Eternity: A Raid Overview
blog entry, party my own musing, the Strategist will present you with a strategy (or multiple strategies when applicable) for each of the bosses in the titanic complex... and other raids as well, if things go well. Hard Modes will be covered as well, but knowing that my own guild is still struggling with about half of them, those sections may be a little vague, or even missing.
But enough with the introductions! Read on, and learn about the first boss
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