Uploaded on Oct 18, 2010
Blood DK POV
The Theralion/Valiona encounter is the next boss after you clear pass Halfus in the Bastion of Twilight raid instance. It is a bit more complex and dynamic than the previous encounter, but nothing too over the top. The feeling most of us had after leaving was that - it is nicely tuned for a first teir raid boss, especially for a normal mode.
You start the fight out by picking up the dragon to the right as you walk into the room. Once you engage her, the other dragon takes flight. Once the pull has taken place, your raid has to battle with mechanics such as quickly stacking, quickly spreading out, and quickly shifting out of the conal AE the dragon emits on an area of the raid and several other variables. Without going too in depth, thats pretty much the cliff notes of p1.
P2 starts when the dragons switch roles and the one flying lands and the one on the ground takes off. At this point your raid again battles to quickly stack, move as a unit, and push through some decent raid dmg. During this phase the dragon currently in the air strafes the raid with shadow breaths (ie Felmyst). As you can see in the vid, its just repetition of the above mentioned mechanics from start to finish. Nothing TOO complex, but like I stated earlier, definitely fun and refreshing for a normal mode first teir raid boss.
Other things to note:
-The tank dmg is very low and not really a factor. Hopefully this is ramped up slightly and provides a bit more of a challenge for tank healing. However, the raid healing portion is quite demanding so it may balance out in that regard.
-The dragon does not have a cleave or tail swipe mechanic like most dragon encounters. I would like to see something like that added to atleast add another degree of difficulty for tanking..
-I am sure it will undergo some changes and buffs/nerfs. So we'll see how it turns out on release, but def has some nice potential.
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