TankSpot Cataclysm Raid Videos - Argaloth and Omnitron
We've got some fresh new Cataclysm raid instruction videos from our friends at
! The first video features the new PVP raid boss
, a fierce pitlord who can be battled in
! We've also got an extensive look at the
Omintron Defense System
, a new council-type encounter which is the the first players will face in the new
Be sure to check out the full video transcripts after the break!
What's up everybody, Lore here from TankSpot with a quick guide to the Argaloth encounter in Baradin Hold, the instance you get access to for winning the Tol Barad PVP battle.
Argaloth is a pretty simple encounter, which is to be expected. Now any Sunwell veterans out there should pretty much immediately recognize that Argaloth looks an awful lot like Brutallus, and his appearance is not the only similarity. His main ability is a Meteor Slash that's very similar to what Brutallus did way back in the Burning Crusade - it hits everyone in a cone in front of him, and splits the damage between everyone it hits. It also debuffs everyone to increase Fire damage taken by 100%, which essentially means the second Meteor Slash hits twice as hard. So, the proper way to deal with it is to split the raid into two roughly equal groups. Each group should stand near their tank to make sure they get hit by the Meteor Slash. As soon as one group gets hit, the other group's tank should taunt so that the Fire damage debuff can fall off. This makes a simple back and forth rotation between the two groups. Get hit by Meteor Slash, the other tank taunts, your group gets topped off, and as soon as the other group gets hit, your tank taunts and you repeat the process.
While that's going on there will also be a fairly dangerous Damage over Time effect being applied to the raid. This needs to be dispelled as quickly as possible to not only stop the damage from going out, but also give you time to top off your group inbetween Meteor Slashes. We found Mass Dispel to be a huge help here, and our priests actually chose to glyph for it to help out a little more.
Now, every third of his health (so at 66% and 33%), he'll begin to channel something called Fel Firestorm. When this happens, everyone needs to spread out immediately. He starts throwing a whole bunch of fireballs out at everyone which do a little bit of damage when they land but also leave a patch of fire on the ground. The fire lasts until the Firestorm phase ends, so everyone needs to be careful not to box themselves in with nowhere to go. It's also important to make sure that, even though you do need to spread out, you don't go too far and end up out of range of your healers, because you are taking damage. That said, once you get an idea of how it works, it's really not that hard to deal with. As soon as he's done channeling Fel Firestorm, the fires should disappear, and your two groups can just fall back into position. One thing to note is that there does appear to be a little bit of a glitch and sometimes not all of the fire disappears, but it's not a big deal; you can just work around it.
The last little trick Argaloth picked up from Brutallus is his Enrage timer - you've got 5 minutes from the pull until he goes berserk and just starts killing everybody. We were able to take him down with a bunch of pretty fresh 85's and a handful of Heroic dungeon gear, but we... cut it pretty close.
Thank you very much for watching this video! Keep an eye on Tankspot.com for even more encounter guides coming very soon, as well as more information on Argaloth or any other boss. My name is Lore, and I'll catch you guys later.
Omnitron Defense System
Hello and welcome to the TankSpot Blackwing Descent Raid Guide! My name is Aliena and in this video I'll show you all you have to know about the Omnitron Defense System, the first boss in this new Cataclysm raid instance. We completed this fight with 2 tanks, 7 healers and 16 DPS, although different compositions may work just as well.
The Omnitron Defense System is a council-type encounter that harbors 4 construct-type enemies named Electron, Arcanotron, Magmatron and Toxitron. They have a shared healthpool of approximately 100 million. You never fight all four constructs at the same time, though. When you first engage the fight, you're faced with one random construct and you'll notice that it has an energy bar that's slowly draining.
When its energy bar reaches 50, a second Construct will become active - you'll see in advance which one it is since a colored beam will be energizing it. The color indicates the construct. Green for Toxitron, red for Magmatron, Pink for Arcanotron and Blue for Electron. As soon as the second construct becomes active, the first construct will put up a shield, so DPS should always switch to the construct that last became active.
As with the first, the second construct's energy bar will start ticking down, and when it reaches 50, the first construct will turn to stone, the second will put up a shield, and the third will be vulnerable to your attacks. This cycle keeps repeating throughout the fight until their shared healthpool is depleted.
The order of constructs is completely random, so you'll need to improvise a little on the get-go when you're faced with two AoE-heavy constructs, for instance. I'll give you an overview of their abilities and then go over some basic strategies. Each Construct has 3 major abilities.
First up, Electron. His first ability, Lightning Conductor, puts a debuff on a random raid member. It's easily visible by the lightning animation flowing around that character. The debuffed raid member does not take damage, but deals major damage to anyone around him, so anyone affected needs to run out of the raid until Lightning Conductor wears off.
Electrical Discharge is his second ability. It's a chain lightning thing that hits up to 3 people within 8 yards of each other, so your raid should attempt to spread out as much as possible when Electron is active.
Unstable Shield is his third ability. When this is up, don't attack Electron, since it will deal AoE damage to your raid. Unstable Shield lasts 10 seconds.
Toxitron is a very poisonous foe that deals nature damage. His first ability, Poison Cloud, fires a missile at a random raid member and the area it hits will become engulfed in a poison cloud for a significant duration. Anyone standing in the area will take 50% more damage, which is bad for your raid members, but good when you can drag an active construct on top of it.
His second ability, Poison Soaked Shell puts a stacking dot on anyone attacking him. However, when you attack with the debuff on, you'll deal 10000 nature damage to your target. Do watch your stacks on this, there's a lot of other damage going out in this fight, so you don't want to suddenly find yourself dead just 'cause you didn't watch your poison stacks.
His third ability, Poison Protocol, summons a bunch of little poison bomb slime adds that'll each fixate on a raid member. Should they reach their target, they'll explode for about 100k AoE damage and leave a slime puddle on the ground. You really really want to avoid this. When Toxitron uses this ability, make sure to apply slows and stuns to the slimes and have anyone with a Fixate debuff run away from their slime.
Magmatron deals fire elemental damage. His first ability - Incineration Security Measure - is hard to miss since it shoots jets of flames throughout the entire room. You cannot dodge this, so just heal through it. This ability is annoying if you have Electron active at the same time, since both of them have AoE abilities.
His second ability, Acquiring Target, deals very high single target damage to a random raid member. While he's preparing to cast it, a huge red beam will point to the raid member in question. When this happens, everyone in line of the beam except the target needs to move out of it to avoid taking damage. Also, have your healers get ready to heal the targeted person since they'll take lots of damage. Any defensive cooldown is useful on the victim.
His third ability is Barrier. When he puts this up, no one should attack Magmatron until it wears off, since breaking the shield will inflict 70k AoE damage to every raid member. It absorbs 450,000 damage, so don't panic when you see it cast, but do disengage immediately.
The last construct, Arcanotron, deals arcane damage. Shocker, I know. His first ability, Power Generator, puts a blue puddle on the ground that'll give anyone standing in it a buff to damage and mana regeneration. That applies to him, too, so make sure to pull him out of it and have your ranged raid members and healers stand in it while it's up.
His second ability, Arcane Annihilator, is an interruptable spell that deals about 100k damage to a single raid member when cast. It's important to interrupt this whenever he casts it, since 100k can easily mean a death. Leave an interrupter on Arcanotron whenever he's active.
his third ability, Power Conversion, makes Arcanotron stack a damage buff whenever he's attacked. Depending on your raid composition and mood, you can either stop attacking him while it's up or have a mage or shaman spellsteal or purge it.
That covers all four constructs. It's important to mind your environment in this fight - when you have both Electron and Magmatron up, you should spread out and watch your health, since it's likely to dip low. Make use of Arcanotron's Power Generator whenever you can. When you have both Magmatron and Toxitron active, make sure to not get hit by slimes although you might be distracted by Magmatron's abilities. Getting hit by a slime can easily mean a raid wipe.
Make sure to communicate well on vent and call out the various shields the constructs have. Breaking Magmatron's Barrier is easily a raid wipe and Electron's Unstable Shield is no joke either.
Always be aware of which Constructs are active, which one is about to go dormant and which one is soon to become active. Position yourself accordingly. The Arcanotron tank should save cooldowns in case Power conversion stacks up high.
That's about it for this council fight. I'm attaching a full raid encounter in case you're curious how we dealt with the various mechanics or just enjoy watching people do silly things occasionally. Since this is a council type encounter and they tend to be confusing, I figured this is a better way of presenting it and explaining its mechanics.
I hope you enjoyed this guide and good luck on the fight!
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