Before this installment’s video, I want to discuss a few things I’ve seen:
Burst vs. Healing
MM gives us the best self-heals, which can be useful. However, many of these fights’ mechanics are either one-shot mechanics where healing is irrelevant, or they’re things like gargantuan melee hits, where our self-heals won’t prolong our deaths for long. As such, I think our best defense is a good offense – namely, burst. The hunters I see struggling in Brawler’s Guild are those who can’t dps the boss down quickly. Some of this is gear and rotation awareness, but a large part of it is just having the right abilities. The macro I posted in my previous post (Rank 2) is a decent start.
The general wisdom at the moment has BM as our best dps spec, and definitely our best burst spec. If you’re Brawling as MM or SV, you’re probably handicapping yourself in this department. There are exceptions (the Leper Gnome fight comes to mind, where SV might be better) but in general.
Outside the individual mechanics that we have to avoid/manage/etc. there’s only a few basic strategies available to us. See which one works best for you.
- Kiting – Here, you pet doesn’t have aggro because he would get killed too quickly. Drop traps, utilize jump-shot and disengage, and generally run around. This is done with a ferocity pet.
- Pet Tank – Your tank sits and eats the boss damage, allowing you to simply work on dps. The downside is that you won’t have a ferocity pet for extra dps, and you have to interrupt your rotation to cast Mend Pet. This is the strategy I’ve been using, but it may not always work.
- Super-burst – This is a mixture of the two. You use a Ferocity pet and might lead with a Mend Pet, but the idea is that your pet is going to die before long, and you just want to get as much dps out of him as possible to end the fight quickly. Several bosses don’t have much health, so this is a viable strategy occasionally.
A sub-strategy of any of these is “ping ponging” where you trade aggro with your pet. There’s more than one way to do this. The glyph of Bestial Wrath is one way (it drops your pet’s aggro table), Distracting Shot might be another (haven’t confirmed it though), and once we have aggro, we can FD or Deterrance as needed to keep ourselves alive.
This guy seems to be the most difficult through Rank 3, so I want to talk about him briefly.
For most classes, you stay near him and run through him during the cone attacks. I’m not sure we can afford to be at melee range the whole time – he hits rather hard – so the alternative avoidance strategy is to position yourself to the side or back of him at all times. For this to work, your pet will need aggro. If your pet doesn’t maintain aggro or dies, you’re likely going to be relying on Disengage to save you, since the cone attack is very large. A strait-up kiting technique could work, but avoiding the cone attack would be hard with him trained on you the whole fight.
There’s no magic bullet here. It’s a mix of avoidance and dps, and probably trading aggro with your pet or allowing him to die.
Hopefully that helps a little bit. Here’s the video: