Extreme soloer Durendil recently bagged the hunter world first solo of Ragnaros in a brutal survivability battle against an incredibly challenging boss. Watching his video of cycling through pet after pet and using every trick in the hunter arsenal unexpectedly triggered a chain of reminiscing. It brings me back to my first extreme soloing days back in Wrath, when I first soloed my way through Molten Core to finally bag Ragnaros… which at the time brought me back to my 40-man vanilla raiding days and the excitement of our raid team defeating Ragnaros for the first time.
It’s almost as bad as Onyxia, my first 40-man raid who I later soloed, and then became a current raid again… and later I soloed her upgraded form again.
Sometimes I really do feel like Grandpappy Frostheim, when I realize that the young kids from those Wrath days are today’s veterans, talking about how it was back in the old times of Wrath!
Here’s what Durendil had to say about taking on the huge challenge of Ragnaros:
Why hadn’t he been solo’d before? …I quickly understood when I saw 70K melee hits and my pet lasted 30 seconds.
That was… demotivating. At first. Then I realized that an 18-minutes berserk meant that I had a chance, if ever I could focus entirely on surviving. So I did what I had done for Sindragosa, Lich king, Beasts, Iron council, Gothik… I made up a strategy. By trying again and again, refining, taking breaks every 2-3 hours at most to think clearly about what were my problems and how to overcome them… I started with using 3 pets in phase 1, then I started destacking 2 in the transition, then i managed to use only 2 pets in phase 1 – not by dpsing more but by using my cooldowns better. Then I came up with the idea of rezzing my pet not only when he casted sulfuras smash but also when he wasn’t, simply by staying at max melee range.
And hour after hour, wipe after wipe, I started losing less and less health while rezzing my pet, having less and less wipes because I had let him die at the wrong moment, and after 13-14 flasks of the earth, I finally could tell myself: it was nearly impossible – but that means it was an extremely fun challenge for me, since it allies technical aspects (gameplay) and personal achievement. So in the end that soloing was just as fun as the lich king, simply by it being possible but barely.
You can see the full movie of his solo on warcraftmovies (alas it does not appear that they allow embedding) and you can see his detailed strategy write-up on Elitist Jerks.
As Durendil points out, this is a fantastic soloing challenge for hunters really looking to push themselves, because it doesn’t require the best gear — just lots of practice and excellent execution.