Reader Questions

Response to Reader Questions

by on Oct.19, 2009, under Reader Questions

I just had a reader email me with some questions regarding TotC/TotGC, and I’d like to take the time to answer them and help him and possibly others out.  These are just my opinions and I’m betting others can give their input as well.

Wanted to say that I’ve been reading your blog regularly and quite enjoy it.  :)  I’m a recent conversion to moonkin after a full career of resto, and I really appreciate the tips I’m picking up.

I wondered if you’d consider a blog entry about some moonkin specific questions w/r to Tot(G)C.  If not, maybe you’d just e-mail me your thoughts on these questions.

1.  Northrend Beasts.  What’s the best thing to do when Icehowl is stunned?  Does this change if there is heroism?
I try to pop cooldowns when Icehowl is stunned.  I starfall and throw treants.  I generally don’t waste time with GCDs putting DoTs up, I just try to proc Lunar Eclipse ASAP and drop a few Starfire crits on him.

2.  Jarraxus.  I always seem to be on the wrong side and have to run for the adds.  Is there certain positioning that is better here?
I’ve always done the “Star Method” on Jaraxxus.  If you look at the floor below you, you’ll see there’s a star.  We stack our ranged in clumps of two at each of the points around the star.  Unless the mistress decides to book after someone who’s running away from legion flames, you should always have range on her.

3.  Val’kyr.  If not on soaker duty, do you actively pursue orbs?  Or just dps and let them come to you?
I don’t actively pursue them unless they’re a few steps away.  I do actively dodge the opposite color orbs though. ;)

4.  Anub.  What’s the best way to keep dps up during P2?  I’ve been doting scarabs as they emerge, and aoeing them once they are gathered, but my dps is still weak (relative to the raid).
Don’t know what to tell you regarding your DPS being weak.  It probably will stay that way, unless they change our mechanics.  I still like direct damaging Anub’arak during phase 1 instead of AoE, because our AoE on 5 targets isn’t that strong and it consumes a lot of mana.  I believe us staying directly on Anub’arak *is* important though.  If you look at DPS charts of damage done to Anub’arak, you should be in the top 1-2.  It’s important to keep enough damage in him to get him into phase 3 after two kite phases.  As for DPS during phase 2, I generally make up some chart space in phase 2 by finishing off the burrowers at the beginning, then staying on the scarabs.  I don’t bother much with AoE, just pick them off as they pop up.

Thanks for your time.  :)

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