Patch 5.4 is finally here and with it comes a new raid to tackle, the Siege of Orgrimmar. The final raid of this expansion, we get to finally put an end to Garrosh’s tyrannical reign and bring order to the land of Pandaria and the state of our beloved Horde. But first, we have to take out (or help free) Garrosh’s soldiers and minions he’s set upon on us. First up, Immerseus, a corrupted water being, created from the pools found in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
We didn’t have Sorak or Wok last night, so that left the tanking duties to Tyle and me, with Adoe, Shadeey, Lyss, Zug and Bocat to dps and Slice, Van and Zarm healing. We split the raid into separate quadrants around Immerseus to give everyone space to manage its abilities; Tyle and I, with Van, Adoe and Zarm between us, took one half of the room, keeping Immerseus’ frontal cone from hitting others and tank swapping every Corrosive Blast and rest of the dps with Slice took the other half of the room. This set up gave everyone room to drop and move away from their Sha pools and kept the entire raid from getting hit at the same time by the Swirls and jet of water that Immerseus does in a spinning fashion, similar to Wise Mari’s ability in the Temple of the Jade Serpent instance.
This positioning also allowed us to manage the different puddles that Immerseus would split into around the room during phase two, with the healers healing the Contaminated Puddles and the tanks and dps killing the Sha Puddles. Killing or healing these puddles provides a short buff that increases your damage or healing on other puddles in that phase.
It took us a handful of pulls to figure out the raid positioning and the split phase. On the final pull, we had made it through the fourth split when I noticed the Berserk timer quickly approaching zero. As the final remaining puddles reached Immerseus, the raid exploded and we thought that Berserk had gotten us….until the loot windows popped up and we saw Tyle still alive and breathing. Go Tyle!
The kill, I mean save, wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it. Hopefully next week’s attempt will go a lot smoother, lol.
I was blessed by the weapon Gods again. On our first Jin’rokh kill in Throne of Thunder, I won a tanking axe off a loot roll, the Worldbreaker’s Stormscythe. On our first Siege of Orgrimmar boss kill, Immerseus dropped its tanking mace, the Encapsulated Essence of Immerseus (which oddly enough doesn’t show on Arv’s armory page).
We took a couple of pulls on the Fallen Protectors and then called it a night. We have a few people out today, so we won’t raid again until next week. But it was nice to start off the new raid with a new boss kill. =)