In an effort to bring you Drama-Free and EZ-Mode-Lewt ™ on behalf of Totally Raiding, Inc., I bring you one in a series of class-specific addenda for the boss fights you may encounter. Previous entries include Karathress, The Lurker Below, Leotheras and Tidewalker.
By reading this strategy addendum, you accept that the tactics set out herein are by no means foolproof, depends very much on you not being said fool, as well as other exogenous factors including but not limited to tank positioning, stability of Internet connection, cat proximity and inquisitiveness, quantum of caffeination, and hormone levels.
And now for Hydross.
This Big Wet Meanie is really a test for the tanks, particularly their ability to position and to hand off between each other. This doesn’t mean that a careless hunter won’t wipe the raid, and indeed this can happen fairly easily.
Hydross alternates between frost form and his poison form. Every time he transitions, it’s a total aggro wipe. Easy, you say, I can pretend to be dead. Wrong. That’s because your doughty raid leader will be asking you (and a partner) to assist in transferring said Duke of Currents between tanks.
Ideally, there will be at least two hunters involved in an alternating fashion. One to assist in the transition from frost form, and the other for the reverse.
If you’re a transition hunter
Should you be one of these hunters, you will have to have to be very awake just before the transition to slap more aggro on the tank, and avoid it yourself. So, as your addon/mod flags the transition and/or the current tank positions for the handoff, be prompt with the MD, fire off your three (preferably opening with an instant cast shot such as Arcane) and duck like you’re dead.
Note that other than the transitioning/receiving tank, you will be the only other person actually putting damage onto Hydross. Immediately after an aggro wipe. So make sure you don’t pooch it. Prompt MD to ensure that nobody else accidentally snags aggro, and then FD. Please. Thank you on behalf of everyone else in the raid.
If you’re not a transition hunter, or this isn’t your transition
Just don’t hit Hydross immediately after the transition. FD to be on the safe side. Your immediate job, anyway, will be the killing of the adds. An offtank will be marking adds for focus fire. The best thing you can do here is /assist the offtank (extra points for having a macro) and burn them. By the time the adds are down, Hydross will be firmly in the arms of the tank, and feel free to pewpew away. Until the next transition.
Positioning for the fight
Follow hard on the heels of the tank – the poison-to-frost hunter can open with an MD just to be sure (the frost-to-poison hunter will have to have his MD ready for the first transition). As you run in, you will see flags on either side of the podium. Those roughly mark the transition line, and provide good places for ranged DPS for both phases of the fight.
Also, if you’re positioned on the transition line, should you ever get aggro, you have a fraction of a second longer to FD and wipe aggro, and hopefully Hydross won’t have crossed the transition line in an effort to get to you. Because if he does, more adds will spawn as he transitions, and everyone will hate you. And your children. And generations of your family to come.
The pet corner
You cannot fire and forget, and leave your pet on Hydross. Because of the aggro wipe on transition, your pet may snag aggro from the receiving tank. That is also not good. Micro-manage your pet, and let him/her help out on the adds.
One more thing
Aspect of Nature for NR aura. Your poison form tank will demand it. Sorry about gimping your DPS, but it’s for the good of the raid.
**Belph’s posts are featured here every Thursday after Anna’s Resto Shaman vs. Boss posts, in an attempt to be both consistent and informative. Belphzooka (aka Belphegor) is the fearless hunter lead of Totally Raids, Incorporated, and together with Kevin the Ravager and Fang the Bear, keeps us all on our toes and the bosses misdirected to the tanks. Harvey the Scorpid is currently having a bit stable time due to some issues with swiping sheeps.
I should mention that these posts are improved if one reads in one’s head with a fabulous, understated British accent (which is, in fact, much like Belph’s). I have it on good authority that he has used the word “dodgy” in explaining a fight before.
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