Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Blackwing Descent -- Magmaw

Magmaw is one of those encounters that requires players to learn to "dance."  It's not a complicated dance, but miss the steps and you'll be guilty of wiping the raid!

Ranged DPS will be grouping up.  Follow your raid leader's instructions on where to start (a good place is to the left of Magmaw, just past the pile of rubble).  Ranged DPS and healers should all be stacked on top of each other.  As the encounter begins, start DPSing down Magmaw.  The dance will begin soon...

Magmaw will cast a spell called "Pillar of Flame" on one member of the party.  As soon as you see that start, move quickly to the other side of the room.  Blink is perfect for this and the cooldown times well with the Pillar of Flame cooldown, so you can rely on it to get you back and forth.  You must move quickly, because if you are caught by Pillar of Flame you will be blasted into the air, take damage from the spell and fall damage. Worse yet, when Magmaw casts PoF, lava parasites -- ugly, larvae-looking things -- will burst forth.  You land in the middle of those and you are toast.  Which brings us to the next point...

When you get to the other side of the room, turn around and use Blizzard to slow down and AOE the parasites.  You don't want them to reach your party or all hell will break loose and you will likely wipe.  Get those parasites down.  When the parasites are done, resume DPSing Magmaw.

Periodically, Magmaw will get staked and your target will change to the Exposed Head of Magmaw.  This is your chance to do crazy damage.  Hit that head with everything you've got -- blow your cooldowns, Time Warp, anything you have to do to maximize DPS.

Continue in this pattern, and Magmaw goes down pretty easy.

Magmaw Loot

Flame Pillar Leggings (pants) -- yellow and blue sockets
Incineratus (dagger)

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