Postby Thijs » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:43 am

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On Will of the Emperor, I suspect the mechanic we will have the most trouble with will be dealing with Devastating Arc. This is the attack that the two major bosses of the encounter do where they swing their swords in large cleave style swings in different areas around them. It's unique to the encounter, and quite frankly I've never seen anything like it (all together).

The attack hurts AND adds an armor debuff that stacks with every hit. Plus avoiding this attack provides a button to press that lets you do 500k damage to the boss in one GCD (Opportunistic Strike). So this is a major key to the encounter.

I struggled with this in LFR at first. But the following article helped me solve this problem.

http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/121 ... this-to-me

The last LFR I was able to avoid the Arc most of the time by adjusting the camera and looking for the blue arc signaling the direction of attack. Note that this doesn't appear on the ground, where you might expect it. So adjusting the camera and learning to look above you, rather than under you, for the bad that will hit the floor will make the attempts less frustrating for you.

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Postby lazurz » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:25 pm

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Are ranged able to do this aswell?
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Postby Thijs » Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:25 pm

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I'm not sure. I would think they should be able to because they are out of range of the Devastating Arc(s), however the attack may be a melee attack.

Which makes me realize that this post probably only applies to me and Druj. LOL Maybe not so key as I originally thought.
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If ranged can also get the 500k hit then i will be doing it too hahaha, will have to check on the interwebs though.
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Postby Thijs » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:37 pm

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Just melee and the tanks, apparently. According to the Icy Veins page:

Tanks and melee DPS will quickly learn the animations of the various ways in which Devastating Arc can be cast, and avoiding them should only be a matter of concentration.

For tanks, it is especially important to avoid these attacks. This is because the armor-reducing debuff that getting hit by Devastating Arc applies can prove quite dangerous, if the number of stacks is high. Note that the debuff will not have time to expire between Devastating Combos, so avoiding being hit by Devastating Arc is mandatory.

Tanks have an added challenge, here, that DPS players do not share. Because of Magnetic Armor, tanks cannot simply out-range the attacks of the bosses. For the Devastating Arcs, the tanks can quite easily move to the side of the boss that will not be affected. However, in order to avoid the Stomp, tanks will have to move away from the boss, between 13 and 15 yards, where they will not be hit by the Stomp, nor pulled back by Magnetic Armor. This will be tricky to do at first, but it should become easy with some practice.
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Postby Thijs » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:39 pm

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So not just me and Druj, but also Shik and Kerf. Oh man, this is gonna be great.

This can be practiced on LFR.
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Druj says he knows the dance already :)
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Sweet!
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This sounds like it will be awesome. =D
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