Blood Queen: First Thoughts

So last night we had our first attempts on BQL. We didn’t get many solid attempts in on her due to one of our DPS having to leave for the 25Prog run towards the end of the night, but overall we got some very nice learning experience even rolling with a 9 man setup, which gave us first hand insight to the mechanics and how to handle them.

Our first pull we went in with 2 healers. The first 10 seconds went pretty well, our rogue got the bite as planned, however I wasn’t expecting the absurd aura that BQL shits out on us right off the bat. I knew via word of mouth there was alot of damage, but for some reason I just wasn’t expecting it. Since it was our first shot and a few people hadn’t read up on it much, ontop of the unexpected incoming damage, we wiped probably a good 2 minutes into the pull, which I believe happened after a Pact of the Darkfallen between a melee and me that wasn’t really closed as quick as it should have been, and I ate the big one before I could reach him.

Our second pull, our Resto Druid went balls to the wall on healing when the fight started to keep up with the damage, and our rogue wasn’t able to surpass him in threat quick enough. So bite #1: On a healer. Raid, meet enrage timer. Needless to say since we were still new to the fight, and we were still running 2 healers, we didn’t make it that far, but there was no real recovery from that situation.

Third pull, our DPS dropped and we decided to have our Shadow Priest flop to Disc and assist with the damage, and just get the encounter mechanics on lockdown. To combat the healer bite issue, we had 2 rogues, our first was ToTTing the Primary Bite, while I believe the second held off because he knew he needed to be second. A few seconds in, BQL turned around and bitch slapped him, and our Drood took the bite again. This attempt we lasted much longer tho, and people started to see the residual bite mechanic when hungry for blood, to get in touch with how to handle that. We had at least one airphase this attempt.

Our next shot, we had our one Rouge TotT the Primary Bite like last time, but held off a smidge, while the Primary Rogue threw TotT on the tank. This worked beautifuly, and the rogue took the bite. The fight from that point on went very well. The damage was very manageable, and bites were going in order (from what I could tell) properly. We had at least 2 Air Phases this attempt, and were drawing close to the enrage timer. I believe we wiped when our Druid went to bite someone who was too closely clustered to another during an airphase, and needless to say chained bloodbolt.

We may have had another attempt in there, infact I’m sure we did but I don’t really remember it.

My first impressions:

Overall, healing wise, it was a very, VERY fun fight. I think we may have been a little hasty switching to 3 healers so quickly, but having a 3rd does help to smooth out the raid-wide damage very nicely. I’d have to say that given a few weeks of kills on her, going to 2 healers for a quicker kill will probably be do-able, but for now 3 seems to be the way to go.

The encounter mechanics are also very interesting and very fun to deal with. The whole bite system is kinda refreshing, and for some reason I enjoy effects like “Pact of the Darkfallen”.

Overall, This fight seems very simple with good DPS, and I don’t think we will have any issues taking her down with some good solid attempts at her.

P.S.: This fight gets +100 rep for BQL not sparkling.

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~ by Genghis Khan's Dick on February 25, 2010.

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