Saturday, November 28, 2009

How To: 25 man Heroic Anub'Arak

Due to the unanimous positive feedback I received from my guide to playing a ret paladin, and the influx of new guilds that hit the brick wall of Anub’arak each day, I’ve decided to write my own guide to this fight (25 man heroic, of course, as 10 mans are a joke).

Group Setup:

It’s like Sunwell all over again. You want to stack warlocks and resto shamans, as warlocks are the best DPSers on this fight and Chain Heal is incredibly useful for keeping the raid topped up in Phase 3. You want to avoid bringing Death Knights and mages, as their usefulness is very limited. For best results, imagine it is Sunwell, as DKs weren’t out and nobody brought mages to raids anyway.

You need 5 tanks for this fight, one for the boss, and one for each add that spawns in a pack of 4. Druids are by far the best tanks for this fight, so try to have at least 3 of your 5 tanks be druids.

As for healers, 3 resto shamans should suffice, with 2 holy priests and a resto druid to round out your healer lineup.

Phase 1:

Phase 1 of this fight is marked by intermittent spawns of adds called Nerubian Burrowers that you have to kill before the next set spawns (on a 45 second timer) or else your 4 add tanks will die. Have your 14 DPS split up into 4 groups (2 groups of 4 and 2 groups of 3) to deal with the adds. Have your weaker DPS members (like feral druids and rogues) be in the groups of 4 to deal with the adds that spawn closest to Anub’arak. Have each add tanked in a separate corner of the room and have your DPS be ready to interrupt when they cast Submerge. On a timer, each add will jump around the room to a different corner, so your DPS and tanks need to be ready to deal with the new add that arrives.

In between these waves of adds, which will die very quickly using this strategy, you will have some time to DPS Anub’arak himself, and believe me when I say you need all the time you can get. Anub’arak needs to be at ideally 60% by his first submerge, although you should be able to scrape through if he is at 65%.

Phase 2:

Anub’arak will burrow into the ground after two minutes or so, and is now sending more adds at you while he himself is trying to rape you with his underground spikes.

His spikes will randomly target one person and follow them. If the target is a priest, paladin, hunter, or rogue then they should immediately fade/bubble/feign/vanish. If the target is not one of these classes (or a Night Elf, as Shadowmeld works too), then they should proceed to run into the spikes and die so that the next person can be targeted. Once one of the aforementioned classes is chosen and they use their special ability, you win. Prepare for Anub’arak to resurface and resume proceedings as per Phase 1. Continue until he reaches 30%. If you have a second burrow, it’s a wipe because you’ll hit enrage.

Phase 3:

This is where the real fight begins. Due to the large amount of damage that your raid is taking at this point, it is no longer feasible to be spread out in 4 corners of the room, so you must have your raid stack up near Anub’arak. Allow any adds that are up at this point to submerge by not interrupting them. You have until the new adds spawn to kill the boss. If new adds spawn, it’s a wipe unless your hunters are good, but I’ve never met a good hunter, so good luck with that.

This phase is all about how good your healers are. Pop heroism as soon as Anub’arak reaches 30%, then have your DPS zerg the boss while your healers scramble wildly to keep the raid alive and deal with Anub’arak’s immense damage output in this phase. Have your shamans, priests and druids spam their AoE heals wildly to keep everyone at full health. As for your holy paladins, oh wait, you didn’t bring any because they can’t AoE heal.

If your healers are good, you will win. Collect your plate spellpower belt, leather spellpower legs, cloth bracers that are worse than ones from Naxxramas, and a polearm. You can also find 4 vanquisher tokens in the tribute chest at the entrance to Anub’arak’s room, assuming you killed him in under 5 attempts, which to be honest, if you’re using this guide, you probably will.

24 comments:

  1. 8/10 troll. +1 for actually making a website for this crap. Not one of the things you said are remotely correct. you sir, fail. Epicly.

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  2. Pics or neva happened

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  3. pretty sure its all true : /

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  4. Looking forward to your guides on Icecrown Citadel. Great read, great strat.

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  5. This may be the worst guide ever written. Not funny, not informative. Waste of space on the interwebs

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  6. wow...I have to say this is the crappiest strat I've seen in a long time.

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  7. Fun read. Those of you crying about the content clearly never did sunwell and also lack a sense of humor.

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  8. easily the stupidest shit i have ever read, what guild actually has 3 druid tanks! complete nonsense, please try not to post anymore raid strats cause you fail at life

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  9. Worked like a charm, first time on Anub but we one shot it thanks to your guide!!!

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  10. We used this strat and got Grand Crusader!

    Thanks~!

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  11. omg this strat is total win! After one shotting Anub using this incredible strat, I then got laid by 2 chicks at the same time! Thanks, awesome strat!

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  12. @ above; did you tank them in seperate corners as well?

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  13. wow this is a bunch of shit.... worst strat ever

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  14. wow... such a bad strat.....

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  15. Phase 3:
    "Have your shamans, priests and druids spam their AoE heals wildly to keep everyone at full health"

    ./cackle

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  16. Feral druids and dk tanks make horrible add tanks on this fight... its fairly common knowledge. A warrior or prot paladin can stack block rating dodge and parry to completly prevent getting any of the damage increase debuffs from the adds whatsoever. And if they are VERY good, have enough block value to not take any damage at all as well.

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  17. Keeping the raid at full health in phase 3...thanks for the laugh.

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  18. Did you even raid sunwell? Every good guild brought mages with them...I really hope that you are a troll because if you are serious, I feel sorry for the unintelligent people that listen to this crap.

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  19. 10/10 simply because i was was rolling on the floor LAUGHING!
    God, please make more of these, and don't care for the idiots with no humor.

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  20. Got our first kill from this guide, thanks much!

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  21. yeah it is a hard fight we didnt get him past 85%
    you forgot to metion the small adds in phase two
    we had a boomkin go bear and taunt them in a huge circle with a healer following him

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  22. LOL @ the feckless idiots who don't have a sense of humor. This was a funny read! Druid tanks and running to spikes ftw!!!

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