Gara’jal the Spiritbinder 10 Man Normal

Gara’jal has a tight enrage timer, but as usual we resisted going to the two healing route straight away. While our DPS got familiar with the Spirit Totem and the Spirit World, we could heal through more severe Voodoo Doll damage, and have an additional healer available as we figured out the quirks with the Voodoo Doll timing.

As we got comfortable with the mechanics, we had Jondayla and Noondez healing and Kalus went DPS. There was some great communication over mumble about who had Voodoo Doll and the DPS switched as required. While we assigned two groups of three DPS, two ranged as priority for the Spirit World and a melee as backup, there were a number of times both ranged DPS in a group were dolled but the team switched on the fly really well.

We had one very close wipe, with the boss having well under 1 million health. At that point we took some time to (arguably over) analyse how the buff from being healed in the spirit world worked. We found that if DPS could give themselves a significant heal just before popping back up it would help in a could help in a couple of ways. Firstly, once the healers had healed everyone to full, they could leave quickly to help with healing in the regular realm. We found that healers staying in too long would mess with the Voodoo doll timing and rotation as well. Secondly, the DPS could refresh and grow the DPS increase buff. Lastly, having DPS stay in the realm for significantly longer meant there was a lot less overall damage into the raid from Shadowy Minions.

With those tweaks, the enrage timer was much easier to beat and we killed Gara’jal on our next well executed pull.

There is a great temptation on Gara’jal to eek out every last bit of performance, which can lead to deaths. DPS wanting to grab that last minion before popping back up, Tanks being over enthusiastic with minions at the expense of their own Severer of Souls and healers wanting to stack up Spiritual Innervation sky high can lead to deaths. Once the mechanics are well understood and a kill is in sight, you just need the discipline to “stick to the plan, chums”.

Comments (1)

  1. 13:48, October 22, 2012Carboxylate  / Reply

    I find these fight reports to be both entertaining and informative. Please continue.

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