Quick-read tactics for End Time 5-man – Sylvanas, Tyrande, Baine, Jaina and Murozond – with no-effort auto-copy-paste tactics for party chat

This is the End, my only friend – or, as the case may be, my bunch of four people I’ve never seen before this LFD run. But don’t worry, this End Time doesn’t have Jim Morrison shouting about incest – just Sylvanas, Jaina, Baine and Tyrande Gone Bad, plus your friendly neighbourhood anagram Murozond, all ready to give out some phat lewts for your 5-man dungeon run in Patch 4.3. And we’ve got the quick-read strategies for each one ready for you – no massive walls-o-text here, just what you need to know.

If there’s someone else in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics either, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics, checked so it’ll fit into party chat. CTRL+C or Cmd+C on a Mac to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V or Cmd+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

Dungeon Info

You’ll only face two of the four bosses listed here, plus Murozond at the end. Click the golden circle console thingy to be transported to the next area.

[copypasta]Click the golden console thingy to be transported to the next area.[/copypasta]

Azure Dragonshrine – Jaina

  • Before the boss: Click all the staff fragments around the outside to activate Jaina.
  • Dodge the frost blades after she blinks away.
  • Someone needs to stand in the fire. Yes, stand in it.

[copypasta]Click all the staff fragments around the outside to activate Jaina. Dodge the frost blades after she blinks away. Someone needs to stand in the fire. Yes, you did read that right.[/copypasta]

Emerald Dragonshrine – Tyrande

  • Before the boss: Run into each of the moonbeams that appear, then run into the Dark Moonbeam..
  • Interrupt Stardust and stay out of patches on the ground.
  • Blow CDs at 30%.

[copypasta]Before the boss: Run into each of the moonbeams that appear, then run into the Dark Moonbeam. Boss: Interrupt Stardust and stay out of patches on the ground. Blow CDs at 30%. [/copypasta]

Obsidian Dragonshrine – Baine Bloodhoof

  • Before the boss: CC the Time-Twisted Seer in each group.
  • Boss: Throw totems back at him. Swim to an island if he dumps you in the lava. Tank: Do Not let him touch lava. Blow CDs if he does.

[copypasta]Before the boss: cc the Time-Twisted Seer in each group. Boss: Throw totems back at him. Swim to an island if he dumps you in the lava. Tank: Do Not let him touch lava. Blow CDs if he does. [/copypasta]

Ruby Dragonshrine – Sylvanas

  • When the ghouls appear in a circle, everyone including healer dps a single ghoul until it dies, then run over its corpse and away from Sylvanas. Stay out of stuff on the ground.

[copypasta] When the ghouls appear in a circle, everyone including healer dps a single ghoul until it dies, then run over its corpse and away from Sylvanas. Stay out of stuff on the ground.[/copypasta]

Murozond

The final fight.

  • Assign one ranged to Hourglass. Use Hourglass when ppl’s health is low or ground is covered in AoE.
  • Don’t stand in front of or behind boss unless you’re tank. Tank point boss side-on from hourglass. Blow all damage CDs each time time resets.

[copypasta] Assign one ranged to Hourglass. Use Hourglass when ppl’s health is low or ground is covered in AoE. Don’t stand in front of or behind boss unless you’re tank. Tank point boss sideon to hourglass. Blow all damage CDs each time time resets. [/copypasta]

And that’s it!

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Are the Forsaken evil?

I’ve never managed to level a Forsaken (undead) character in WoW. I’ve had trouble levelling through Forsaken zones – there are simply too many quests that read to me as things I can’t picture my characters, even the more ruthless or crazy of them, doing.

I know other people have other opinions of the race, and I’ve never played through the new Forsaken zones, which I understand are really well-written. So it was with some interest that I saw WoW Insider writer Matthew Rossi recommend Cynwise’s lengthy post on the Forsaken today – and stumbled across a hugely detailed takedown of the entire race and plotline as an truly evil, hypocritical cult:

It was in Undercity that Cynderblock met Theresa, the mindslave. That’s how she appears in game: . I watched her go back and forth between Gerald and Lazarus, Gerald prattling on about how he was able to completely enslave this woman to his will, to break her spirit and leave her completely dominated. Torture, invasive surgery (while she was awake), alchemy – all in the name of utterly possessing someone.

I watched Theresa go through her eternal motions, and let the impact of what I was feeling wash over me. It’s not just that the Forsaken keep living, sentient creatures caged to experiment upon, or enslave them – it’s that they were willing to go further than mere slavery. They are willing to completely destroy someone’s free will, to leave them aware of what has been done, screaming silently in horror through the end of her days, but unable to change any part of it.

Advanced warning – this is a LONG post. And if you like your Forsaken characters, you may not wish to read it, because it’s a pretty thorough takedown of the lot of them as very, very unpleasant individuals indeed, for sub-Abu Grahib levels of “unpleasant individual”.

It’s also an excellent analysis of a huge part of WoW lore, looking at the Forsaken from a variety of angles, from the in-game propaganda to the way your character is indoctrinated into what Cynwise intelligently dissects as a cult. It certainly portrays the Forsaken’s plotline as a very interesting one – although I’m left slightly uncertain as to how much of this is deliberately intended by WoW’s writers, and how much is them having not quite realised how unpleasant a race they’ve created. And Cynwise’s contrast with the RPG Vampire: the Masquerade is useful as a highlight of how monsters are portrayed in other games, how they can be portrayed sympathetically, and how the Forsaken still… aren’t.

Go read. But be aware you might not want to roll a Forsaken for a while after reading!

What do you think? Are the Forsaken sympathetic from a certain point of view, or are they WoW’s equivalent of the most unpleasantly genocidal real-world cults?

_Quote taken directly from Cynwise’s post.

Find Cynwise’s Field Journal at http://cynwise.posterous.com/_

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