So, Hob the Devilsaur is no friend of mine.
He can dps …oh lawdy can he dps. He can stomp around and annoy the raid. He has a huge big dino butt that you will find in your face if you go afk and don’t say anything. He has a really cute ‘squat and roar’ animation when he’s standing idle and a deliciously powerful looking snout-bash animation when he’s pwning face.
But what he can’t do is dance. And if he can’t dance, he ain’t no friend of mine!
I had our resident moonkin howling with laughter after our last attempt at Heigan the Unclean in 25 man Naxx. I rezzed that @#!&$%# devilsaur at least four times, including the instant rez. And invariably, I got about three seconds into Bestial Wrath and the dino would drop like a stone. Every time. Without fail. Which was of course a sizeable chunk out of my dps. It’s annoying to me, because Heigan is one of my favourite boss fights in Naxx. It took me exactly two wipes to get the dance down, and now I love it. The first death was my noobness. The second death was actually on our third attempt, when I was being a smartass and thinking I was more awesome than I was and ran a bit too far ahead. But I havn’t died on that fight since then, and I’m a huge fan of it. My brand new, super-awesome snarling, slathering, lightning fast gaming computer helps, too.
But, I still have pet management issues. I have looked around and the best advice I have found is “respec MM” which for me is not really an option, so here are some of my Beast Mastery thoughts on Heigan vs. The Devilsaur.
Tip 1: Heart of the Phoenix. Grabbing this talent is a must. Heigan can be a fight that can last forever and a day if enough disease-cleansing healers and a few dps are surviving dancing with the bosses. So, you may even be able to use the instant pet rez twice. If you’re rocking the exotic pets talent like I am, you’ll have more pet talent points than you know what to do with. And giving that glass cannon dps pet a few points into Great Stamina isn’t a bad idea either.
Tip 2: Improved Revive Pet. I don’t have this talent right now, because I feel the need to use those two points elsewhere, but, I’m going to be in Naxx a lot, and I’m pretty sure I can squeeze a little more dps from somewhere else, so I’ll be respeccing. The faster pet rez time, and the added health is great.
Tip 3: Glyph of Mend Pet. I find that most of the hunter minor glyphs are pretty much a waste of time. This glyph however comes into it’s own on Heigan because if you’re looking at rezing your pet four times or more on one fight, he’s going to want to have that extra bit of happiness to get that extra bit of dps done in the short amount of time he’s going to be alive.
Tip 4: Spam Mend Pet. (Insert Monty Python Spam Song). Spam it, spam it good. You’ll get all your mana back while you’re dancing like no one is watching if you switch to Aspect of the Viper, so don’t worry. I generally find 25 man Heigan easier than 10 man because with the larger raid there are more heals floating around. However, sweet talking one of your healers into keeping half an eye on your pet and tossing him a HoT now and then isn’t a bad idea either. I’d suggest a Druid for this. They’re not cleansing Heigan’s disease and they have all sorts of yummy HoTs.
Tip 4: Leave That Pet Dead. Leave him dead when you go down to the disco floor. His AI works very much like typing /f on a player and that just does not work on Heigan. So leave him dead and rez him while you’re waiting for your tank to get aggro when Heigan switches back to phase 1. I also find that since the lava waves kill the pet more than the disease, the dead carcass of my big, slow, walnut-brained devilsaur makes a good marker for where not to stand. Dead guildies likewise.
Tip 5: Get Your DPS in Fast. Hit Beastial Wrath as soon as you can do it in Phase 1. All standard rules about aggro management apply, but your pet is going to die so you want to get some good dps out of him while he’s up. I’d also recommend getting some trinkets that you can use while your pet is down to keep your dps high. If you’re not using the Bestial Wrath macro, you should be.
Tip 6: Auto Shot for the Win. When you’re shaking your groove thang, keep auto shot running and you’ll get a few more dps points in. If you’re clever enough to watch your Serpent Sting cooldown and have the glyph for it and the glyph for Steady Shot, you can get a few of those in too while you’re busting a move on the dance floor. And nearer the end of the fight, you might be able to bang out a Kill Shot while you’re waltzing, as well as another one when you get back upon the platform. Pro Tip: If you’re closer to his platform, you have a shorter distance to travel and more time to get some shots into the boss while you’re doing the electric slide.
Tip 7: Keep Your Friends Close. This is my “when all else fails” tip. If you’re pet is just going down like a featherweight every time Heigan so much as looks at him, then keep your pet close to you, up on the platform. He’s still likely to die during the polka party part of the fight, but you might be able to use mend pet enough to keep him going through it.
And as always, the TL: DR portion of tonight’s broadcast:
1. Heart of the Phoenix – The only good rez is a fast rez.
2. Glyph of Mend Pet – Less lol-worthy since 2008.
3. Spam Mend Pet – And hug a tree.
4. Leave That Pet Dead – Bad pet! No dance for you!
5. Get Your DPS in Fast – Hunters do it right now.
6. Auto Shot FTW – And you thought it was just for Curator!
7. Keep Your Friends Close – Sit! Stay! Good boy.
Post Scriptum: A hundred years ago someone asked me where I get the WoW Icons for these posts. I completely forgot to reply, but you can find a large (but not comprehensive) list here.