I said before that I was going to go back into Karazhan, and I wasn’t kidding. 🙂
So this morning, Cassie and I were on and Graimerin/Falromord came on, and I remembered that I’d promised to go in with his level 71 Rogue Enchanter to try and get him a shot at the Mongoose recipe that Moroes can drop.
So, I badgered Cassie into getting off her level 65 Ret Pally she’s been loving/leveling, and onto her Rogue for a little Kara action.
My 80 Feral Big Bear, Cassie’s 80 Rogue (with the hybrid Combat Fist/Swords spec) and Fal’s level 71 Rogue Carack went on inside.
A Feral Druid and two Rogues against Moroes? Riiiight.
Well, in preparation, I suggested we take down Attumen first. I figured the trash and dual-Boss should give us some idea of the level disparity, either for or against.
Let me say there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the trash leading up to, and Attumen himself, are easily soloed by a Bear in my gear. It didn’t even take any actual dancing to get it done.
I went through probably 5 trash pulls before I even bothered to stop and shift to cast a heal on myself, and that was when I finally got below 50% after the four-pull.
The five pull went smooth as silk standing and Swiping as well. We finished the trash and were facing Attumen at the 8 minute mark.
Attumen and Midnight were quite easy, it just took a while because the Curse he throws down increases your chance to miss by bunches. So it is absolutely possible for a reasonably geared all-Heroic drop, crafted and Emblem Bear tank, no Naxx drops, to go clear Attumen solo every week for the chance at a Horsie mount.
Now on to Moroes.
The trash, both large pulls and singles, were easy mode as well. Even getting affected by the Drunk debuff, none of it is enough to bother you. Improved Leader of the Pack keeps you healed by enough to just keep going, and there is always plenty of opportunity to drink and cast heals to regain Health if you get concerned by being down to 75% Health after 3 or 4 pulls.
But Moroes himself… Moroes is another story.
When we lined up to face Moroes, we had two casters, and two hitters, Baroness Dorothea, Lady Berrybuck, Lord Robin and Lord Crispin.
The first time we attempted it, I figured we’d try and minimize the adds a teeny bit and then go all out on Moroes, so we’d be up against Garotte as little as possible.
So I marked the two ladies as kill targets, and said to switch to Moroes after that.
This was a very bad plan. Lord Robin is the Fury Warrior, and he has his Whirlwind attack that did a solid continuous amount of damage all around the group.
We successfully downed the two ladies quickly enough and switched to Moroes… but Cassie got Garotted fast, Lord Robin’s Whirlwind did enough to take down Carack and help Cassie on her way, and even though I tried to switch plans and did succeed in taking down Robin, Crispin was still there and had only just gone down when I got finished up.
My biggest mistake?
Not leaving myself the possibility of breathing room.
It occured to me mid-fight that, if we’d killed all the damn trash, then every time Moroes Vanished I could have shifted and thrown down some heals.
But so long as an add is up in my face pounding me, that’s a highly risky manuever and causes enough pushback to make it doubtful I’d get both a long cast and an instant off in time.
So, the second attempt we lined up, I marked Lord Robin as first kill, and then the rest of the trash, and left Moroes for last.
And we did, all together, last long enough to take down all the trash with just Moroes left before Carack went down to Garotte.
After that, it was just a question of shifting and casting some self-heals when Moroes Vanished, waiting until I was very low (around 9000 Health, lol) before popping Survival Instincts and Frenzied Regeneration (which brought myself back up to full), and going to town and that old boy was dead, dead, dead.
So, lesson learned. It IS possible to take down Moroes, at least with a Bear and two DPS. No CC, no healers.
But it’s also true that a single healer of any kind would’ve made it an absolutely ridiculous no-brainer. Even a level 70 Healer.
Anybody successfully solo Bear tanked Moroes yet? Or found a technique you particularly enjoy?