Jov sez: Favorite Boss AbilitiesJuly 7, 2009
It’s been nearly a month since I’ve actually had to come up with and write my own content in this place, so I’m really feeling quite rusty. I’ve done some editing, some formatting, but I’m still behind the times on 3.2 (I’m finishing Ulduar, damnit, Yogg>all! I don’t care about the Coliseum yet!) So I’m trying to get myself back in the groove by looking back. Back at bosses, that is. Most people I’ve had these conversations with don’t really want to think about what would happen if Blizzard took the stuff I like in fights and strung them all together into one big uberboss. I’d call it “Jov’s Boss of Death, Madness and Pain” or “Loss of Character Control with Infinite Mana, oh boy!” They just call it “NO!”
Essence of the Red (Vaelastrasz the Corrupt — Blackwing Lair) : Cast by Vael at the beginning of the encounter, this debuff gives essentially infinite mana, energy, rage, and runic power for 3 minutes. Poor boy’s conflicted, he wants to be defeated, even when forced to fight. It just leaves me with one question: Why does Alexstrasza hold out on us when we’re fighting Malygos, huh?
Incite Chaos (Blackheart the Inciter — Shadow Labyrinth) : Party-wide mind control? Smiting the tank to the face (sorry, Tars)? Standing in Volley and spam healing myself? Wacky hijinks remind me of some pugs I’ve been in.
Insanity (Herald Volazj — Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom) : This is Incite Chaos plus plus. Not only are you fighting your buddies, you need to KILL them as well. And what can be better than encounter designed around the pwning of your friends? Plus, you get to hear them complain about how hard YOU are to kill as a healer.
Gravity Lapse (Kael’thas Sunstrider — The Eye/Magister’s Terrace) : Flying is fun, and it’s a nice change when you actually have control over your character while doing it.
Shadow Whip (Omor the Unscarred — Hellfire Ramparts) : Being flung around in the air is fun. Cause for many a squee’d “Wheee!” in vent.
Shadow Portal (Hatmaster Darkmaster Gandling – Scholomance) : I had no idea this was coming the first time I did this fight. The “wtf” that followed (coupled with “You want me to KILL THINGS?!”) was apparently quite amusing for everyone else in the group.
Massive Geyser (Gahz’ranka — Zul’Gurub) : Shooting up in the air is for fun. Especially once we learned to make certain we were in deep enough water we wouldn’t die when we landed.
Soul Steal (Exarch Maladaar — Auchenai Crypts) : I always loved seeing my darkside mindflay the crap out of the DPS. Even when I was attacking myself, I was like “Go me!”
Little Red Riding Hood (The Big Bad Wolf — Karazhan) : Watching the giant Tauren in plate being turned into a cute little gnome in a dress is so totally worth it.
Slag Pot (Ignis the Furnace Master — Ulduar) : This is on the list just because it’s so awesome to call out “<name> in the crotch-pot” in vent.