Heroic Lich King 10 – DEAD

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Yes, one word sums it up, finally after exactly 3 months since we unlocked heroic Lich King and about 1.5 months of truly working on this encounter we finally (and I really do mean finally) completed this unbelievably challenging encounter. This is by far the most intense fight I’ve ever experienced in 10 man and Blizzard truly has done a fantastic job at making something that really pushes the boundaries of its players. I can’t even begin to imagine how players dealt with this encounter without X% buffs. I believe the first kill was at 5% which is just ridiculous. True cudos to those who were able to do it earlier but in my mind, even with a kill at 20% buff there is absolutely no shame in that. I thought it would be fun to list out all the different ways we wiped in the progress of learning this encounter:

  • Death by Infest (I love you disc priests)
  • Death by Shadow Trap
  • Death by Shadow Trap because warlock’s in demon form don’t say “Shadow Trap on Me”
  • Death by incorrect transfer of necrotic plague due to Shadow Traps causing clumping of adds/players resulting in too many adds up during transition
  • Death by double enraged Shambling Horror
  • Death by Raging Spirit Shockwave via aggro pull
  • Death by Defile
  • Death by Valk grabbing tank healer
  • Death by Valk grabbing infest healer
  • Death by Valk drop due to Defile dropped in melee range
  • Death by Spirit Bombs in Frostmourne Room
  • Death by Wicked Spirits in Frostmourne Room (yay for boomkins)
  • Death by Vile Spirits not being soaked correctly due to incorrect positioning
  • Death by tank mismanagement of cooldowns for Soul Reaper
  • Death by tank moving in the wrong direction into Vile Spirits after teleport out of Frostmourne Room
  • Death by clumping on a defile after teleport out of Frostmourne Room
  • Death by disc priest falling off the platform at 4% because hes tunneling raid frames

I’m sure there are more things that caused wipes but these are the ones that stuck out in my mind. How many total attempts did we use total? I have no flipping idea. About 5-6 weeks of work and using anywhere between 10-25 attempts a week so you do the math, definitely not a small amount. The worst part of this fight is the duration of the fight. A kill can take anywhere between 15-20 minutes and that’s a very very VERY long time for many things to go wrong. You can pull off a perfect attempt for 15 minutes and then one person will make a small mistake and you’ll have to start from scratch. Or you could be playing flawlessly and RNG just smacks you in the face (example: disc priest getting grabbed by valks) It’s truly not an easy task for 10 people to play flawlessly for that long of a time period or for RNG not to throw something nasty your way.

Above and beyond the challenges of the fight itself, as I mentioned before we experienced a lot of turnover in our 10 man group. No drama, no fights just life catching up with people. In the timeframe between when we killed LK to LK heroic we had plenty of struggles to get the right people on that have the drive and motivation to get it done week in and week out. Just to name a few things:

  • Only 5 people from our LK10 kill made it to our LK10 heroic kill
  • Of the 5 remaining, one switched classes from dps to healing
  • Of the 5 remaining, one switched from dps to healing (for heroic lich king)
  • Only 3 people remained on the same class, spec throughout the whole LK10 heroic experience
  • Aside from the 5 who have been here for every kill, we used 11 people (at least more than one week) during from start to kill
  • Of the 11, one switched from dps to tanking

I truly believe that our 10 man group is top notch and although we wished the kill had come a lot sooner than it did, a US 217th is pretty awesome in my books. Now hopefully we can enjoy a nice long break before Halion & Ruby Sanctum.

Grats Daybreak!

9 Responses to “Heroic Lich King 10 – DEAD”


  1. 1 Arandin June 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Pretty awesome feat! I really can’t even imagine how little room for error there is in the heroic version, when the reg version really doesn’t even allow a whole lot of room for error. Big congratz🙂

  2. 2 Anonymous June 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Congrats! So did you 2 or 3 heal it? What classes healed?

  3. 4 darksend June 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    my guild killed 10 man at 10% and just got 25 last week, the difference is so staggering I cannot even express. The major difference is phase 3. In 25 man phase 3 is a complete joke, working on it for months never getting past 50% and when we finally do we kill it in our 4th ever phase 3 attempt. But in 10 man you have so much less margin for error with soakers it is impossible to attempt without a shadowpriest with dispersion glyph. The kill attempt out soaker died and I had to rez him while tanking, that was fun🙂

  4. 5 Batmenk June 23, 2010 at 4:34 am

    “Now hopefully we can enjoy a nice long break before Halion & Ruby Sanctum.”

    I’m sorry to disappoint you but your break will just be one single week until Halion attacks the Ruby Sanctum.

  5. 6 Mitch June 23, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Grats! Especially with all the changes you guys had to make. I’m sure that had to be frustrating.

  6. 7 Yliinia June 25, 2010 at 10:53 am

    First Congrats

    What composition did you use?

    My guild killed it twice in 10men but only on a caster opti with a hunter, also they want to stick to the same tanks cause they “know the fight”… dammit :p

    • 8 Vallen June 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

      Tanks: Warrior/DK
      Healers: DPriest/RShaman
      Melee DPS: Ret Pally, FDruid, Fury Warrior
      Range DPS: Marks Hunter x2, Boomkin

      We definitely didnt try to find the simplest comp to attempt the fight, we ended up taking whoever was willing to put in the time to learn the fight. Although a boomkin does make FM room a lot easier lol

  7. 9 Anonymous July 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    survival, one of the hunters was survival =P


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