THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS HEAVY SPOILERS AND ME LORE-NERD-ING ABOUT THEM. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
First of all, I must give credit to Availed on Anvilmar-US for the world first Garrosh defeat, Apophasis for the first horde Garrosh defeat, and Silencer for uploading the following videos.
Now, in a first for Blizzard, upon defeating Garrosh, the raid receives a different cinematic depending on their faction. Each version has a scene unique to the Horde/Alliance showing their perspective on what should happen after Garrosh’s defeat.
Share The Love is one of the Glory of the Hero achievements required for a Red Proto-Drake flying mount. You need to defeat Gal’darah in Gundrak on Heroic Difficulty and have 5 unique party members get impaled throughout the fight. Easy right? Wrong. It takes a lot of trial and error until you get the right strategy.
In a PUG it is nearly impossible to get this done, without a proper party class setup. Not everyone is Tier 7.5, some don’t even reach a full Tier 7.0. I spent so many hours in Gundrak trying to get this done. About five times a player would quit and I had to invite new people. Yea, PUG sucks. Here I am with full Naxx gear, and some from Heroic Malygos, maybe one from Sartharion. Unable to progress and get it done. Finally got a strategy that gave us the chance to complete this achievement.
The final party setup we had after so many people left in separate times, was two holy healers, one fury warrior, one prot paladin and one death knight. The issue was not so much DPS, it was a matter of survival. Players would usually tank him where he stands, in that general area. That is a mistake. The factor here is the knockback. At some point Gal’darah emotes and a rhino comes out of nowhere and hits a random player knocking him back—if this is the healer or someone that is low in health that is a guaranteed death or a wipe in some cases.
A big factor that played in our failure to complete the achievement was that the tank would never get impaled, thus only four of the party members would get impaled and never get the fifth member: the tank, impaled.
If you look at the mini-map the area looks like a “Y” letter. The tank must pull Gal’darah to any of the upper dead-ends. Stay there at all costs. The healer must remain with his back on the opposite wall. Everyone else with their back facing a wall. The boss must be pulled to a corner, then move forward across the boss so the boss remains in the corner. He will start doing whirlwind. Everyone should move away from the boss. He will whirlwind and chase the tank.
Eventually Gal’darah will transform into a Rhino, and he will charge a random player. If this player is an off-tank, that off-tank getting impaled must taunt Gal’darah. One of the two healers could be a holy paladin, but if any of the two healers isn’t a holy paladin then the prot paladin could do the trick. The tank needs to be bubbled and Hand of Salvation. The trick here is to have the original tank lose aggro entirely. Now he will become a target of impale at some point. If one of the players who is not tank, off-tank or a healer is impaled, that player should move on the opposite dead-end across the room, and hide—causing Line of Sight (LOS). That way there are more chances of the original tank to get impaled.
A good healer could take care of this run, but if you want to be extremely safe to get this achievement done, a second healer would do wonders. When a healer is impaled, usually any player who has a bleed effect will probably die. That’s where a second healer or even a retribution paladin or elemental shaman could serve as off-healer when the main healer is impaled until he is able to return to his duty.
The achievement was completed with this group setup with no problems once the boss was tanked in the corner and kept there. Knockbacks didn’t get the healers and the tank out of range thanks to the walls surrounding us. And that was a big win-win factor. The second issue was resolved too which was the Tank never getting impaled. A shield and a hand of salvation took care of that, while the off-tank gained threat with a taunt.
On Thursday, US players attempted to test Hodir in the middle of crashes outside dungeons, and 3200 Queues to even login. In my case, half of our 10-man couldn’t zone in. And we couldn’t zone out. Since we couldn’t even get to start a single fight with Hodir, I decided to explore Ulduar. Not all of it, only the first floor.
The dungeon is simply awesome to behold with a lot of care to details in its interior architecture. It takes over 20 minutes to explore every corner of the place. As said earlier, Ulduar seems to be the prison of Yogg-Saron. That’s what I speculate based on visuals. The dome at the center of Ulduar is broken with pieces of crystal floating in a swirl of magic residual. Within the dome is a huge crater in the icy floor and a few broken chains hanging from the walls. What makes me think that Loken somehow broke the dome once he fell to the whispers of the old god. Hopefully we get to read some lore in the quests to confirm or debunk this.
Update: Confirmed. The big chamber with chains at the center of the dungeon is named: The Prison of Yogg-Saron.
In this video you will see the Ulduar tram. If you get to fall off the tram, just walk back to where the tram was and climb the stairs. There are ramps to get you back above. Watch the lengthy video. If you are on a slow connection, start the video and press pause to allow it to download while you browse other pages or websites. (20 minutes video)
Vaneras has revealed a few details about the upcoming new 25-man raid dungeon: Ulduar It will be partially available on PTR at some point in upcoming weeks with various hard-modes to tackle. Blizzard is satisfied with how the Sartharion dungeon was designed and plan to create new dungeons with many hard-modes. Ulduar will not be just for everyone. Even in normal mode it will be challenging. It is developed for those guilds that have geared up through Malygos, Naxxramas and Sartharion, yet those will find Ulduar a hard experience..
Ulduar will be available on PTR in the future, however we are planning on having several limitations in place so that we can control what can be tested at any given time. Ulduar will also not be available permanently like Naxxramas was in the WotLK Beta.
All this basically means that if there is something we want to test, then we will enable the zone and encounter so that it is available. If at some point there is something that we no longer want to test, then the zone will be disabled so that it is no longer available.
Keep in mind though, that there will be quite a few encounters to test in both the 10 and the 25 man versions, and there will also be a whole lot of “hard modes” and achievements to test.
We are quite pleased with how Sartharion and his drakes worked, so we would like to expand on that idea quite a bit in Ulduar and future raids. We are currently planning for most of the encounters to have “hard modes” that will allow for raids to increase the difficulty. Increasing the challenge will of course also mean an increase of reward level if successful.
Ulduar will be on PTR in the future, but we’re going to have tight controls in place on what can be tested at any given time. Ulduar will also not be up permanently like Naxxramas was in the WotLK Beta. If we have something to test, we’ll make the zone and encounter available. If we don’t, we’ll disable the zone.
That being said, there’s going to be a LOT of encounters to test in both 10 and 25 player modes. There will also be a whole lot of “hard modes” and achievements to test. We’re shooting for most all of the encounters to have “hard modes” that allow raids to increase the challenge and reward level if they’re up to it. We’re pretty pleased with how Sartharion and his drakes worked, and we’re going to expand on that idea extensively in Ulduar and future raids.
The reward for completing the hard modes are not going to be just achievement points, titles, or mounts, but improved, additional item rewards.
I think it’s safe to say that Ulduar will be a bit more difficult overall than Naxxramas, even without the hard modes. We’re still going to tune the zone for accessibility(*), but a raid group that’s done Naxxramas, Malygos, and Sartharion and obtained the gear from those encounters should be well prepared for Ulduar. Not only is the raid’s gear better, but players should now have some raiding experience under their belts. We also have a much more accurate picture of what guilds are capable of from a healing, damage, and tanking perspective then when WotLK first went live. If Naxxramas was the introduction to raiding 101 class for players who have never raided before, think of Ulduar as the second year class.
* There will be one optional encounter that is only tuned as a “hard mode” encounter.
I don’t think you have to worry about spoilers from Achievements, to be honest. Seeing achievement text before you fight a boss is like seeing a single piece of a large jigsaw puzzle. Sure, it’s something, but it’s nothing really without seeing the context of the encounter as a whole. I also expect achievements to be something tested late in the PTR process. Implementing them is one of the last parts of the development pipeline.
Ghostcrawler acknowledged normal and heroic difficulty dungeons were designed to be easier than what players are used to from their experience in World of Warcraft classic and Burning Crusade. Blizzard wants everyone to experience the dungeons—and that’s something the majority of non-hardcore players have wanted for years. This allows everyone to see the content and the lore. Heroics technically should be harder and more aimed to the hardcore raiding guilds (in my opinion).
Ulduar is going to be another story. Ghostcrawler said it will be hard. Nothing about the dungeon has been revealed yet. However, rumors are abound that the final boss might be Yogg-Saron, since that was Loken’s master. Time will tell if the rumors are true. There was a hint that more dungeons will be coming out via content patches.