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Boss Icon - Madness of Deathwing This guide is intended to provide a comprehensive description of the encounter with Madness of Deathwing in Dragon Soul. It is targeted to anyone who desires to understand the fight mechanics.

This guide applies to patch 4.3 of World of Warcraft.

The Madness of Deathwing is the 8th and final boss encounter of the Dragon Soul raid. If successful, raids will, at long last, bring an end to Deathwing, the Destroyer.

The fight contains a large variety of adds, spells, and mechanics, but it is, ultimately, not difficult to understand or execute. Tanks, healers, and DPS players will, at certain times, have a lot of pressure placed on them to perform well.

The five Aspects aid your raid during this encounter, although, as the fight progresses, they become effectively disabled, making it increasingly difficult for your raid. Though, they do come back to help you kill Deathwing, at the very end.

We found the encounter to be extremely engaging, even if we would have liked to be given the chance of fighting Deathwing alone, without the help of the aspects.

1. General Information↑top

1.1. Health Pool

Difficulty Deathwing Arm Tentacle / Wing Tentacle Mutated Corruption Elementium Bolt Corrupting Parasite
10-man 25M 28M 11M 829k heroic-only
10-man heroic 29M 38.1M 17.1M 950k 3M
25-man 76M 84M 34M 2.5M heroic-only
25-man heroic 87M 114.6M 49M 2.8M 9M
LFR 57M 63M 25M 1.5M heroic-only
Difficulty Blistering Tentacle Regenerative Blood Elementium Terror Elementium Fragment Congealing Blood
10-man 165k 664k 2.9M 1.2M heroic-only
10-man heroic 236kk 1.26M 3.2M 1.6M 944k
25-man 498k 2M 8.7M 1.2M heroic-only
25-man heroic 710k 4.1M 10M 1.7M 3.2M
LFR 373k 1.5M 6.5M 871k heroic-only

1.2. Enrage Timer

Several times during the fight, Deathwing will start casting Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm. This gives you one minute to finish killing a certain unit. Failing to do so will inevitably result in a wipe.

Deathwing also has a 15 minute hard enrage timer.

1.3. Raid Composition

Difficulty Tanks Healers DPS
10-man 1-2 3 5-6
10-man heroic 1-2 3 5-6
25-man 1-2 6-7 17
25-man heroic 2 6-7 16-17
LFR 1 6-7 17

2. Loot↑top

2.1. Mounts

Difficulty Mount
LFR None
10-man Normal Reins of the Blazing Drake
25-man Normal Reins of the Blazing Drake
10-man Heroic Life-Binder's Handmaiden
25-man Heroic Life-Binder's Handmaiden

2.2. Weapons

Item Name Type Main Stats/Effect
Rathrak, the Poisonous Mind (LFR, Heroic) Dagger Intellect/Additional Damage
Ti'tahk, the Steps of Time (LFR, Heroic) Staff Intellect/Haste to Allies
Maw of the Dragonlord (LFR, Heroic) Main-Hand Mace Intellect/AoE Healing
Blade of the Unmaker (LFR, Heroic) 1.8 One-Hand Dagger Agility
No'Kaled, the Elements of Death (LFR, Heroic) One-Hand Axe Agility/Additional Damage
Kiril, Fury of Beasts (LFR, Heroic) Polearm Agility
Vishanka, Jaws of the Earth (LFR, Heroic) Bow Agility/Additional Damage
Gurthalak, Voice of the Deeps (LFR, Heroic) Two-Hand Sword Strength/Damage
Souldrinker (LFR, Heroic) One-Hand Sword Strength/Drain Life

3. Overview of the Fight↑top

The Madness of Deathwing encounter is a two phase fight.

Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Overview Empty During Phase One, you will have to defeat 4 of Deathwing's limbs (two wings and two arms). This part takes place on 4 different platforms, surrounded by water. Each of Deathwing's limbs rests on one platform, and your raid will have to travel to every platform and kill all the limbs in order to make it to Phase Two.

During Phase Two, your raid will have to burn Deathwing's head, who will have crashed next to one of the platforms (where the entire phase is spent). At the same time, your raid will have to regularly kill two types of adds. Deathwing's health will initially be at 20% and he will deal increasing raid damage as he nears death.

Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Overview Deathwing Throughout the fight, your raid will have assistance from the four dragon Aspects (though, Thrall also offers a minimal contribution). Each Aspect is flying over one of the four platforms, resulting in the following naming conventions for the platforms in this guide:

  • Leftmost platform: Alexstrasza's Platform;
  • Middle-left platform: Nozdormu's Platform;
  • Midle-right platform: Ysera's Platform;
  • Rightmost platform: Kalecgos' Platform.

Each of the Aspects offers the raid a specific buff (such as increased health) and uses a specific ability.

  • In Phase One, once an Aspect's platform has been cleared of Deathwing's limb, that Aspect will cease to assist the raid and focus solely on attacking Deathwing. This means that Phase One becomes increasingly difficult as you progress, and your raid will have to choose the order in which to clear the platform carefully.
  • In Phase Two, the Aspects are once again fighting alongside your raid and they resume their assistance.

3.1. Buffs Provided by the Aspects

Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Aspects During Phase One, all the buffs, except for Thrall's, only last until the platform of the respective Aspect has been cleansed of Deathwing's limb, at which time the Aspect will begin assaulting Deathwing and will cease to aid your raid until Phase Two begins. Thrall's buff lasts for the entire duration of the encounter.

3.1.1. Thrall's Buff

Thrall's buff is the least noticeable one: he grants your raid Carrying Winds Icon Carrying Winds for the entire duration of the fight. This allows you to move back and forth between two adjacent platforms. To do so, simply run or jump off your current platform in the direction you wish to go. Additionally, following each jump, you will gain a 60% movement speed increase for 10 seconds (this buff stacks twice).

This buff does not play any evident role in the fight, and it simply allows you to move around freely between platforms.

3.1.2. Ysera's Buff

Ysera's Presence Icon Ysera's Presence is a passive buff that increases all healing done by 20%.

Dream Icon Dream is an ability that Ysera grants to all raid members. Players receive an extra action button, with a 30 second cooldown. Using this ability grants the player 50% damage reduction for 5 seconds.

Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Dream Button

This ability can be keybound from the Key Bindings Menu (it is called ExtraActionButton1 and it is located in the Action Bar Functions section). The button may may not display properly (or at all) if you are using any action bar add-ons, although this does not affect the aforementioned key-binding's efficiency. Alternatively, you can use the following macro:

  • /click ExtraActionButton1

Clicking this macro (which, of course, can be keybound), has the same effect as clicking the Dream button.

3.1.3. Alexstrasza's Buff

Alexstrasza's Presence Icon Alexstrasza's Presence is a passive buff that increases maximum health by 20%.

Alexstrasza's ability varies from Phase One to Phase Two:

3.1.4. Nozdormu's Buff

Nozdormu's Presence Icon Nozdormu's Presence is a passive buff that increases your haste by 20%.

Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Time Zone Nozdormu's active ability is Time Zone Icon Time Zone, which places a type of protective bubble on the platform where the raid is currently fighting. This causes the Elementium Bolt (a type of projectile NPC that flies towards the raid) to be greatly slowed down, giving your raid more time to kill it. It also reduces the attack speed of any enemies within the zone by 50%.

3.1.5. Kalecgos' Buff

Kalecgos' Presence Icon Kalecgos' Presence is a passive buff that increases damage dealt by 20%.

Additionally, Kalecgos imbues your raid with Spellweaver Icon Spellweaver, which causes all attacks to deal 23,000 amount of Arcane damage to enemies within 6 yards.

4. Phase One↑top

Phase One is started by talking to Thrall, located on Ysera's platform.

Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Limbs On each of the 4 platforms, your raid must perform the same set of tasks to destroy Deathwing's limb. Depending on the platform, the Deathwing's limb is either an Arm Tentacle or a Wing Tentacle. Out of the 4 limbs, 2 are Arm Tentacles (Nozdormu's Platform and Ysera's Platform) and 2 are Wing Tentacles (Alexstrasza's Platform and Kalecgos' Platform). The only differences between these two types of adds are their name and their visual appearance. Other than that, they cast the same abilities and have the same amount of health.

The strategy remains very similar from one platform to the other, just that the mechanics of the fight will be increasingly harder to deal with, as you progressively lose the buffs granted by the dragon Aspects (when you kill the limb on their platform, they go fight Deathwing himself and stop buffing the raid).

4.1. Enemies, Abilities and Their Interaction

During this phase, you will have to defeat several types of adds, in a specific order and fashion, so that you can eventually destroy all of Deathwing's limbs. Below, we will list every add you encounter during Phase One, all of their abilities and the way in which they interact.

4.1.1. Deathwing

Deathwing does not exist, during Phase One, as an attackable NPC. He does however use a few abilities and your raid will need to destroy his limbs, either an Arm Tentacle or a Wing Tentacle, depending on the platform.

  • Assault Aspects Icon Assault Aspects is an ability that Deathwing casts on the dragon Aspect on whose platform the most raid members are located. This ability simply determines on which platform the adds will spawn (the one where most of your raid is located) and is a means of allowing you to choose the order in which to tackle the platforms.
  • Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Elementium Bolt Elementium Bolt is a projectile that Deathwing fires at the platform where your raid is currently located, 45 seconds after he has finished casting Assault Aspects. Upon reaching the platform, the Elementium Bolt will deal massive Fire damage to the entire raid with Elementium Blast Icon Elementium Blast. This initial hit deals less damage the farther away players are from the impact zone. 5.2 seconds after landing, Elementium Blast will tick again, for yet another massive Fire damage hit. This NPC cannot be tanked, and it does not melee. It has a small health pool and your DPS players can and should try to kill it before it lands.
  • Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm is an ability that Deathwing begins casting 2 minutes after he has chosen an Aspect to assault. It has a 60 second cast time, at the end of which you will wipe (it deals 1.5M damage). The only way to stop this cast is to kill the Arm Tentacle or the Wing Tentacle present on the platform where you are fighting.

4.1.2. Arm Tentacles and Wing Tentacles

Arm Tentacles and Wing Tentacles are the limbs of Deathwing (they look like tentacles) that you need to destroy during Phase One. These adds do not melee and cannot be tanked. In order to clear a platform, your raid will have to kill the limb attached to the platform.

Deathwing's limbs have a high amount of health, and your raid will have to deal with different kinds of adds before the limbs can be finished off.

Arm Tentacles and Wing Tentacles do the following:

  • Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Blistering Tentacles At 70 and 40% health, they spawn several Blistering Tentacles. These adds are immune to AoE damage, and they deal increasing raid damage, by stacking Blistering Heat Icon Blistering Heat on raid members.
    • If Alexstrasza's platform is still active, then her Cauterize Icon Cauterize (Phase One) ability will quickly kill all of the Blistering Tentacles.
    • Otherwise, your raid will have to single-target them down.
  • 90 seconds after engaging a Tentacle, it will begin to hemorrhage. This will spawn 6 Regenerative Blood adds.
  • For the entire duration of their existence, the tentacles will deal a small amount of damage to the raid, every 2 seconds (Burning Blood Icon Burning Blood). This damage is greater the lower the tentacle's health is.

4.1.3. Regenerative Blood

Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Regenerative Bloods 6 Regenerative Bloods are spawned by Arm Tentacles and Wing Tentacles 90 seconds after they have been engaged. These small adds have normal aggro tables and have fairly weak melee attacks.

Their attacks stack Degenerative Bite Icon Degenerative Bite (10-man/25-man/LFR) on the tank. This eventually overwhelms the healers.

Regenerative Bloods have an energy bar with a maximum capacity of 100, which starts empty and fills at a rate of 10 energy per second. Each time the bar reaches 100 energy, the respective Blood will be healed to full health (50% health in LFR difficulty).

These adds are easy to AoE as long as Kalecgos is up (thanks to the damage-splashing ability, Spellweaver Icon Spellweaver, that he imbues raid members with).

4.1.4. Mutated Corruption

Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Mutated Corruption Mutated Corruption is a tentacle add that spawns 10 seconds after Deathwing assaults an aspect (when the raid has just started the fight or switched to a new platform). It has two abilities:

  • Impale Icon Impale is a massively damaging attack that the Mutated Corruption performs on the main tank. It deals an immense amount of Phsyical damage (260,000 in LFR and 400,000 in 10 and 25-man difficulty), for which the tank will have to use defensive cooldowns. Additionally, tanks can make use of Ysera's Dream Icon Dream to survive this attack, while she is still active.
  • Crush Icon Crush is a very damaging AoE attack that the Mutated Corruption uses regularly. It will target a random raid member, and damage everyone in a line between the Corruption and the target for a high amount of Physical damage (65,000 in LFR and 100,000 in 10 and 25-man difficulty).

4.2. Strategy

The strategy for Phase One consists in clearing each of the 4 platforms. A platform is cleared when the respective Arm Tentacle or Wing Tentacle (Deathwing's limb) is killed. In order to do this, the raid must perform a series of tasks. Fortunately, these tasks are identical between all 4 platforms, so the fight is not very difficult to understand.

4.2.1. Platform Order

The first thing that your raid must decide on is the order in which to clear the platforms. This will determine the order in which you will lose the buffs from the Aspects, and which of the buffs you will get to keep until the final platform.

While it is possible to successfully complete the phase by clearing the platforms in any order, we will only detail the order that we recommend as being optimal:

  1. Ysera's Platform;
  2. Alexstrasza's Platform.
  3. Nozdormu's Platform;
  4. Kalecgos' Platform.

Before starting the encounter, you should position your entire raid on Ysera's platform (where you land after parachuting down from Deathwing's back), and speak with Thrall to pull the boss.

4.2.2. Clearing a Platform

Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Fighting Phase One The first thing you will notice, when clearing a platform, is the massive Arm Tentacle or Wing Tentacle right in front of you. Your DPS players should immediately begin attacking it, and you should try to do as much damage as possible to it before the Mutated Corruption appears. Then the raid encounter will follow these steps:

  • After 10 seconds, a Mutated Corruption will appear.
    • The tanks should position themselves towards the back of the platform and they should be ready to taunt the Mutated Corruption as soon as it spawns. When this happens, all DPS players should switch to it and burn it down.
    • Tanks and healers will have to pay special attention to the Impale Icon Impale cast and make sure that the tank is protected against this. This can be done in one of several ways (or a combination of them):
      • Tanks can use damage reducing defensive cooldowns.
      • Healers can use damage reducing cooldowns on the tanks, or Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit.
    • In case the tank does not have any way of surviving another Impale, the off-tank should taunt and use one of their own cooldowns.
  • At a certain point, while DPS-ing the Mutated Corruption, Deathwing will launch an Elementium Bolt towards the platform.
    • Dragon Soul - Madness of Deathwing - Elementium Bolt Swirly Zone The exact location when the Elementium Bolt will land is marked by a golden swirling void zone. Everyone should move away from the impact spot, as the damage that the Bolt does, when landing, is greater to players closer to it.
    • Prepare for the massive damage to the raid that the Bolt deals when it lands (through Elementium Blast Icon Elementium Blast). Defensive cooldowns such as Power Word: Barrier Icon Power Word: Barrier and Aura Mastery Icon Aura Mastery are useful here. Anti-Magic Zone Icon Anti-Magic Zone is also an extremely useful cooldown that can be used for every single Elementium Bolt.
    • The Elementium Bolt must be destroyed as soon as possible. The idea is to kill it between the moment when it lands and the moment when Elementium Blast Icon Elementium Blast ticks again, 5.2 seconds after landing.
  • After the Bolt is dead, players should return to the Mutated Corruption and finish it off, then switch back to the Arm Tentacle.
  • After 90 seconds, the Arm Tentacle will spawn 6 Regenerative Bloods. Your raid should simply AoE these adds down (while tanking them close to the Arm Tentacle).
  • It is likely that before the Arm Tentacle or Wing Tentacle dies, Deathwing will have started casting Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm, but there should be ample time to finish off the Tentacle.
    • Note that when Deathwing is casting Cataclysm, the Tentacle takes 100% increased damage, as the Aspect on whose platform you are standing begins to attack it.

4.2.3. Ysera's Platform

On Ysera's Platform, you can make use of the following:

4.2.4. Alexstrasza's Platform

With Ysera dead, your raid will have to cope with the loss of 20% increased healing and Dream Icon Dream, although this does not affect the strategy of the encounter at all.

4.2.5. Nozdormu's Platform

The loss of Alexstrasza's buff will mean that your raid has lost the 20% health increase. Additionally, your raid will now have to manually kill the Blistering Tentacles each time they spawn. As these adds are immune to AoE, you will have to use single target attacks against them.

It is very important that all the Blistering Tentacles are killed in a timely fashion (before the next set spawns), thus allowing for the debuff that they apply to wear off.

Equally importantly, your raid should make sure not to bring the Tentacle to 70% (or close to it) until after the Mutated Corruption and the Elementium Bolt have been dealt with. Otherwise, you risk having Blistering Tentacles spawn at the same time as another raid-damaging ability is going on, most likely causing a wipe.

Other than this, nothing else changes, although healers will have to pay special attention to tanks (for Impale Icon Impale), as the tanks' health will be considerably lower.

4.2.6. Kalecgos' Platform

This platform will be the most difficult one by far. The loss of Nozdormu's buffs means that the Elementium Bolt will hit the platform much sooner (totally unslowed) and will likely have time to pulse once or twice after it has landed, dealing absolutely massive damage to the raid. Healers must be on top of their game here, and a mix of defensive cooldowns should be used.

Additionally, with the absence of the Time Zone Icon Time Zone, the Regenerative Blood adds will deal more damage to the tank.

Finally, both DPS players and healers will have lower output here, due to the loss of the 20% haste buff granted by Nozdormu.

5. Phase Two↑top

Phase Two is a rather simple burn phase. Once all the 4 platforms are cleared, Deathwing will slump forward and his head will land, helpless, on Ysera's platform. The phase starts with Deathwing at 20% of his health, and ends when he has been killed by your raid.

5.1. Abilities

During this phase, Deathwing does not perform melee attacks and only has a single ability: Corrupted Blood Icon Corrupted Blood. This ability deals fire damage every 2 seconds to the entire raid. When Deathwing's health reaches 15%, 10%, and 5%, the damage dealt by Corrupted Blood increases.

Throughout the phase, Deathwing will spawn two types of adds: Elementium Fragments and Elementium Terrors:

  • Elementium Fragments are spawned every 90 seconds, 3 at a time in 10-man difficulty and 8 at a time in 25-man and LFR difficulties. These small tentacles cannot be tanked and have very little health. They cast Shrapnel Icon Shrapnel, which deals a high amount of physical damage to random raid members.
  • Elementium Terrors are spawned every 90 seconds, 2 at a time. These big adds must be tanked and inflict a stacking debuff on the tank: Tetanus Icon Tetanus (10-man/25-man).

The first wave of Elementium Fragments comes 10 seconds into Phase Two, while the first wave of Elementium Terrors comes 40 seconds into Phase Two.

5.2. Strategy

The strategy for Phase Two is quite simple. Your raid should begin the phase by burning Deathwing. Because the damage that he deals to the raid increases progressively when he reaches 15%, 10% and 5% health, your raid should stop DPS before the 10% threshold, finish off any adds and then proceed to burning Deathwing.

Healers will have to deal with the increasing raid damage from Corrupted Blood. Especially after Deathwing reaches 10% health, healing will become extremely difficult and any available cooldowns should be used.

The adds spawned during this phase should be dealt with as follows:

  • Elementium Terrors should simply be picked up (each by one of the tanks) and DPSed down before the stacking Tetanus Icon Tetanus (10-man/25-man) kills the tanks. It is ideal to tank these in the Time Zone Icon Time Zone provided by Nozdormu.
  • Elementium Fragments are the most deadly aspect of the phase. They must be killed with utmost urgency. They will target random players with their Shrapnel Icon Shrapnel ability. Targeted players will notice a debuff that they receive. When this debuff expires, they will receive a massive amount of damage. Players should use the Dream Icon Dream ability just as the debuff is about to wear off.

Essentially, the DPS priority in this phase is:

  1. Elementium Fragments;
  2. Elementium Terrors;
  3. Deathwing.

Once the second set of Elementium Terrors have been killed, Deathwing should have around 11% health and your raid should execute an all-out DPS burn on him, ignoring the next set of Elementium Fragments.

5.2.1. Single Tanking

It is possible to use a single tank for the entire duration of the encounter. In Phase Two, if this tank is a Paladin, they can use Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield (followed by a quick /cancelaura Divine Shield, possibly in a macro) to get rid of the stacks of Tetanus Icon Tetanus (10-man/25-man).

6. When to Use Bloodlust/Heroism/Time Warp?↑top

There are two important parts of the fight where using Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust, Heroism Icon Heroism, or Time Warp Icon Time Warp will greatly help.

You can use Bloodlust, Heroism, or Time Warp during Phase One, to help your raid clear the 4th platform, either to help you kill the Mutated Corruption faster or to help you finish the Arm or Wing Tentacle before Deathwing finishes casting Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm.

You can use Bloodlust, Heroism, or Time Warp during Phase Two, when Deathwing's health reaches 10%, to shorten the period during which your raid will take increased damage. In this case, you can also use Bloodlust, Heroism, or Time Warp right at the start, as there will be enough time for the 10-minute debuff to drop.

7. Tier 13 4-piece Tank Set Bonuses↑top

Tanks can use their 4-Part tier 13 set bonuses (all of which offer either damage reduction or increased health to the raid) at certain key points, in order to help the healers deal with the high amounts of raid damage. Specifically, these bonuses are of use:

  • When an Elementium Bolt is landing (i.e., after Nozdormu's buffs are gone);
  • When Blistering Tentacles are active (especially after Alexstrasza's buffs are gone);
  • During Phase Two, after Deathwing is below 10% health.

Keep in mind that these cooldowns can only be used at the expense of the tank's own major defensive cooldown (as they are, in fact, one and the same), and as such they may not always be available.

Furthermore, it is ideal that these cooldowns be worked into a cooldown rotation by the raid leader, and not just used freely.

8. Learning the Fight↑top

Despite the many enemies and abilities that this encounter presents, you should not be alarmed. The fight is easy to learn and quite easy to execute as well.

The best way to practice Phase One (the only difficult part of the encounter) is to simply try to perfect your play on the very first platform. Once all raid members are familiar with their duties, repeating the process on the other platforms, even with the loss of buffs, will prove a much easier task than it may appear.

9. Heroic Mode↑top

The Heroic mode of Madness of Deathwing is an extremely challenging and difficult encounter. However, if you have come this far (especially past Spine of Deathwing), then you will succeed with enough patience and perseverance.

9.1. Differences from Normal Mode

While the structure of the fight is very similar to what you are used to from normal mode, there are quite a few changes in Heroic. They can be best categorised like this:

  • increased health and damage;
  • new mechanics.

9.1.1. Increased Health and Damage

All the enemies in the encounter have their health increased, compared to Normal mode. Moreover, a large number of abilities deal increased damage. The most problematic of these increases is the damage increase of Impale Icon Impale. The exact changes are:

  • Elementium Blast Icon Elementium Blast now deals 468,000 damage on impact and another 468,000 damage every 5.2 seconds, up from 390,000 damage (both on impact and afterwards) in Normal mode.
  • Degenerative Bite Icon Degenerative Bite (10-man/25-man) now deals 1,800 damage per second, per stack in 10-man difficulty and 2,400 damage per second, per stack in 25-man difficulty, up from 1,500 and 2,000 damage respectively.
  • Blistering Heat Icon Blistering Heat now deals 3,750 damage every 2 seconds, up from 2,500 in Normal mode.
  • Crush Icon Crush now deals 130,000 damage, up from 100,000 damage in Normal mode.
  • Impale Icon Impale (10-man/25-man) now deals 840,000 damage in 10-man difficulty and 1,200,000 damage in 25-man difficulty, up from 400,000 in both difficulties.
  • Shrapnel Icon Shrapnel now deals 400,000 damage, up from 200,000 damage in Normal mode.
  • Tetanus Icon Tetanus (10-man/25-man) now deals 72,000 damage on application and then another 24,000 damage per second, per stack in 10-man difficulty and 96,000 damage on application and 36,000 damage per second, per stack in 25-man difficulty, up from 60,000/20,000 and 80,000/30,000 respectively.

9.1.2. New Mechanics

There are two mechanics that are entirely new in Heroic mode. We present them below.

  • Corrupting Parasite Icon Corrupting Parasite is a rather complex mechanic that will occur twice on every platform during Phase One, once at around the same time that the Mutated Corruption spawns and once again 60 seconds later. It begins with Corrupting Parasite Icon Corrupting Parasite, a 10-second debuff cast by Deathwing on a random raid member. This debuff deals increasing Shadow damage, for a total of roughly 300,000 over the course of its duration. When the debuff wears off, an NPC with the same name will spawn at the location of the afflicted raid member.
    • Corrupting Parasite is the enemy NPC that spawns when Corrupting Parasite Icon Corrupting Parasite wears off. The Corrupting Parasite has 3M health in 10-man difficulty and 9M in 25-man difficulty. It has no aggro table, it does not melee, it can be killed, and Alexstrasza's Cauterize Icon Cauterize (Phase One) will damage it for a small amount of its life. When it spawns, it deals 250,000 Fire damage to all raid members within 10 yards of its location (excluding the raid member who was affected by the debuff). After this, the Corrupting Parasite will begin channeling Unstable Corruption Icon Unstable Corruption.
      • Unstable Corruption Icon Unstable Corruption is a 10 second cast, at the end of which the Corrupting Parasite will deal 10% of its remaining health as damage to the entire raid. If the Parasite is inside the Time-Zone provided by Nozdormu, its cast time is increased by 50%. After casting Unstable Corruption, the Corrupting Parasite will despawn.
  • Congealing Bloods are adds that spawn during Phase Two. They spawn when Deathwing reaches 15%, 10%, and 5% health, but if Deathwing's health does not reach 15% within a minute of entering the phase, or 10% or 5% within a minute of reaching 15% and 10% respectively, the bloods will spawn regardless of his health. Each spawn is comprised of 9 Congealing Bloods. They have 950,000 health each in 10-man difficulty and 3.2M in 25-man difficulty. They perform no action other than slowly moving towards Deathwing. They have no aggro table and they are killable. Deathwing regains 1% of his total health every time a Congealing Blood reaches him.

9.2. Strategy

The strategy for the encounter remains unchanged for the most part. In this section, we will provide all the necessary information for obtaining a kill.

9.2.1. Preliminary Clarifications

The same platform order that we recommend for Normal mode should still be used (Ysera > Alexstrasza > Nozdormu > Kalecgos).

While it is possible to use a 1-tank strategy (especially in 10-man difficulty), it is not a requirement and, we feel, it is not the optimal way to complete the encounter.

The healing requirements are quite intense, and as such 3 healers are needed in 10-man difficulty and 6 or 7 are needed in 25-man difficulty.

9.2.2. Phase One: Corrupting Parasite

The Corrupting Parasite Icon Corrupting Parasite is the only notable change in all of Phase One. The way to handle the Parasite is rather simple:

  • The player who receives the debuff should move into the Time Zone Icon Time Zone and should receive ample healing.
  • Other raid members should make sure they are not within 10 yards of this player.
  • When the debuff wears off and the Parasite NPC spawns, it should be quickly killed.

The second Parasite of every platform will spawn around the same time as the Regenerative Bloods. It is most efficient to move the Bloods on top of the Parasite and AoE them there. If the Parasite is still alive when the Bloods are dead, it can be single targeted down.

Note that, especially in 10-man difficulty, you do not have to kill the Parasite in order to be safe. You must only bring it low enough that 10% of its health will not be problematic. This means that you can have the Parasite at around 30% health in 10-man difficulty and 10% health in 25-man difficulty and still survive.

Finally, on the last platform (Kalecgos' platform), you should position the Corrupting Parasite near the Mutated Corruption, thus allowing melee DPS to cleave both of them together. Doing this is not a problem, as you no longer have Nozdormu's Time Zone so you no longer have constraints regarding where to position the Parasite. Just make sure that no one is within 10 yards of the Parasite's spawn location.

9.2.3. Phase One: Impale

Impale Icon Impale (10-man/25-man) deals a massive amount of damage in Heroic mode, namely 840,000 Physical damage in 10-man difficulty and 1,200,000 Physical damage in 25-man difficulty. As you can tell from these numbers, it will be quite difficult for your tanks to survive the damage. You will have to ensure that the tank is using a major cooldown for every one of the Impales (and that the off-tank taunts off so that a tank never takes an Impale while already having the debuff from a previous Impale). For the first platform, your tanks can simply use Dream Icon Dream together with a minor cooldown. Tanks should also not hesitate to ask for external cooldowns from healers (Guardian Spirit Icon Guardian Spirit is extremely useful).

9.2.4. Phase Two

During Phase Two, the only notable difference is the spawning of Congealing Bloods at 15%, 10% and 5% of Deathwing's health. These adds will have to be AoE'd down before they reach the boss. This is not difficult as their health is rather low and they move slowly. They will always spawn at the back of the platform (the exact place varies) and their spawning location is indicated by a ground effect for about 2 seconds before they become targetable.

A useful way to maximise DPS during this phase is not to DPS the Elementium Terrors right away, and instead wait until the Congealing Bloods have spawned and then AoE all of the adds together. Doing so will give you more DPS time on Deathwing and will allow you to make use of Spellweaver Icon Spellweaver on the Elementium Terrors. They will most likely still be alive after the Congealing Bloods die (their health is much higher) so they will require single-targeting.

You can have your tanks simply tank the Elementium Terrors normally (in the Time Zone Icon Time Zone) until it is time to kill them, or have one tank take both and then have the other tank taunt off them in order to have the stacks of Tetanus Icon Tetanus (10-man/25-man) drop off.

When Deathwing is about to reach 5%, you should stop DPSing any Terrors that may spawn, and simply burn down Deathwing. The raid damage will be high, as will the tank damage, so you should use all cooldowns.

10. Achievement: Chromatic Champion↑top

The Chromatic Champion Icon Chromatic Champion achievement is part of the Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider Icon Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider meta-achievement. The achievement is very straightforward; it requires you to defeat the Madness of Deathwing encounter after having started the fight on each of the 4 platforms. Naturally, this means that the achievement will have to be completed over the course of 4 separate kills, so it will take at least 4 weeks.

Below, we will give you the recommended platform orders for each of the 4 starting platforms:

  • Ysera > Alexstrasza > Nozdormu > Kalecgos;
  • Alexstrasza > Ysera > Nozdormu > Kalecgos;
  • Nozdormu > Ysera > Alexstrasza > Kalecgos;
  • Kalecgos > Ysera > Nozdormu > Alexstrasza.

The first three orders should not pose any problems to your raid, with the possible exception of starting with Nozdormu, which will put a rather high strain of your healers due to the damage from Elementium Bolt.

The most problematic order will be the final one. The more gear you have, the easier this will be, so we advise you to leave it for last, as by then your raid will have obtained much more gear from Tier 13.

In this order, your raid will have to kill the Regenerative Bloods by single-targeting them down on all platforms except for the very first one, due to the loss of Kalecgos' AoE buff. For this purpose, we recommend that all DPS players in your raid always target the same Regenerative Blood as a designated player. The easiest way to do this is by use of a /assist Player macro (where Player is replaced by the player's name).

Using this macro will change your target to the target of the respective player. You should keybind this macro to a convenient button and use it each time the Blood you are targeting is about to die.

11. Concluding Remarks↑top

This concludes the encounter guide for the Madness of Deathwing. The fight presents many interesting challenges for raiders, not so much from the enemy abilities, but more from the synergy and combination of the buffs granted by the Aspects. We feel that this makes the encounter feel quite unique, and the extra power that the Aspects grant you truly makes you feel like you are part of something greater.

While we would have wished to be able to fight Deathwing head on, we find this to be a fitting ending to The Destroyer.

If you've followed us this far, then you have, most likely, completed everything that Tier 13 and Cataclysm had to offer in terms of raiding. We hope that you have found our guides useful and enjoyable, and that you will continue to follow us into the new expansion!

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