Hellfire Citadel – BiS List, Boss and Loot Progression

pits of mannorothMy raid-loving readers have all probably taking a sample of the new raid Hellfire Citadel. If you feel anything like me at this point, you’re quite elated with new content and very curious and interested in the new bosses and boss mechanics. As with any new raid, there’s always some standard questions, that I will try to answer in this post.

  • In which order can you progress bosses?
  • What is the Best in Slot list?
  • What’s up with new wonky item level progression?

Okay, the last question is maybe not-so-standard. Blizzard has recently decided that the deeper you go in a raid, the higher item level will the loot have. The reason is that players should always feel rewarded when they down a progression boss – no matter how geared they are. It’s a bit of a headache to make a BiS list but otherwise than that, it’s a good change in my opinion. But let’s start, shall we?

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Patch 6.2 “Fury of Hellfire” Mistweaver Survival Guide

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Hurray for new content! Unlike the previous patch, patch 6.2 brings a lot of new and exciting stuff to do. So get off your rump and get out of your Garrison and do some exploring!

I will explain shortly each new feature to help you get started. Here’s a list of the new content;

  • Mistweaver Spec Changes
  • Monk Tier 18 set
  • Tanaan Jungle
  • Hellfire Citadel
  • Garrison Shipyard
  • Flying Meta-Achievement
  • Weekly Bonus Events

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Hellfire Citadel – Boss Introductions

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Hello and welcome to my mini-series of Hellfire Citadel to introduce you to this new raid instance. Here I’ll talk about the bosses, describing their backstory shortly, what makes the fight against them distinctive and what type of Mistweaver loot they drop. I personally like knowing a little about each boss, because just going into an instance killing random creatures aren’t that motivating. It’s more fun when you have a reason to (and not just for loot)! So without further ado, here are the thirteen bosses of Hellfire Citadel.

1. Hellfire Assault

Hellfire Assault

The new Hellfire Citadel is introduced with an all-out add fight. In this encounter you face the fel-tuned brilliance of the belated Blackfuse (before his untimely death in the Siege of Orgrimmar). The purpose is to kill and prevent adds from destroying your canons, which you will load with ammunition from destroyed siege vehicles to blast down the doors to the Citadel. You’ll get a short tête-a-tête with Siegemaster Mar’tak before she makes a quick exit from the fight.

Encounter Distinction; Add fight through and through. Get ammo, load cannon, win.

Mistweaver Loot; Besides dropping our off-set shoulders (crit, mastery) this boss won’t provide Mistweavers more than a half-good trinket (Int, spirit, haste/mastery) and a pair of wrists (haste, mastery). Not much to cheer for.

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Hellfire Citadel – Maps & Typology

I could say that the Hellfire Citadel is a nice, straightforward walk in the park, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. While deceivingly linear, the new raid instance sports 5 wings and it’s a bit of a struggle to know where and how you should find your way through it.

To make you acquainted with the raid, I’m going to walk you through the geography. I will explain the path through the Citadel as if you would follow the LFR boss order (which is as always, completely linear). I expect though that some bosses can be taken in a different order on Normal/Heroic/Mythic, just like how Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry work.

Raid Finder Boss Order

Hellbreach

  1. Hellfire Assault
  2. Iron Reaver
  3. Kormrok

Halls of Blood

  1. Hellfire High Council
  2. Kilrogg Deadeye
  3. Gorefiend

Bastion of Shadows

  1. Shadow-Lord Iskar
  2. Socrethar the Eternal
  3. Tyrant Velhari

Destructor’s Rise

  1. Fel Lord Zakuun
  2. Xhul’horac
  3. Mannoroth

The Black Gate

  1. Archimonde

Hellfire Citadel – Hellbreach

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Mistweaver Discussion – T18 & Class Trinket

I have good news and bad news, my dear readers. The good news is that we’ve got a very strong and fun 2 & 4-set bonus for patch 6.2. We also got an awesome class trinket with a cool effect! The bad news is that our set bonuses and our class trinket hate each other. They want us to do two completely different things with our rotations and sadly, we have to make a decision between them. There is a clear winner, which I will explain to you in this post, so hang tight. Let’s start with the basics. What are our bonuses and how do they work?

Tier 18 – Battlewrap of the Hurricane’s Eye

T18

Head – Crit/Haste – Kormrok
Shoulders – Haste/Mastery – Xhul’horac
Chest – Mastery/Multistrike – Mannoroth
Hands – Haste/Multistrike – Soulbound Construct
Legs – Crit/Multistrike – Gorefiend

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Tanaan Jungle 6.2

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If you don’t want any spoilers whatsoever about what happens in the next patch, I’d suggest to stop reading here.

Oh, you’re continuing. Hello, then! My fingers were itching for some writing so I thought I’d update about what I do in the PTR at the moment. While I haven’t been able to try out Hellfire Citadel, I have been running around in Tanaan Jungle, which is the new level 100-zone-only in patch 6.2. To get to this new awesome zone, you have to build your own shipyard first. Let me walk you through it.

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Jetlag and peeks of 6.2 with Mistweaver T18

Hello, my dear readers! I’m back from the US and I’ve had a great time. My feet will never look the same though, we walked all over Manhattan and Brooklyn and never used the subway. We ate really great food as well and had some awesome craft beers with it. All in all, we had a great time. But now I’m here and it’s really good to be back. I’ve missed swedish coffee. Starbucks gave us such weird looks when we ordered quadruple espresso.

I noticed I came back in the middle of the release of the initial patch 6.2 notes. How very exciting! I skimmed through it and noticed only a few nerfs for Crane stance in the Monk section. The exciting part however is T18 and the Archimonde class trinket.

A little disclaimer before I go on. This is the initial patch notes and everything is subject to change before the launch of the patch. Assume they will do some tweaking before then.

Mistweaver T18

The Mythic Look
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The RF, Normal and Heroic Look
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