My 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?
Boss Order Progression
Hellfire Citadel is quite linear compared to BRF. However, there are some choices to be made.
When you’ve downed Hellfire Assault and the Iron Reaver, you can choose to go to Hellfire High Council (followed by Kilrogg Deadeye) or take down Kormrok. I’m not 100% sure if you can ascend to the next wing without killing Kormrok, but either way you don’t want to. Kormrok is the first boss to drop tier set.
When you have killed Gorefiend you get a portal to the second floor of the Citadel. Here you can choose any of the bosses to progress on. However, you must kill Socrethar to unlock Tyrant Velhari. Otherwise, it’s a free for all.
Mannoroth won’t unlock until you have killed all five bosses between Gorefiend and Mannoroth! Archimonde is of course saved till last, when you’ve fought the whole way through the Citadel.
Item Level Progression
As you can see, the item level of the boss loot is divided into 4 brackets. Each branket transition adds 5 ilvls to the loot. The first bracket is Hellfire Assault, Iron Reaver, Kormrok and Hellfire High Council. The second is Kilrogg Deadeye, Gorefiend, Shadow-Lord Iskar and Socrethar the Eternal.
The third bracket is Fel-Lord Zakuun, Xhul’Horac, Tyrant Velhari and Mannoroth. The final bracket is obviously Archimonde himself. Notice that Archimonde’s loot share the same item level as the first bracket within the next difficulty (eg. Archimonde normal and first bracket of Heroic have the same ilvl).
Best in Slot – Mistweaver 6.2
With the new ilvl progression system, the BiS list looks quite strange at first glance. Remember that in many cases, the intellect boost you can get from higher ilvl often trumps secondary stat choice!
Notice that these stats apply if you aren’t mana capped (a.k.a. being able to spam without going completely OoM). Since the HFC trinkets have less spirit than the BRF ones, I’m going to make a preliminary assumption that it’ll be awhile until I’m at that point (if ever, that is. RJW till no tomorrow!)
If we edit the stat weights in AMR to these, the BiS list will look like the following (with a slight modification on legendary ring);
Head – Mask of the Hurricane’s Eye – Kormrok (725) Crit/Haste
Shoulders – Mantle of the Hurricane’s Eye – Xhul’Horac (725) Haste/Mastery
Chest – Tunic of the Soulbinder – Socrethar (725) Crit/Multistrike
Wrist – Bloodcult Bracers – Kilrogg Deadeye (725) Crit/Multistrike
Hands – Fistwraps of the Hurricane’s Eye – Socrethar (725) Haste/Multistrike
Waist – Waistwrap of Banishment – Archimonde (735) Mastery/Multistrike
Legs – Legwraps of the Hurricane’s Eye – Gorefiend (725) Crit/Multistrike
Feet – Spiked Irontoe Slippers – Iron Reaver (720) Crit/Multistrike
Neck – Locket of Unholy Reconstitution – Mannoroth (730) Multistrike/Spirit
Cloak – Drape of Beckoned Souls – Socrethar (725) Haste/Spirit
Ring 1 – Etheralus, the Eternal Reward – Legendary Questline (735+) Haste/Spirit
Ring 2 – Ring of Foul Temptation – Shadow-Lord Iskar (725) Multistrike/Spirit
Trinket 1 – Unstable Felshadow Emulsion – Xhul’Horac (730) Spirit + Leech Buff
Trinket 2 – Demonic Phylactery – Socrethar (725) Intellect/Haste + Mana Reduction
Summary of stat weights from BiS gear;
Multistrike; 2066 (31,3%)
Crit; 1153 (10,5%)
Haste; 1403 (15,6%)
Mastery; 296 (3,4%)
Remember, this list does not include anything that adds stats to your character except gear. In addition to gear, you will also get raid buffs, food buffs, coefficient like Leather Armor Skills, Jade Mist 5% to Multistrike etc. It can get a bit complicated if I should calculate it all.
Either way, maybe you’ve noticed there’s a lot of haste in there. That’s because our BiS tier pieces, legendary ring and trinket (Demonic Phylactery) all have haste, but we value them for other reasons than the haste. Tiers have set bonuses, legendary have a strong cooldown and we value the trinket for its intellect and mana reduction bonus. The weapon and cloak also have haste, but that’s because its item level is higher than its counterparts, resulting in higher intellect (which so far, have higher priority than secondaries).
We will end up with more haste than our primary stats would dictate, but it’s far balanced out with all the other bonuses. The haste is an accidental side bonus, but it may come in handy if HFC mythic turns out to be very bursty. Crane stance does also become healthier with a little haste.
But if you want to, there are pieces that can be swapped out. Intuition’s Gift (Intellect/Spirit with Crit use) could be used instead of the Demonic Phylactery. The upside is more passive spirit, the downside is that the Crit use effect can be really, really hard to maximize in every fight. It’s good burst though. Question is when to use it!
The cloak could be swapped out for Polymorphic Cloak of Absorption (Crit/Spirit) instead of the haste cloak. It does however have 5 ilvl lower, which results in less intellect. But if you get it before the haste cloak, there’s no loss just icing on the cake.
There are some other pieces with good stats you can go with before you get BiS geared. I’m not going to mention them here (but possibly go through them in a future post). I could probably rant on about Hellfire Citadel till no tomorrow, but I’ll leave it here for now. See you in the next post, though!
Thanks for reading!