Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Culling of Time

Yeah. Its my view of that god forsaken instance, Caverns of Time: Culling of Stratholme. The actual fights are fine, but the 13 minute (read that THIRTEEN MINUTE) introduction sequence can be a little bit off putting considering that it is in fact one of the longer instances in WotLK. So without further ado:

  1. Meathook: After beating four random waves you get Meathook. It is an Abom. You killz it. (Hint it's a tank n' spank).
  2. Salramm the Fleshcrafter: This guy is another tank 'n' spank. Unless you are going for Zombiefest! (which I got today). At that point, you want to LoS/range pull him back to the Town Hall (TH). It will be a pain if he's at the Market Gate because, well its damn far. However, once you get him to the TH kill the zombies around him. Then let him hit on the tank until the zombies have fully respawned. Then you can kill him. Loot, then let Arthas saunter over to you. Clear the inn and go down the secret passage way and leave most of the party there. Then take the tank back up and run all the way from the TH to MG without hitting any zombies, just aggroing em all. Turn of Ret Aura, Thorns and the like before doing this run. Once you have them all gathered up, use some AoE to shoot em down. This works best for pallies because they can use detect undead to find any hiding zombies and then can use Holy Wrath to one shot em all. When the tank kills them, the rest of the party should open up with everything they got on the zombies along the gauntlet until another twenty or so are killed.
  3. Chrono-Lord Epoch: Tank 'n' spank. Keep threat off Arthas. Sometimes he'll freeze time and go berserk on you, but there isn't much you can do. If you are doing zombiefest, you'll want to kill him before gathering the zombies.
  4. Infinite Corrupter: This guy is a very easy tank 'n' spank (see a pattern yet). However, you have to get to him within twenty five minutes of the first wave. If you do, he will drop a Bronze Drake, an Epic Speed mount. If you do zombiefest, you are unlikely to get this.
  5. Mal'Ganis: A fight between Arthas and Mal'Ganis. Mano a Demano. And a party of five brave adventurers. Following the pattern of the other ones, Mal'Ganis will occasionally cast sleep, which can be a bother. It is a curse, so it is dispellable. Drop him and you just saved the world from potential destruction. Now Arthas will survive and turn into the Lich King. Somehow, the powers that be believe this to be a 'good idea'.

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