One of the most common questions that I’ve been asked is how to handle Baleroc 10 man normal as a druid. It’s something that a lot of druids struggle with, so if you are struggling a bit, it’s ok! You are not alone! As such I decided that it might be worthwhile to do a guide of this encounter from a 10 man normal perspective from my alt druid, Elentari. Now, I’ve offered a strategy for the fight that works for us. However, there are many ways to skin a cat, so please keep in mind that just because this works for us, doesn’t mean that it will necessarily work well for your team! However, it was my hope and goal with this video that I could answer some of the more common questions that I get regarding this fight in it’s 10 man iteration. Additionally, if you run a 10 man regularly, and have additional advice or tips and tricks that you use, please comment on them below! I am confident that others would be thrilled for the feedback.
Before we get to the video, there are a few things that I’d like to note. Elentari is in gear that is a mish mash of what she had available to her. She doesn’t have any set bonuses (well, so does now, but didn’t at the time I made the video) and she doesn’t have any neat haste trinkets or racials. This is the reason that I wanted to capture her healing it and not Beru. Because she is likely geared similarly to a lot of other druids out there looking at Baleroc for their first time. She doesn’t have full BiS gear from any tier and she’s just doing her best to make magic happen! In the actual video, I make an enormous number of mistakes and it is far from my best performance. However, the video is meant to be more of a “this is how we tackle this in a 10 man setting” and I wanted to get it out timely, rather than wait to see if I can get a “perfect” capture of the fight were I make fewer errors. So you have me not playing my best with all my warts out for everyone to see, but with what I’m hoping is insightful commentary. :) I’m not setting any records here, but that’s ok! My goal isn’t to dominate the fight, it’s to try and help druids at all gear and skill levels who are struggling on the 10 man version of this encounter. As such, I hope you will forgive me my flaws. Lastly, and this is very important, please do not be like me and keep your LB active!
Phew! I honestly think I’m more nervous about posting this video than I have any of my others! Well, now that is out of the way, here is the guide.
(please note that it will be best viewed in one of the larger resolutions)
A few additional comments!
- I know that in my video we commented that we have a paladin solo heal his shard/tank. We always have a paladin for this task, because if the paladin from the video isn’t available, I heal it on my paladin. That being said, if you do not run with a paladin do not despair! I think that a disc priest could probably do the job equally as effectively. Not only that, but I think that probably any strong healer that was comfortable with it can probably do the solo part, but paladins and priests do really well at this fight and their bubble mitigation is amazing. Ultimately, try having your strongest healer run solo and pair up the other two and you will probably be fine!
- 2 tanks and 3 healers means that your DPS does have to carry through a bit. Our first kills on this in our alt run shaved very closely to the enrage timer. However as long as you have solid DPS you should be fine. I am a pretty firm believer that a two tank strategy is more stable and far easier on your healers. It does put the burden on your DPS, but if they can pull through you will have a much easier time of it!
- I just wanted to reiterate that there are many ways to skin the cat! Just because this strategy works well for us does not mean it will translate well to your raid team. Don’t hesitate to mix it up a bit and take the pieces of it that you like, and discard the pieces that you don’t like!
- In the video, I make a comment regarding mana gain from two piece T11. I really mean 2 piece T12!
- You can also find some additional information on the fight (including my power auras) in my 25 man version of the guide.