Faction Champs Secrets Uncovered

Joanadark over at Maintankadin figured out how the Faction Champions fight worked. If you haven’t read the thread yet, well, what are you waiting for?

I’m not going to copy his post here but I want to highlight some parts of it since I found it to be quite an interesting read. Faction Champs is a fight I’ve hated since day one and seeing a “this is how it works” thread made me say “OMG COULDN’T YOU HAVE DONE THIS THREE WEEKS AGO?” (I’m a tough audience)

Anyway, a lot of the points were things we’ve all noticed but had attributed to coincidence or other mechanics. All you warlocks whining about how all the melee hits you first, turns out you’re right. They do hate you more. Well, hates a strong word, they just like seeing you die first, ‘cos as stupid as they are, they’re not that stupid. As for me, whenever I heal the fight I complain that they never attack me. Now I know why. I see it how it is. They won’t look at me unless I take my clothes off. =/ (Thats a not impressed face)

Those who say they were one shotted? They weren’t one shotted, they were 5 shotted. They just got hit by all the targets at the same time because that dot made their health the lowest. Which was probably my fault for not dispelling, but shhhhhhhh.

Finally, all those times where we’d get the first target to 20% and we’d get the illusion that his health would jam, it wasn’t an illusion. Their healers use raid frames too! Damn them!

What makes the post so awesome is that Joanadark doesn’t just say “here’s what I found!”. He makes some pretty valid suggestions as to how to make this fight a little easier. Nothing beats reading the thread, but here’s a quick recap of the most useful tips:

- If the clothies are tired of dying first, have them chug an indestructible potion before the pull.
– Tanks who want to keep an enemy interested on them can put on their dps gear
– If someone is getting owned by casters, lesser flask of resistance FTW
– If you weren’t dispelling DoTs already, now would be a good time to start.
– Wait until your first target is low on health before blowing your CC on the healers.
– You can distract their healers by dpsing, without killing, one of their pets.

Also of interest, it’s been confirmed that many warlocks were killed in the Faction Champs AI testing. You may take that as you wish.

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4 Comments on “Faction Champs Secrets Uncovered”

  1. Almaster Says:

    That was a really nice Find there.

    I’ve always hated that fight, untill we became overgeared for it, it became a joke after that, i was wondering why, but now i know!

    • Ophelie Says:

      I’ve been slacking at reading Maintankadin, so I can’t take credit for the find. Someone else pointed me to the thread and the second I saw it, I had to spread the news!

      I’ve had mixed luck with Faction Champs, especially on 10. What I mostly hated was that one week we’d roll our faces through it and the next we wouldn’t be able to down the first target. It’s really not my problem anymore, but I was still super happy to finally understand the why. That “oooooo so THATS what that was” click in my brain felt soooo nice.

      • Almaster Says:

        LOL yeah, i remember TOC 25 once like a month back, we had a problem with Faction Champs, instead of 10 of them we got 11!
        i counted them many times, they were 11, the troll rogue just jumped down with them for some fun, the worst thing is, she jumped to the mid of the instance where a totem was down and insta pulled them all.

        I think they nerfed this fight like 2 weeks ago or something, they became really easy to kill, the same week they released it i had the chance to try the fight.
        Thats why i dont play arena any more :P

  2. Sushicookie Says:

    Oh nice. And warlocks dying? Nicey nice.


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