WoW Gorefiend Strategy Summary

During Phase 1, players should be focusing primarily on survival and adds management.
  • The DPS priority is: survivability > Gorebound Spirit > Gorebound Essence > Gorebound Construct > Gorefiend
  • Interrupt the Gorebound Spirit's Bellowing Shout as often as possible
  • Ranged DPS should spread out loosely in the center of the platform; melee should spread out along one side of the boss, and tanks at the other side
  • Players with Touch of Doom must run to the edges of the platform to drop their Doom Well
  • Players with Shared Fate must run to the anchor player to remove the effect, and should use defensive cooldowns if available
  • Players targeted by a Gorebound Construct's Hunger for Life must kite the Construct until it is dead
  • Move out of Crushing Darkness and stay spread out for Surging Shadows
  • When inside Gorefiend's stomach, DPS must kill Shadowy Constructs, healers must heal Tortured Essences, and tanks must tank the Enraged Spirit
  • To exit the stomach before Digest wears off, players must run into the center of the stomach
The raid is likely to deal very little damage to Gorefiend during Phase 1, but in Phase 2, Gorefiend becomes more vulnerable to damage.
  • Stack in melee range of the boss, so healers can use their efficient ground healing abilities to heal the raid through Feast of Souls damage
  • Quickly finish off any remaining adds, then use Bloodlust/ Heroism/ Time Warp and all available DPS CDs on Gorefiend
  • Tanks and sturdy players should run out of the group to intercept Unstable Souls as they approach the boss
  • If no Unstable Souls reach Gorefiend, this phase will last one minute, and players will be able to do a significant chunk of damage to the boss

In all phases of this fight, survivability is the most important goal. Use Healing Tonics and personal survivability cooldowns reflexively. Accidental deaths are likely to cause problems with the Shadow of Death mechanic in Phase 1.

Tank Responsibilities

  • Taunt Gorefiend when your co-tank is affected by Shadow of Death
  • Inside the stomach, tank the Enraged Spirit, interrupt its Bellowing Shout, and avoid its Fel Fury attack
  • Be sure to exit Gorefiend's stomach before Digest expires
  • Take turns tanking the Gorebound Spirit, swapping at 10 or fewer stacks of Fel Flames
  • Interrupt the Gorebound Spirit's Bellowing Shout
  • Use strong surivvability cooldowns if the Bellowing Shout cast completes
  • During Feast of Souls, maximize damage on Gorefiend while soaking as many Unstable Souls as possible
  • Use minor survivability cooldowns to survive the Unstable Soul/ Feast of Souls damage

Damage-Dealer Responsibilities

  • During Phase 1, focus DPS on the adds, dealing damage to Gorefiend only when few or no adds are alive
  • When targeted by Touch of Doom, run out to the edge of the platform, and run back as soon as the Doom Well is formed
  • Spread out to avoid Surging Shadows splash damage, and move out of Crushing Darkness
  • If targeted by Hunger for Life, kite the Gorebound Construct until it is dead
  • When inside Gorefiend's stomach, kill Shadowy Constructs and assist in damaging the Enraged Spirit
  • During Phase 2, use your DPS cooldowns on Gorefiend once all remaining adds are dead
  • DPS with available survivability cooldowns should help soak the Unstable Souls by intercepting them

Healer Responsibilities

  • Tanks will take heavy damage while tanking the Gorebound Spirit
  • The raid will take frequent raid damage from Surging Shadows and the Gorebound Essences' Spirit Volley
  • Players marked with Touch of Doom will take moderate to heavy single-target damage when the debuff expires
  • When inside Gorefiend's stomach, use minor cooldowns/on-use trinkets to assist in healing Tortured Essences
  • When targeted by Touch of Doom, run out to the edge of the platform, and run back as soon as the Doom Well is formed
  • Spread out to avoid Surging Shadows splash damage, and move out of Crushing Darkness
  • If targeted by Hunger for Life, kite the Gorebound Construct until it is dead
  • During Feast of Souls, use raid CDs to mitigate the damage
  • Players soaking Unstable Souls may require additional single-target attention

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