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This guide is intended to provide a comprehensive description of the encounter with Maloriak in Blackwing Descent. It is mostly targeted to DPS who desire to have a short but detailed overview of what is expected of them during that fight.
This guide applies to patch 4.3 of World of Warcraft.
The encounter against Maloriak requires DPS players to properly stack, spread, and attack adds at specific times. The fight is concluded by a short but rather intense burn phase.
The encounter with Maloriak can be broken down in two phases: the Main Phase, during which Maloriak performs a variety of abilities with which the raid must successfully deal, and the Nuke Phase, triggered by pushing Maloriak below 25% health, and which is basically a DPS race to kill him before he wipes the raid.
The Main Phase represents the complicated part of the encounter and is itself broken down in a cycle of 3 sub-phases: Red Phase, Blue Phase, and Green Phase. This cycle repeats until it is interrupted by Maloriak reaching 25% health. Because of the enrage timer, and the fixed duration of the cycle, your raid will only have time to complete 2 cycles before having to push Maloriak into the Nuke Phase.
The Red and Blue phases of the Main Phase can come in any order, so the Main Phase cycle is always either of:
During the Blue and Red Phases, you will DPS Maloriak. During the Green Phase, you will AoE-down adds that will have been released during the Blue and Red Phases.
1. Main Phase↑top
During the main phase, Maloriak has a set of abilities that he will always cast. In addition, each sub-phase (Blue, Red, or Green), temporarily grants him new abilities.
The Blue/Red/Green Phase cycle has a fixed duration of approximately 2 minutes and 35 seconds:
At the beginning of each sub-phase, Maloriak throws a vial (blue, red, or green, depending on the sub-phase) into his cauldron. Then he walks towards the cauldron to drink the resulting potion. This takes about 6 seconds, during which Maloriak is harmless and casts no ability.
The 15-second transitions at the beginning and the end of a cycle mean that there is a 30-second transition period between the first cycle and the second cycle.
Below, you will find the list of abilities that Maloriak will retain throughout the Main Phase. The timer on each of these 3 abilities is tied to the timer on the 2 other.
The succession of abilities will be as follows:
Throughout the Main Phase, one or two DPS will be dedicated to interrupting Arcane Storm.
A total of 18 Aberrations can spawn in total. The idea is to release 9 of them per cycle, not more, not less. It is usually the job of the DPS players to handle their release. The first cast of Release Aberrations should always be interrupted. The next 3 casts should be allowed to finish. Then, all subsequent casts until the Green Phase should be interrupted again.
Aberrations have their own tank(s). DPS players can help them by periodically slowing down or rooting the Aberrations.
Outside of a Blue, Red, or Green Phase, there is no particular positioning constraint during the Main Phase.
1.3. Blue Phase
During this phase, you should attack Maloriak. Also, ranged players need to be spread out 5 yards apart while melee players can stack up, but they sometimes need to move out of the group. These constraints are due to 2 new abilities that Maloriak gains:
1.4. Red Phase
During this phase, you need to position yourself in front of the boss, behind the tank. Occasionally, you might have to move to the sides. All this is due to the 2 new abilities that Maloriak gains:
1.5. Green Phase
During this phase, Maloriak's cauldron will cause every unit in the room, Maloriak and the raid members included, to be debuffed with Debilitating Slime.
Debilitating Slime also removes a damage reduction buff that was applied on the Aberrations, giving the raid 15 seconds (the duration of Debilitating Slime) to kill them.
Therefore, your goal during the Green Phase is to AoE down the adds.
Be aware that if you are standing close to the cauldron at the beginning of the phase, you will be knocked back towards the entrance of the room.
1.6. Tips and Tricks
2. Nuke Phase↑top
This phase is a simple DPS race with only a few mechanics that are easy to dodge. It is triggered immediately after Maloriak's health reaches 25%, regardless of whether Maloriak is in a Blue, Red, or Green Phase.
In addition to Remedy, Maloriak has the following abilities of concern for DPS players:
Simply Nuke Maloriak down while avoiding to stand in front of Maloriak and to come too close to the ice orbs from Absolute Zero.
Two bigger adds called Prime Subjects are released during this phase, but they should be handled by an off-tank and are of no concern to DPS.
3. Heroic Mode↑top
The main addition of the Heroic version of this encounter is a new sub-phase of the main phase, which we call the Dark Phase. The remainder of the encounter is largely the same: Maloriak must still be pushed below 25% shortly after the second Green Phase.
In addition to the Dark Phase, which we describe in the next section, most abilities deal more damage.
3.1. Dark Phase
The Dark Phase is the first sub-phase of the Main Phase in Heroic difficulty. It means that the possible cycles of sub-phases are the following:
The Dark Phase has a fixed duration of approximately 95 seconds, during which the raid must kill adds.
At the beginning of the phase, Maloriak summons 5 Vile Swills, which look like dark oozes. Each of them has 1.61M health in 10-man difficulty and 5.62M health in 25-man difficulty.
Dark Sludge is cast by the Vile Swills at random members. It creates a dark puddle on the ground that deals 15,000 Shadow damage twice per second. It is hard to obtain a precise frequency for the apparitions of new puddles, but it is in the order of magnitude of 1 new puddle every second. The damage from two or more overlapping puddles will stack, meaning that each puddle will deal its damage separately to players standing at the intersecting area of the puddles.
All you have to do is to AoE down the adds (which the off-tanks will move around the room) and stay out of the puddle they create.
If your class has very inefficient AoE abilities, you can stay on Maloriak. Be very careful not to overaggro, as Maloriak cannot be taunted during the Dark Phase.