The Weekly Route: Tyrannical, Bolstering, Necrotic, and Prideful

This week’s affixes are Tyrannical, Bolstering, Necrotic, and Prideful.

This combination of affixes is brutal for high keys - Bolstering slows down the trash section, and the bosses are also extended with the addition of Tyrannical. Necrotic then comes into the picture and makes both trash and bosses far more lethal to the tank. Fortunately, Prideful doesn’t interact with either Bolstering or Necrotic - it doesn’t gain or grant Bolstering stacks and it won’t stack Necrotic onto your tank. If you fail to drop combat before the Pride spawns, however, you will not lose your Necrotic stacks instantly like you normally do!

There are also a few important dungeon changes, primarily to Necrotic Wake but also to Plaguefall, Sanguine Depths, and Spires of Ascension. Read all of the changes on Wowhead - we’ll also cover them in the specific dungeon sections below!



The Weekly Routes





De Other Side [back to top]


Bolstering is inherently challenging in this dungeon, as most packs contain enemies of different health totals. One thing in particular to watch out for is the Risen Warlords - if you don’t have a soothe, you will not be able to kill them until their enrage falls off, which will be lined up with several bolstering stacks making them very lethal.

Read more on De Other Side Dungeon Abilities.





Halls of Atonement [back to top]


This is generally one of the easiest dungeons to run, and this week is no different - just watch out for the tank picking up a bunch of Necrotic stacks on Echelon if you silence the adds but don’t use other CC on them or kill them quickly!

Read more on Halls of Atonement Dungeon Abilities.





Mists of Tirna Scithe [back to top]


This is a fantastic dungeon for the week - beside a few pulls near the end of the dungeon, there are few pulls that pose natural Bolstering problems, and as the only three boss dungeon in the expansion it’s a natural pick for Tyrannical week - just be ready to blast Ingra Maloch or it can take a very long time.

Read more on Mists of Tirna Scithe Dungeon Abilities.





Plaguefall [back to top]


This was a dungeon that received changes - the last boss, Margrave Stradama now spawns much less threatening adds and casts less frequently in her last phase. This is a welcome Tyrannical change, but take note that all the bosses in here are still very deadly.

Read more on Plaguefall Dungeon Abilities.





Sanguine Depths [back to top]


This dungeon saw nerfs this week to the first and second bosses. Though the nerfs are relatively minor, they should help bring two of the hardest bosses in the expansion a little closer to the others. This is still one of the toughest Tyrannical dungeons.

Read more on Sanguine Depths Dungeon Abilities.




Spires of Ascension [back to top]


The final three kyrian trash mobs at the end of this dungeon have been slightly nerfed - notably they will not proc Bolstering this week. This change will be felt more on Fortified weeks than Tyrannical, where the bosses remain unchanged but not among the hardest in the expansion - helpfully, every boss offers natural moments to drop Necrotic with.

Read more on Spires of Ascension Dungeon Abilities.





The Necrotic Wake [back to top]


This dungeon received the most changes by far this week - several different trash mobs were nerfed by varying amounts, and the weapons now persist through death - though they now split damage beyond 8 targets. This is all going to make the dungeon easier, and though the final change will impact the strategies used in the MDI going forward, it’s unlikely to affect many live key groups by much.

Read more on The Necrotic Wake Dungeon Abilities.





Theater of Pain [back to top]


This dungeon is naturally quite easy to handle Bolstering in - most packs contain similarly sized enemies and not many of them. Be ready for some tough Tyrannical Necrotic boss fights, as many of the bosses melee quite hard - try to reset stacks as a tank when they start casting by creating some distance and kiting for a few seconds once they finish.

Read more on Theater of Pain Dungeon Abilities.






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Dratnos hosts the The Titanforge WoW Podcast. He’s also an Officer in the World 36th guild poptart corndoG, and a commentator for events such as the MDI and the Race to World First! He streams on Twitch, where he likes to review his friends’ logs.