This week’s affixes are Tyrannical
, and Void-heavy Beguiling
This is a very difficult week for cutting edge keys, as Tyrannical, Teeming, and the Void-heavy Beguiling pattern are all affixes that slow down the dungeon. These slowing effects won’t be too noticeable in lower level keys, and many groups will find this to be a good week, as none of the affixes are too likely to cause a group to wipe. For groups pushing the limits of their DPS, however, this week’s affix combination will force the pulls to be extremely big to have any hope of beating the timer.
If you’re interested in a set of routes aimed at very high level players, check out Lashga’s
. He’s designs a set of very thorough routes for this week for his own push group, so they’re specially tailored for Alliance
players as they feature skips that work well with Shadowmeld
. These are quite complicated strategies, though they also have explanations for most of the tricky stuff. If you’re confused by anything in there, stop by his stream
and ask him about it! Note that his routes usually go up on Wednesday, around when the European servers reset.
The Weekly Routes
Teeming Atal’Dazar has some fun RNG wherein there are a few enemies that might or might not spawn. Both of our Routes are designed to work regardless of what spawns, though some groups like to change their plan to pull certain groups based on what Teeming spawns are there. There are also Void Emissaries in the way of a lot of common skips, so our routes plan to commit Battle Rezzes to skip these packs rather than fight some of them, as they’re very difficult.
Read more on Atal’Dazar Dungeon Abilities.
Void week lines up with the event in Freehold where you rescue the keys from the dog, which is tough since there is a Void that will see you as you do this event. This means you’ll need to sacrifice somebody at least once during the event. Tyrannical bosses are a challenge in here, especially Skycap’n Kragg
, for which users of our Expert Route will not have Bloodlust, since we’re using it on a huge pull at the start of the dungeon. If you’re worried about doing this boss without Bloodlust, you can instead split the first pull in two so that you don’t need to use it there.
Read more on Freehold Dungeon Abilities.
Tyrannical, Void-heavy Beguiling, and Teeming are all big problems here, so don’t be alarmed if you struggle in Kings’ Rest at levels that aren’t too difficult in other dungeons. Both of our Routes feature a long death skip across the bridge near the end - if you’re going to do this, make sure you factor it into your Bloodlust usage so that you’ll have it for Kula the Butcher
. Our Expert Route features a new skip that allows you to avoid Shadow of Zul
if you have a Demon Hunter - they can do some parkour and get to the final boss room even though the gate’s up, as seen in this clip
. If you don’t have a Demon Hunter, you can simply fight Shadow of Zul and skip the last marked trash pull of the route.
Read more on Kings’ Rest Dungeon Abilities.
Teeming and the Void pattern are obnoxious in Shrine of the Storm, so be ready to pull many packs you would normally prefer to skip, and be ready for some of the normal pulls to be made way harder with the inclusion of a Void-touched Emissary. To time a higher key, you’ll probably still need to use Bloodlust on bosses, but in a lower key you can save Bloodlusts for the pulls with Void-touched Emissaries to make them a little less deadly.
Read more on Shrine of the Storm Dungeon Abilities.
Our Siege of Boralus routes are based off the Horde
pathing and will require some modification if you’re Alliance
You’ll need to fight a total of four Void-Touched Emissaries if you follow our Expert Route, which is painful but not prohibitive. Teeming doesn’t add anything super difficult - you’ll just have to pull a few extra enemies, though there is an annoying double Commander
pull. Luckily, this pull can be skipped at points in its patrol, which we’d recommend doing if you’re confident you won’t accidentally pull them later.
Read more on Siege of Boralus Dungeon Abilities.
The Void pattern means that any skip you are normally able to do with Shroud or Invisibility Potions will have to be a death skip. We’d still recommend doing these skips, but it means you won’t have battle rezzes available for boss fights, which can be very tough with Tyrannical active. You’ll also have a difficult Teeming pull of five Dervishes
and an Emissary of the Tides, which you can’t use bloodlust on since you’ll need it for Galvazzt
Read more on Temple of Sethraliss Dungeon Abilities.
It’s not a relatively good week to venture into the Motherlode - you can avoid many of the Void-touched Emissaries due to the dungeon’s outdoors map, and this is one of the best dungeons to do on Tyrannical week. Teeming does throw a wrench in the mix, and you’ll need to pull much more than you normally would - our Expert Route has added the entire last section of the dungeon, which is normally skipped, though you could instead choose to do more pulls near the start of the dungeon - especially if you have knocks to facilitate extra Peacekeepers
Read more on The MOTHERLODE!! Dungeon Abilities.
Void week now has an element of randomness in the Underrot - you may or may not have an Emissary in the way at the start of the dungeon - if the Emissary is blocking the bridge you need to take, you’ll have to kill it, but otherwise you should just add an extra worm
later. You’ll also have to deal with Volcanic being a bit of a nuisance on the last boss
- killing off spores more aggressively than usual will help keep the Volcanic at a manageable level.
Read more on The Underrot Dungeon Abilities.
Void week is pretty good in Tol Dagor - there are a few Voids you’ll have to fight, but they’re next to stuff that you’d pull anyway, and there’s a ton of great spots to avoid taking damage from them, so you won’t lose too much time to them. Tyrannical bosses are never easy here, but among the Tyrannical weeks, this is one of the better ones to go to Tol Dagor.
Read more on Tol Dagor Dungeon Abilities.
Waycrest Manor features a very challenging pull this week
- but is otherwise fairly tame. The Tyrannical bosses can be tough, and Volcanic is a sneaky difficulty increase to a few of them, as your healer won’t be able to stand still and heal when they might need to. This week, there is a Void-touched Emissary in The Cellar on the right-hand side, underneath Raal’s
room, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to use stealth to skip through the area!
Read more on Waycrest Manor Dungeon Abilities.
About the AuthorDratnos
hosts the The Titanforge WoW Podcast
. He’s also an Officer in the guild Poetry Club
. He loves playing Prot Paladin, Elemental Shaman, and all three Rogue specs, and creates guides to them along with other content on his YouTube channel. He streams on Twitch, where he likes to review his friends’ logs.