I might have posted this in the Raid Encounter forum so forgive me if this kind of seems out of place.
I feel like Fire Mages in the Spirit Kings encounter have a high potential for dying (or straight dps loss) on Meng the Demented during the "Cowardice" phase of the fight. This is more likely with sub-par healers and even more likely with good crit RNG with lots of Pyroblasts either risked being used or wasted.... either way it's bad.
So I'm asking specifically raiding normal/heroic Mages: how do YOU deal with the Cowardice at high stacks? Is it simpler than I think? I've considered slowing or outright stopping deeps, saving Ice Barrier, Lock Rock and Evocate for this part? All those things do reduce dps, so I'd love to hear more advanced ideas on how to maintain deeps while decreasing the likelihood of dying.
Thank you in advance for your time, it's definitely appreciated.