My guild is 4/6 MSV on 10man Normal, we managed to down the first 4 bosses after either a day or two at most, we even downed spiritbinder and kings the same night in very few attempts, and now have them on farm of course. We've been stuck on Elegon for a couple weeks now (raiding 3hrs twice a week usually, sometimes an extra day or two if people are able to make it) at this point its just getting frustrating and I feel like we're pounding our heads into a wall.
Our raid setup is 2 Tanks: Blood DK/Warrior, 6 DPS: Frost dk (Myself) 2x fire mages, a boomkin, an affliction lock, an elemental shaman and 2 healers: Holy Paladin, Resto druid
We started off getting 40% wipes because of enrage but have now gotten to the point where we get it to 9%-12%ish and wipe because we simply run out of raid cooldowns and die to the amount of AOE damage, this being said I have a few questions that may seem very basic however I have looked around and just want to clear up any confusion I may have.
1. How many Celestial Protectors should we be getting to during the 2nd phase one (where you burn from ~80% to 50%) We get to 85 pretty easily with 2 celestial protectors like we are supposed to but It just feels like we are getting too many during the 2nd phase one despite having 50% increased damage. Also along with the protectors I am a DK, so I stay on the boss during the 1st celestial and just AMS the Annihilation, I then switch to the 2nd protector so that I can drop my stacks (im usually at around 12-15 stacks at this point due to AMS'ing the first) and also drop AMZ one the raid to nullify as much of the annihilation damage as possible. On the 2nd Phase 1 Im alternating every other protector, AMS the first Annihilate, Switch, clear stacks and drop zone if I have it up. This may be important, but we have an Affliction lock and a boomkin on the protector, except for when I DPS it to clear stacks/zone the raid then its me and the boomkin.
2. The Orbs, we should be downing 4 and 4 correct? Dpsing during the 5th set as to maximize DPS but still get the 10 stacks in the end. We have an Affliction lock/Me/ele sham on one side, and 2 firemages/boomkin on the other, the tanks each float on a side helping where it may be needed as do I.
3. The sparks that spawn after the cylinder, what should be done with them exactly? Burst them down as soon as they spawn? Pull them to a stack point and Freeze them/Aoe Them? Pull them on top of the boss and Cleave/aoe them? At the moment we are doing our best to down all 6 cylinders at about the same time to reduce adds and then having a warrior tank drop some sort of banner than draws aggro and then all running to the start point (the thing that you click to start the encounter) I then do my best to remorseless winter them due to the fact that the if I go ape shit with howling blast I INSTANTLY get aggro on the sparks and fall over, which is why I don't dps them as soon as they spawn.
4. For the 3rd Phase, the sparks should be tanked on top of the boss for cleave/aoe as well as the raid stacking for aoe healing correct? Or should we have the sparks down before the floor is even back up and we have to worry about stacking? Also in this phase we aren't resetting stacks at all, and I'm not even sure if that is the correct thing to do, should we reset stacks once in phase 3? It seems like the running out to reset stacks would make use wipe to enrage as it is already pretty close, even on the 9% wipes. We are using everything in phase 3 aswell, healing tide totem, offspec tranq from bookin, tranq from resto druid, and my anti-magic zone yet we still seem to run out of cooldowns and simply die because of the amount of raid damage going out.
I think its pretty obvious that we are wiping because of DPS issues, that being said I just wanted to clear up the things I mentioned above just to make sure we are doing it correctly, or if we aren't so that I know and we could change the strat and possibly down the boss. Also for anyone who actually read all of this, thanks in advance and sorry for such a long post.