I am 100% positive you do not get pride from closing rifts. The beam it shoots out deals a fair amount of damage and gives pride, so anyone without the 1 minute debuff time on rift closing should keep their eyes open for a rift.
Originally Posted by Sonnillon
Some tips for extra DPS is to briefly stack during gift of the titans (if you're not already doing that). The fight has a lot of AoE elements (rifts mainly) and prisons therefore stacking for longer periods of time is not an option. When we first killed it, we used this strategy:
1.Start up as spread out. Keep closing rifts as soon as they appear, call out on voice coms if there are some rifts not being soaked, this gives no pride so everyone should help out. Obviously, ranged should take care of the back of the room and melees should soak in the area near them to prevent DPS loss.
2. When small adds spawn, you should recieve Gift of the Titans shortly after. Try to get a tight stack so that the people with Gift of the Titans recieve the buff Power of the Titans which increased damage, haste, healing etc. Loosen the stack a little bit so rifts don't overwhelm the raid. You do not lose the Power of the Titans buff if you spread out, but if you stay stacked it will constantly refresh at 15 seconds. Shadow realm will come shortly after small adds, but since you are already stacked, getting people out of pacman should be a piece of cake if they are familiar with the encounter and can eat pellets.
3. Prisons will come shortly after shadow realm (pacman), and you should be prepared. Remember to constantly keep soaking rift as they appear, use an addon like WeakAuras to track the timer on the debuff if you have a hard time noticing if it has wore off. I posted the WeakAuras string below.
4. Unfortunately I do not know the exact moments the raid recieves Gift of the Titans, but during that time you should try to get those players to stack briefly just to get the buff. 15% damage, haste and healing for 15 seconds is very strong.
5. After prisons there is swelling pride.
Rinse and repeat. Stacking for Power of the Titans is crucial if you are below on DPS. Again, just to emphasize, you do not have to keep stacked to benefit from the damage buff, the 15 seconds will continue to run down to 0 as soon as you spread out, but by all means, if there is no danger (which there rarely is, as this fight is pretty smooth when it comes to phases) you could stay stacked longer for the buff to last longer.