|Location||Shadow Labyrinth, Auchindoun|
Near the end of the war against the draenei, Gul'dan dispatched Vorpil alongside Blackheart the Inciter to investigate Auchindoun. After surviving the explosion that destroyed most of Auchindoun, they remained there for many years.
In time, Ner'zhul, Teron Gorefiend and Kilrogg Deadeye fled to Auchindoun to take shelter from the pursuing Alliance armies. They had been unaware of the presence of other orcs here, but Vorpil and Blackheart welcomed them. When presented with news of the betrayal of Gul'dan, Vorpil pledged himself to Ner'zhul. When Danath broke into Auchindoun to rescue Kurdran, Vorpil and Blackheart fought to stop them, but were beset by ghosts of dead draenei. In the confusion, Danath slew Kilrogg Deadeye in single combat. Ner'zhul and Gorefiend teleported themselves to the Black Temple, and Vorpil and Blackheart fled back into the Shadow Labyrinth.
Till this day they remain there, tempering with cosmic forces such as Murmur. Their followers form what is known as the Cabal. By his name, it is guessed that he is the Grandmaster of the Shadow Council in Shadow Labyrinth.
Attacks and abilities
Void Rift and Void Traveler adds
When Vorpil is pulled, he will open 5 Void Rifts, one to the north, one to the east, one to the west, and two to the south. Each Void Rift will slowly spawn Void Travelers (Voidwalkers). The Void Travelers move very slowly towards Vorpil and have ~2500 health. Upon reaching Vorpil, they will explode dealing ~1500 damage in a ~10yd radius, and also heal Vorpil for 4% of his health.
- Type: ~10 yard area-of-effect.
- School: Shadow damage.
- Effect 1: ~1500 instant damage.
- Effect 2: Heals Vorpil for 4% of his health pool.
- Effect 3: Increases his Shadow damage by 120 (confirmed in Heroic difficulty).
Mass Teleport & Rain of Fire
Draw Shadows teleports the whole group and himself on the pedestal he stands on before the pull. Vorpil then casts Rain of Fire, causing ~900 fire damage/tick.
- Type: ~10 yard area-of-effect channeled (not interruptible).
- School: Fire damage.
- Effect: ~900 damage per tick, for 5 seconds.
Shadow Bolt Volley
Vorpil will at times cast a Shadow Bolt Volley, which hits for ~1500 shadow damage in a large radius around Vorpil.
- Type: 30 yard area-of-effect.
- School: Shadow damage.
- Effect: ~1500 instant damage.
In Heroic Mode Vorpil will banish a random player in the group, who will not be teleported with the rest of the group to the pedestal. The banishes will occur all throughout the fight, not just before a teleport, and hunter/warlock pets can be banished. The tank can be banished. Note that this Banish can only be dispelled with the Priest's Mass Dispel ability.
Further, Rain of Fire will hit for ~1600(tank)-1800 per tick, and both Vorpil and the voidwalkers have substantially more health.
The fight starts as soon as one of the players moves close enough to Vorpil to aggro him. The entire room will aggro so the room must be cleared before engaging. Vorpil will immediately open the Void Rifts around him, and Voidwalkers will start spawning, at an increasingly faster rate as the battle progresses. Vorpil will engage his aggro target in melee combat, always attempting to stay in melee range. After some time has progressed, Vorpil will cast Draw Shadows teleporting the party and himself to the pedestal he started on, and immediately cast Rain of Fire. Usually following Rain of Fire Vorpil will also cast Shadow Bolt Volley, whereupon Vorpil will engage the player with the highest threat in melee combat again until the next Draw Shadows is cast. This continues until every member in the party is dead, or Vorpil is killed, at which point the Void Rifts close, and Voidwalkers disappear.
The most common strategies for defeating Grandmaster Vorpil are to stem the flow of voidwalkers by killing them, to maneuver Vorpil around so that the voidwalkers never reach him in order to explode, or to burn him before they are numerous enough to cause a problem. Either way, the battle outcome will be dictated by how well the group manages these voidwalker spawns, as their spawn rate will soon cause the group to be overwhelmed, and the chain of exploding voidwalkers will quickly kill the party.
- Killing/Delaying Voidwalkers. Since the Voidwalkers have relatively low health (2500), and do not aggro or fight anyone, they just keep slowly moving towards Vorpil, one strategy is to have one or more party member to kill, slow, or stun spawning Voidwalkers before they reach Vorpil. With multiple ranged damage dealers, they can be positioned to cover all the spawn points and shift between voidwalkers and Vorpil as needed. For example, one hunter or mage can be stationed north of the platform, another south, and Vorpil tanked at the top of the stair to one side. Usually, this strategy will focus on a particular area, where Voidwalkers are cleared out during the Rain of Fire phase. This area may have to shift around, as Voidwalkers will swarm Vorpil, and it might be advisable to tank Vorpil in a more open spot after each Teleport.
- Minimizing Vorpil's Healing. Reduced healing effects, such as Warriors' Mortal Strike, Hunters Aimed Shot and Rogues' Wound Poison, are incredibly useful because they will mitigate most of the healing effect Vorpil receives from the Voidwalkers. In the absence of both Mortal Strike and Wound Poison, a Troll Priests' Hex of Weakness will help to reduce his healing somewhat.
South-North Voidwalker Kite
This strategy utilizes the slowness of the voidwalkers to the max. During the fight, all DPS is focused on Grandmaster Vorpil at all times. The main tank, who must at all times hold aggro, will move down one of the hallways, forcing Vorpil to follow him. The voidwalkers will slowly funnel down the hallway, away from their spawn locations towards Vorpil.
Typically the first kite is to the south, as there is more available kiting distance. It can be useful to station the group, other than the puller, about two thirds of the way to the south end of the room and immediately pull Vorpil to that location, just beyond the maximum distance the voidwalkers will reach before the teleport. This eliminates potential difficulties with maintaining targeting and damage during the kite. It also helps prevent voidwalker healing if the tank losses aggro, as Vorpil is less likely to be running into voidwalkers in that case.
At the time of the Teleport, everyone in the party exits the Rain of Fire to optionally kill any voidwalkers dangerously close to Vorpil, then head down the opposite hallway of the last kite. The main tank, who will remain the highest threat to Vorpil, will immediately head down the hallway in the opposite direction of the first kite. The time before the next teleport will give the voidwalkers enough time to funnel down the new hallway, and the process is repeated until Vorpil is dead.
During the time of the Rain of Fire, and before the tank is on top of Vorpil again, the party must take care not to take aggro from the main tank, and if that happens, they must be careful to kite Vorpil to the main tank again.
All-South (Metronome) Kite
There are dangers to the strategy just described, although its principles are sound. Often, the group will become confused by which direction they are supposed to go, Line of Sight becomes an issue, and northward kites tend to place voidwalkers right on the teleport destination. Less organized groups with low DPS may prefer a method known as The Metronome.
In it, Vorpil is always directed south - but towards the walls of his room, in an alternating west-east pattern.
1. Beginning with the southwest position, the tank must pull Vorpil onto the nearest skeleton mound and establish solid aggro. As the voidwalkers near, draw Vorpil further south, onto the next skeleton mound. Once there, take him west against the wall, allowing for the best Line of Sight to the pursuing party members, and hold him there until the teleport occurs.
2. After the teleport, run up the mound to the east, even into the niche in the wall, to make Vorpil's approach angle as extreme as possible. When he has passed the pack of voidwalkers, exit the niche, continue south, and then head for the east wall.
Repeat 1 & 2 until Vorpil dies. Absolutely no voidwalkers need to be killed using this method, though it does get scary after the fourth teleport.
Note: Make sure to clear all skeletons from the mounds immediately prior to pulling him. There are a few spawns far up on top that do not pull with the lower-down ones.
Combination Strategy (Heroic Mode)
If you are having trouble killing him on heroic mode, try this strategy. Assign one person to kill as many of the voidwalkers around the platform as possible, while the other four party members do the north-south kiting described above. This way, you will have less healing and explosions during a teleport. Frost nova, slowing trap, etc. also helps during teleports, especially later in the fight when there are more of them.
Non-Kiting Tactics (Require High DPS)
When the fight starts, the party will be given some lead time before the Voidwalkers approach Vorpil, since they move so slow. If the party can muster enough damage output before the first and second teleports, it is possible to wear Vorpil down before Voidwalkers are so many they become a problem.
Mound Fight (Involves Killing Voidwalkers)
This strategy offers a much less chaotic fight, and you can easily have him dead after the first summon.
Pull Vorpil to the right mound next to his dais. Assign the lowest direct damage DPS to kill voidwalkers as they move up the hill. Shadow Priests are great to use, as they will be in constant Spirit Tap while nuking the voidwalkers, and can place DoTs on Vorpil. Placing Vorpil on the mound for the fight funnels all his void walkers into a few paths and makes killing them much easier. It also makes this fight much easier for even average tanks to maintain aggro.
For shamans, totems should be placed at the top of the mound at the start of the fight. Bloodlust can be popped once Vorpil is on the top of the mound if he's been walked to the top by the tank.
Vorpil's first summon occurs around the 40 second mark, so you can easily be ready for it. Jump off the dais, all DPS moves to the mound and have the tank waiting below to walk him back to the top of the mound. Repeat until dead.
Before the fight, all members of the party move to the western ledge of the platform as you face him; if the party hugs the wall, they can all move into position without aggroing him. The tank pulls Vorpil to this ledge, and the party members pour on the damage until he is dead. With a decently high DPS group, it is possible to bring him down to under 20% before the first teleport.
After the 'port, the party returns to their spot on the ledge, and continues the fight after the tank regains aggro.
If the DPS isn't high enough to take him down before the voidwalkers become a problem, the party can move the fight behind the column in the northwest, making it more difficult for the voidwalkers to get to him do line of sight.
Crazy DPS Strategy
If you have a druid tank, you can also have him switch to his DPS gear, and have all four DPSers go all out on him straight-away. He hits for very little, so any decent healer can heal a clothie with aggro. Just be sure to keep standing still if you have aggro, so as to allow the melee to be in range. A variation on this strategy is to have the healer doing damage as well; a well-geared shadowpriest will be able to do a substantial amount of damage while also keeping the party up.
Tips and tricks
- When moving out of the Hellfire, move straight north or straight south. If jumping any other direction, you will be in the Rain of Fire for too long or may get caught in the voidwalker blast when Vorpil runs by.
- After a teleport and Rain of Fire, Vorpil will run straight to the tank, provided no one attacks him once he starts running.
- Paladins should start with Shadow Resistance Aura if no Priest is available. As soon as you see the animation for the teleport switch to Fire Resistance Aura, it helps a great deal with healing during the Rain of Fire. Be sure to switch back to the shadow aura as soon as everyone is out of the fire. If you are a shaman you can plant a fire resist totem on his pedestal to further prevent damage from this.
- Shadowbolt Volleys can not be bashed, kicked, pummeled or otherwise interrupted but a Warrior can Spell Reflect the one cast on him (the rest of the party will still be hit.)
- Vorpil is susceptible to Deadly Poison, and therefore Envenom.
- Voidwalkers are easily soloable, even by pets and lower-level players, since they do not fight back.
- Rogues that are specialized for Backstab make an excellent voidwalker removal tool, as the voidwalkers will not turn to face their attacker.
- Voidwalkers cannot be kited towards a player. They will always move towards Vorpil.
- Warlocks can Banish the voidwalkers.
- The voidwalkers can be slowed or snared to buy time to kill them, via hunters' traps, shamans' Earthbind totems, and so on.
- A Frost Nova after the Draw Shadows can keep voidwalkers away from Vorpil during the Rain of Fire.
- If Vorpil runs through a voidwalker completely while it is stunned by a spell like Cyclone, the voidwalker will not explode.
- All voidwalkers will despawn upon Vorpil's death. (Usually. They sometimes bug, continue moving toward his corpse, then explode with the same damage.)
- In heroic mode, Vorpil's current target can be banished anytime. If it happens, he will run towards the second player on aggro list. Make sure there are no voidwalkers between you and him.
- Shaman elementals are a valid target for banishing in heroic mode.
- Keep your minds focused for the days of reckoning are close at hand. Soon, the destroyer of worlds will return to make good on his promise. Soon the destruction of all that is will begin!
- I'll make an offering of your blood.
- You'll be a fine example for the others.
- Good! A worthy sacrifice!
- Come to my aid! Heed your master now!
- Draw Shadows
- The darkness in your souls draws you ever closer...
- Killing a player
- I serve with pride!
- Your death is for the greater cause!
- Wiping a group
- I give my life... gladly...
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Gul'dan (As Grandmaster of the Shadow Council's Inner Circle)
Grandmaster of the Shadow Council in Outland
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