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Forlorn Legacy Presents...General Vezax Hard Mode
May 24, 2009
The hard mode for General Vezax requires you to not kill the Saronite Vapors that spawn during the fight, which means casters will recieve no additional mana. Blizzard was pretty smart with this fight, they pretty much eliminated all forms of mana regeneration, trinkets, mana potions, talents, etc. Pretty much nothing works, with the exception of Judgements of the Wise, Shamanistic Rage, Spiritual Attunement and Aspect of the Viper.
Once 8 Saronite Vapors spawn they will combine and form a large elemental called a "Saronite Animus" which has 12 million HP and casts Profound Darkness on the whole raid every 2 seconds. The ticks start off at 750 shadow damage, increasing by 10% for each tick (750, 825, 900, 975, etc). Once the Animus has been defeated, Vezax loses his immunity shield and you can continue DPS'ing him.
If you're working on this encounter there are a few tricks you can use to help. First and foremost, stack your raid with as many mages as you can get and have them spec 19/0/52, they do an incredible amount of damage on this fight and as frost they consume very little mana. Paladins - spec into Divine Sacrifice & Divine Guardian, also be sure to run your T8 4pc for the set bonus, for roughly 500 mana your sacred shield will absorb a huge amount of damage. Shadow Priests - spec into Improved Vampiric Embrace, even though your healing is low while in shadow crashes, it will still help during Profound Darkness.