Video version of this guide:
FYI – I’ll cover any boss specific extra consumes here, but if you’re looking for a general raid consumes list, I covered that in the Rogue TBC F.A.Q. guide.
You should also always be stacking haste potions on top of your usual CD stack during bosses if you’re intending to parse.
Sno’s PvE CD Tracker Weakaura (public + patreon version)
People have been waiting for the final versions of these and they’re now ready. Below is both the free version available to everyone and the updated new patreon version that has added features such as dynamic growth and I went ahead and pre-added other active trinkets for you.
This aura tracks:
- PvE dps abilities (BF/AR)
- Main active dps consumables (drums and tea)
- Only shows the cooldown if you have the ability learnt, trinket equipped or the consumable in your bag
TBC parsing is a extremely group dependant
Just fyi – the tips I’m going to give are for you to improve your own raid performance and maybe even cheese out some nice parses, but be aware that actually ranking high in a TBC parse is VERY group setup reliant.
If your guild isn’t setting up your group to have a close to ideal comp involving shaman, hunter, war at the least, it’s going to be very hard to compete at the 99+ parse level. This is before we even add in the fast kill times required to get high parses.
I’d advise you to do these strats for fun and to improve your own performance, but don’t expect 99s without the correct group setup and kill times.
Expose Armor rotation
You have 2 real choices for your expose armor rotation:
- 5 pt expose armor from start then SnD after
- 1pt SnD into 5 pt expose armor
Both rotations are mostly fine BUT if your guild is hardcore then I’d go 5pt expose first with burning tea or AR to make sure you get it up ASAP for maximum raid benefit.
Phase 1 is kind of chill though, so with the lack of speedrunning and not many hardcore guilds really pushing pace, you’re mostly fine to just do a 1pt snd into 5pt expose to not sacrifice your own dps quite as much. I have extra notes for expose armor noted under each of the bosses where there are mechanics and things you need to watch for if you choose to expose armor.
I like to think of the 15 second mark on expose armor debuff as a rough final point where I can use a different finisher and still have enough time to get back 5pts to refresh expose armor.
Note: If you do expose armor, you really, really, do not want it to ever drop off (otherwise the raid is back to hitting a high armor boss – which really sucks).
Gruul & Magtheridon Boss Guide
These fights are slightly more ‘proper 25 man’ and raids will expect you to do your job more vs. Karazhan where it’s more casual. This means you’re often expose armoring on these 25 man fights.
Karazhan Boss Guide
Keep in mind that Karazhan is a more casual 10 man raid, so a lot of guilds take it less seriously than full 25 man guild raids. You can still expose armor in Karazhan, but a lot of guilds/raids won’t mind if you want to have some fun and not worry about exposing on Karazhan bosses.