I have a lot of good friends in Warcraft, however there are two people that the tank and I are always usually doing things with. Whether it’s visiting Elwynn Forest and saying hello, doing mount runs or running dungeons, we are always doing something together. We are all collectors and good friends.
When transmog was announced instantly the four of us started making our lists of gear and weapons we wanted. This included gear from raids, even though we didn’t have a raid group set up with others to farm the gear. We wanted to keep it to the four of us and see how far we could go and how many transmogfrification things we could collect. This lead us to start our four man raiding!
Up to this point we’ve really surprised ourselves on what we could accomplish, we were able to get the Ulduar Drakes (10 man version) and right now we are working on getting the FrostWyrm mount from the Icecrown Citadel (ICC).
I will say that you can easily do many of the raid achievements and bosses with more than 4 and less than 4, this is just something that my friends and I do together. I’m making this a blog post series in the hopes that more people who think that they can’t do something because they don’t have 10 people realize that for certain things you don’t need a full 10, you can just grab your friends, however many of them, and go and have fun!
This post of four man raiding will cover ICC, as well as our set up and some helpful hints to get you started!
ICC was the easiest one to start with considering the huge buff that it still offers. It’s a wonderful raid, with awesome gear and achievements. You still need to pay attention to the mechanics of every fight and if you want certain achievements you need to know how to accomplish them. As I’ve stated before I’m what many call a “Wrath Baby” so, lore wise and for nostalgic reasons I adore visiting and farming ICC. Having completed this raid in my own 10 man group (which included the other three folks in the four man raid) in both regular and heroic modes (minus the King on heroic) and earning our mounts on our main toons, it’s always a nice place to revisit for me!
About the Raid:
Icecrown Citadel is the greatest fortress of the Scourge and the last bastion of the dread Lich King in the frozen wastes of Icecrown on the continent of Northrend, the Citadel is built around the Frozen Throne that once held the spirit of Ner’zhul until he joined with Arthas Menethil to become the new Lich King. Constructed from saronite, the Citadel is inhabited by some of the strongest and vilest of the Lich King’s minions – a great army of the living dead standing between their dark master and those who seek to destroy him.
For more information on the history of the raid visit here.
Layout of the Raid:
4 floors and 12 boss encounters
Teleporters are available in the raid since it is very large. However certain teleporters only unlock once certain bosses are downed. It is built around the spire where the Frozen Throne sits.
On the second floor, players will have to board an airship with their faction’s military leader and race against the other faction to reach the third floor. Players eventually board their ship with rocket packs and use cannons to fight them.
The third floor is the largest and has three wings, the Plaqueworks, the Frostwing Halls, and the Crimson Hall. You don’t have to complete them in any order, however to go to the fourth floor to confront the Lich King you have to complete all of the three wings.
List of Achievements:
Want a FrostWyrm mount? Here’s what you need to get one, click here (this is 10 man).
For a full list of the ICC achievements please click here (this shows both 10 man and 25 man).
The roles we fill in the group:
We vary on the range and melee dps depending upon if a certain fight calls for a range damage dealer and also depending on the gear that the boss drops if someone is looking for an item for another character they have. It’s nice to have a plate wearing melee dps for those times that they might have to tank for a few minutes (for example Sindragosa) while the main tank drops stacks or whatever the encounter calls for.
We will also switch specs for certain fights if they call for it, for example, on Valithria Dreamwalker to speed up the process our Ret Paladin switches to holy so that we can two heal it and quickly move on. The damage that occurs on the outside while the healers are swimming is not that big of a deal and it’s really easily managed, even on heroic, once the target order of the adds is established and executed. Off specs can become very important when farming some content, so it’s nice to know both of yours just in case you might need to switch a role to help the group out.
Average item level:
All of our toons are level 85 and our gear scores vary in range from 364-403. Once again this is not a guide, I’m confident you can do it with less of an item level however, this just happens to be our groups range.
We were farming this content with a lower item level so don’t let that hold you back, you’d be surprised at the difference between level 80 and 85 when completing this raid.
Suggestions and Things to Keep in Mind:
Make a list of gear and weapons you want before going into the raid and share this with your friends. This makes it much easier to know who gets what when things drop.
I can’t stress it enough to really know the fights, yes it’s not super hard but if you want certain achievements you need to plan accordingly. Also, some fights just require that you get out of things no matter how super duper awesome you are, for example on the Lich King everyone still HAS to get out of defile. Know your mechanics they will really be your only limitations in some encounters.
*Spoiler but important!* Once you get to the Lich King fight please be aware that at 10% he kills everyone, so don’t release! This is part of the fight! At 10% he kills everyone and then you are brought back to life to defeat him. So don’t release and just enjoy the beautiful scene!
Remember that 10 man raiding rewards up until Cataclysm were different than 25 man raiding rewards. So if you want something from a 25 man raid that was released in Wrath of the Lich King you need to up your numbers of people and make sure you have the raid set on 25m.
My overall impression of 4 manning ICC
ICC was not hard at all to heal with our group, only on some of the heroic encounters (The Blood Prince Council) that we have done so far did I have to even cast a large heal. So far the Blood Prince Council on heroic was the most difficult for myself since I couldn’t seem to get out of the silly vortexes. Please note we have not completed all of the bosses on heroic so my impressions might change.
I will say I was surprised at how easy Sindragosa was on heroic, she in Wrath was the worst fight for our raid group. However the only difficulty we had as level 85s was making sure none of the frost bombs hit us, they still can hurt like no tomorrow.
Oh and as a side note, hearing Professor Putricide again made us all giggle. Good News Everyone!
I’ll keep you guys up to date on some of our other four man raiding experiences. I really hope this helps some of you see that you can grab your close friends and get a lot of things accomplished in the game and get some sweet transmog items as well!