for players in the late 30 to early 40 level range, Runic Descent lies
in the shadows of Hammerknell. This formerly idyllic garden is now
overrun by the same death and decay that besieged the former Dwarven
Runic Descent is fairly forgiving when it comes to group
configuration. Boasting only three boss fights, with none of them being
exceptionally difficult and no overwhelming trash mobs to speak of,
this instance is pretty easy on healing. In fact any combination of
tank and healer will work fine here and crowd control isn’t much of a
concern, so load the group with whatever DPS you have available.
There aren’t as many quests affiliated with Runic Descent as there
were in some of the earlier instances, but they are still worth
completing. Defiant players will find only two quests
here, one auto quest and one from a quest giver at the entrance, while
Guardians will be offered a third quest a little deeper into the zone.
Tending the Garden
: Runic Descent
upon zoning in
Successfully vanquish the three boss encounters of the zone.
Sins of Stone
Defeat 3 Rune Cracked Spirits
- Gaurdian Only
Find and activate three Life Bulbs
Descent is an easy instance to navigate as there is only one path
available to traverse. Rictus is the first boss on the menu here after
mowing through several trash packs where you should have also
encountered the first of the Rune Cracked Spirits.
three major abilities that he will use throughout the fight, two of
which are used in conjunction with each other to make life difficult.
Death Blow, the first of the abilities typically used, pulls all
players into melee range and casts a slowing debuff on them. After
Death Blow goes off Rictus will begin using Furious Barrage; a point
blank AoE. As soon as players are pulled in for Death Blow they need to
immediately begin moving out of range to avoid the damage.
third and final ability is Rotting Flesh, a DoT that not only damages
the target, but anyone in their immediate vicinity. Affected players
will need to isolate themselves from the group and wait for the DoT to
wear off. Once you learn the proper steps in this proximity based
dance, the encounter becomes very easy.
Kicking up the movement factor to the next notch is the second
boss in the zone, Wormwood. A two phase encounter, Wormwood has only
two major abilities to worry about – Fierce Stomp and Fungal Blossom.
Fierce Stomp is a frontal cone knockback that, if positioned properly,
should only affect the tank. Fungal Blossom is a point blank damage
ability that is manifested through a mushroom that will appear on top
of a single player in phase 1 and on all players in phase 2. In phase 1
players will want to stay spread out to avoid the spores. In phase 2,
which happens at 50%, everyone except the tank should stack up until
the ability is used and then spread quickly to avoid the damage.
Wormwood has a soft enrage at low health which is dispellable, although
it can easily be healed through by most healers.
Last, and sadly least, is Warden Falidor. Save for one small bit
of periodic movement, this is largely a tank and spank encounter that
strictly uses boss abilities and lacks any sort of reaction component.
The Warden relies heavily on Necrotic Jet, a direct damage nuke that
causes minor spike damage on most tanks. He also has a dispellable
damage shield at his employ as well as a groupwide knockback. The only
player not effected by the knockback is the tank (or whoever is top of
his threat list), but the tank will suffer a damage increasing debuff,
so be ready to step up the healing during this. The final threat to
players is Drowned, a single target DoT and silence ability that is
only an annoyance when it targets the healer. Managing these meager
abilities will turn this boss into a simple loot piñata.