Blizzard’s Mythic Dungeon International is one of the biggest esports events for World of Warcraft, and it’s currently back for its latest run. The first World of Warcraft: Shadowlands cup concluded today, with Perplexed claiming victory.
But we aren’t here to talk about the first cup winners of the expansion! Instead, we’re here to talk about one of the more interesting and effective strategies that we saw the teams using and the various ways it could be used successfully.
Team ????, one of the competing groups in the current MDI, showed off an interesting strategy in the Mists of Tirna Scithe dungeon. The strategy will require a priest to pull off, so if you were intending to do this as well, make sure you’re bringing the right composition!
During the run against Golden Guardians, Jeath had taken the talent Dominant Mind, which allows priests to maintain control over their own character while also using Mind Control, making it function similarly to a Death Knight’s Control Undead ability.
This ability was used on a Drust Soulcleaver, one of the larger mobs before the first boss, Ingra Maloch. During this boss fight, Ingra Maloch will be stunned by the Droman he controls, increasing the damage the boss takes by 300%.
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At this time, Jeath used the Soulcleaver’s Soul Split ability, which increases the damage the target takes by 20%. Given the debuff currently on Maloch, this increased to 60% damage taken instead.
Using this strategy makes it so that Maloch takes 360% increased damage rather than 300%, a massive bonus during the time when players are already burning the boss down as quick as possible and pumping out the highest DPS they can.
Best of all, while this strategy is most useful for the increase against Maloch during his burn phase, there’s no reason why this couldn’t be used against any other mob. Some may find it more useful during Fortified weeks to use against more troublesome trash mobs than a modest boss.
Either way, it’s a powerful strategy that it seems few have thought of – certainly never before seen during the MDI, and one that has the Mythic+ community abuzz with new strategies to get a better time to improve scores and records.
Many are also saying that there’s a good chance Blizzard will nerf this strategy now as a result of it possibly being an unintended use of the mobs, though that would be an incredible shame. Time will tell if Blizzard intends to let this strategy stand.