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Kephess HM 2nd Phase Trouble

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ScytheEleven
01.13.2013 , 12:46 PM | #1
My guild has been slowly working through EC HM for awhile now. Being a casual guild, we're pretty thrilled that we can one shot all the bosses (cept when the minefield screws us over hard with random glitches) leading up to Kephess.

We are (typically) golden all the way up to the point where Kephess drops down. Then things go south quickly. Here is what we are doing right at the start of when Kephess drops down (HM):

Our powertech tank taunts Kephess the moment he falls, and one of our healers is assigned to our powertech. Our juggernaut tank taunts the bomber, and we burn down the bomber. During this phase, we do NOT tank swap after the bleed get puts on our powertech tank. This actually doesn't cause a problem for us, since our healer can heal through the bleed damage on our powertech tank (who is on Kephess), as long as he is constantly moving/backing up away from Kephess.

When Kephess reaches 60%, we all go hide behind the entrance wall, and keep out our Sorc DPS'ers and sorc healer (so that when he pulls everyone in, the Sorc's can force sprint out, and the rest of us are behind the wall and don't get into the AoE).

Now here is the problem starts! We know about the tank swap. But we never get that far, because our powertech tank just drops like a rock the moment Gift of the Master's (the AoE pull channel) thing is over. If he stands still, Kephess will gash him for 12k a hit. Please note that Breath of the Master's has NOT been cast at this point. Our powertech is full campaign, and well-optimized, but he gets GASHED. I've watched videos of other Kephess fights, and the tanks just stand there and take it from him. How?! Are we missing something? Our powertech's damage reduction is at like 53% with a shield/absorb rating both close 50%.

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Mavery
01.13.2013 , 01:16 PM | #2
Is he standing in the purple circle?

edit: Assuming he has moved out of the purple, he needs to be topped off and not have Savage Wounding on him.

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ScytheEleven
01.13.2013 , 01:24 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by Mavery View Post
Is he standing in the purple circle?

edit: Assuming he has moved out of the purple, he needs to be topped off and not have Savage Wounding on him.
I'm thinking Savage Wounding might be the culprit as well. And no, he is not standing a purple circle...when our powertech goes down, it's right after "Gift of the Masters" (massive AoE pull in) and before the first "Breath of the Masters".

Perhaps it would be a better idea to just have our tanks swap during his "jumping phases" so that when he does "Gift of the Masters", our tanks are almost topped off.

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Mavery
01.13.2013 , 01:26 PM | #4
So he leaves the purple circle and Kephess just one-shots him?

edit: It doesn't matter too much if both tanks are topped off. But whoever is taking first, cannot have Savage Wounding.

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ScytheEleven
01.13.2013 , 01:40 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Mavery View Post
So he leaves the purple circle and Kephess just one-shots him?

edit: It doesn't matter too much if both tanks are topped off. But whoever is taking first, cannot have Savage Wounding.
Ah yes, I misunderstood you. I thought you were referring to the purple circles that get dropped on the ground during "Breath of the Masters"...as we had not gotten there yet before our powertech dies.

To answer your question better this time, yes, the moment he leaves that giant purple circle that pulls everyone in during "Gift the Masters", he can take about two hits from Kephess and boom, he is toast! I'm pretty sure he still has savage wounding on him at this point, so that must be what is causing the issue.

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Mavery
01.13.2013 , 01:42 PM | #6
That would be hit. Kephess hits rather hard in his final phase and the Savage Wounding ticks would make it a little too difficult.

edit: What's odd, too, is Kephess should be doing the punt + cast immediately upon reaching the Powertech. Very odd that your PT is taking two hits before that happens.

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Chaqen
01.13.2013 , 02:51 PM | #7
It is most likely your healers not healing. They are moving into position and worrying about other things and not focusing on the tank quick enough to get him caught up in heals. Also how long are you guys taking on the transitions between phases, and are the healers and tank in positions where the tank is still being healed?

The period after gift of the masters is the far easiest to heal in the whole fight, a single healer in rakata gear should be able to mange to heal it on their own, as long they are mindful of their resources. So the fact that your tank is dying rather quick at the start of this phase points to a healing problem.
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NotRonin
01.13.2013 , 03:34 PM | #8
First, you should look at your tank's combat log to see what is killing your tank. After Gift of the master, Kephess should do a leap (to close in onto the tank), a knock back (up to 18k, depending on tank), and then cast Breath of the Master. Your tank's health should be topped up during the last few ticks of Gift of the Master. If that is not happening, then your healer must be healing themselves instead of the tank.

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LastWizard
01.14.2013 , 05:24 AM | #9
When kephess is casting gift of the masters, the other tank is taunting during the cast? Not after the cast has completed?

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RhinoUF
01.23.2013 , 06:59 PM | #10
Yes you taunt DURING the cast. The tank not tanking Kephess needs to have him taunted BEFORE that cast finish. The reason? His next move will hit the tank for a TON and kill him.

So look for the KNOCK BACK, when you see it, wait for his cast to start (immediately), and have the other tank taunt him before he finishes casting