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Dread Masters - Focusing Crystals and Dark Empowerment?

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Dread Masters - Focusing Crystals and Dark Empowerment?

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KeyboardNinja
10.24.2013 , 11:51 AM | #1
During a wipe on Dread Masters HM last night, my group decided to push Calphayus so that people who hadn't seen Dark Empowerment could experience the joy. Of course it was an auto-wipe, but we noticed something different: a portal appeared up to Calphayus's throne and the focusing crystals became attackable. They have 50k HP a piece, which means that two competent DPS would be able to kill them before the cast completes.

This raises an interesting question: if we kill those crystals, what happens? In the best case, I would imagine it kills Calphayus, which removes him from the soft enrage entirely and makes the fourth phase easier. At the very least, it might just CC him (like what happens when you DPS him down during his individual fight) and reduces the damage in the third phase.

Has anyone tried this? I would imagine it would work in SM just as well as it would in HM, so it shouldn't be hard to experiment.
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Jimvinny
10.24.2013 , 03:58 PM | #2
An interesting observation. Can I ask why you guys didn't try it out on your next attempt?

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KeyboardNinja
10.24.2013 , 04:01 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by Jimvinny View Post
An interesting observation. Can I ask why you guys didn't try it out on your next attempt?
It was getting late, the World Series was on and we wanted to just kill the boss and go home. :-) We did talk about it briefly though, and the idea was voted down.
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paowee
10.24.2013 , 04:02 PM | #4
Nice find! Looking forward to seeing what those crystals do
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Jerba
10.25.2013 , 03:24 PM | #5
We tried this during our HM raid today, but only once. Here's what I gathered:

- When the four bosses come down from their thrones again at 50%, have all DPS focus Calphayus down below 30%.
- Make sure that the tank kites Calphayus toward the throne so that the DPs are close to the throne when it opens.
- When Calphayus starts his cast, the Focusing Crystal become - like you say - attackable. However, they are immune when attacking from the center platform, so even your rDPS need to go through the portal before they can attack it.
- If you attack the crystals, they will move toward you like normal melee mobs. Make sure that your DPS are standing right next to the crystal so that the crystals won't have to move. In our try, a player who had the highest threat was standing on the throne, and then the crystals would reset to 100% HP because they could not reach the player there.

Unfortunately, half of our DPS died before they got to the throne, so we were not able to kill the crystals in time, and then the motivation to try it again was lost.
We may try doing that in story mode again sometime, not sure. The Crystals have 100k HP in total, and you have only 20 seconds to kill them, of which at least five will probably be lost by going through the portal.
However, if anyone else wants to try this, I would also look forward to what will happen.

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eanjingjing
10.27.2013 , 04:50 PM | #6
We gave it a try in SM.

- 3rd phase, pushed Calphayus to 30%. He starts casting Dark Empowerment.
- All DPS to the throne, DPS'd the left one first, then the right one, all the while they were stacked on the crystal to avoid 'Evade'. Unfortunately, the DPS kiting Raptus didn't make it, and all the DPS but 1 got hit and died from the conal.
- The crystals disappeared, but the Calphayus tank keeps taking crystals to the face. The healers and tanks died shortly after. We're not sure what we died from, but the healers think it was Tyrans' rogue Thundering Blasts that killed them.

After that, the one remaining DPS went back to the main platform by clicking on Calphayus' crystal (this DPS was also the one that took Tyrans' (which explains why Tyrans' was all over the place since she has the 'Ignored' debuff). This DPS became invulnerable, tanking all 4, even completely ignored a Deathmark. However, she got hit by the knockback and fell off the side and died. She didn't have any special debuff except for the debuff from Tyrans' and Calpahyus' crystals.

That's all we gathered, it was late so we called it after that.

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SDconqueror
10.28.2013 , 05:57 AM | #7
BUMP BUMP

Very interesting find indeed.

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Leafy_Bug
10.28.2013 , 06:52 AM | #8
Well we trolled last night as well and we had the longest first phase ever. 10 mins of bosses going to their thrones and coming back without getting to Brontes. It was hilarious!

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Jerba
10.28.2013 , 11:12 AM | #9
nvm /5char

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Shandellon
10.28.2013 , 11:25 AM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Leafy_Bug View Post
Well we trolled last night as well and we had the longest first phase ever. 10 mins of bosses going to their thrones and coming back without getting to Brontes. It was hilarious!
You know they do recover (with a timer) and have to be on thrones all at the same time, do you?
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