Level 67 Protection Warrior Blackwing Lair Solo
I had been trying to solo Blackwing Lair, one of the Classic raids, with my Protection Warrior since level 61 and finally I was able to beat it when I hit level 67. It took some time and patience, here is how I did it.
Hello fellow adventurers,
I soloed Blackwing Lair, one of the Classic raids, including the first boss, Razorgore the Untamed, as a level 67 Protection Warrior (Patch 6.2). This may be insignificant for some of you veteran WoW players, but it was quite an accomplishment for me and I wanted to share it with fellow solo raiders.
A little background about me...
I started playing World of Warcraft in 2014, towards the end of Mists of Pandaria expansion. I liked playing the game, its huge world, its story and characters and all the things it has to offer. Due to work, I played like two months on, three months off and so on.
I played Warlock as my first character, unintentionally rush-leveled him to 90, skipped a lot of things in the game, explored a very small part of Pandaria, which is a beautiful continent, and haven't stepped into Draenor yet. After Warlords of Draenor came out, I decided to start from scratch with a Warrior. Eom is currently my main and only character, if we don't count some level 1 characters which are sitting idle on the login screen and used occasionally for helping those who seek signatures for their guild charters.
Since I started fresh with Eom about 8 months ago, I have been enjoying the game a lot more compared to my first play through. Although I am relatively new to the game and still not a max level, I am probably attached to my character as much as some of you are attached to your much older main characters.
I play the game in my own way. I create my own adventures and goals in the game. I enjoy the company of other players from time to time but I mostly prefer being on my own, exploring the world alone. I am not rushing to the end game, just taking my time and enjoying every moment and encounter (NPC or player) in the game as much as possible. I am not a role player but usually I create my own fun in the game by setting goals and tasks to complete and sometimes do things which would make some of you wonder "What's the point?".
Back to the topic.
When I hit level 60, I did all the Classic raids (Molten Core, Blackwing Lair, Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj, and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj) with the help of a max level friend. I remember trying Blackwing Lair for the first time and failing at the first boss due to tricky mechanics. As I continued leveling beyond 60, and now that the legacy buff is in effect, I started to test my skills by trying to do the Classic raids as solo.
I should add that at each level, the majority of my gear was either best-in-slot or close to best-in-slot. I usually locked my XP once I leveled up and tried to get the best gear I could via dungeons, professions or the auction house. It can be said that I am in a way playing like an ongoing twink. I find more fun in this play style compared to hitting max level and limiting the item hunt to very few items in terms of improving my gear and getting more powerful.
I didn't show much progress till level 64 at which point I was able to solo Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj fully, and Molten Core up to Ragnaros, after multiple deaths. Meanwhile, I kept trying Blackwing Lair and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj. As I continued leveling, I was finally able to beat Ragnaros of Molten Core, but I still had issues with the Twin Emperors of Ahn'Qiraj and with Razorgore of Blackwing Lair. Once I hit level 67 and improved my gear as much as I could, I tried soloing Blackwing Lair again.
In my first attempt, I was not able to beat the first boss, Razorgore the Untamed. I couldn't destroy all the eggs before mobs killed him, so the encounter was reset. For a moment, I thought that I may not be able to do it because it seemed so hard, but I had to try it again. With boosted determination in my second attempt, I was finally able to destroy all the eggs before mobs killed Razorgore.
It was simply the biggest challenge that I had experienced in World of Warcraft so far. That couple of minutes of destroying the eggs while keeping one eye on my own health and the other eye on Razorgore's health were the most intense, most adrenaline packed moments for me. I know that this first boss in Blackwing Lair causes troubles even to max level players, so, beating him with my Level 67 Warrior felt great.
Here is how I did the Razorgore the Untamed solo:
While I hastily destroyed the eggs, I also paid attention to two things. Firstly, whenever the group around my char got crowded, I stopped controlling Razorgore and quickly took down the group with my area of effect damaging skills such as Dragon Roar and Thunder Clap. Secondly, whenever the group around Razorgore got crowded, I moved towards my char which caused some of the mobs to focus on my char resulting in less damage on Razorgore. I don't exactly know how long it lasted as everything happened so fast but the eggs were all destroyed before the second full charming of Razorgore.
The second boss, Vaelastrasz the Corrupt did not cause any trouble. Especially since it starts with a small percent of its health, my Execute quickly became available which helped speed up taking him down.
On the way to Nefarian, the last boss of Blackwing Lair, only Ebonroc was relatively hard to beat due to his massive self-healing, but with patience and right timing of skills I was able to take him down too. He even dropped a very nice gun with a dragon head. Such cool ranged items make me want to play a Hunter.
Nefarian was no easy match. It was a long fight. Not only long but also frustrating, as at one point during the fight, he cast a spell which I have no idea what, that caused the skills in my skillbar to disappear. So, I had to continue my fight with autoattacks and the only available skill Heroic Strike, till I took him down. In one of my later runs, I realized that I could open my skills window (P) and click on skills during the period my skillbar is disabled. Wish I had known this before :)
If it was only Nefarian that I had to fight with, it was going to be relatively easier. Close to his death, he spawned dozens of Bone Constructs from the corpses of Drakonids I had slayed earlier, which not only made it difficult to take down one by one due to the lack of skillbar but also their annoying movements and voices made me feel uncomfortable and want to get done as quickly as I could.
I should mention that my Second Wind talent was extremely helpful here since lots of mobs were around and I was receiving considerable damage.
It didn't take too long to finish off Nefarian once I slayed all the Bone Constructs. Not as much as Razorgore encounter but it was still a challenging fight and when Nefarian finally fell down, as the Blackwing Lair was completed, I felt more powerful as a Warrior. You may find it funny but it even boosted my confidence while tanking in dungeons.
My next stop will be at Silithus, to do Temple of Ahn'Qiraj solo. Then, I will be looking forward to reaching level 70 and starting with The Burning Crusade raids.
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