My First Instance in Northrend: The Nexus

I ran Nexus for the first time last night, and replaced my 1st piece of gear.
There have been quest rewards that are almost an upgrade, but were either missing an enchant/item enchancement – and it would have been too costley to have gotten the item enhancment for a piece of gear I will probably replace in a few levels anyway. So most things have ended up De’d.
So at 72 I got a new piece of Gear: The Wand of Shimmering Scales from Grand Mangus Telestra – It replaced my badge wand I had gemmed with a haste Gem anyway.

It was a Pug group, the other 4 were guildies though, so I technically was the only pug. The first two bosses were easy and got through them without a wipe, we had a deathknight as a tank who was learning, and doing a good job.
The first boss we did in the Nexus Ormorok the Tree-Shaper – for which the only trick I had to look for was the Crystal Spikes, and the spell Reflection of some of my dots which I just dispelled.

Anomalus required us to kill the portals, our Dps was awesome so we got them , and him down quick enough.

Grand Magus Telestra was tricky. We wiped on her a few times trying to work out the best way of killing/ ccing the three split aspects of herself. We tried me fearing, and we then had Line of site issues when blue ran out of the room and wouldn’t come back. So we canned the fear. We did kill Blue first, then red, and purple. There was only three of us left standing on the final stage where she becomes one aspect again, and inbetween me casting Praying of mending to help keep the tank, healer and myself up, and being thrown around the room, we managed to get her down, and I got the wand! – It was a very messy fight, and I would hate to see that on heroric.

Keristrasza was also a little tricky – very hard as a Shadow Priest to jump every time I got a frost tick because it would interrupt my casting. In addition, I was helping on on the deshackling of people and myself. Jump – Cast – Dispell, She also was hurting the tank too much when she enraged, so we decided that all healing able classes would throw some heals at the tank. Eventually after several wipes and a repair we did it.

It was a very enjoyable instance – challanging but not stupidly so – and very pretty..

The distance between the graveyard and the dying points were not that great, and it can make a big difference to the morale of a party when its not so far to go, so we worked out it untill we did it, and I got all the quests in there done.

5 Responses to “My First Instance in Northrend: The Nexus”

  1. 1 Tuna November 19, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Nexus is a fun instance. Grats on the new wand! That Mage boss was a very unique encounter, but fun. For that last boss, instead of jumping to move, just do a quick step to the side. It puts less time between your casting.

  2. 2 Dahrla November 19, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Heh, I’ve gone through that instance probably five times now … and I’ve never seen a wand drop from the Grand Magus. 🙂 Congrats! I’ve also been DEing my quest rewards – my only gear replacement has been the Frost-whatever hood that I crafted with tailoring, since it was an upgrade from whatever blue I was still wearing from Outlands (never got around to getting an epic head piece, unfortunately — only hit 70 right at the end of Brewfest this year).

    I usually do that last boss fight with a tank friend of mine while I heal, and it works out really well with him kiting the dragon in a circle while me and the three DPSers trail behind the dragon. I’ve been shackled MAYBE twice in the five times I’ve done the instance – she usually gets one of the DPSers. On the Grand Magus fight, I spam CoH as I’m being yo-yoed through the air – that seems to work out well, too. The only problems we’ve ever had have really been on the Anomalus fight – those portals seem to open right beside me and tear me down a lot, before one of the DPSers notice and try to take it down.

    Other than that, though, I agree — it’s a great, beautiful instance with boss fights that require you to have a strategy beyond “tank-and-spank”, which is a relief. I found Utgard Keep boring and probably will not go again if I can help it, but I look forward to doing Nexus on Heroic when I get to 80. 🙂

    Anyway, my first time commenting on your blog, though I check it almost daily for new posts – I enjoy it very much! Keep up the great work!

    -Dahrla (US-Silvermoon, lvl 72 Holy priest)

  3. 3 pugnaciouspriest November 19, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Dahrla – I was lucky on the roll for the wand – no one else rolled on it 🙂 , haven’t had a chance to do Utgard yet, but I was hoping that it would be as much of a suprise as Nexus ( or at least I would try and read some strats.) But I definitly want to go back for another run.

    and you need to discover RSS 🙂 Saves you checking blogs every day – the reader will do it for you..

  4. 4 pugnaciouspriest November 19, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    @Tuna – Cheers: side stepping probably looks a lot less silly then everyone jumping

  5. 5 Katrina December 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    My guild did Nexus together as a group last night, all of us were able to do Heroics pre wrath, with the tank being a little on the low side. BM Hunter (Husband), Resto Druid (me), Rogue, Pally Tank and Lock. We had a BLAST doing this instance. Grand Magus Telestra was the first boss we did and I was laughing so hard when she flings you around. We breezed through everything except Keristrasza. For some reason we just couldn’t get her dead. After I think two wipes, the tank died muliple times due to hard hits and that stuid tail, we finally got her down. It was also funny. We would get her SO close and then the tank would die. I would hit cat form and dash and I ran in circles around the stupid place with her following me until the tank and Dpsers were able to make it back into the instance. After it was over I was /clap and /cheer for my kiting, lol…

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