Boss Tactics: Opera Event – Romulo and Julianne
These two star-crossed lovers are probably the easiest of the 3 Opera events, and if you’re not a Tailor, probably the most desired by Holy Priests; the Masquerade Gown is quite mice (and very pretty to boot!)
This is basically a 3 phase fight. You fight and kill Julianne, then Romulo, then both together (sound familiar anyone?). In the last phase, if they don’t die within 10 seconds of each other the remaining one will resurrect the other and you have to kill them all over again.
Julianne is a caster and can heal. She has a couple of ranged attacks that she will cast on random raid members. Romulo is Rogue-ish. He has a cleave-like ability and can also attack behind him.
When the curtain comes up, you will fight Julianne by herself. Her casting should be interrupted whenever possible. If you are light on players that can interrupt, focus on the heal, Eternal Affection. It heals for about 50k so this can really hurt if she gets the cast off. Devotion should be your next priority, it is a buff she gives to herself that increases her Holy damage by 50% and casting speed by 50%. Her last two abilities are Powerful Attraction and Blinding Passion. Powerful Attraction is a 6 second stun. This can be a problem if it lands on a healer, but otherwise is not a big deal. Blinding Passion is a painful DOT that totals for about 6k; it shouldn’t kill anyone that’s topped off, but whoever gets it needs to be healed.
For easy pick up in phase 3, make sure Julianne dies in a corner, I like to put her in the front right one. When she is getting low, have your Romulo tank move to the center of the room to pick him up when she dies.
When Julianne Dies, Romulo will spawn in the center of the room, your tank should be there to pick him up. He has a frontal cleave (Deadly Swathe) and a backwards attack (Backward Lunge) that has a knockback. For this one, instead of having the tank with his back to the wall, turn the other way and allow melee to put their back to the wall so they don’t loose time running back and the ranged just need to stay out of the Swathe. Be sure to heal through the Backward Lunge. [Edit: see comment from Mal, you can put Romulo’s back to the wall and Melee stand beside him, avoiding the cleave AND Backward Lunge] He also has a poison attack that reduces all stats, be sure to remove this if possible since it stacks. Lastly he has a buff that he gives to himself that increases physical damage dealt and increases attack speed. This should be stolen or dispelled if possible.
We like to put him in the back left corner (basically as far away from each other as possible for phase 3). Just as before, your Julianne tank should move to her body when Romulo is getting low.
Here is a diagram showing positioning. Since I can’t seem to get an Opera that’s not BBW, you’ll just have to ignore Grandma in the middle :-)
All the same abilities and interrupts apply to this phase, you just have both at the same time. There are a couple of strategies that all work for killing both within 10 seconds of each other.
First, you can split DPS. Have half your raid go to Julianne and the other half to Romulo. The RL will need to watch the health of both mobs and move DPS around as necessary. A Mage or a Hunter are good choices to move around if they aren’t going down evenly. When one dies, all DPS go to the other to make sure they die quickly.
The other option is to burn one down to about 10% and the switch to the other. When they die, switch back and finish the last one off. There are arguments both ways for which one you kill first. IMO it doesn’t really matter. Whatever you do, make sure there are enough that stick with Julianne the whole time to interrupt her. She will heal Romulo, but if you keep them separated, he should be out of range.
Players that can interrupt are nice. Julianne casts a lot of things and if you can interrupt them all, why not do it. All of the interrupt effects work except for Silence. It is also recommended for a Mage to steal Julianne’s buff since it increases casting speed.
Shadow Priest Specifics from Vladvin
If you are the only player available to dispel, it’s probably a good idea to dispel the Blinding Passion. That’s all I’ve got!
Holy Priest Specifics from Galadria
Neither Romulo or Julianne hit very hard on the tanks so it’s not difficult to heal them. When fighting Julianne, keep the raid topped off so that Blinding Passion won’t kill anyone before you can heal them. Same thing with the Melee when fighting Romulo. You don’t want the Backward Lunge to one-shot anyone. If you have a trinket or Will of the Forsaken if you’re Undead use it to get out of the Powerful Attraction. Having a healer stunned can be difficult to deal with.
Object of the Encounter
As I said with BBW, the Opera encounters aren’t very difficult, just a little chaotic. This one is probably the easiest and will test your raid leaders ability to manipulate raid assignments on the fly, and your raiders ability to follow directions. However, Netherspite is a much bigger test of this concept!
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