Guardian of the First Ones | Brewmaster Guide
Welcome to the Brewmaster Guide for Guardian of the First Ones in the Sanctum of Domination Raid Encounter! This guide contains Brewmaster-specific tips and tricks and is primarily geared towards the Mythic encounter, so don’t forget to check out Tanknotes by Panthea, or the Sanctum of Domination Boss Strategy Guides and Raid Overview on Wowhead for a general overview of the mechanics of the fight on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
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15 Row: *Chi Wave if running Charred Passions
25 Row: There is very little movement on this fight, so this tier matters very little. I have a slight preference towards Tiger’s Lust is because roll vs. torpedo is just the right distance to be able to roll into the pillar to drag the boss in at the right time, and Tiger’s Lust can always be used on someone else if they need it.
40 Row: While Guardian on the surface seems like the fight for Bob and Weave, I take Dampen specifically for Obliterate soaks. Bob and Weave may be a better choice if you raid is having 10 people soak Obliterate each time, rather than 4 immunities (more on this below).
To optimally position the boss, we want him just on the edge of the circles from the pillars, and turned outwards a little so that the raid can stack directly behind the boss, and be as close as possible to bring their Threat Neutralization debuffs to the pillar, which charges it on Mythic. We really want to optimize this positioning so that the raid can get maximum damage in, and have the minimum distance they need to move to handle those debuffs.
We decided to put every obliterate on the inside leg of the boss (always towards the middle of the room). It may be helpful to call which leg this is before each soak, just so everyone is on the same page, if you choose to do it this way instead of keeping it consistent no matter which pillar you are on.
There are several ways to tank this boss, depending on how strong your cotank is. Regardless of cotank, Brewmaster can always hold the boss for the majority of the fight, and unless your cotank also benefits from tanking it, we should hold it, as we gain more damage from keeping the stagger. His melees hit hard, but not hard enough that it feels like we need cooldowns or externals at any point to deal with melees. Our main “scary” points are going to be the following:
Obliterate: If your raid is splitting evenly in each Obliterate soak, then you may not need anything to live here. But many guilds are opting to have 4 players sit in both soaks with an immunity for each tank combo. If this is the case, Obliterate hurts. As in, it will 1-shot without some sort of cooldown. Dampen Harm is excellent here, as it can be used twice. A good cooldown rotation for Obliterates is Dampen > Fort Brew > Dampen > Zen Meditation. If you have the boss at the start of the combo, make sure to pop your cooldown just before Sunder (EXCEPT ZEN MED) so that it gives damage reduction for both, and increases the chance you go into the Oblierate with full health. Sunder on it’s own is not scary, so don’t worry about needing to use anything for it on the combo that you Zen Med the Obliterate.
Purging Protocol: While this raid-wide damage isn’t inherently scary, it does do a good chunk of our health, and more importantly, our healers are very distracted here. They’re in full AoE Raid-Healing mode, so don’t expect quick tank healing. That can make this a little scary if you get some unlucky dodges and take some melee damage during or just before the raid damage goes off, or have a big stagger pool chunking you down during it. Make sure you have Celestial Brew up, and/or call for an external just to make this part of the fight a little smoother, and help your healers focus on the raid.
Always let 2 Purging Protocol casts go off, then drag the boss into the pillar about halfway through the third cast.