The short answer is that a lot of times I don’t keep my teammates up on Tyrannical Xavius. It’s a difficult fight with loose timers; his spells have a rough rotation but there is no set duration between casts. What makes Xavius one of the most frustrating bosses in M+ is the combination of his burst damage, random targeting, and fast cast times.
Xavius is a prime example of the kind of bosses that I think are patently unfair in M+. 악몽 화살
(one of the most aptly named spells in the game) makes me want to get a developer in a locked room. 악몽 화살
has a few issues: 1) it has a 1.5s cast time meaning you will likely have less than .5s to react if you’re in the middle of a global cooldown; 2) the damage from 악몽 화살
snapshots the moment it leaves Xavius’ hands, so if you apply an external (like 무쇠껍질
) or personal (like 나무 껍질
) defensive while the spell is in midair it will still do full damage; 3) it picks a random target; 4) it has a variable cooldown so you can’t precisely predict it; and 5) it’s not an AoE ability so avoidance doesn’t affect it. Add all these up and you get a recipe for battle resses.악몽 화살
is the sort of ability that I hope disappears in BFA. Spells that can’t be predicted, can’t be avoided or interrupted, cast incredibly fast so that healers have a tough time reacting to them with externals, etc. Hyrja’s 굽이치는 번개
(1.3s cast time!) is another such spell. These kinds of mechanics aren’t fun and basically make you want to avoid Darkheart Thicket and Halls of Valor at all costs on high Tyrannical keys. I realize that given the scaling nature of M+ you will eventually hit a point where spells will one-shot you, but abilities that do a lot of damage should be segmented to deal damage rapidly in a short window rather than all at once. 약자 포식
, for example, is a superior mechanic to 악몽 화살
simply because it deals damage in chunks. It still hurts a ton but at least you can react to it and heal through it. And Hyrja’s 빛 축출
is a superior mechanic to 굽이치는 번개
because 빛 축출
is applied to its target several seconds before it does damage giving the target and the healer an opportunity to coordinate cooldowns.
Now that I’ve gotten all that off my chest, my actual advice for keeping people alive is to get familiar with the rotation of Xavius’ spells. He will cast 악몽 화살
very soon after the pull, and then he will alternate between Bolt and 약자 포식
while also sprinkling in 더해가는 망상
and Festering Rip. I try to cast 급속 성장
when I sense a 약자 포식
is imminent so that it’s already up when the damage starts. I use Felshield Emitter for 악몽 화살
s and 무쇠껍질
for 약자 포식
But mostly I pray that all the spells target the tank.