Brawler's Guild: Sanoriak (Rank 3) (WoW MoP 5.4)

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Sanoriak is the second Brawler's Guild Rank 3 opponent. The fight against him requires precise movement and good interruption skills. You often need to find an opening in a circle of fire surrounding you and interrupt the application of a very harmful debuff on you.

Before we delve further into the explanations, we advise you to first watch this very short video, which shows how the fight with Sanoriak goes.

1. Abilities and Strategy↑top

Sanoriak has several abilities.

  • Firewall Icon Firewall creates a Rain of Fire effect around you. This Rain of Fire will keep getting closer to the center (where you are standing). Getting hit by it deals a lot of damage, but fortunately, there is always an opening that enables you to safely leave the area.
  • Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet applies a debuff on you that makes you take increased damage. When you are under the effect of that debuff, Sanoriak will try to hit you with Heated Weapon Icon Heated Weapon, which deals a large amount of Fire damage.
  • Fireball Icon Fireball and Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast deal Fire damage and are often cast by Sanoriak.

The two key aspects of the fight are Firewall Icon Firewall and Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet.

Firewall Icon Firewall can be interrupted, but we advise you to keep your interrupting spells for Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet. Firewall can easily be dealt with, once you have a bit of practice, so interrupting it should not be necessary. When Firewall starts, do not panic. Simply stand still and look around to see where the opening is, then simply exit the flames through it.

Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet should be interrupted. Alternatively, you can use class-specific abilities that prevent the application of harmful debuffs or that remove them. If you get debuffed by Flame Buffet and you cannot remove it, you will need to stay out of Sanoriak's melee range until it runs out.

The damage from Fireball Icon Fireball and Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast will be manageable, if you manage to properly deal with the other abilities.

2. Generic Advice↑top

  • Do not panic. It does not matter if you mess up your rotation, but you need to stick to the strategy.
  • If you are in for a long Brawler's Guild session, you may want to use a flask.
  • Prepot! Use a Potion of Brawler's Might Icon Potion of Brawler's Might, a Potion of Brawler's Cunning Icon Potion of Brawler's Cunning, or a Potion of Brawler's Deftness Icon Potion of Brawler's Deftness right before Sanoriak appears, depending on what your main statistic is.
  • When the 60-second cooldown on your potion is over, you can use the same potion again or you can use a Brawler's Healing Potion Icon Brawler's Healing Potion if you need healing.
  • Group up with other players so that you benefit from each other's buffs.

3. This Article is a Collaborative Work!↑top

Most of the class-specific tips come from comments on our forums. So, please, if you have something to share or correct, make sure that you post in this thread (no need to register, guest posting is allowed)! The entire Icy Veins community will be grateful to you.

4. Death Knight↑top

Sorry, but we currently have no Death Knight specific information. We will do our best to update this section in a timely manner, but if you have done this fight, we would be delighted to hear about your strategy in the thread dedicated to Sanoriak in our forum (you can post without having to register first). Thank you!

5. Druid↑top

Some of our readers shared their experience of the fight, as a Druid, in our forums, and we decided to reproduce their contribution(s) here.

Guest said for Balance Druids: This fight was easy, I just bursted from the very beginning with the usual monotarget rotation and got near to him so that my Typhoon Icon Typhoon interrupted the Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast when needed. And to deal with the AoE attack, I just moved to a side...

6. Hunter↑top

Some of our readers shared their experience of the fight, as a Hunter, in our forums, and we decided to reproduce their contribution(s) here.

drakluap said: Hunter, easy fight, just let the pet tank him and keep out of the way when he casts fire wall.

Hiwaga said: I just did this on my hunter and I was able to successfully kill him on first attempt. I sent the pet in, hit Misdirection Icon Misdirection then did my usual DPS rotation. Hit Silencing Shot Icon Silencing Shot if you see him casting Firewall Icon Firewall and Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet. Keep out of the way when he focuses on you or any of his spells go through.

7. Mage↑top

To deal with Sanoriak, we advise you to make use of the following Mage-specific abilities/talents/glyphs.

  • If you play Fire, you may want to use Scorch Icon Scorch as your Tier 1 talent. You will be able to use it while moving and it can proc Heating Up Icon Heating Up or transform it into Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast!.
  • Use Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier as your Tier 2 talents and always keep it up. Remember that Ice Barrier has a 1-minute duration, but only a 25-second cooldown. So, try to cast it before being teleported into the arena. This way, the cooldown will be over by the time Ice Barrier drops from the damage you take, and you will be able to recast it immediately.
  • Use Frostjaw Icon Frostjaw as your Tier 3 talent. You will be able to use it, in conjunction with Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova (and Freeze Icon Freeze from your Water Elemental, if you play Frost), to keep Sanoriak rooted, allowing you to get away and heal yourself with Evocation Icon Evocation.
  • Use Cauterize Icon Cauterize as your Tier 4 talent. This will save your life on many occasions. As soon as it procs, use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to remove the DoT effect it leaves on you. If you are using Glyph of Ice Block Icon Glyph of Ice Block, removing Ice Block will cast an instant free Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova and render you immune to spells for 3 seconds, which can be extremely useful.
  • For your Tier 5 talent, prefer Nether Tempest Icon Nether Tempest or Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb. Given that you have to move a lot, their instant cast time will be very beneficial. Since you do not need to keep Sanoriak away from you, the movement-reducing effect of Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb is not really needed.
  • Use Invocation Icon Invocation as your Tier 6 talent, in conjunction with Glyph of Evocation Icon Glyph of Evocation. This will enable you to heal yourself for 40% of your life, on a 10-second cooldown.
  • In addition to Glyph of Evocation Icon Glyph of Evocation, which is nigh-mandatory, and Glyph of Ice Block Icon Glyph of Ice Block, which we have already mentioned, you may find the glyphs listed below useful.
    • If you play Arcane, then Glyph of Arcane Power Icon Glyph of Arcane Power can be very useful for your initial burn phase (in conjunction with your trinkets procs/uses and your potion).
    • If you play Fire, then Glyph of Combustion Icon Glyph of Combustion can be very useful for your initial burn phase (in conjunction with your trinkets procs/uses and your potion).
    • Glyph of Frost Nova Icon Glyph of Frost Nova reduces the cooldown of Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova, which can be very beneficial if you often find yourself in need of healing and need to root your opponent to cast Evocation Icon Evocation.
    • If you play Arcane, then Glyph of Slow Icon Glyph of Slow will cause the boss to be almost always slowed, giving you previous seconds to cast Evocation Icon Evocation or damage your opponent without getting hit.
    • If you play Frost, then Glyph of Water Elemental Icon Glyph of Water Elemental will be very beneficial because it will allow your Water Elemental to cast while moving.

As a Mage, the fight against Sanoriak is relatively easy. To deal with Firewall Icon Firewall, you can use Blink Icon Blink. Your Counterspell Icon Counterspell should be available for every cast of Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet. If you still get debuffed, you can remove the debuff with Ice Block Icon Ice Block or you can run away and root/slow/stun the boss to keep him away from you.

8. Monk↑top

Sorry, but we currently have no Monk specific information. We will do our best to update this section in a timely manner, but if you have done this fight, we would be delighted to hear about your strategy in the thread dedicated to Sanoriak in our forum (you can post without having to register first). Thank you!

9. Paladin↑top

Some of our readers shared their experience of the fight, as a Paladin, in our forums, and we decided to reproduce their contribution(s) here.

Tanek said for Retribution Paladins: I recommend a build of 211223. Most of the talent options can be interchanged but this is my preferred method and makes good use of the burst that Rets have available. Remember that with a 2 minute enrage timer the T14 4 set bonus will not help, so if you have other pieces that have better itemization use them instead. The 2 set bonus is still beneficial if you have it.

As is the case with most fights in the brawlers guild you will be attacking the boss from the front a majority of the time which means being hit capped and expertise capped (up to the hard cap) is the best way to improve DPS.

Keep both Rebuke Icon Rebuke and Fist of Justice Icon Fist of Justice close by to interrupt as necessary. If you do happen to allow Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet cast to go through or just can't find the hole in the Firewall Icon Firewall don't be afraid to Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield out of the situation. The free heal from Glyph of Avenging Wrath Icon Glyph of Avenging Wrath is nice but not necessary as there isn't a ton of damage you should take in this fight.

10. Priest↑top

Some of our readers shared their experience of the fight, as a Priest, in our forums, and we decided to reproduce their contribution(s) here.

Kyonyu said: I found this fight ridiculously easy as a Shadow Priest. I cast Shadowfiend Icon Shadowfiend at the start of the fight, got off my additional round of dots, and spammed Mind Flay Icon Mind Flay using procs on cd of Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast and Mind Spike Icon Mind Spike. I stayed out of melee range at all times, so no need for the interrupts, ran out of the wall when cast and downed him very quickly! Hope that helps!

11. Rogue↑top

To deal with Sanoriak, we advise you to make use of the following Rogue-specific abilities/talents/glyphs.

As a Rogue, the key to the fight is to use Mind-numbing Poison Icon Mind-numbing Poison as your Non-Lethal Poison. This will cause Sanoriak's casts to be greatly slowed, allowing you to easily interrupt both Firewall Icon Firewall and Flame Buffet. If Kick Icon Kick is on cooldown, you can always use Kidney Shot Icon Kidney Shot with whatever amount of Combo Points you have.

If you miss an interrupt, simply use Cloak of Shadows Icon Cloak of Shadows to remove the debuff. After interrupting Sanoriak, you should be ready to use Combat Readiness Icon Combat Readiness or Evasion Icon Evasion, as he will melee you for a few seconds.

We do not advise to use Subtlety for the Brawler's Guild, as you will not be able to use Backstab Icon Backstab, your main damaging ability.

12. Shaman↑top

To deal with Sanoriak, we advise you to make use of the following Shaman-specific abilities/talents/glyphs.

  • Use Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift as your Tier 1 talent. It will enable you to sometimes reduce the damage you take. Enhancement Shamans can also use Shamanistic Rage Icon Shamanistic Rage for the same purpose.
  • If you play Elemental, you should use Frozen Power Icon Frozen Power as your Tier 2 talent. This way, you will be able to more easily keep Sanoriak at bay.
  • Totemic Projection Icon Totemic Projection, as your Tier 3 talent, will enable you to easily relocate your totems as you move around.
  • Use Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery as your Tier 4 talent. Cast it at the beginning of the fight to increase your initial burst damage.
  • Use Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance as your Tier 5 talent. Cast it whenever you are in need of healing.
  • Use Primal Elementalist Icon Primal Elementalist as your Tier 6 talent to further increase your initial damage burst.
  • If you play Elemental, you may find the glyphs below to be useful.
  • If you play Enhancement, you may find the glyphs below to be useful.

For both Elemental and Enhancement Shamans, the key aspect of the fight is properly getting out of Firewall Icon Firewall.

Thanks to Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear, you can easily interrupt every cast of Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet. If you get debuffed, you will need to stay away from Sanoriak until the debuff runs out (use Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf, Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock, Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem, etc.).

13. Warlock↑top

To deal with Sanoriak, we advise you to make use of the following Warlock-specific abilities/talents/glyphs.

  • For self-healing and survival purposes, you should use Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech as your Tier 2 talent and Glyph of Siphon Life Icon Glyph of Siphon Life. Soul Leech will cause your main spells to give you large shields for a fraction of the damage they deal, while Glyph of Siphon Life will cause Corruption Icon Corruption (Affliction/Demonology) or Immolate Icon Immolate (Destruction) to heal you for a percentage of the damage it deals.
  • Use Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil as your Tier 2 talent. Every 45 seconds, you can use it so heal yourself for 15% of your maximum health and to fear your opponent for 3 seconds.
  • Dark Bargain Icon Dark Bargain is an extremely useful ability and your best option for your Tier 4 talent. Always try to use it at the end of the fight, if you need a few extra seconds to kill your opponent. Note that when Dark Bargain runs out, you will often die from the damage that it has prevented you from taking.
  • Use Grimoire of Supremacy Icon Grimoire of Supremacy as your Tier 5 talent. This way, you can use your Voidlord to make the fight trivial.
  • Kil'jaeden's Cunning Icon Kil'jaeden's Cunning will prove invaluable as a Tier 6 talent, as it allows you to use all your spells while moving.
  • In addition to Glyph of Siphon Life Icon Glyph of Siphon Life, which is mandatory, you may find the glyphs listed below useful.
    • Glyph of Healthstone Icon Glyph of Healthstone increases the healing from your Healthstone, but this increased healing is done over 10 seconds. You should try to use your improved Healthstone when you have taken about 30% of your health as damage. This will help you make the fight last longer, giving you more time to kill your opponent.

To defeat Sanoriak, use your Voidlord. It will take most of the damage from Sanoriak's abilities. Your demon will probably die to Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet/Heated Weapon Icon Heated Weapon, but you can simply revive it. You can also use Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil to interrupt Sanoriak's cast of Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet.

As a result, the only difficult part is getting out of Firewall Icon Firewall, but with your demon tanking the boss, you will be able to focus entirely on finding the opening and running through it.

Also, Curse of Enfeeblement Icon Curse of Enfeeblement can be very useful against Sanoriak.

14. Warrior↑top

Some of our readers shared their experience of the fight, as a Warrior, in our forums, and we decided to reproduce their contribution(s) here.

NightShade said for Arms Warriors: Beat him down and interupt everything you can, talents include Stormbolt and Disrupting Shout Icon Disrupting Shout. Along with interrupting you can keep his casts down quite a bit by throwing Charge Icon Charge when you have to move. Easy fight and a friend watching commented that almost no casts got off.

Wheeler said for Warriors: This is a very simple fight and low-threat for our class as Disrupting Shout Icon Disrupting Shout and Pummel Icon Pummel can be combined with Mass Spell Reflection Icon Mass Spell Reflection to hugely cut into the damage he can deal to you.

Interruption priority is Firewall Icon Firewall, with Pummel Icon Pummel, and Flame Buffet Icon Flame Buffet with Disrupting Shout Icon Disrupting Shout.

Mass Spell Reflection Icon Mass Spell Reflection should be used whenever he reaches about half way through Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast casts, to up your damage output, and if it's not available, stun him with Shockwave Icon Shockwave (If you have it, it isn't vital but will cause you to take slightly more damage than if you do).

Other than this it's a very simple fight and extremely difficult to die on, unless your damage output isn't high enough to kill him before the fire enrage.