Eonar the Life-Binder Strategy/Tactics for Normal/Heroic

Last updated on Nov 27, 2017 at 06:33 by Furty 1 comment

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General Information

On this page, you will find a working strategy to defeat Eonar the Life-Binder in Antorus, the Burning Throne for both Normal and Heroic modes, which usually only differ by the tuning of the boss.

Here, we assume that you have read our descriptions of the abilities for this encounter.

The other pages of our Eonar the Life-Binder guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.


Positioning and Strategy

The encounter is started by a player speaking with the Essence of Eonar.

There are three lanes that lead to the Essence of Eonar; a lower path, a middle path, and an upper path. The Legion ground forces will always spawn at the end of the path, opposite the Essence of Eonar. Players can make their way between the lanes quickly and easily using Surge of Life Icon Surge of Life, which is on the Extra Action Button. This allows for brief flight, sending the player high into the air and then gliding forwards.

The order of portal spawns is fixed, as is the timers for their spawns. The timers are expedited, however, if all Legion ground forces are defeated and the raid has nothing to attack. The minimap displays the location of new portals opening to deliver Legion ground forces, but this can sometimes be confusing due to the multiple levels present in the arena. Currently the complete order is unknown, but based on our testing from PTR the first few waves are as follows:

  1. Middle path: Fel-Infused Destructor + waves of Felguards and Fel Hounds
  2. Upper path: Fel-Powered Purifier (Heroic only) + waves of Felguards and Fel Hounds
  3. Lower path: Fel-Charged Obfuscator + 2x Fel Lords and waves of Fel Hounds
  4. Middle path: Fel-Infused Destructor
  5. Lower path: Fel-Charged Obfuscator + 2x Fel Lords and waves of Fel Hounds
  6. Upper path: Fel-Infused Destructor + 2x Fel Lords and waves of Fel Hounds
  7. Airborne: Volant Kerapterons

The raid will often have to split into two groups to deal with the portals quickly enough that the adds can be killed before they reach the Essence of Eonar. How you split the raid is up to you; an even split of Tanks, Healers, and DPS is fine, for example. The most important thing is to ensure both groups have enough crowd control to keep the adds under control. Affliction Warlocks using Sow the Seeds Icon Sow the Seeds and Sacrolash's Dark Strike Icon Sacrolash's Dark Strike are highly effective on this fight, as they can almost solo the waves of adds (excluding Fel Lords) while keeping all of them permanently snared.

A highly effective strategy is to send one healer, one tank, and a small handful of potent AoE DPS with at least one that also provide mass crowd control (e.g. Warlocks, Death Knights, Fire Mages) to new portals. The rest of the group remains behind to finish the currently active mini-boss while the AoE team clears out the waves of little adds. The rest of the group then joins the AoE team to clean up the latest mini boss while the AoE team heads to the next portal to spawn.

The Volant Kerapterons have the most limited time window for which they can be hit, as they can take a more direct path and are often not in range of the lanes. They are usually easiest to hit from the middle path and are best dealt with by classes with strong multi-DoT, such as Shadow Priests, Warlocks, and Balance Druids.

Players should be sure to get away from anyone targeted with Rain of Fel Icon Rain of Fel to avoid unnecessary damage. On Heroic difficulty, Spear of Doom Icon Spear of Doom will occasionally fixate on a player. Be sure to kite this beam along the edges of the lanes, rather than down the center, as the fel energy it leaves behind increases the movement speed of Legion forces.


Tank Concerns

Tanks always need to be the first to portals that spawn Fel-Infused Destructors and Fel-Powered Purifiers. Purifiers need to be faced away from the group at all times, while Destructors need their Artillery Strike Icon Artillery Strike to be interrupted each time it is cast.

Some Tank classes, such as Blood Death Knights, can provide excellent mass crowd control. Be sure to evaluate your class and specialization for useful tools, as many unused talents have a unique place on this encounter (e.g. Mass Entanglement Icon Mass Entanglement).


Bloodlust/Heroism/Time Warp

There is no definitive moment where Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism/Time Warp Icon Time Warp makes a major impact on this fight. If you are wiping, consider where your greatest struggles are and adjust your usage to match. A good default usage is on the first upper path spawn as the Fel-Powered Purifier is quite tanky, and a set of adds spawns on the lower path very shortly afters, making it an effective point for both groups.