A Rogue in Naxxramas – Instructor Razuvious

This is part of a series describing rogue tactics for the bosses in Naxxramas. The focus is on the 10-man version of the fights, since that’s what most people will be running. If you have suggestions for alternate strategies, or if I say something that you disagree with, please put it in the comments.

These are not meant to be full raid strategy guides. They are written to describe the role of rogues (or other melee dps) during the encounters. For full strategy guides refer to Bosskillers or WoWWiki.


razuviousThere are a few fights in Naxx that have nothing rogue-specific to them.  A rogue just does what any other dps class does – kill the boss as soon as possible.  This is one of those fights.

Razuvious hits too hard to be tanked by any of the players in your raid.  So the basic mechanism of this fight is that his Understudies must be mind controlled, and Razuvious is tanked by them.  In the 10-man version, you are provided with two Controlling Orbs to use to MC the Understudies.  (what the heck are those orbs doing there, anyway?)  In the 25-man version you need to have priests do the MC themselves.  [aside: so much for bringing the player, not the class… we couldn’t do this fight at first due to the low number of priests in the guild]

I’m not going to go into the particulars of the MC techniques, because that’s not likely to be a rogue’s job in the 10-man fight, and it has to be the priests in the 25-man.

For rogues, all you need to know is that your job is to dps Razuvious while he is being tanked by an Understudy.  Don’t kill the Understudies, because they are needed to tank the boss.  Just focus on Razuvious and go crazy.  Aggro will not be an issue – the Understudies have almost limitless threat generation.

Here are a few rogue-specific pieces of advice…

  • Keep your Evasion handy.  If one of the people responsible for MCing an understudy messes up, then Razuvious will be untanked and start running through the raid one-shotting people.  If you can Evasion-tank him for a few seconds, it can buy valuable time for someone to re-MC an Understudy and pick the boss up.  For this reason, it is good to keep yourself near the top of the threat meter (after the Understudies, of course) so an untanked Razuvious will attack you rather than clothies.
  • Since the Understudies have vast threat generation, you won’t need to use Tricks of the Trade on them.  Use it on another dps to improve their damage output.
  • One of Razuvious’s abilities is Jagged Knife, where he hits a random target for 5k damage and applies a Bleed.  Assassination rogues can use Hunger for Blood to get rid of the Bleed (until they remove that feature in patch 3.1)

This fight takes a while to learn… not for the dps, but for the players doing the Mind Control.  Your job aas dps is pretty easy.  Just don’t attack the Understudies and dps the boss.

When he dies, he has some great drops.  The 10-man version has the Cloak of Darkening (due for a nice buff if/when Armor Penetration s improved in the upcoming patch).  You really want the Rapid-Attack Gloves, though.

The heroic Razuvious has the awesome Chestpiece of Suspicion (almost as good as the T7.5 chest) and Spaulders of Egotism (great item, and BoE!)  along with a lot 0f the shared-loot table drops like Fool’s Trial and the Strong-Handed Ring.

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6 Responses to “A Rogue in Naxxramas – Instructor Razuvious”

  1. March 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Not much more to add here, as the fight is pretty straightforward.

    The only thing I can think of is as a Combat rogue, you might want to watch out for your Blade Flurry and Killing Spree – try not to kill the Understudies with it, and not to grab too much aggro on them. Best time to use both is just after someone dismissed and MC’d the Understudy.

  2. 2 oriniwen
    March 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Might be worth coming back to these posts and doing a 25 man version as well. I know that our rogues are almost as important to our 25 man Raz fights as our priests are.

    They do some sort of evasion tanky thing… (sorry, but after shamans rogues are the class I know the least about. They stab things and do well on the dps meters and sincemy noggin is so crammed with other healing and leading stuff, that’s good enough for me <3)

  3. March 18, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Evasion tanking has always been an emergency measure for us – never actually part of the strategy. If everything is going well, then Razuvious should always be tanked by an Understudy.

  4. March 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    If your rogues are needed to evasion tank the Understudies, I would guess that you need to have more tanks.

    Most of the times we do Naxx-25 with 3 – one takes the two adds in the back, and the other two watch the Understudies. If they break from MC (or when the priest dismisses one), the tanks should taunt them, so that the squishy priesties can MC them again and not go splat.

    To use rogues for that… Well, it can be done if something really wrong happens (that’s why we have evasion anyway), but it shouldn’t be the norm.

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