So my guild just downed Stone Guard, but it actually took about an hour and a half of attempts, and while I'm aware that it's a new raid and it's not going to be a cakewalk compared to a raid we're all used to, it didn't seem like the kind of fight that should take that long. Plus our seconds team got it down before our primary team, which makes me think we may have had a few kinks in our strategy.
For the record, we had Amethyst, Jade and Jasper.
So I just thought I'd ask for some strategy clarification, for next time:
1. Should tanks be moving at all during the fight? We had the two-dog tank moving along the wall on his side... I think to give melee more freedom from the amethyst puddles. However, with their larger hit box and the ability to hit either puppy, should the tank just stay still, thereby reducing their tasks required, and the melee should position as required?
2. Is puppy swapping too frequently better than doing it not enough? It felt like the tanks were letting the dog that was getting-energy-but-not-petrifying get pretty high in energy, such that when it was its turn to overload, it happened very quickly. Would it be a big issue if they simply swapped every 8 seconds (that is, when their taunts come off CD), in order to ensure a more equivalent generation of energy for the off-pups?
3. For Jasper Chains, it's best to not try and break them until the Jasper petrification phase, correct? It seemed like there was too much 'unnecessary' damage doing it during the other phases.
4. Any other tips? From my perspective it seemed like the overloads were the biggest issue, but of course I've now only done the fight once. ^^
Thanks for any help.