- Author: Passion
- Date: October 9, 2023
- Updated: October 10, 2023
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
One of the leaders of the Cult of the Damned and Scourge commanders, Lady Deathwhisper oversees the forces of the Icecrown Citadel.
This guide will offer a detailed, step-by-step tutorial on how to deal with Lady Deathwhisper and her Scourge battalions.
- Do not face tank Deformed Fanatics, ping pong them around.
- Face Cult Fanatics away to avoid unnecessary cleave damage.
- Open Phase 2 by generating as much threat as possible to mitigate the effects of Touch of Insignificance.
- Avoid standing in front of Cult Fanatics.
- Do not cleave during Dominate Mind to avoid friendly fire.
- Stay spread to avoid unnecessary AoE damage.
- Avoid AoEing during Dominate Mind.
- Stay spread to avoid unnecessary AoE damage.
- Decurse Curse of Torpor immediately.
- Call out Vengeful Shade spawns.
- Call out Dominate Mind casts early.
- Call Physical or Magic immune adds.
- Call for DPS to stop or slow to facilitate a smooth Phase transition.
Raid Composition & Preparation
Heroic vs Normal
On Normal difficulty, adds will stop spawning during Phase 2. Lady Deathwhisper will also be vulnerable to Taunts. Vengeful Shades will not explode in an AoE.
Before engaging Lady Deathwhisper, the raid will want to position themselves as close to Lady Deathwhisper as possible without pulling aggro. She has a relatively small aggro radius, so as long as you clear all the trash in the room, you should be able to easily skirt around her with no issues.
Your tanks will want to be positioned close to the torches on the upper platform, being ready to grab all adds that spawn on their respective side. These torches can be used to break line of sight, making sure all adds come into melee range.
This phase consists of taking down Deathwhispers Mana Barrier. As long as Mana Barrier is up, she will throw uninterruptible Shadow Bolts at random players, dealing heavy damage every 2 seconds. She cannot be tanked, and any threat generated will not carry over to Phase 2.
The boss will also cast Death and Decay under random players every 30 seconds. This deals heavy damage every second to everyone in the area and requires players to quickly move out of it. Because of this, melee players should try to avoid positioning in ways that cause Death and Decay to cover the entire melee hitbox.
Deathwhisper also casts Dominate Mind, mind-controlling 3 non-tanks for 12 seconds. While mind-controlled, players deal massively increased damage and healing, making them an immediate threat. They do not receive any bonuses to their survivability, making them very easy to accidentally cleave to death. For this reason, DPS should immediately stop all cleave damage whenever players are mind-controlled. Druids will need to be ready to immediately Cyclone mind-controlled players too. Any crowd control works, but Cyclone does not break on damage.
For the entire fight, adds will spawn. Starting 10 seconds into the fight, and again every 45 seconds after that. Each wave of adds consists of 2 Cult Fanatics and 1 Cult Adherent from the East, 1 Cult Fanatic and 2 Cult Adherents from the West, as well as a random add from the North. Tanks will want to grab these adds as quickly as possible, using the torches on the upper platform to break line of sight and force them into melee range.
Once per add wave, Deathwhisper will cast Dark Transformation orDark Empowerment on an add. Dark Transformation will turn a Cult Fanatic into a Deformed Fanatic, massively increasing their damage output but also slowing them. Take advantage of this by bouncing the mob between Hunters and Tanks using Distracting Shot and Taunts.Dark Empowerment transforms a Cult Adherent into an Empowered Adherent, giving them immunity to interrupts and upgrading their spells to deal AoE damage. These can also be bounced, but as they are casters you may need to break line of sight.
Finally, cultists can cast Dark Martyrdom, channeling for 4 seconds. After the cast, they will explode dealing heavy AoE damage and returning as a Reanimated Fanatic or Reanimated Adherent. Fanatics have Fanatic’s Determination, granting them near-immunity to Physical damage, while Adherents receive Adherent’s Determination, granting them near-immunity to Magic damage. Make sure the appropriate DPS focuses on these adds!
Once Lady Deathwhisper has run out of mana, Phase 2 will begin. Ideally, you want this to happen just as a wave of adds die, giving you a clean Phase transition. The boss ceases to be stationary and is now tankable, but not tauntable. Her Shadow Bolts are replaced by interruptible Frostbolts, dealing massive damage if a cast goes off. She will also periodically cast Frostbolt Volley. This instant cast deals high damage to the entire raid, as well as slowing them for a few seconds.
All of the other Phase 1 mechanics are still in play, such as Death and Decay, and Dominate Mind. Adds will continue to spawn, but only half as many per wave. In addition to that, Vengeful Shades will spawn next to 3 random players. After a brief delay, these will begin chasing their target for 5 seconds. Nitro Boosts are immensely valuable here, as you will need some form of bonus mobility to escape. Touching a shade will immediately trigger Vengeful Blast, potentially one-shotting lower health classes. One cast of Vengeful Blast may cost you the entire attempt, so be careful! If you are unsure if a Shade is targeting you, run away anyway.
Finally, the current tank will receive a stack of Touch of Insignificance roughly every 8 seconds. This stacking debuff reduces their threat generation by 20% and lasts for 30 seconds. As Lady Deathwhisper cannot be taunted, both tanks will want to make sure they are neck and neck on threat. Misdirection and Tricks of the Trade are invaluable here, as they generate full threat. Paladin tanks are also useful to have here, as Divine Shield can be used to drop all stacks at once.
Here are some of the main things that can typically go wrong in this fight:
- Mind Control deaths, both accidentally and intentionally.
- Getting close and personal with a Vengeful Shade.
- Staying in Death and Decay.
- Tanking Deformed Fanatics.
- Pulling aggro on adds or Lady Deathwhisper herself.
Congratulations on defeating Lady Deathwhisper! The platform she was standing on is now an elevator, taking you to the cruise airship you definitely booked.