As the movie title indicates, this is a video showing what most thought to be as impossible: Soloing Onyxia. Before watching it, please keep in mind that the feat is not anywhere as easy as most might think. In fact, our group of 3 was the one to set the record for the lowest amount of people to kill Onyxia before Burning Crusade started. That video can be found here if you're interested in reminiscing:
The record was not broken until a paladin and warlock eventually 2-manned her months after BC came out. Knowing this, I recently found myself plagued with boredome bewteen raiding offdays and arena monotony, so I sought out the challenge to break the 2-man record, and thus, I present this video.
I was attempting this for a bit now (long before Ted from EU released his solo attempt) playing as a guildmate's restoration druid, thinking it would be a fairly straight-forward fight; however, it was far from it. I had to form the perfect gear outfit to sustain the healing, the perfect strategy for phase two and three, and of course, the perfect execution to make it all happen. Thus, after finishing Sunwell one night, I decided to give it another shot and it turns out all I needed was one shot.
As anyone that has ever done Onyxia with a low amount of people knows, there is a bug in the encounter that existed even pre-BC that causes one of her warder patrols to aggro during the second phase if she happens to be flying over the south end of her lair at the same time that the patrol is there. To combat this bug, and to allow a guildmate to spectate, I brought in a hunter from our guild that would immediately suicide at the start and remain dead unless this bug happened to occur. In the event that the warder would aggro, I would combat rez him so that he would help kill the warder, and then immediately die again without any further assistance in the fight. Most would agree that this is still considered a solo feat despite having to do this to combat Blizzard's design flaw. This is from Ted's own movie comments for his failed attempt:
"Very cool. And yes, definately one-manable. You should get somebody to pick up that warder for you. It would still be a legit one-man, cuz it would still be you vs onyxia, not you vs ony+warder lol."
If you watched Ted's solo attempt movie, he states that fire resistance gear and certain talents/strategies are required, which as you can see from this, that it is not. The only real requirement to do this is to make sure you have -5.6% crit reduction, which is around 226 resilience. This should hopefully encourage other people seeking a challenge to attempt a solo Onyxia. Ted also stated in his movie description the following:
"If this never gets patched - and chances are good it never will - then this is as close as you will ever get to see One Man vs Onyxia - pre WotLK"
Well Ted, this one is for you! As usual, I highly recommend downloading the full, high-quality, version rather than streaming it for better immersion. That said, I hope everyone enjoys it and all feedback is welcome.
Please note that I am aware of the "barkskin" typo in the movie and there is also one part where it loops for a few seconds to a previous point during phase one out of a mistake in editing. Time stamps and game clock can be used to establish legitimacy if it were needed for some reason. I also didn't realize I was using the wrong weapon oil until Phase 3 :(
Talents and gear used (unbuffed stats):
557 mp5 not casting, 277 while casting
-Serennia of VANQUISH
Shout outs to the original 3-man crew for setting the pre-bc record and still showing that you're among the best this game has to offer:
Malican of Dissonance on Ner'zhul server
Tsuaxesis of Deus Vox on Laughing Skull server
And to my arena partner that will never let me forget how bad PvE is:
Neilyo of Merciless on Tichondrius server
Edit: To Ted or anyone else who thinks the hunter helped during Phase 2. Phase 2 began at exactly 2:18 AM game clock. The hunter was rezzed at 2:40AM game clock and Onyxia is at 56% (she goes to p2 at 65%). She then goes to P3 at 3:10AM game clock, meaning that phase 2 lasted 52 minutes. Only 1 battle rez was used as you can see the reagents for it on my bar. I also have the recount for damage done to Onyxia and the full unedited phase 2 that I might upload later if I have time. You can clearly watch Onyxia's target of target in my focus frame, as well, and see that she only fireballs the hunter two times total. The other explosions were the warder casting fire nova. If anything, having to heal the hunter, the pet, and myself at the same time makes it even more difficult. Everything was done legit, so Ted and every other nay-sayer can keep grasping for straws.
TLDR version: Ted, stop being bitter. Rammyz didn't help at all besides killing the bugged warder and anyone who wants to scrutinize the video (time stamps, buff durations, reagent count, game clock, etc) can figure it out for themselves. Thanks.