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Love Is In the Air

The yearly holiday Love Is In the Air went live today, and with it a host of new features -- a new boss in Shadowfang Keep, several revamped achievements, and overall a lot of spit-and-polish on a holiday that had been extremely frustrating to many players in 2009. Last year, your ability to get the meta Fool For Love done was entirely dependent on dumb luck over a 5-day period. Blizzard's looking to blunt the impact of RNG this time around by extending the holiday and introducing a much less painful means of getting the achievements.

 

The Love is in the Air world event just started and tons of stuff have been added to the event this year! The most interesting change is the addition of 3 bosses in Shadowfang Keep, for a headless-horseman like daily quest.

All you have to do to fight them is go to Shadowfang Keep in the Silverpine Forest.

 

Loot Table


ilvl Type Spec Slot Item
226 Misc. Spell MP5 Neck Winking Eye of Love  
226 Misc. Spell Neck Heartbreak Charm  
226 Misc. Tank Neck Shard of Pirouetting Happiness  
226 Misc. Phys.DPS Neck Sweet Perfume Broach  
226 Misc. Melee.DPS Neck Choker of the Pure Heart  
1 Misc. Misc. Head Forever-Lovely Rose  
1 Misc. Misc. Head Vile Fumigator's Mask  
1 Misc. Misc. Pet Toxic Wasteling  
1 Misc. Misc. Misc. The Heartbreaker  

The Heartbreaker on use effect just makes your character cry. The Toxic Wasteling seems to have a couple of abilities and might be an interesting pet!

According to the
Big Love Rocket achievement, Apothecary Hummel also drops the Big Love Rocket Mount



Skills


Apothecary Baxter
Irresistible Cologne Inflicts 1620 to 1980 Nature damage to nearby enemies every second.
5 yds. Instant
Chain Reaction Inflicts 8550 to 9450 Fire damage to nearby enemies.
5 yds. 30 sec cast
Irresistible Cologne Spray 3150 to 3850 Nature damage inflicted every 1.0 sec to enemies in a cone in front of the caster.
5 yds. Instant
Apothecary Hummel
Alluring Perfume Inflicts 1620 to 1980 Nature damage every second.
5 yds. Instant
Alluring Perfume Spray 3150 to 3850 Nature damage inflicted every 1.0 sec to enemies in a cone in front of the caster.
5 yds. Instant
Chain Reaction Inflicts 8550 to 9450 Fire damage to nearby enemies.
5 yds. 30 sec cast
Apothecary Frye
Lingering Fumes Tosses vials of perfume or cologne around the caster. Caster cannot be controlled.
15 yds. Instant
Crazed Apothecary (Add)
Unstable Reaction Inflicts 2375 to 2625 Nature damage to nearby enemies, but kills the caster.
6 yds. Instant



Strategy


The fight might be confusing the first time but isn't that hard (to give you an idea, I could heal it without too much problem with a rare-geared shaman alt that I rarely play).

The
Standard Apothecary Serving Kit contains two potions :


The radius of the
Alluring Perfume and Irresistible Cologne is fairly small, the player tanking each Baxter uses the Cologne Neutralizer and the one tanking Hummel uses the Perfume Neutralizer, making them pretty much immune to most of the damage they deal.

Apothecary Frye should be tanked by your main tank, he doesn't have any auras but will throw vials of perfume and cologne on the group. The easy way to handle it for DPS / Healers is just to pick an immunity at the beginning of the fight and just stay in the clouds they're immune to, if you feel like keybinding your potions you can just change your buff everytime the cloud color changes.

Make sure the apothecaries are tanked back to the group, their
Alluring Perfume Spray and Irresistible Cologne Spray will hurt your group pretty badly if they are facing the raid.

Crazy Apothecaries will also spawn throughout the encounter, they do not hurt a lot but will eventually suicide with
Unstable Reaction and deal some damage, they are a minor annoyance and most of the time you will probably just ignore them.

As long as you understood the tanking basics and if your group can avoid clouds or switch their immunities on time, the fight is pretty straightforward and it won't take long to kill all 3 bosses.


 

 

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