Famed one-person raid team Rextroy is at it again, showcasing another feat of strength by taking down normal mode Dark Inquisitor Xanesh solo. The Protection Paladin has become famous for similar accomplishments over the last few years, and with Prophet Skitra, Il'gynoth, and the Hivemind dropping over the last month, this victory brings Rextroy up to 4/12 solo boss kills in Ny'alotha, the Waking City. If you're a fan of these or other fun exploits on both retail and Classic WoW, make sure to check out the entire Youtube channel, as it's chock full of interesting mechanics and similar accomplishments.
Rextroy is well known for using, shall we say, interesting or unintended mechanics in order to secure these kills, and Xanesh is no exception - similar to soloing Portal Keeper Hasabel in Antorus, this encounter involved fighting the boss alongside numerous trash mobs in order to boost damage output through constant Grand Crusader procs. As Rextroy explains in the video description, the hard part is in tanking enough trash to boost damage to the boss, without so much that it would jeopardize survivability; essentially racing against time to out pace the incoming damage from Abyssal Strike stacking up over the course of the encounter. As an added wrinkle, he was forced to ignore the encounter's most important mechanic, the "football mini-game" Void Ritual, as the 99% damage reduction would make it too difficult to meet the DPS check, however the talent Unbreakable Spiritallowed surviving each Void Orb explosion with Ardent Defender.
As you can see in the video, the resulting encounter is very straightforward, with light movement and a few knockbacks while spamming Avenger's Shield into the boss and using Light of the Protector on cooldown, although while the end result may look simple from a gameplay perspective, the setup and strategy involved is truly a clever use of game mechanics.
Rextroy explains the approach in detail within the Youtube video description:
Today we will be conquering another raid boss!
After failing for a bit and having two 1% wipes in a row... I managed to down the boss with the right trash setup!
Aegis of the Deep (minor)
Trajectory Analysis (Punch Card from Mechagon)
Overall I would say this one was tougher than Hivemind, because there was a lot of trash management involved. It is similar to my Portal Keeper Hasabel solo in Antorus. You can't allow the Swarmkeeper adds to die or you will run out of smaller adds to boost your output.
Because of this I decided to aggro a few bigger adds (the watchers and the mini boss) so they would be able to soak up my Avenger's Shield damage.
I also had to remove Holy Shield since it did too much damage to the smaller adds making them die too quickly. Using Holy Shield most adds died when the boss was at 30% HP.
I needed enough small adds to manage the Berserk timer. The more adds that were on me, the faster I would auto hit which would add to my damage.
However since I used two swarmkeepers, they would constantly cast Enraged Toxins which would give a huge damage and attack speed boost to the smaller adds. This made me have to plan the trash setup so that I would have enough adds to kill Xanesh before Berserk, but also not too many since the damage taken would be too much.
You might notice me not avoiding any mechanics during the fight, the reason for this was that once I were in a good position with the Swarmkeepers not taking the hits from Avenger's Shield, I wouldn't want to do any "unnecessary" movement that could mess up their positioning.
The main things Xanesh does that are dangerous is the Abyssal Strike and ofcourse the football part.
Abyssal Strike stacks up over the course of the fight. At the end you are at 20 stacks, which makes it deal a hefty chunk of your HP. You need to be prepared for this and you might have to use a defensive CD.
You will not be able to play any football, since it will give you a 99% damage done reduction if you step into the circles. This would impact your DPS too much to kill her before Berserk.