This is an alternative method of doing Sartharion +3 Drakes.
Instead of being tanked by a Druid or Death Knight, Sartharion is tanked by a Demonologist’s Warlock’s Voidwalker. Through appropriate specilization and gear choices the Voidwalker can reach 60-80,000 health raid buffed.
Tanks: 4 (3 Tanks / 1 Warlock Voidwalker)
1. Sartharion’s Initial Position / Where the 3 Drakes will be tanked.
2. Random Tank
3. Warlock’s Voidwalker
4. Warlock / Voidwalker’s Healer
More In Depth:
Sartharion starts at the number 1. He is face pulled by any of your tanks to where the number 2 is. The tank doesn’t want to produce any aggro on Sartharion, just pull him that direction. When the Tank has pulled him then a Hunter will misdirect(MD) Sartharion to the Voidwalker(VW). This puts Sartharion in the position seen above. He is mostly removed from the platform allowing you to spread out a bit more then normal. The Warlock as well as the healer for the VW stand at number 4. No one does any damage to Sartharion at the beginning. The aggro the VW produces is very small and can easily be outdone by a DPS. If you have extra hunters than give the VW a 2nd or 3rd MD, remembering to save an MD for your tank and the first drake (Tenebron).
Drake tanking varies wildly among groups. Some people tank the Drakes where they land. Personally I feel this creates more trouble than it is worth. It requires every person to relearn where they are standing for each drake to avoid flame walls. If you move each drake to the same position then your raiders only have to learn one position. In a fight that has so many things going on, keeping it as simple as possible is key.
We tank every Drake in position one. This puts the tank on the edge of two lava wall gaps so there is minimal change in positioning. It’s hard to see but on the far right hand side of the above picture is a gap on the edge of Sartharion’s Platform that the tank should move to for the corresponding lava wall.
Drake 1 (Tenebron), Whelps, Drake 2 (Shadron), Drake 3 (Vesperon), Acolytes inside of the Portal, Sartharion
After the Drakes are dead and the insides of the portal are cleared you can reposition Sartharion. The tank needs to watch for a Flame Breath and as soon as it finished the tank will taunt Sartharion from where his tail is at. This puts the tank roughly where the number two is and then he follows the arrow at the number two so that Sartharion’s side is to the raid.
The Warlock should be applying Curse of Weakness to Sartharion to help out on incoming damage. The incoming damage to the VW isn’t very significant and is easily healed by one person (usually a well geared Discipline Priest). The Warlock should be DPSing the Drakes and adds up until the 3rd Drake (Vesperon) lands. When Vesperon lands he summons an acolyte inside of the portal that gives every person a debuff. This debuff increases the amount of shadow and fire damage you take by 75% and also deals around 3,000 damage to you when you do damage to something else. It has about a one second hidden cooldown on it so an AE attack (Fan of Knives, Arcane Explosion, etc.) will not one shot you. The Warlock needs to spam a rank 1 Health Funnel on the Voidwalker until the Acolyte is dead, thus removing the buff he gives everyone. A Warlock’s Health Funnel decreases the damage the VW takes by 30% which is heavily needed during this phase. WARNING: The Warlock needs to STOP the pet attacking but be careful not to misclick and reposition the VW, wiping the raid. You’ll be surprised how often this happens.
The VW takes a portion of the Warlock’s stamina (not health) which means the Warlock needs to get a special set of gear for this. He needs to obtain the gear with the highest Stamina (all other stats are irrelevant) and socket / enchant for stamina.
Gear: (stamina / item)
241 Glacial Robe
163 Deadly Gladiator’s Felweave Raiment
150 Hateful Gladiator’s Felweave Raiment
147 Heigan’s Putrid Vestments
147 Valorous Plagueheart Robes
138 Heroes’ Plagueheart Robes
177 Glacial Slippers
109 Deadly Gladiator’s Treads of Dominance
100 Hateful Gladiator’s Slippers of Dominance
100 Titan-forged Slippers of Dominance
100 Boots of Persuasion
89 Arcanic Templars
109 Deadly Gladiator’s Felweave Handguards
103 Gloves of Granduer
100 Hateful Gladiator’s Felweave Handguards
99 Valorous Plagueheart Gloves
90 Heroes’ Plagueheart Gloves
90 Savage Gladiator’s Felweave Handguards
171 Deadly Gladiator’s Felweave Cowl
144 Cowl of Winged Fear
158 Hateful Gladiator’s Felweave Cowl
158 Titan-forged Hood of Dominance
155 Valorous Plagueheart Circlet
152 Hood of Rationality
163 Deadly Gladiator’s Felweave Trousers
150 Hateful Gladiator’s Felweave Trousers
136 Savage Gladiator’s Felweave Trousers
135 Legwraps of the Defeated Dragon
135 Valorous Plagueheart Leggings
133 Leggings of Mortal Arrogance
109 Deadly Gladiator’s Felweave Amice
100 Hateful Gladiator’s Felweave Amice
97 Valorous Plagueheart Shoulderpads
90 Heroes’ Plagueheart Shoulderpads
90 Savage Gladiator’s Felweave Amice
81 Mantle of the Locusts
178 Glacial Waistband
109 Deadly Cord of Dominance
100 Hateful Cord of Dominance
81 Elegant Temple Gardens’ Girdle
81 Sash of Solitude
78 Unsullied Cuffs
66 DeadlyGladiator’s Cuffs of Dominance
66 Bands of Impurity
57 Hateful Gladiator’s Cuffs of Dominance
55 Bindings of the Expansive Mind
36 Deadly Gladiator’s Baton of Light
31 Deadly Gladiator’s Wand / Hateful Wand
31 Shinygem Rod
29 Wand of Purifying Fire
27 Savage Gladiator’s Wands
27 Gemmed Wand of the Nerubians
79 Deady Gladiator’s Cloak of (any caster)
66 Tattered Castle Drape
57 Hateful Gladiator’s Cloak of (any caster)
111 Titanium Earthguarde Chain
66 Deadly Gladiator’s Pendant of (any caster)
63 Burning Skull Pendant
57 Hateful Gladiator’s Pendant of (any caster)
124 Titanium Frostguard Ring
Any Naxx tanky ring that might rot.
111 Essence of Gossamer
111 Figurine – Monarch Crab
110 Figurine – Ruby Hare
81 Sonic Booster (engineering)
75 Indestructible Alchemist’s Stone (alchemy)
57 Commendation of Kael’Thas (jewelcrafting)
51 Darkmoon Card: Madness / Vengeance
49 Figurine – Crimson Serpent (jewelcrafting)
45 Commander’s Badge
Feet: Enchant Boots – Greater Fortitude
Hands: Heavy Borean Armor Kit
Head: Arcanum of the Flame’s Soul
Waist: Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs: Frosthide Leg Armor
Wrist: Enchant Bracer – Major Stamina
Shoulders: Greater Inscription of the Gladiator
Chest: Heavy Borean Armor kit
Bracers: Enchant Bracer – Major Stamina
Sockets: Solid Sky Sapphire (24 stamina)
EDIT: It seems that in 3.1 this tactic will sadly, no longer be effective. The Voidwalker will no longer gain 60% bonus from the Warlock’s stamina, but 10%.
EDIT2: Added this to the Guides page.