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    Proving Grounds for Tank (5.4)

    The Proving Grounds is a new solo challenge introduced in 5.4. There are three different types: tank, healer, and DPS. They consist of getting past different waves of mobs and have four difficulties: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Endless.

    To get started, you’ll need to talk with an NPC in the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit or class trainer. You then get queue'ed for a scenario and will be in the instance by yourself. Gear scales down to 463, and set bonuses don't work similar to challenge mods though legendary gems do seem to work (not sure about legendary cloaks). There is a npc for repairing, reforging, healthstones, and anything else you require. You get raid buffs, and the enemies you have get raid debuffs. Each wave has a timer, if you don't kill the enemies in time then the next wave will come. If you finish early you'll have some downtime. The final wave must be defeated to complete the challenge; you won't finish even if the timer reaches zero (actually gets stuck at 0:01).



    If you fail from "dying", you'll be stunned and do an aoe that will kill all enemies, and regain all your health. You will have to start the challenge all over.



    After entering the scenario, talk to the npc again to select your type of challenge. This guild will cover the tank Proving Grounds.



    The tank Proving Grounds consists of protecting a npc who has a large health pool (1969k) and is added to your party. This is useful because things like blood worms, black ox statue, etc. will work on her. She stands in the middle surrounded by barricades (these seem to los her and mobs?). In addition, she will renewing mists you (and herself) which heals 70k a second. She also attacks with a ~500k chi burst, and does an aoe jade lightning which is about 100k/s to unlimited targets.





    The Enemies:
    Small/Larger usually only vary by HP and some damage difference.

    Large Illusionary Ripper
    HP: 5,691,000

    Attacks: Weak melee
    Appears: Bronze Wave 1,
    Just tank and spank. Somewhat large hp but low damage.

    Small Illusionary Ripper
    HP: 3,794,000

    Attacks: Weak melee
    Appears: Bronze Wave 2,
    Usually appear in pairs but still easy tank and spank.

    Large Illusionary Forager
    HP: 3,667,000

    Attacks: Stacking bleed, deals physical damage per stack. Stacks to ?? and lasts 5 seconds.
    They appear in groups and have a stacking dot that has a short duration but can stack quickly.

    Small Illusionary Forager
    HP: 2,445,000

    Attacks: Stacking bleed that lasts 8s.
    They spawn in groups.

    Small Illusionary Flamecaller
    HP: 3,161,000


    Attacks: They start with Invoke Lava,which can be interrupted, that will spawn pools of lava in random areas around him. These do a stacking dot that does fire damage, and also increases damage taken by 2% per stack and lasts 5 seconds.. Affects enemies. Afterwards, they'll do fireball which can be interrupted.
    Always start with Invoke Lava, and will only cast it once.

    Large Illusionary Flamecaller
    HP: 4,637,000

    Attacks: Same as small with Invoke Lava, but will cast Pyroblast which does 100,000 fire damage without a DoT instead of Fireball. It can be interrupted.

    Large Illusionary Wind-Guard
    HP: 8,341,000

    Attacks: Melee and also does a move called Wing Blast which I believe can be dodged/parried. It can not be interrupted. It will knock back and reduce your threat on him so have a taunt ready.

    Small Illusionary Wind-Guard
    HP: 5,691,000

    Attacks: Same as large except Wing Blast doesn't seem to reduce your threat.

    Small Illusionary Ambusher*
    HP: 1,897,000
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    These will do an aoe fan of bananas which do a bit of damage and apply a debuff that is -15%? movement per stack. Their aoe is instant and does 50k nature? damage. They do spam it quite a bit. Make sure you pull them away from the monk so she doesn't get hurt too.

    Large Illusionary Ambusher*
    HP: 2,845,000
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    Small Illusionary Conqueror
    HP: 7,850,000
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    These do a frontal aoe stun like on the twin emperors in vault. They also berserk increasing damage and making immune to cc. They are also level 93 unlike the rest of the mobs.

    Large Illusionary Conqueror
    HP: 11,775,000
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    Same as the small, these do a frontal aoe stun like on the twin emperors in vault. They also berserk increasing damage and making immune to cc.


    Bronze:
    Wave 1: Time 30s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Ripper x1


    Wave 2: Time 40s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Ripper x2

    Wave 3: Time 50s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Foragers x4

    Wave 4: Time 55s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Ripper x1, Small Illusionary Foragers x5.
    They spawn in one big pile.

    Wave 5: Time 60s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Ripper x1, Small Illusionary Ripper x2 at 60s
    Large Illusionary Forager x2, Small Illusionary Forager x2 at 30s.
    Be aware that there are 2 sets of enemies that spawn. The first one will probably not be completely dead when the second spawns.







    Silver:

    Wave 1: Time 40s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Ripper x1, Small Illusionary Ripper x1

    Wave 2: Time 40s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Forager x6

    Wave 3: Time 40s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Flamecaller x1, Large Illusionary Ripper x1
    The flamecaller will always begin by spawning lava pools. You can interrupt this but its more beneficial not to.

    Wave 4: Time 45s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Flamecaller x1, Small Illusionary Forager x2, Large Illusionary Forager x2

    Wave 5: Time 50s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Ripper x2, Small Illusionary Flamecaller x1
    Large Illusionary Forager x3 at 35s
    Try to use the pools as best you can to kill the enemies quickly.

    Wave 6: Time 55s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Wind-Guard x1 Small Illusionary Ripper x1
    Watch out for the Wind-Guard's knockback.

    Wave 7: 60s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Ripper x1, Small Illusionary Wind-Guard x1, Small Illusionary Flamecaller x1

    Wave 8: 65s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Wind-Guard x1, Small Illusionary Forager x4
    Small Illusionary Ripper x2, Large Illusionary Flamecaller x1 at 40s
    Kill the foragers first, then try to group up the rest in the lava pools. Be careful about being knocked into lava by the Wind-Guard.


    Gold



    Wave 1: 40s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Ripper x1, Small Illusionary Wind-Guard x1

    Wave 2: 40s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Forager x3, Large Illusionary Forager x2, Small Illusionary Flamecaller

    Wave 3: 40s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Ripper x2
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 35s
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 25s

    Wave 4: 50s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Wind-Guard x1, Small Illusionary Ripper x1
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 45s
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 30s

    Wave 5: 50s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Flamecaller x1
    Small Illusionary Wind-Guard x1 at 35s
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 30s

    Wave 6: 60s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Ripper x1, Small Illusionary Conqueror x1

    Wave 7: 70s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Conqueror x1, Small Illusionary Wind-Guard x1
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 35s

    Wave 8: 80s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Conqueror x1, Small Illusionary Flamecaller x1
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 55s
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 40s

    Wave 9: 110s
    Enemies: Large Illusionary Flamecaller x1
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 100s
    Large Illusionary Conqueror x1, Small Illusionary Wind-Guardx1 at 90s
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 60s
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 55s

    Wave 10: 120s
    Enemies: Small Illusionary Flamecaller x1
    Large Illusionary Conqueror x2, Small Illusionary Wind-Guardx1 at 105s
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 95s
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x1 at 80s
    Small Illusionary Ambusher x2 at 60s
    Last edited by asaphelps; 07-18-2013 at 01:23 PM.

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    Awesome guide. I'm looking forward to trying this.

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