I’ve been soloing Kara now since early Wrath days back in 2009 and the only boss to ever provide people problems to this day (and likely for years to come) is the chess event. So I decided to write a guide that will help those that are still struggling.
How it works:
Understanding the game is pretty important. With no idea of what really is going on means you can’t develop or adapt your strategy when Medivh cheats. That bastard! Each side has the traditional 16 chess pieces. These act like vehicles you find Wintergrasp or Tol Barad or some of the latter raids. Each piece has four abilities: a movement, change-facing, and two special abilities. On top of this, pieces not under your control will automatically melee enemies in front of it and attempt to use their special abilities. However, uncontrolled pieces will not be able to move.
Every time you change pieces you incur a debuff preventing you from controlling another unit for 10-seconds.
Whoever kills the other’s king first is the winner, which will soon be you!
Medivh, as mentioned earlier, cheats and that is what throws an element of unpredictability into this guide. Understand his scoundrel ways, however, will give you a greater chance to succeed. He cheats in three ways:
1. Bloodlust: Grants 50% increased damage to all allied humanoids on all 8 adjacent spaces, does not affect self. Cooldown 15 secs.
2. Heal his pieces to full. Yeah, not cool but whatever it takes to make him feel better, eh?
3. Sets several squares currently containing your pieces on fire. This is the really nasty one!
- Jump in the King (Llane for Alliance, Blackhand for Horde) to start the encounter. Cast Hero/BL and immediately jump out.
- Get in the 2nd pawn (Footman for Alliance, Grunt for Horde) from the right (Horde, near side, Alliance, far side). Move it up one space. That clears a lane for your Rook (Elemental for Alliance, Daemon for Horde).
- Move your Rook diagonally one space (everyone who plays the actual game of chess cries at this point and possibly their head explodes at the thought of a Rook moving in this manner). Medivh usually pops his first cheat around this point.
Note: If your Queen (Conjurer [A], Warlock [H]) gets fire-squared then move her ASAP. You Queen is vital to success here. Your bishops
will should auto-heal your king, so you can mostly leave them alone. However, if you get hit by fire squares twice in a row then they will be pushed to get him healed up. It still is possible so fret, yet.
- Repeat the Pawn/Rook steps on the far side.
- Move the Pawn in front of your King foward. This will allow you to move your Queen out and provide the King 2 places to go to get out of fire – forward or to the side.
Note: If Medivh is really pushing his cheats you may need to move this pawn before the second Rook to give you time. Raid awareness is everything here.
At this point everything works on a priority system:
1: Move your King out of fire. If you’re in the King, before you leave, cast Heroism/Bloodlust if it’s not on cooldown.
2: Move your Queen out of fire. If you’re in the Queen and you’re going to leave for a higher priority task, before you leave, target the opponent’s King and cast Rain of Fire/Poison Cloud if it’s not on cooldown.
3: If you have not done so, move your Rook into the space created by the earlier pawn move.
4: Move the pawn in front of your Queen out one space to create more room to handle your top two priorities. This also semi depends on how the fight is going. I have won not doing this and I have lost not doing this and all because I was not being smart about raid awareness.
5: Get in the strongest available piece and attack the opponent’s King. This will either be your Queen, or if the unthinkable happened to her, the Rook closest to the enemy King. You may need to move the piece you’re in into range.
Note: When you’re using the Queen to do damage, make sure you’ve targeted the enemy King.
Now there is differing opinion on if you should take out Medivh’s Queen first before taking out the King. I have found in recent days just nuking his King is sufficient to get your professor plum purples to xmog and unlock the final boss of Kara.
By making sure you don’t get overwhelmed and keep aware you will down him within a couple of attempts the first time. It is rare now for me not to one-shot this ‘boss’ with the exception of a really stinky cheat.