New Method to Use Warlock Demonic Gateway Added in Patch 9.1.5
A very common strategy in Mythic raiding is to "Focus the Gateway", and Blizzard has added an additional way to use a Demonic Gateway that should be a huge quality of life improvement for Mythic raiders. This should allow players to get their focus frame back, while still being able to quickly use a Demonic Gateway.
"Focusing the Gateway"
Focusing the Gateway has become a very popular strategy in Mythic raiding recently, though origins of the strategy go back to at the very least Mythic Kil'jaeden. This strategy is used when the timing on clicking the gateway has to be done with precision, both in timing and accuracy. I think everyone knows how difficult it can be to click the gateway when there are a bunch of people standing on top of it, so this strategy was designed to help with that.
The steps to do so have become common place in Mythic raiding now, though the setup is a little unintuitive.
Since the gateway ends are untargetable, you have to use a mouseover focus macro "/focus "
You also have to assign a key to the "Interact with Mouseover" option (Keybindings -> Targeting -> Interact with Mouseover)
Then once the gateway is down, you have to:
Use the macro while hovering your cursor over the gateway to get your focus as the Gateway.
When you want to use the gateway, stand near the gate, hover your cursor over your focus frame and press your "Interact with Mouseover" keybind.
This prevents any players from having to deal with actually trying to click on the gateway and being unable to, allowing players to easily time their gateway with exactly when they want to click it.
Uses of Focusing the Gateway
Focusing the Gateway has a history over multiple raid tiers, but has gotten more and more popular over time.
Mythic Kil'jaeden (Tomb of Sargeras)
: Gateway had to be perfectly timed for the knockback to prevent players from flying off the edge.
Mythic Mythrax (Uldir)
: While not necessary, some guilds decided to use a gateway to quickly move between the two rocks in the intermission. With the entire raid stacked up, it was sometimes hard to click.
Mythic Carapace of N'Zoth (Ny'alotha)
: Many guilds had become aware of the Focus Gateway starting in Ny'alotha and it was used on Carapace of N'Zoth to traverse the Cysts on the ground twice during the final phase of the encounter. One of the times, the entire raid had to quickly take the gateway at the same time and then spread out, so it was super important that everyone was on time and no one had issues with actually clicking on the gateway.
Mythic Stone Legion Generals (Castle Nathria)
: It's likely that most guilds used the Focus Gateway strategy on Stone Legion Generals due to the common strategy. Players had to, one at a time, click the gateway and dunk all their orbs into the goal within a very tight window. As such, it was super important that no player had issues with clicking on the gateway so that the phase could be completed in time.
Then we get to Mythic Sanctum of Domination, where Focus Gateway was used 3 times this raid.
: Gateway is used to quickly break the chains within the timeframe and to cover the required distance.
: Gateway is used to fly over the last two sets of spikes and create an easy stack points for the add spawns.
: Gateway is used to quickly escape the large
s in Phase 2.
All three of these current raid uses require specific timings to avoid getting hit by the mechanics, so focus gateways are used to make sure that no player struggles with actively clicking the gateway.
Gateway Strategies in Patch 9.1.5
It looks like
will remain mostly the same in Patch 9.1.5. Players are still able to focus the gateway in Patch 9.1.5 and use the Interact with Mouseover keybind. However, there is now another way for players who want an easier time using the Gateway that is easier to setup, only takes one keybind (instead of two), doesn't have a mouse cursor requirement and gets players' focus frames back. The only downside that I can think of is it picks the closest gateway, so players will want to avoid placing gateways that are closer together, but the option to focus the gateway is still there for players who like that method better.
Head to the Hall of Curiosities in Oribos to buy a
for 100g. Place this item on a keybinding of your choice and press it when you're in range of a gateway! Easy setup, and easy to activate!
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