Soloing the Chess Event in Karazhan

Courtesy of the Blizzard website

Courtesy of the Blizzard website

Creating a WoW video is something I’ve wanted to do for a while but never tried until now so when I asked around my social networks, Fraps seemed to be a popular suggestion. Sadly, the free version only let me record 29secs worth of stuff so I needed another option. In the end I decided to try a program I had never heard of before but once I had figured out what to record, I headed into Karazhan for my weekly pet farming session.

Now I realise there are a lot of ‘how to solo chess’ videos and guides already out there but this is a basic strategy which I’ve simplified over time.

The video shows you how to win using a minimum of 5 pieces. This obviously depends on RNG so some games will be faster than others. It’s also possible to win the event using less pieces than I’ve shown but for me, I’ve had the best success rate using this method.

Basic Strategy

  1. Set your King to focus before you start so you can keep an eye on his health. (I did this a few steps into the video).
  2. Talk to the King – cast Heroism/Bloodlust (key 4) and exit. Note you get an 8sec CD before you can enter the next piece.
  3. Move the Grunt/Footman in front of each Wolf/Charger forward one space.
  4. Now move the Daemon/Elemental into the spots the pawns were in. Cast Hellfire (other AoE) before you leave each piece.
  5. Check the health of your King. If you need to, use the Necrolyte/Cleric to heal your king to full. (Lately I have not needed to do this, even if he’s standing in fire).
  6. As soon as the enemy King gets in range, swap to your Mage/Warlock and start nuking. Don’t forget to use the Poison Cloud (other AoE) too.

That’s it. Now make your way to Prince.

Granted it’s just a basic video as I haven’t done one before but you get the idea.

Author: Cymre

A disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items, class sets as well as all things pets.

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  1. I’ve done this encounter successfully a few times now just using two pieces: Jump into the king to start it and cast his buff. Jump out of him and into the pawn in front of him, and move it one space forward. Jump out of the pawn and back into the king. Cast buff on CD, move forward one, use his swipe attack constantly when you’re not casting the buff.

    That’s it. The only other move you might need to make is to step back one if he ends up standing in fire. Occasionally you’ll fail using this tactic, but usually you won’t :-)

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    • Oh nice. I’ve heard of a couple of people who only use the king (one because he couldn’t leave the piece) but it doesn’t always work. :P

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  2. Amazing, thank you SO much! I recently said on my own blog how I don’t even bother with this any more because I can never get past it. Thank you so, so much!

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  3. I haven’t actually tried it but thanks for the guide maybe I will try it.

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    • It may take a few minutes but it’s so easy now. Let me know how you go.

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  4. Hmm, I was happy I didn’t have to do it ever again but maybe next time I go in there I’ll give this a try.

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  5. Lady you are awesome. I tried a few different methods from across the web and none of them worked. This one worked perfectly in my first go! I’ve FINALLY completed Karazhan, my most favourite raid ever! Thank you! :D You’re a star!

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    • Fantastic, congratulations! Kara is one of my favourite raids too. :D

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  6. This worked pretty well for me, though I did have to spend awhile in the Necrolyte alternating between casting heal on Blackhand and shadow bolt on King Llane.

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