We ran Genesis for the first time yesterday. We watched video guides, read up on the fights, and had what I thought were appropriate gear specs (550-590 across the party). We wiped on this boss 15 times, trying a number of combinations of inside/outside barrier groups. We had one ranged dps, two melee, one healer, and a tank.
The problem that we encountered was that survivability within the barrier was nigh impossible due to the skull cast mechanic. Multiple times the skull would get cast sequentially - I was tanking and would dodge/avoid the first skull, but then another skull would immediately get cast behind me, and either I’d get one shot, or the dps inside with me would get one shot, so either the boss would then kill the dps, or I would not be able to do enough damage to prevent the wipe mechanic. From my view, I could not even see what killed me - my barrier partners had to tell me what happened.
Trying different approaches, it worked out that if we kept one dps and heals outside, they could not kill all of the mobs because of all of the spawn locations, and then when the barrier would come down, we’d get wiped by the adds rushing in - I had 15K health and I’d get killed in three shots by those adds.
We really tried to analyze how to fight it, but ended up leaving. It seems like it’s impossible the way it is now.
Has this been anyone else’s experience under the current patch? Watching the videos from prior patches, the fight did not seem nearly as difficult as we experienced. If you cleared it recently, how did you get it done? We are at a loss, discouraged, and were each out about 2000 coin from repairs.
Edit: FWIW, yes, we had blight tinctures, AE coatings and wards, and all of that.