25H Kor’kron Dark Shaman – Metro’s Healing Guide!

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Welcome to Metro’s 25 man Heroic Healing guides for the Siege of Orgrimmar! It is important to understand that these guides are first aimed at helping healers understand their role, and then helping them maximize their play. Each will feature a general overview of the mechanics that matter to the healers, and conclude with a class-specific discussion. Let’s begin!

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Understanding the encounter –

The Kor’kron Dark Shaman encounter features a variety of mechanics that, on paper, seem quite potent. When looking at this fight coming from normal difficulty, most would imagine a very hectic, hard to control encounter. Unfortunately, for both us and Blizzard, it seems that NOTHING about this encounter played out how they expected!

This is what we are looking to avoid!

This is what we are looking to avoid!

I’m sure if you are considering this encounter on 25 man Heroic you will be implementing the split strategy, but if you aren’t its likely time to either quit that guild, or stage a coup d’état and get someone in there who cares about the healers. The fight will be completely random and near unhealable at times if you keep the bosses together, but if you separate them, it turns into a very planned and predictable encounter. Obviously, this guide will be describing healing mechanics for the former.

Understanding the Healer’s Role –

The healing role itself is not very complicated, compared to other fights in the raid, but distributing healers accordingly, as well as tanks, may present issues. Let’s make that the first thing we discuss!

In order to properly split your raid, you will have all melee DPS on Haromm on the Ramp side, and all ranged DPS on the Flat side. With this in mind, the next concern is tank and healer distribution. The best option to solo Kardris is a DK tank or Monk Tank, but regardless it’s important to understand that whoever is tanking on the Flat will be taking a massive amount of damage regularly, while the two on Ramp will be taking no damage comparatively. Because of this, the most logical designation for separation of sides would be:
Strong Single-target Healers on Flat, Strong AOE healers on Ramp.
However, while it seems logical to split up three and three, we find it much more realistic to have four on Ramp, and 2 on Flat. This is nearly only because of Toxic Mist, a mechanic which Haromm does to deal massive magic damage to “several” players, which usually translates to 75 percent of the group on Ramp. Another complication that essentially requires four on Ramp, is that if there aren’t three people out of melee range from Haromm, the Iron Tomb will cover melee, making the strategy require a tremendous amount of movement. We do not want this for any reason ever so on the off-chance that one healer does die we will have enough to make sure it does not.

Our Split is as follows, for reference.

Flat – Holy Paladin, Disp Priest
Ramp – Holy Paladin, Holy Priest, Resto Druid, Resto Shaman

Provided we agree on this, the next topic is explaining the start of the fight, as well as the actions taken to ensure to split.

The Pull –

It’s very likely that all four targets latch on to one tank for a few seconds, so keep an eye on this. Regardless, the bleed from the dogs hurts quite badly, so while they are alive, the tanks should be the priority. The rest of the group will be spread out, and should not need healing until the first round of mechanics go out – happening at 95 percent health. This case should be the only time both sets of mechanics are present from the Iron Totem on the entire group, so be sure to be aware of who receives the Iron Prison debuff if you are assigned to the Ramp team.

From this point, load up any targets with hots or shields that have the prison and will be split from you, and prepare to use a speed boost to get to your location ASAP. Once split, the roles will be entirely different, so I will explain them as such.

"Ramp side," Where Haromm will be tanked.

“Ramp side,” Where Haromm will be tanked.

Ramp and Haromm Healing –

The first challenge to overcome is getting everyone with the Toxic Mist and the Tombs where they need to be as you all arrive at the location chosen. This can be exceptionally dangerous if both are on the same person, as even if they survive the prison comfortably, the tick from the mist will kill them without preparation. It’s your job to monitor this and make sure it’s not a factor, preferably with an external CD if applicable.

Around the time this clears, the real mechanics will begin, so make sure you have all your healers stacked up in a good location for the tomb and AOE like crazy on whichever pile needs it most. It’s easy to forget about yourself in this case, so be conscious of when 3-4 healers get the Mist as you’ll likely not be receiving much healing by default.

Unfortunately, as alluded to at the start of the guide, the Foul Stream mechanic functions pitifully and will pretty much be an issue every time it’s out, even if handled correctly. It’s possible it’s due to being on the ramp and the ground wasn’t tested for the mechanic, but whatever the cause just be aware of it as an issue and don’t be surprised if a few melee get smashed when they shouldn’t have even been hit. Because of this issue, on top of the Toxic Mist, it’s extremely common to use all three Battle Rezes on Melee, and still have some dead for the end of the fight.

Given our DPS pace, once three sets of Tombs go out the first Ashen Wall will be deployed and force the entire group to move. Once again, be prepared for the movement, and move to the pre-designated location. Be sure this location is still far enough away from the hitbox of Haromm, otherwise the tombs will cover melee.

Around 10 seconds after the first wall and movement, you will encounter the first Falling Ash. This is the part of the encounter where healing begins to really ramp up, and it would be optimal to discuss CD usage. You will see upwards of six or seven Falling Ash mechanics, so unfortunately they can’t all be covered, but either way one solid CD is a huge benefit. You do not want to layer CDs, as it is too short a window, so talk amongst your healers present on Ramp side and decide what best route there is for dealing with it.

From this point on, it’s quite repetitive. You’ll still have the Mist, Foul Stream,  and tank damage, but also the Ash, so provided you can keep the tanks alive and none of the healers die because of the Foul Stream or Tombs, it should be smooth sailing!

"Flat Side," where Kardris will be Tanked.

“Flat Side,” where Kardris will be Tanked.

Flat and Kardris Healing –

Regrettably, I have not completed this sub-role on a kill attempt, so take my offerings with a grain of salt. As always, if you have something to contribute, leave a comment and it will be my pleasure to amend the article with you accredited!

As the flat team, you will have more room to navigate, but less room for error, as the mechanics will move slightly and otherwise take up a lot of space. In terms of healing, it will be mostly single target, as the tank will be constantly pelted with Froststorm Bolt (getting much worse during the Bloodlust) and the few DPS who receive the Prison mechanic.

The Iron Prison itself will likely be the truest form of death for most people, as with 100 percent of the group being ranged DPS, most will be cloth and mitigate nothing of the initial physical damage. Because of this, it’s incredibly important to monitor who gets the debuff each time it goes out, and to have each of the players with it fully healed and prepared with a CD if needed. Many times, a tornado or other source of damage will complicate this, so give your best single target heals to players who need it.

I find the Foul Slimes to be more of a nuisance than a real source of damage if handled correctly, and provided you have a DK or Monk, they should always be exactly where they need to be. However, its pertinent to expect some stragglers, so if you see them creeping towards the stack, expect to heal through the damage.

Once Falling Ash comes out, things really get complicated. Players will continue to get the Prisons, and the tank will continue to be hit hard by the Bolt, so if a few things line up wrong, the two healers down here will have their hands tied. Hopefully, when you assumed the healing role, you realized that sometimes you simply can’t save everyone, and this will be a case of such. If it’s between the tank and a mage… well let’s hope you choose the tank otherwise you had better be prepared to taunt!

With only two healers, the falling ash will be much harder to CD through, so this is one distinct drawback to the method. Hopefully, between the two, you have 2 good reduction CDs, otherwise just keep trucking away. I can’t say it enough – if the tank dies the fight ends; if a caster DPS dies the fight continues. If you play by this rule, you should have success on Kardris.

Class Specific Tips –

Fight them in here for added challenge!

Fight them in here for added challenge!

Holy Paladin: Great for either role! Make sure you have at least 1 Holy Paladin on Flat, as Devo is mandatory for small healing group. Hand of Sac will save Prison target 100 percent – immunities will not.

Resto Shaman: Decent for Flat, amazing for Ramp. Healing rain on melee especially as Foul Stream comes out. Spiritwalker’s Grace to heal during Tomb Movement. 2 CDs make them great for Falling Ash no matter position.

Resto Druid: Ramp only, unless really needed. Hots are great counter to Toxic Mist. Mushroom explosion to counter one Ash, Tranq for another! OP Ironbark can and will save a person with Iron Prison and Mist.

Holy / Disp Priest: Disp 100 percent must be Flat, Holy must be ramp. Disp bubbles mandatory for tank survivability in Bloodlust with Ash falling. Holy Hots are hard counter to Mist. Lifegrip someone if they are caught in a bad spot – especially behind the ashen wall!

Misty Monk: (Do not currently have a monk healer in our progression.) Not exceptional for either role. How does Fistweaving effect this? Can’t fistweave on ramp, as negating the 4 man stack for the Tombs, especially if one is already dead. Can’t fistweave on Flat, as risk spawning tornadoes on the tank, and would be covered in the Slimes. Does anyone have experience as a monk on this fight? Would honestly love to hear what is best.

TLDR Recap

Disp Priest, Holy Paladin for Flat. Resto Druid/sham, Holy Priest, for Ramp. Others can flex. Be prepared for Iron Prison, especially if on ramp side, as it can kill you with Toxic Mist easily. Foul Stream is buggy, don’t get frustrated. Tank above all else, especially when bloodlust on Flat. ZZZ pot tough to use on either side, shouldn’t run oom though. CD every opportunity for Falling Ash – call it out in voice coms.

As always, this guide is from the perspective of a Holy Paladin in 25 man heroic raid leadership perspective. Experience is limited when it comes to priest and monk healers, so if you have input feel free to join the conversation! Otherwise, if you have any questions feel free to ask! Enjoy SoO!

 

25H Iron Juggernaut – Metro’s Healing Guide!

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Welcome to Metro’s 25 man Heroic Healing guides for the Siege of Orgrimmar! It is important to understand that these guides are first aimed at helping healers understand their role, and then helping them maximize their play. Each will feature a general overview of the mechanics that matter to the healers, and conclude with a class-specific discussion. Let’s begin!

Understanding the encounter –

It’s not often you fight a giant tank, but in the 6th encounter of Siege of Orgrimmar, we do just that. It’s important to understand this when people die, as they died to a tank so it’s less bad. Did I mention the tank is a tank?

Anyway, on a more serious note, it’s important to understand the possible strategy differences for this encounter on Heroic from Normal. Any group without a death wish should be employing a strategy that knocks you back all the way to the other side of the room to avoid the Heroic-only Mortar Barrage. The mechanic itself is just absolutely absurd, and to even try and navigate it with the rest of the damage going out is suicide and not worth any damage you could potentially gain.

If your group is foolish enough to be attempting this, I can’t help you, but assuming you are following the same strategy as I am, let’s move on to the healing portion.

Understanding the Healer’s Role –

This fight is absolutely the most healing intense in the raid thus far, and will questionably remain so until Malkorok. In order to complete this encounter your healers will need high levels of coordination of CDs that need to be used at the exact times when needed. I will preface this by saying, multiple weeks after our first kill, we still wipe every once in a while because people forgot to use a CD when it’s their turn.

The fight will be broken down into two very distinct phases, so let’s approach it that way.

Assault Mode:

In this phase, your job is to quickly patch the group up. There will be a variety of mechanics happening at once, none of which need to be understood by name, but all of which can kill people. It sounds logical to say “avoid this” or “move out of that” but if at any point one of these mechanics is failed outright, another will finish them off immediately.

RIP bads, omg spread plz...

RIP bads, omg spread plz…

The best advice I can give you for this is to spam single target heals with your head on a swivel. For once in your life, this phase will benefit those who can react, not prevent, as none of the mechanics are predictable in terms of who they will hit and when. To complicate this, you will need to be dodging them yourself, otherwise expect equal death-treatment!

If the damage happening to the raid randomly wasn’t enough, your tanks will constantly be taking 70+ percent of their health in damage. This is because of both the melee and mechanics from the boss itself, but also because of the bombs. So once again, keep your eyes open and your mind alert. DO NOT simply afk AOE heal like you did on Galakras. This fight is all about the right Flash of Light on the right player at the right time, and if you land it successfully, you will save their life. Everyone will be too spread out to effectively AOE heal, and it will literally be 1-2 people taking damage at a time so just listen to me for once in your lives, alright? If you do nothing else in this phase but cast your quick single target heal, then you’ve still done a great job.

As a healer, you can also handle the bombs, but without armor you will get oneshot, so this is more up to your raid than you. Just realize that as a Shaman or Paladin it is absolutely on the table every time it happens. You just need to be prepared.

Siege Mode:

Welp, here we are. Time for the insano-retard-mode phase…

In order to complete this phase properly, understand that there will be multiple sources of damage throughout, all which can and will kill you easily if not CDed through. I will break the sources of damage up so it is easy to understand.

1-      Seismic Activity: This ability happens essentially whenever he is not doing Shock Pulse. The entire phase will be made up of this mechanic, which does 84k Nature Damage every 1 second to every player in the raid regardless of positioning. It’s best to treat this mechanic as “incidental” damage, and not use CDs specifically for it, with one very distinct exception. The mechanic will begin to happen immediately as you enter the phase, so there is a very high chance that people are still low from the Assault Phase mechanics. For this reason, I strongly recommend 1 healing throughput CD (like tranq) to get you topped off and end right before the shock pulse. Healing Tide is also great, as you can set and forget. Just make sure its last tick is up before you get knocked away from it.

2-      Shock Pulse: This is the mechanic that will decimate the raid, as not only does it do an absurd amount of damage, but it will knock everyone back. It’s important to know exactly where you want to be knocked back to, and to make sure you are actually being knocked to that location, otherwise expect death. This mechanic MUST be CDed through, and immediately after, to avoid death to the next Seismic round.

3-      Demolisher Cannons: This mechanic complicates the whole strategy of all being knocked back to one location, as it will splash 225k fire damage to anyone it hits, and then to anyone within 6 yards. You MUST spread from this, but stay close enough to remain in healing range, otherwise certain death is upon you. This is best looked at as “incidental” damage, and unless handled wrong, is only a complication, not a cause for concern.

Even the blind recognize this as an easy mechanic comparatively.

Even the blind recognize this as an easy mechanic comparatively.

4-      Explosive Tar: The least dangerous mechanic unless you have people who use Seeing Eye dogs to raid. The tar itself will plop down on random places, and unless you are standing it, will do nothing. It will slow movement speed though, so if it lands on you gtfo.

5-      Cutter Laser: This mechanic should seem obvious, but can still cause problems. The damage from the laser is dealt to anyone it comes in contact with, so since you are constantly moving and spread, it’s quite possible that 2-3 people can get in its way. It will do 300k every second to anyone standing near it, so it’s up to your raid how you want to handle it, but either way make sure the 24 people who do not have it following them aren’t running near it. We have the player with it run towards the boss, and as long as they aren’t RPwalking, they shouldn’t have damage done to them. Obviously if this is run through the puddle you lose. You will take massive damage, and won’t be able to recover so stay away from the tar at all costs in this phase.

6-      Crawler Mines: Same thing as previous phase, but can be difficult to notice if they are stuck in the oil. Keep an eye on the tanks as they handle these, as they can be silent killers when your focus is diverted to the mage iceblocked in the oil with the laser chasing him.

7-      Mortar Barrage (lol): If you thought the other combination of mechanics were bad, try dealing with this one as well. No chance in hell, literally impossible IMO. Not sure how any group could heal with this in the mix as well, unless maybe they were all 6 druids. If you aren’t avoiding this mechanic by being knocked 100+ yards from the boss, then may the lord Jesus Christ bless your soul. Even he may not be able to deliver you.

Cooldown Usage:

So with all this in mind, hopefully you understand how important healing is in this phase. If 1-2 healers die early, you can’t complete it. If 1-2 healers miss their CD queue, you can’t complete it. If 1-2 healers are significantly behind in gear, this may not be possible, unless the other 4 are monsters. I’ll explain our rotation in-depth for your benefit, and you can make your own based on what classes you have available.

–          Initial Seismic Activity: DPS shaman use Ancestral Guidance (only opportunity, make sure it’s happening.), Resto Druid Tranquility.

–          First Shock Pulse: Devo Aura (only reduction option, as people are still spread), Divine Hymn when we land, DPS shaman Healing Tide after that.

–          Second Shock Pulse: 2nd Devo Aura, PW Barrier, Priest 90 Talents, Healing Tide from Resto Shaman.

–          Final Shock Pulse: 3rd Devo Aura, Spirit Link, anything else. Once this hits, the phase is essentially over, so no need for major CDs to prepare for another.

Also worth noting that Smoke bombs and AMZ should be used regularly if available. Not mentioned here, as we have 2 strong reduction cds already.

Once the third one happens, everyone will be a bit trigger happy and start running towards the boss again, but be careful, as the damage is still happening. It’s important that everyone moves together at this point, so heals can still go out, even though it’s not major.

Only other thing that may present a problem is the tanks getting in their position before you are in yours. This is pretty logical as a lot of tanks will roll / charge/ sprint, etc to get there asap and start building resources. Just be aware of their health and use a speed boost to avoid them being out of LoS for too long.

In terms of potion options, this is probably a good fight to consider using a regular mana potion. No matter what phase of the fight you are in, standing still for zzz pots can be a very bad thing. In assault, you may end up dead due to the sawblade or the red circle. In the Siege phase not healing for 10 seconds in between shock pulses can result in deaths, let alone if oil and the lazer target you.
Only time when you can’t get yourself killed is after the third shock while everyone is running – but this means you will be lagging behind on position to continue healing. Tough call, choose wisely!

Class Specific Tips –

Holy Paladin: Great fight for Paladin utility. Double BoP and 20% physical DP for soaking mines to avoid damage elsewhere. Beacon is OP, put it on the tank taking the most damage and it will do 40 percent of your healing in phase 1. Flash of light spam until oom in Assault phases – can regen during knockback and running around. Use Divine Shield as he does Shock Pulse to avoid getting knocked back!! Speed of Light to get back to the fight asap. Hand of sac on tank constantly.

Resto Shaman: Extremely tough fight for shaman, healing rain near useless in Assault and chain heal may miss bounces with spread. Consider single target spam, and drop Mana Tide early. Use Spirit link for damage reduction, not health equalizer. Spiritwalker’s Grace OP for the knockbacks. Earthshield on squishiest tank, + 2 set will do crazy numbers.

Resto Druid: Time to shine, hots are king on this fight. Spiritwalker’s Grace from Symbiosis allows Tranq to be used directly as the Shock Pulse happens. Ironbark to save tanks or allow you to eat a bomb with Barkskin. If timed well, mushrooms can be exploded directly as shock pulse hits. Place them about 5 yards behind the group and hit it as the knock back happens – healing everyone passing over them for a crazy amount.

Disp / Holy Priest: Level 90 talent is so OP for siege phase. Life grip can be used to help someone being knocked back in the wrong direction. Be sure to add a PW Shield to anyone soaking a bomb, regardless of your spec or theirs.

Misty Monk: (Do not currently have a monk healer in our progression.) Revival is amazing for use immediately after knockback. Land with near full health! Can place orbs down where people land for some burst healing. Use Roll as they knock back to negate. Life Cocoon plus CD to eat a bomb.

TLDR Recap

Nazgrim, Upset we Killed his Tank.

Nazgrim, currently upset we killed his tank.

Without question, most difficult healing fight in the first 8 bosses, maybe 10. Be ready for anything in Assault Phase, don’t blindly AOE heal. React to large damage and hit them with your fastest heal, regardless of mana. Tanks will be obliterated, keep their health on focus, especially since it’s easy to get lost keeping cloth DPS alive. Need intense coordination of CDs for Siege Phase – Don’t fall asleep! Know your limits for taking a bomb, but do so when possible. Careful with zzz pots, they can cause a wipe in Siege phase, or get you killed in either phases.

As always, this guide is from the perspective of a Holy Paladin in 25 man heroic raid leadership perspective. Experience is limited when it comes to priest and monk healers, so if you have input feel free to join the conversation! Otherwise, if you have any questions feel free to ask! Enjoy SoO!

 

25H Galakras – Metro’s Healing Guide!

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Welcome to Metro’s 25 man Heroic Healing guides for the Siege of Orgrimmar! It is important to understand that these guides are first aimed at helping healers understand their role, and then helping them maximize their play. Each will feature a general overview of the mechanics that matter to the healers, and conclude with a class-specific discussion. Let’s begin!

That's Polish for "Badass Mount," I think.

That’s Polish for “Badass Mount,” I think.

Understanding the encounter -

The fifth encounter in Siege of Orgrimmar does little to differ from the normal encounter for the healers. To understand the normal mechanics are to understand the heroic, but it bears repeating that this encounter suffers the same damage increase as the previous, and thus needs to be taken as serious as any other.

Also like Sha of Pride, we find ourselves in a position to help the DPS do their jobs easier, with the amount of downtime we have, and should consider this as much a part of the job as actually casting spells.

For those participating in the tower groups, familiarize yourself with the new mechanic there and lend what you can to its completion. This doesn’t affect healing so it will not be discussed in this guide, but it’s important to know exactly when you are going towards the tower, and then going up.

Understanding the Healer’s Role –

It's acceptable to queue your mic to laugh at noobs who get knocked off by this.

It’s acceptable to queue your mic to laugh at noobs who get knocked off by this.

The healer’s role on this fight, as touched on earlier, is more support than actual throughput for the first phase of the encounter. We immediately find ourselves in another position like on Sha of Pride, where opportunities for AOE damage and AOE healing are hand in hand, and should be treated as such.

For this reason, Monks, Priests and Paladins can do a lot to impact the fight, as it can be a very strenuous dps back-and-forth type encounter. Specifics will be discussed in the class section, but in general, any AOE dps you can lend that also supplies some healing is extremely useful.

The first specific change you should make to your intentions here is handling any of the banners or totems that are placed. The Dragonmaw Flagbearer will drop a Banner that increases damage exponentially of all mobs, and since they are literally one-shotable, you should make it your priority to handle them, as they can’t be killed by AOE damage and having DPS specifically switch off to hit something that has negligible health is a massive dps loss. The Dragonmaw Tidal Shaman will drop a Healing Tide Totem,  that will heal percentage based health (20 percent flat) every 2.5 seconds. Once again, this should be your priority for the same reason.

To understand why I feel like this is the Healer’s job over the DPS is because the nature of the encounter and the nature of the objects. The banner itself, if left alive, will do considerably more damage than any one heal could do in a global, and that’s all it takes to kill it. A DPS could handle it surely, but losing DPS on this fight is not something I would foster. The healing totem is the same issue. Its percentage based health being healed, so if it’s not reacted to immediately, it can and will heal the bonecrushers up a huge portion of their health. As a healer, one global towards the totem’s death means less time on the bonecrushers, less stuns needed, and less we need to worry about the NPC’s survival.

In order to properly handle this task, you should make a macro to quickly target and destroy them. There is an option to make two macros separately, but I would simply recommend this:

/tar Healing Tide Totem
/tar Dragonmaw Banner

“/cast SPELL NAME”  can be included as well.

This will tab through the targets, so if there is a totem and a banner up, it will target the totem first, which is far more volatile.

Attack the Hostile version only! ;)

Attack the Hostile version only! ;)

From here, the next task you can take on is interrupts and stuns. This will be exclusive to Paladin, Monk, and Shaman healers, with varying degrees of success and will be discussed further in the class specific section. The long and short of it is as follows:

Bonecrusher – Stun when Fracture is channeled.
Tidal Shaman – Interrupt Chain Heal cast, Stun on CD to keep Tidal Wave casts from happening.

The tidal wave will do solid damage to anyone it hits, so once again a global to lock them down is better than healing 15 + people afterwards. It’s extremely likely that the tidal shaman will be the kill target though, so interrupts should be going out from DPS already attacking it.

Past this, the fight is exactly the same as it was on normal. If you are a part of the tower team, recognize the fact that the tank is going to get man-handled up there, so be prepared for huge heals and external cds.

Kogra’s damage should be considered lethal, and if not killed quick enough, be ready to use CDs. I’d recommend Tranqs or Hymns, as they won’t be needed again until the very end.

The reason I reserve Devo Aura, is because of the Drakefire mechanic which is absolutely the biggest silent killer I’ve seen on any fight ever. You have no indication its happening until it does, and it can’t be helped other than to heal through it. If your tower team falters at all, this can reach near 600k hits, so I would recommend using a Devo when you see people starting to get obliterated. Chances are one 6-second window will enough for the tower team to finish its job and the disaster will end.

In terms of potion opportunities, make sure you are getting one in before grounded, as there won’t be time to waste. You realistically may never need a zzz potion here, but if you do, make sure it’s not used during Thranok’s appearance, as his hook can break it, or his crush will break you! When the Demolisher is out is my preferred time if needed.

Grounded –

Once the beast is grounded, the fight turns into a numbers check and there are a few things you should be prepared for as healers. It’s essentially your typical burn phase mechanic, so to sit here and discuss exact times you should use CDs and when would be trivial, as you will need healing steadily through the phase, increasing as it gets longer.

The exception is the Pulsing Flames mechanic. DBM will inform you of when you need to be prepared for this, but this is absolutely the most volatile part of the phase, as it scales with the fire damage she does and makes everything else more complicated. Amongst your healing team, you will want to discuss options here, whether it is Devo Aura or Tranq, you will need something. I would spend more time on the topic, but its jut not that complicated, so as long as you and the rest of the healers are awake, the 2 minutes you are in this phase will fly by. Rule of thumb: if you see pulsing flames, use a CD – just don’t overlap!

Class Specific Tips –

Holy Paladin: Holy Shock to one shot any totem or banner. Rebuke / Fist of Justice to handle interrupts and stuns discussed. Make sure beacon is on the tank staying down if you are as well, and on the one going up if you are as well. Cycle Favor and Wings with Light’s Hammer = amazing aoe dps and hps/mastery spread. BoP people if you see them fall from tower like noobsrofl. Use Devo to survive Drake fire if it’s getting dangerous. Guarding and Light’s hammer at the end will be insane hps – make sure you have it coupled for a Pulsing Flame.

Perfect time for Double-dipping AOE!

Perfect time for Double-dipping AOE!

Resto Shaman: Amazing fight for Healing Raid + Chain heal. Keep it down in the flamestrike. Earth Shield the tank on the way up the tower, even if you aren’t following him. Spirit Link will split health percentages with the NPCs = Lay on Hands for the group towards the end. Use it wisely! Make sure to wind shear as much as possible, and drop cap totem in anticipation of the Fracture.

Resto Druid: Knockback the bonecrusher when channeling Fracture to break it – careful not to knock back the adds from the flamestrike. Eff+mush perfect to keep down in the flamestrike and consume when the aoe pulses happen or a tidal wave gets off. Tranq will be the reason you don’t wipe if she is Pulsing Flame and throwing fireballs.

Holy / Disp Priest: Divine Star is just insanity on this encounter. Will do a ton of damage and healing if timed right. Barrier can be used with Drakeflame intensify to save lives. Lightwell is great for this fight as well. Life grip a player who is about to fall from the tower if they roflnoobomg. Throw feathers up the tower ramp to help the tank get there first.

Misty Monk: (Do not currently have a monk healer in our progression.) Amazing AOE double-dip fight. Fist weave for the win! Life Cocoon can save the tank’s life on the way up, as he will often reach the top while you are still out of LoS. Leg Sweep is OP, can be used to break two fractures at once, or in conjunction with interrupts on Tidal Shaman.

TLDR Recap

Make macros to /tar banner or totem and handle that for the DPS. Double dip any damage and healing you can as much as possible – the more the group gets ahead the easier it is to heal. Stuns and Interupts on Fracture and Tidal Shamans is more important than healing up the mistakes.  Know which tank is going where and be prepared for him taking massive damage if you are in tower group. Be prepared for Pulsing Flame and use CDs appropriately. Pray heroic warforged staff drops so you can get the mace from Shamans ;)

As always, this guide is from the perspective of a Holy Paladin in 25 man heroic raid leadership perspective. Experience is limited when it comes to priest and monk healers, so if you have input feel free to join the conversation! Otherwise, if you have any questions feel free to ask! Enjoy SoO!

 

25H Sha of Pride – Metro’s Healing Guide!

Welcome to Metro’s 25 man Heroic Healing guides for the Siege of Orgrimmar! It is important to understand that these guides are first aimed at helping healers understand their role, and then helping them maximize their play. Each will feature a general overview of the mechanics that matter to the healers, and conclude with a class-specific discussion. Let’s begin!

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Understanding the encounter –

The heroic version of the fourth boss in Siege of Orgrimmar is where we start to see huge, game-changing mechanics being introduced, so for argument’s sake, it’s important to realize how the fight’s pattern will go, as this rhythm directly affects you as a healer.

Unfortunately, this is not a strategy guide for the raid,  so I cannot speak with certainty about the plan you will employ, but I will describe ours through my eyes with an attempt of creating a linear comparison.

Fight begins, I spread out near the front right quadrant. First stack for Gift, then quickly vacate before Reflections. All adds are Gorefiend’s Grasped in, and I watch the melee closely. Run to my prison assignment in back right of the room, close a rift before. Return to front, interrupt / stun Manifestation and prepare for Swelling Pride.

This is the pattern I follow 4-5 times a fight, until the fight is complete, so now that you have seen it you can compare it to your own obligations and fill in the blanks where needed.

Understanding the Healer’s Role –

Once you have done a few attempts on this boss you will immediately realize the facts of this fight: there is little healing to be done until Unleashed, but a hundred mechanics you could make trivial with your downtime. Let’s examine each mechanic individually.

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Norushen – Important Lore Character, Near Meaningless Contribution to Encounters.

Consistently throughout the fight we will see Mark of Arrogance being distributed, but unlike in normal, this is a very deadly mechanic. If you do nothing in this encounter at all, dispel this every 8 seconds, REGARDLESS OF THE GIFT. It may seem like a bad idea, but even if you dispel every single time it’s up, you will still not become Overcome unless you have already missed the enrage timer. Doing this is greater than any amount of healing you could ever do in the first phase of the fight, as the dot will plague any DPS, especially with Swelling Pride on the horizon. If you have all the healers in your raid of this mindset, you will run into even less issues with Pride. Just make sure you are aware of the Projection mechanic, as well as the Aura, as they are things you almost never see in Normal and will wipe the group if not handled.

The dispels are important, but closing the rifts is just as useful at preventing damage. The heroic-only blue gashes in the room can turn into a huge burden, so as a healer doing very little on a heroic encounter, this should be your time to shine! I personally love mechanics like this, because you realize just how much damage and uptime you can save the DPS by doing it flawlessly. Unfortunately, as the fight grows longer, if all available players aren’t making an effort, your work is wasted. Either way, closing one every minute will save a ton of movement and potential damage from the melee so consider it a primary task.

Next up are the variety of adds that spawn. Don’t belabor on this, just understand as a healer with downtime you can do a lot to facilitate them dying cleanly. The large packs of Reflections are likely the most obvious of cases, as when they all get gathered up, you’ll have a lot of players in one area, as well as a lot of things flying towards them. Its highly likely that with 5-6 melee all clustered like that, a lot of damage may be going out, so this is the perfect time for double dipping damage/healing abilities. For example, Divine Star or Light’s Hammer line up perfectly with this. The damage done will make the mechanic slightly quicker, and the healing will create a buffer for those that are taking damage they can’t see. The other adds can follow the same principle, but won’t be available for AOE so if you can fistweave or smite, consider this a good time.

Swelling Pride would be the next topic for discussion, and is easily the biggest issue the fight presents, but the easiest to deal with. Obviously, it is a massive amount of damage so if you are walking into this fight without preparation of cooldowns, just leave that guild and start your own. It only happens 4 times for us each encounter, but if I remember correctly our first kills may have included a 5th. Regardless, if you are getting a 5th, just throw everything at you have at it, as it will be within the last seconds of the fight. No matter what the situation, it’s good to line up a reductive cd with a throughput cd for every single one of these.

Our pattern looks like this:
1 – Devo Aura, Tranquility

2- Devo Aura, Spirit Link, Divine Hymn

3 – Devo Aura, PWBarrier, Healing Tide

4 – Repeat 1.

Also, we have DKs and rogues using smoke and AMZ, as well as dps shaman dropping their Tides throughout. The ability does do a massive amount of damage, but is so blatantly predictable that it should pose no real threat, UNLESS you are letting Mark of Arrogances stay on the target. I find it quite necessary to dispel anyone with a mark before the Swell, otherwise they are near death from both happening.

The most common cause of deaths here will be ranged-LOS issues, as if people aren’t making it a priority to return to the front of the room after the prisons and the Manifestations, a large portion of the room will not be covered the Devo Aura.

Past that, the prisons are the only other issue in the main phase. They don’t really need to be discussed, but just make sure whomever receives the Mark gets dispelled immediately, as if they are also imprisoned, it will be very difficult to keep them alive.

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The Unleashed Phase itself presents only one change, that being the barrage of damage, which can be quite substantial. At this point, it’s time to go full ham, and set in as you would to heal any other encounter. You can still seek to close rifts, especially if you have speed boosts and heals on the go, but if you aren’t conscious of your health, you will die from the damage happening plus that done from the rift’s closure.

Inscription reads: GROSH Wuz Here ROFL

Inscription reads: GROSH Wuz Here ROFL

By this point in the fight you’ll be running on instinct anyway, so the only thing I can offer as advice is to watch people’s range from your position.. AOE seems like the best option, but I find myself casting way more single target heals here than most other fights. You’ll need all 25 alive to beat the actual enrage as well as keep surviving the soft enrage the Unleashed mechanic presents so do whatever you can to keep an individual alive, even if it sacrifices AOE potential.

Class Specific Tips –

Holy Paladin: Devo Aura for Swelling Pride is a MUST – make sure everyone is in range. Light’s hammer times perfectly with Reflection, feel free to use Wings or Favor to increase damage and healing done, as it’s the only time you’ll be able to line up CDs outside of Swell. Tank damage is hilariously low, I beacon myself on this encounter. Speed of Light is a must for closing portals / getting to prisons!

Resto Shaman: Keep Rain on the melee / where the adds will be stacked. Good fight to make use of Spiritwalker’s Grace and ghost wolf, especially when travelling between prisons and rifts. Cap totem excellent utility to AOE stun the large packs of Reflects. Place down as they spawn so it goes off as soon as they are gripped in.

Resto Druid: EV /mushrooms can stay in one place whole encounter. Ursol’s vortex can prevent adds from scattering after the aoe-grip. Excellent fight for resto druid – able to never stop moving. Able to avoid rift blasts, close rifts, and run to Gift stack without lose throughput.

Holy / Disp Priest: Lifegrip people on to prisons! Body and Soul amazing talent when running to prisons – shield targets straggling behind, or shield targets that have debuff while cd. Smite healing good option, as dps is needed, but not much to heal reliably.

Misty Monk: (Do not currently have a monk healer in our progression.)Great dps/hps double dipping encounter. AOE the Reflections and watch the numbers soar! Mobility and Renewing mists makes monks a great option for this fight. Leg Sweep amazing utility for packs of Reflections – on Demand AOE stun is as good as healing in this case!!Upfront heal from Revival can make a huge difference during the burn phase.

TLDR Recap –

Little healing to be done, so use the down time to handle mechanics, giving your DPS more uptime and slack. Offer to 4-5 heal if DPS is an issue, as you shouldn’t need much healing until the very end. Be sure to have a very set schedule for CDs with Swelling Pride, and make sure people are close enough to benefit from them. Consider dispelling, even if you don’t have the Gift – should never run into issues with pride if your dps is on time. Make sure you understand the full list of pride mechanics associated with Swelling, as you likely have not seen them in Normal mode.

As always, this guide is from the perspective of a Holy Paladin in 25 man heroic raid leadership perspective. Experience is limited when it comes to priest and monk healers, so if you have input feel free to join the conversation! Otherwise, if you have any questions feel free to ask! Enjoy SoO!

25H Immerseus – Metro’s Healing Guide!

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Welcome to Metro’s 25 man Heroic Healing guides for the Siege of Orgrimmar! It is important to understand that these guides are first aimed at helping healers understand their role, and then helping them maximize their play. Each will feature a general overview of the mechanics that matter to the healers, and conclude with a class-specific discussion. Let’s begin!

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Understanding the Encounter -

The opening encounter of the final tier is quite a mixed bag for the healing role, most relatable to the Tsulong encounter, but honestly unlike anything we have completed before.

The mechanics that matter to a healer come in two phases, as does the encounter. In the first phase, we see massive tank damage, incidental damage from people standing in their puddle for too long, and then the heroic-only addition – a damaging debuff, plus adds after some time – both of which will be discussed further shortly.

The second phase commonly referred to as the “split” phase or “add phase,” is essentially no different from the normal equivalent of the encounter, minus the multiplication of the numbers dealt. If one were to look at the dungeon journal, the mechanic at the very bottom may seem like something that the raid or healers need be conscious of, but unfortunately this is another case of poor execution of a mechanic that could have been much more.

The mechanic itself is known as “Sha Pool,” and is a heroic-only addition that claims that whenever a puddle (the adds) reaches the boss, the pool expands. More so, the journal states that the pool deals increasing damage to anyone stood in the area, but doing so causes it to shrink. Long story short, this never comes into effect for any group killing any amount of adds, and even if it does touch a few people, it does so little damage its quite irrelevant.

Understanding the Healer’s Role –

Now that we know the theory behind the encounter, let’s talk basics for the healing core. The general strategy demands the room be split evenly in the add phase, but the heroic-only adds and debuff suggest that you stack to easily deal with both. This means each healer will need to employ speed boosts to reach their location in the split phase to maximize their uptime.

With this split in mind, it’s also important that the tanks have dedicated healers. They will take an enormous amount of damage in early gear levels, so two strong single target healers should be deployed, one of each side so as to maintain an even split.

In the main phase, the healers not handling the tanks will focus on aoe healing as many ranged or melee as possible. They will be taking consistent damage, either from mistakes or the debuff. The debuff itself can be dispelled, and should be as it deals increased damage for every tick, however is on 18-20 people at once, so it is also less important than it seems. If you feel it is worth the global, then feel free, especially if you are targeting some one particularly undergeared or already low-health.

From here, the heroic-only adds are the final complication of the phase, and marks the end of the “stack.” The initial issue we had here was keeping them off healers, so depending on how many tanks you have free or what type of dps you expect, its best for a paladin healer to “anchor” them with Righteous Fury, and then simply Hand of Salvation himself as they begin to reach him. This is likely not required or feasible in many groups, but something that I have found an integral part of fights with multiple priest and druid healers. (see Tortos bats!)

Provided the healers can keep the adds from all grouping up on them, and all the DPS have eyes, the first phase should end without incident and the transition to the split phase should begin. Use a speed boost to find your place asap, and begin to prepare to heal your area’s Contaminated Puddles. The approach to this is no different than it was in normal, but I will include some options for individual classes that should help put it in perspective.

immerseus-contaminated-and-purified-puddlesThe final challenge to overcome as a healing unit presents itself as the fight grows close to completion. You will notice the final two sets of “explosions” caused by the adds reaching the boss to deal quite a hefty amount of damage, and with everyone spread out it’s not as feasible as on other encounters to prepare for “raid-wide” cooldowns. At this point, it’s important to understand how much damage you expect people to take, and use what you have reactively.  Obviously, the second to last will be the most important to heal everyone up quickly from, so use throughput CDs like tranquility then, whereas the final will be the most damage, and it’s irrelevant if you are healed up after, as the fight ends. However, with this final blast, it’s quite possible the entire raid could be wiped out, and on our first kill we had this happen, leaving only me bubbled, and one tank alive to loot the chest. For this reason, save cds like Devotion Aura, or Power Word: Barrier to be used as the bulk hit.

Class Specific Tips –

Holy Paladin: Can anchor adds with RF to prevent healers without threatdrops from threating many adds. Hand of Sac can be used on the tanks right as the blast happens to save their lives, should you be focused on tank healing. Speed of light is extremely useful for getting across the room quickly. Lay on Hands should be used on a puddle towards the end of the encounter. Stagger three throughput CDs for each split phase to maximize your efficiency.  Devo best used for the very end to save as many people as possible, despite limited range. Make macro to /tar Contaminated Puddle /cast Beacon of Light. Will automatically put beacon on the target to build holy power on, especially useful with it off the GCD.

Resto Shaman: Ghost wolf and Spiritwalker’s grace can be used to quickly get to the room while not losing much. Tough to refresh Earth shield, as you will likely be far away from the tanks when it needs to happen. Chain heal on 4-5 puddles is likely the best option, but may not be enough as they begin to get farther apart. Be sure to have Rain down so they pass through it for the maximum time. Healing stream is underrated here, and will be quite efficient for healing people who need it as you concentrate on the puddles. Healing Tide best used on the final sets of explosions to quickly heal others up before the final split. Spirit link can be used to save lives as the explosions happen, but can also be used to split the health of a few puddles if one gets topped quickly.

Resto Druids: Cat form and sprint makes travelling across the room easy. Hots are king, spread rejuv to as many people as you can before you all spread out; other healers may lack movement healing to get them all topped before the puddles become priority. Druids have the most efficient heal in the game for the puddles, that being charged mushroom explosions. Have seen charged mushroom heal 4-5 puddles to full instantly before I can even start casting. Spreading hots and using genesis is likely the second best combo in the game as well. Ironbark will be useless, as you’ll likely never be close enough to the tanks when it matters; use it on dps that need it. Tranq needs to be used on the second to last explosion in order to assure everyone around you is topped for the final set.

Holy / Disp Priests: Strong AOE heals for when multiple puddles spawn towards the end. Divine Hymn or Barrier can be used to tremendous effect. Use Hymn second to last explosion, barrier for the final to save lives! Disp is arguably weaker here, as absorbs in no way contribute to the puddles. Void shift as potent as Lay On Hands, plus a glyph that turns you into a puddle!!! Puddles can be Life-gripped!

Misty Monk: (Do not currently have a monk healer in our progression.) Roll can be chained to make the room seem much smaller. Renewing mists may be unreliable with players eating charges. Single target heals seem to be best option here. Try placing healing orbs? Can’t confirm. Life Cocoon + renewing mists and uplift on the final sets can be tremendously effective. Fistweaving the dps puddles may double dip enough to merit as an option. Revival can be used to heal everyone up on second to last explosion, or perhaps better used to clear all debuffs at once in main phase? Can’t confirm.

TLDR Recap

Tanks will take massive damage, and incidental damage will happen consistently to remainder of raid. Stack healers in main phase, spread out evenly in split. Be sure to have big raid-wide CDs available for the final explosions: Throughput cds (tranq, tide etc) for the second to last blast, Reduction CDs (Devo, barrier etc) for the final explosion. Have a definitive plan for your class’s approach to healing puddles, and make /tar macros to help facilitate. Keep yourself and others alive over the puddles if needed – can always make up ground later.

As always, this guide is from the perspective of a Holy Paladin in 25 man heroic raid leadership perspective. Experience is limited when it comes to priest and monk healers, so if you have input feel free to join the conversation! Otherwise, if you have any questions feel free to ask! Enjoy SoO!