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Healing Heroic Omnotron Defense System (video guide)   Leave a comment

I’ve decided to tackle Heroic Omnotron Defense System with my next video guide.  ODS is probably one of the more difficult hard modes, largely due to the varying contingencies of the encounter as a result of the constantly changing combinations of constructs that you will have to deal with.  I am raid healing  again for this encounter, so you will see me work to keep the raid alive, helping with the tanks when needed.  I got courageous and actually edited in some re-recorded commentary – so when you hear my sound even more like a chipmunk, don’t panic!  I must have just had my mic further away from my mouth in the edited part :)

A friendly reminder that this video will be viewed best at one of the higher resolutions and in full screen.

A few notes!

  • You mentioned tanking in the middle – why?  We like tanking the active construct in the middle of the room, and moving the constructs out when they reached 50 energy to help prevent any accidental damage when the shields activate.  We also found that having the raid centrally located made dealing with Magmatron’s special easier.  The only construct this doesn’t pertain to is Toxitron, who we tank up by the statue in the front of the room, to keep him as far away from the raid as possible.
  • Stop attack Macros.  If your melee interrupters on Arcanotron have trouble with interrupting while Arcanotron’s shield is active, have them make a stop attack macro with their interrupt.  It’s always good to have your mages ready to spell steal if Arcanotron starts to build stacks while his shield is up.
  • Shadow Conductor and your Tanks and Melee.  During Shadow Conductor, any tank that isn’t with the raid will need to use a survivability cooldown.  Melee will need to move to the ranged and healers is they are not already with them.  If Arcanotron is active, ranged will need to cover interrupts while your melee interrupters are out of range.
  • Incineration Security Measure.  Since they reduced the damage on this ability, you can save your big raid cooldowns for Shadow Conductors, but don’t hesitate to use things like Aura Mastery to help mitigate some of the damage.
  • Barkskin.  Remember to use Barkskin if you are targeted by Magmatron’s flamethrower, during Incineration Security Measure, or during Shadow Conductor.
  • Tranquility.  Now that it’s 3 minutes, you should be able to use it 2 or three times in the course of the encounter.  It’s optimal anytime there is heavy raid damage, such as Incineration Security Measure or Shadow Conductor – but don’t hesitate to use it anytime the raid’s health looks pretty dire.
I hope that you found this helpful!  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or feedback!

Posted May 3, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Healing, Video

Monday Musings: Blackwing’s Bane Edition.   4 comments

Just a few quick musings today, as I seem to have run a bit short on time!

On Raiding

This past week has been fantastic on the raiding front.  We snagged kills on both Heroic Al’Akir (10 man) and Heroic Nefarian (25 man).  Not only that, but we somehow managed to pick up realm firsts for both kills, which is something I’m not sure we’ve really ever been able to claim before!  And I would be remiss not to say that it was somewhat exhilarating watching the spam flash on my screen.  Everyone was very excited about both kills, I just hope that it doesn’t go to people’s heads and we keep trucking along with clean, progressive play – egos firmly in check.

I do, however, have a few comments to offer on both of the encounters. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted May 2, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Healing, Raiding

Healing Heroic Conclave of Wind (video guide)   3 comments

Conclave of Wind is the next encounter that I decided to tackle in video format!  For this encounter, I am on Anshal’s (nature) and Nezir’s (frost) platforms, so you will not see any excitement from Rohash’s (wind) platform in this video.  This video was taken pre-4.1, so you also won’t see any of the new toys or shorter cooldowns in use during the video.  I am primarily tank healing again for this encounter, so it will be similar in perspective to my Halfus video.  In addition to adding some notes below, I’ve also added a couple of notes into the video!

A friendly reminder that this video will be viewed best at one of the higher resolutions and in full screen, the notes added may not be readable at lower resolutions.

A few notes!

  • Beru, why are you on the boring platform?  To answer simply – because I put myself there!  But in all honesty, I lead our raids which from time to time does have an effect on my play.  I was concerned that I would not be able to give the appropriate attention needed for the wind platform while leading and would be a detriment to my raid over there.  We also have a very competent healing team, and I knew that any of them would be up to the task!  We usually use the a Holy Priest, Resto Shaman and Disc Priest on Rohash’s platform – but have also had a resto druid as part of that combination as well.
  • How do you druid the Rohash Ultimate?  Now, I have never had this responsibility, but as I understand it from the druid that does it regularly “it’s the easiest job in the fight”.  Once Rohash tosses you into the air, you pop into ToL and put a 3 stack on both yourself and your partner in crime (we use a shadow priest who can disperse during the ultimate, but rogues work well too), along with rejuvs and swiftmend as necessary.  As Rohash finishes his Ultimate and drops you, shift over into cat form to reduce your fall damage.  Your priest will be levitating themselves.  Wait for the calvary to arrive, and head back to Nezir’s platform.
  • Why two people for Rohash’s Ultimate?  The reason you want to place two people on Rohash’s platform for the ultimate is because it will mean there are more targets for him to select for Slicing Gale.  This in turn means that one person won’t have 7 – 8 stacks by the end of the ultimate and there is a more even, and survivable, split of damage during (and after) the ultimate phase.
  • When do you know it’s time to jump back to the wind platform?  With good communication!  There should always be communication about the status of the wind burst between those currently on the platform to those who are returning to the platform.
  • WoL on Rohash’s Platform.  While you are learning this encounter, it’s very beneficial to make sure that you have someone on Rohash’s platform uploading WoL so that you can determine exactly what is happening over there – as that is likely where most of your trouble with the encounter will be.  If you are on the Nature/Frost platform your parses will not pick up everything from Rohash’s platform.  We generally upload two different WoL each night we see this encounter: one from me, and one from Brade on Rohash.
  • Mind those frost patches!  Towards the end of Nezir’s ultimate, the raid should scatter so that your entire raid doesn’t eat a frost patch (as you see happen in the second ultimate that I am on Nezir’s platform).  You will inevitably lose folks if this happens.
  • What is your platform split?  We use the following:

Anshal’s Platform: 1 Tank, 2 Healers, 1 Frost DK kiter, 6 DPS (combination of ranged and melee).

Rohash’s Platform:  3 Healers, 7 DPS (combination of ranged and melee, basically people who can navigate the platform well).  One thing to note here is that to use 3 healers here, your DPS needs to be sufficient to bring the storm shield down.  If they are slow, no amount of extra healing will help.  You may need to consider 2 healers and 8 DPS on this platform, depending on your raid.

Nezir’s Platform: 1 Tank, 2 Healers.

I hope that you found this helpful!  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or feedback!

Posted April 29, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Healing, Raiding, Video

Healing Al’Akir (video guide)   2 comments

I’ve had several people ask me about the Al’Akir encounter in general, and I know that it’s a fight that has been a point of consternation for a number of guilds.  As such, I thought I’d give a shot at a video guide for Al’Akir to see if folks found it helpful.  I know that it’s not a hard mode video, but with so many guilds struggling or skipping the fight, I thought that it still might be relevant and helpful!  Something that I did differently for this guide is that I added some text notes into the encounter for some of the things that I forget to mention in the audio, but think are important to know for the fight.  They will be easiest to read if you watch the video in full screen at one of the higher resolutions.  Just in case they are hard to read, or you can’t watch the video at a larger resolution, I’ve added the notes below as well :)

A few notes!

  • Tranquility – I use tranquility in phase 2 as our stacks start to grow.  However, it’s important to time when you utilize the spell so that you aren’t forced to move right as you start casting.  I have found the best time to use tranquility to be right after a squall line passes, so that you know you will have time for the entire channel.
  • Squall Lines – We have people call out where the gap is in the squall lines and which direction they are coming from.  So, for example, “Right Back” would indicate that there is a squall line coming around from the right side and that the opening in the line is at the back of the line.  Additionally, you can add the debuff “Squall Line” to your raid frames to track who gets picked up in the tornadoes.
  • Movement in Phase 3 – I use “x” to move down (my sit button) and space bar to navigate up.  This works well for me, but if “x” is an awkward or clunky key for you to use, consider rebinding your sit button to another key that is easier for you to navigate.
  • Camera Angle in Phase 3 – I have found the easiest way to manage phase 3 is to adjust my camera so that it’s in line with me, and I’m looking at Al’Akir from the side.  This allows me to easily judge if I am in the proper plane and if I am out of the lightning clouds.
  • Lightning Rod – Raid members affected with lightning rod should move 20 yards to the left or right of the raid (never up, down, forward or backward!).  Once the are out of the raid, make sure they receive heals for the duration of the debuff.  We generally assign the tank healers from phase 1 and 2 to heal the lightning rod targets in phase 3.
I hope that you found this helpful!  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or feedback!

Also, because I’m really pleased with how it turned out, have a sneak peek at an un-narrated (music) Heroic Omnotron Defense Council video! I should have the narrated guide ready later in the week :)

(In case you can’t tell, I’m learning how to do new and exciting things in the video editing program and having a lot of fun!)

Posted April 23, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Healing, Raiding, Video

Healing Heroic Halfus (video guide)   3 comments

Halfus Wyrmbreaker is the next in my series of narrated Resto Druid guides.  Halfus is probably the easiest of the thirteen hard modes in this tier of content, and is likely the first one that you will encounter.  I’m actually tank healing for this fight, so it will have a slightly different perspective than the other videos that I’ve done to date.  As always, I’ve added some additional notes below the video :)

A friendly reminder that this video will be viewed best at one of the higher resolutions, and either on YouTube or in full screen.

A few notes!

  • Atonement – In before half the internet corrects me, atonement is FIFTEEN yards.  I mistakenly indicated that it had a sixteen yard range in the video, so have everyone take one step closer.
  • Hand of Protection – You heard me state that I received our “first Hand of Protection”.  I forgot to mention that we HoP a healer for each roar – and if we are out of HoPs our paladins will bubble the roar.
  • Power Word: Barrier – While this isn’t as vital as it was before they changed the mechanics of the encounter, it is still helpful to drop a PW:B under your tanks during the roars.  (The tank tanking Halfus at the time of the roar should also utilize a cooldown as well).
  • Four Dragons? – We only free four of the five dragons (we never free the one that stuns Halfus).  We found that our damage was sufficient with just the 400% buff, and not having to worry about healing two tanks through the roars made them much simpler to deal with.  However, there are benefits to having that last drake active, as the stuns to Halfus to mitigate a fair bit of damage.  (Most people that I know that free him, don’t kill him, just free him after all of the other drakes are dead for the benefit of the stuns).  You will have to decide which strategy works best for your raid team :)
I hope that you found the video helpful!  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions or feedback!

Posted April 21, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Healing, Raiding, Video

Healing Heroic Magmaw (Video Guide)   11 comments

I received a lot of positive feedback from my first attempt at a narrated guide (thank you, everyone!), so I’ve been working through some of the other encounters that I’ve taken footage for and have started adding commentary to them as well.  The next encounter that I decided to tackle was Heroic Magmaw, and you’ll find the video below.  As I did with the Chimaeron guide, I realized after I’d finished recording that I forgot to mention a few things in the commentary so I’ve added a few notes additional notes below.

Just a friendly reminder that this video will be viewed best at one of the higher resolution, and probably a tad larger.  Because of the way wordpress auto embeds, I’ve yet to find a way to embed the videos in a larger viewing size.

A few notes that I forgot to mention in the video (one of these times I’ll say everything I mean to say!)

  • Tree of Life – I mentioned that I use ToL fairly early in the encounter, but then don’t talk about when I utilize it after that.  The answer is pretty much every time it comes off of cooldown, as long as we aren’t in a head phase.  There is constant damage in the fight, so you will generally always be able to maximize using it.
  • Barkskin – Something that I forgot to mention is that using barkskin for as many of the lava spews as you can will really help mitigate a lot of damage.
  • Power Word: Barrier – While not druid related, I meant to mention that while our disc priests bubble the ranged and healers, we do drop barriers on the melee for lava spew as often as we can.  This is a little less important since the hotfixes went in, as the melee are no longer in a constant state of being barbequed, but the mitigation is still extremely helpful!

I hope that you found the video helpful!  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any feedback or questions!

Posted April 13, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Healing, Raiding

Ed Wood – Take Two (Nefarian Video)   8 comments

If you’ve been reading over the past week or so, you know that I’ve been playing around with FRAPS and video capture.  Actually, it’s been more than that really.  Over the past week I think it’s safe to say that I’ve become mildly obsessed with it.  Truth be told, I’m pretty much having a blast – running around recording things, playing around with the features in the video editor, picking out music that is YouTube friendly.  It’s fun learning how to do something new, and with each clip I take and edit, I learn new tricks.

Anyhow, I’m going to be taking video of a lot of our encounters moving forward.  I’m having a ridiculous amount of fun with it (who knew?!) and we thought it would be cool to post the videos for everyone to see through a link on the front page of the guild website, both for our members and for potential recruits.

Of course, since I’m the one FRAPSing the videos, they will all be from a Resto Druid perspective.  Which sort of brings me to the point of this post – are these videos something that you’d be interesting in having posted here regularly as I create them?  I think they might be useful and/or interesting for people, while we aren’t on the bleeding edge of progression, we are fairly well progressed so most of the videos should be somewhat timely with many people’s progression – but I don’t want to flood everyone’s feeds with Resto Druid videos if you guys aren’t particularly interested in seeing them.

Which brings me to my next set of questions!

  • Are videos something you would be interested in seeing here regularly?
  • Would you be interested in “commentated” videos, where I walk through healing the encounter?
  • Would you be interested in videos outside of raids, such as “setting up Power Auras”, etc?
  • If you are interested in videos, what other kinds of things would you be interested in seeing?

I’d love to know your thoughts on this and hear your feedback!  While we discuss, I hope you enjoy the Normal Mode Nefarian 25 Video that I took on Sunday Night – note that it is best viewed in either the 720 or 1080 settings on YouTube.  (I will probably be doing some capture of heroics this week – I needed a “test” run of how my capture set up would work in a high graphics raid setting before I tried it on heroics!).

Posted April 6, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, FRAPS, Healing, Raiding, Video

A Hasty Experiment   15 comments

I have been following the Mastery vs. Haste debate over at EJ for the past couple of weeks.  I’m going to be honest here and tell you that it mostly just made my head explode.  However, one of the things that I saw keep popping up with some regularity was how many people felt reaching the 2005 Wild Growth break point was invaluable, even if if meant dropping down to a few 246 pieces to get there.  This, of course, got me thinking about haste – and more specifically my haste.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted February 22, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Healing, Raiding

Beru’s Clique Settings and Keybinds   18 comments

I know that when a lot of healers ask about “how” you heal, frequently the response that comes back is “get grid and clique” or “get VuDho”, or something very similar in nature. However, what you don’t see a whole lot of information about is exactly what you can do with an addon like Clique, or how different healers might set up their healing binds.

I thought it might be worthwhile to take a few minutes to go over how I have my bindings set up, so that those that have never bound actions to their mouse before, or even those that have and are looking for some new binds, might be able to get some suggestions on what can be done.

As I go through these, please keep in mind that not all bindings will feel cohesive for everyone. Additionally, keep in mind that the only way to get used to a new binding is to play with it. Don’t expect to change a binding and be 100% comfortable with it straight away! Give it at least a week to see if your motor reflexes get used to a new setting before tossing it in the trash. In the end, everyone will use what works for them, and that is perfectly fine! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 4, 2011 by Beruthiel in Add Ons, Druid Healing, Healing

Getting Grid Ready for Blackwing Descent   3 comments

Blackwing Descent – Nefarian is up to his old tricks, with some new resources and friends.  Having been one of my all time favorite encounters back in Vanilla WoW, I have extremely high hopes for this instance, and can’t wait to get in there and see what it has to offer!  I’ve sorted out what I think will be useful to add to Grid to help you on your way!  (As always, I refer you to Kae’s excellent walkthrough on adding debuffs to GRID, if you need assistance with adding debuffs.)

Please keep in mind that these debuffs are from my encounter research and best guess, most came from the beta and are not set in stone!  If you get into the encounters and realize that a debuff is different, please update your debuffs accordingly!  I will do my best to keep this post updated as I learn new things from my experiences with the encounters :)  Additionally, if you come across anything new, please let me know, so that I can update my lists!  These are not exhaustive lists, and I may have missed somethings.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted December 10, 2010 by Beruthiel in Grid, Healing, Raiding


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