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Beta: Scarlet Halls Video and Spec Thoughts   1 comment

Above is a video from heroic Scarlet Halls. The zone combines the old Armory and Library from Scarlet Monestary. I really enjoyed the zone, and thought the upgrades to the encounters were fun.

I am running the same spec and stats as I have for the other heroic videos I’ve posted to date. I had a few folks ask how I was specc’d so I thought I’d take a little bit of time to talk about what I’m thinking regarding my resto spec as I move from the beta to live.

Tier One: In this tier I’ve been playing with Wild Charge, which is what I have indicated above – however I believe pretty firmly that Feline Swiftness will be the superior ability for PvE, and what I will be taking on live, provided nothing changes in that tier.

Tier Two: I strongly feel that Nature’s Swiftness is the best contender in this tier for PvE. Cenarion Ward has some potential, but not enough to make me beleive I should drop NS to pick it up.

Tier Three: This tier is almost optional for resto, as such take whatever you want. I found typhoon to be very valuable while leveling, and of the abilities available has the most potential to be useful in PvE – but I don’t anticipate getting much use of it in raids.

Tier Four: As I stated the other day, in this tier I prefer ToL over Force of Nature. A lot of this boils down to the fact that I want to retain control of my heals and not give that up to the treants AI. Assuming that the two have roughly the same output potential, I think that this tier is ultimately going to come down to your personal preference as a player.

Tier Five: This is another set of talents that are almost optional, and you can likely take whatever you want. I have grown quite fond of might bash. It is quite good while leveling and is a like a Druid Hammer of Justice, which can be useful on trash, etc. The only downside is the limited range, but of all of the abilities I feel that this will translate the best into a PvE setting – but is certainly not game breaking. Take whatever you want in this tier, but don’t undervalue the power of a well timed stun!

Tier Six: I talked at length about this tier the other day, but I’ll add a few thoughts here as well. Of all of the healer classes, I really feel that Druids received the weakest final tier. However, lemons/lemonade, etc. As such, your choice in this tier is going to really be driven by your preference, assuming that all three remain relatively equal in thruoughput. If you want to work with weaving wrath in for one, more powerful, heal – and find this game play intriguing, you may want to opt for Dream. Personally, that style of play does not appeal to me. As such, I have opted for the boosted healing found in Nature’s Vigil, and anticipate that this is what I will select on live as well. I am still toying around with the boosted stats found in Heart of the Wild – but not thrilled with anything else about the talent.

What are your thoughts on the talents as we push closer to release? Which a abilities do you think you will be favoring?

Posted August 3, 2012 by Beruthiel in Beta, MoP, Video

Healing Heroic Spine (video guide)   6 comments

When I sat down to do the voice over for this guide, I thought to myself “there is no way I’m going to have twelve minutes worth of things to say about this horrible fight”. Boy was I wrong! Not only did I have twelve minutes of things to talk about, I had a whole list of things that I forget to mention, or ran out of time to discuss! As such, the moral of this is that Beru can talk about anything…a lot. Needless to say, there will be a fair bit of additional information in the notes below, and I do recommend taking the time to read through them, as there are a few “non-druid” related tips!

This video will be best viewed at one of the higher resolutions.

Tips and Tricks!

  • Dispels. Uh, Beru, didn’t you kind of forget something? Well, it seems I sure did! You will need an assigned dispeller for this encounter, we’ve used both a disc priest and a druid for the chore, but any healer can handle the job. The key early in the encounter is the get the earth buff/debuff to your tanks. The debuff will jump across Deathwing’s spine each time it is removed from a member, so the easiest way to get it to the tanks early is to have the raid stand to the right of the spine, and the tanks to the left. After the tanks each have two stacks of earth, you want to get earth to as many raid members as possible in the time that the debuff is active.
  • Trinket Talk. I know that I mentioned you should use your Jaws of Defeat if you have it for this encounter, but if you don’t or you don’t want to loose the extra intellect from your other trinkets, I can’t urge you enough to make sure you are using at least one regen trinket for the encounter. It really will make a large difference over the course of the fight!
  • What gear set up did you run? I run this fight in 4 piece T13, with around 2600 spirit and just under 20 mastery. Mastery really helps so much in this encounter that if you aren’t already running a strong mastery build, I’d strongly encourage you to consider one. If you find that you just can’t sustain your mana with the 4 piece T13, don’t hesitate to utilize a 2 T12/2 T13 combination.
  • Love your Barkskin. Barkskin will be a lifesaver for this encounter. Use it for rolls and when you are gripped. But it should be kept almost on cooldown for the duration of the fight.
  • Nature’s Swiftness. Use it with a HT on a newly selected searing plasma target. Don’t wait for the “perfect time” to utilize it, unless you are on the third plate and worried about tank deaths, keep that sucker on cooldown.
  • You are your number one best friend. Clear the debuff from yourself (or other healers) first. I always focus on removing my own debuff as quickly as I can without neglecting the raid too much. The reason for this is that I always get blood aggro by the end of the fight, and it’s much less panic inducing if I’m able to be healed up a bit. I always try to make sure that the healers are more actively cleared towards the end of the encounter, as a dead healer is just as likely to wipe your raid as a dead DPS.
  • CLICK THE FUCKING LIGHTWELL!Holy priests can be very strong for this encounter, but it is important to make sure that your raid is clicking on the lightwell to assist with removing searing plasma. Divine hymn can be used the same as druid tranqs to help clear debuffs as well.
  • Use your offspec tranqs and hymns. While you will only get one use out of them for the encounter, utilizing Moonkin and Shadow Priests tranqs/hymns can help alleviate some of the burden if your healers start to fall behind or if things start to get hairy. We like to use ours after the second and third rolls to help smooth out the healing and clear some of those extra debuffs from the raid.
  • Mana Hymns. Don’t discount your priests mana hymns as a solid source of mana regen for your healers. We have our priests hymn after the first roll, and then on cooldown. Each priest should be able to hymn twice during the encounter.
  • Killing Blood. First, I strongly suggest downloading the version of DBM (it might be the alpha or beta) that tells you how many blood you have dead on the ground. Otherwise much of your raid will be filled with “how many blood do we have?”, and believe me it can be heartbreaking to wipe at 11:30 because you miscounted and didn’t get that final plate lifted. As for killing them, we assign one person along with a “backup” for the job. We use a ret paladin, but really any DPS would probably do fine. If he needs help, we throw a rogue or a warrior in his direction. The key to killing the blood is to remember to do it over the course of the almag’s life so that there is 9 dead when the amalg is ready, but you aren’t doing immense amounts of damage to your raid by killing many of them all at once. Also keep in mind that your tank will do a fair bit of damage to them as well. Additionally, be careful where you kill them, so that they are not too close to a hole and creep back into one before it can be absorbed, and kill them in a position that a new amalg isn’t going to run over them on the way to the amalg tank. Sometimes your tank will have to move a fair bit when absorbing the blood, so don’t kill your amalg early! Wait for it to be in position to lift the proper side of the plate before bringing it down.
  • Dealing with Corruptions and Grips. I mentioned that we use 4-5 DPS to break the corruptions, but regardless of how many you utilize the most important thing is to do just enough damage to break the grip without over damaging the corruption, so that you can time killing it while the tendon is exposed in such a fashion that it has a somewhat negligible loss to your tendon DPS. The best grip breaker are arcane mages, followed by hunters, and then shadow priests. That being said, your arcane mages will do some of your highest damage on the tendons, so you may want to assign different DPS to break the grip that comes during the tendon exposure (we usually have Hunters/Shadow priests do it). We never use more than 3 DPS on the corruption during the tendon, but if it’s timed properly no one should be gripped, or will only be gripped momentarily during this phase. That being said, if  one or more of our grip breakers is gripped during the tendon on the third plate, we assign a back up who will swap to the corruption so we don’t lose people to that grip.
  • Timing the Rolls. While it seems so simple, it can be very deadly. Rolls need to happen as soon as the corruptions are down. Everyone needs to be in position to roll and get locked down as soon as it’s called for. Even one person being slow on moving can wipe the raid in the second or third roll. For the second and third roll, there will always be a grip that come right before you need to roll. Have everyone be in position such that they are just a few steps away from the designated roll point, and have all of your range get on that grip ASAP and knock that corruption down. As soon as that grip has been cleared, Deathwing should roll.
  • The Kite Tank. By the end of the encounter the kite tank will have so much blood on them that one mistake has the potential to one shot them. We utilize lifegrips to help keep him ahead on the kite, and all healers focus on his life so that if he takes a hit he is topped back up immediately. Our tank places a marker down for the grippers to stand and will call out for when he wants grips in his kite rotation. He will give them a head’s up that they are on deck to grip so that they know to move out of the pack and get to the “grip location”.

Whew! That is a lot! If I missed anything, or you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask! Good Luck and Have Fun!

Posted March 27, 2012 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Video

Healing Heroic Ultraxion (video guide)   5 comments

Another fairly late guide, but better late than never, right?! When watching the video of this, please keep in mind that it’s roughly two months old and so the damage patterns that you see towards the end of the encounter aren’t nearly as devastating as they were previously. That being said, all of the information that I added into the guide is pertinent and will be useful at the currently buff level. As always, there will be a few tips and tricks that I forgot to mention in the guide at the end.

Please note that this video will be best viewed at one of the higher resolutions.

Tips and Tricks!

  • Bloodlust. The reason that we go up top at the start of the encounter is so that we can lust our DPS while all of their cooldowns are up at the start of the fight, and everyone is in the proper realm to DPS the boss, but the healers don’t get sated. The reason for this is that we utilize a second bloodlust when the bronze phase starts to so that the healers are lusted when healing is needed the most and the damage is the heaviest.
  • Nature’s Grace. I trigger Nature’s Grace at the start of the fight, and then try to keep it triggered as soon as the ICD on it is up, so that I can have the extra ticks on those rejuvs, WGs and Efflorescence as often as possible.
  • Concentration Potions.  I didn’t learn about this trick until well after our first kill, however Vixsin clued me in to a very cool trick! If you concentrate 5 seconds before an Hour of Twilight, utilizing heroic will does not break your concentration, and by the time you return you’ve had the time to get the maximum benefit from the pot.
  • How many healers did you use? We utilized 5 healers. For our first kill we had 2 disc priests, 1 shaman, 1 paladin and one druid. However, for subsequent kills we’ve used any combination of healers.
  • What buffs did everyone take? We always give our druids the red crystal. However, if we only have one druid healing we give the other red to one of the disc priests. We always give our shaman and a paladin the green. And we have a paladin (one of the ones that took the green) and second priest/paladin the blue.
  • Feral Druid Shenannigans in your Resto Blog? You betcha! A feral druid with the 4 piece set bonus can shit into bear before an hour of twilight and utilize his raid cooldown to help boost healing when the raid could use a little extra help. Note that he has to be in bear for 15 seconds before he’s able to activate the bonus, but can shift out of bear once it’s cast.
  • What cooldowns did you use for the Bronze? We start off the bronze phase utilizing a shield wall, we follow that with a SLT and a tranq going into the 7th Hour of Twilight. Coming out of that hour, we use a barrier followed by Raid Wall and Rallying Cry. However, any cooldown rotations will work! Just make sure that you have them mapped out in advance and everyone is ready to utilize them when their cooldown is on deck.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions! Good Luck and Have Fun!

Posted March 23, 2012 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Video

Healing Heroic Warmaster Blackhorn (video guide)   1 comment

It’s been awhile since I’ve sat down and done a guide, and truth be told, I almost didn’t do this one. Partly because this was our fifth Warmaster kill and I wasn’t sure if people would find it helpful or if it would be outdated already (I missed Frapsing our first two kills, and our second two kills were a mess!). However, Kurn nudged me a bit, and so I decided to go ahead and sit down to get this done. In listening to the replay of the encounter, there isn’t really a ton of druid-centric advice, but I think that’s because the encounter is fairly straight forward from a healing perspective. That being said, if you have a question please don’t hesitate to ask! I will list a few additional tips below!

As always, this video is viewed best at one of it’s larger resolutions.

Tips and Tricks!

  • You mentioned that you have the raid take Onslaught 2 and 4, but what about the rest of them? For Onslaught 1,3,5 we utilized fire mages and shadow priests. As long as you have a minimum of 3 people in the the onslaught and don’t let too many barrages hit, your boat should be OK. Fire mages can take every onslaught with cauterize, however your shadow priests can only do 1/5 or 3 as dispersion, even glyphed, will not be up for 1/3 or 3/5.
    • Druid Tip: Pre-hot your mages taking the onslaughts to ensure that they receive adequate cauterize healing.
  • Can you go over those barrage groupings again? Sure thing! We use 4 groups, 1 for each quadrant of the boat. Each group will have 3-4 people in it, and will be comprised of ranged DPS and healers – with the healers split up between the groups. Each group is given a “group leader” and the group follows that person to know what barrage to soak. It is exceedingly important for the raid to keep their group alive by moving as a unit. Too many deaths early on will be a wipe. During onslaughts 1, 3 and 5 those groups that have mages and shadow priests will refrain from soaking to prevent deaths – and if you are grouped with a shadow priests or mage don’t let their tricky mirror images and apparitions fool you!
  • ToL and Tranquility. We used two druids for this encounter, so we split our tranqs to maximize them. She tranqed on the second onslaught, I tranqed on the fourth. I utilized my ToL for the second onslaught to split the cooldowns. This allowed me to have both cooldowns available again for phase 2 when there is a fair amount of raid damage. If you are the only druid on your raid team, feel free to swap the order of when you ToL and Tranq to better fit within the other cooldowns being used, just be sure that you utilize both abilities early enough in the encounter to have them back up during phase 2.
  • Any Special Times for Nature’s Grace? You can try to time is so that you have it up going into onslaughts, but there is usually enough damage going out during the fight that a nature’s grace proc isn’t wasted. During the second phase, try to time it as you are hotting up the raid for a shout to maximize your rejuvs and WGs!
  • Do You Do Anything Special in Phase 2? I do not! Just run through your basic raid healing routine to keep the raid up. Make smart use of nature’s grace, don’t forget to utilize your trinkets, WG as needed for damage and SM as needed for damage. If you find yourself going OOM in the second half of the encounter, try using a little less rejuv – but lean on rejuv as much as your mana will allow and pre-hot in preparation for for shouts as you are able.
  • How Do You Decide Who to Swiftmend in Phase 1? Since we ask the teams to stick to their team leader, I’ll often times try to SM that person. However, I’ll also use it on the tanks or melee as well. Since everyone is supposed to stay relatively grouped up, it shouldn’t matter who you SM, as it should hit the maximum number of people in that group.
  • Why Does My Raid Suck At Barrages and What Can I Do to Fix it? If only I had a good answer to that question! The truth is that phase one is really the meat of this encounter. Once your raid learns to prioritize the barrages and sticking together, it gets easier. Outside of making sure that there is enough damage on the adds, there is nothing that is more important than working as a team to soak those barrages. I recommend zooming our camera out as far as you can, and looking down on the screen, so that you can see the entirety of your quadrant without ever having to move the camera. This is really one of those fights where everything just “clicks”. In fact, that’s how I missed FRAPSing our first kill. I was like “eh, half the raid ate solo barrages, we’ve still got some work” – and the next pull somehow he was dead!
  • When do you Bloodlust? One of the most important things in this encounter is to make sure that you have one set of adds down before the next set arrives. When we were learning this fight, in order to facilitate that, we would use personal CDs for the first set of adds, Bloodlust the second set of adds, and use Potions on the third set. However,when the 10% nerf came we had a devil of a time in phase 2 because our boat was covered in fire all of the sudden. The reason ended up being because we were now killing our adds too fast and it changed the timing of the encounter for us such that we were getting fresh fire at the end of the add phase instead of during the third wave of adds. To remedy this we stopped bloodlusting the second wave of adds so that we’d take longer to kill them, and now bloodlust when Goriona lands. However, if you are struggling with killing the adds timely, do not hesitate to lust one of your add waves – if you can get through the adds, you can kill Blackhorn so don’t worry about not having lust up for him!

As always, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions! Good Luck and Have Fun!

Posted March 16, 2012 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Video

Healing Heroic Yor’shaj (video guide)   7 comments

Druids can’t heal that! Yes, yes we can. While it’s true that we don’t bring any of the goodies that the other three healing classes offer the raid (Barrier, SLT, Beacon of Light), and there are plenty of arguments for why those other classes are more valuable to the raid on this fight – Druids are still viable healers for this encounter and it can be done with a leafy healer in the raid. Let’s talk about how to navigate through this content tier’s “druids are terrible” encounter.

Please note that this video will be best viewed at one of the higher resolutions.

A few tips!

  • Don’t stress the mana void! I talked about this in the video, but forgot to mention one thing: when blue is out it’s a license to go nuts with your mana. The mana void is going to drain it all from you anyhow, make good use of it before it’s gone! Additionally, I forgot to mention that I always save my mana pot for a back to back blue void as the mana void tends to take a little longer to die due to not having as much time to DPS it down between voids. I found that a well timed mana pot could work wonders. Additionally, many of the blue combinations are the easiest! Learn to love seeing that blue slime creep in towards the boss.
  • Love your melee. One thing that we learned was that as long as all of the ranged and the healers were at range, the melee were never targeted with  the green ooze. This made it significantly easier on both the melee and the raid. Let your melee pile right in and have the range eat all of the green.
  • Purple, Shmerple. The only really challenging purple combination is a black/purple. The rest of them are fairly easy to navigate once you get a feel for them. The biggest piece of advice I can give for surviving the purple is to make sure you raid is topped up before the purple ooze hits.
  • Who is healing MY group?! We used 6 healers and assigned one to the tank and one to each group. During purple phases healers were given very strict assignments and did not heal outside of their group. We used a shaman on the tanks, with a paladin who healed group 1 bouncing Beacon of Light between the tanks (more below).
  • Deep Corruption. Make sure your raid frames show deep corruption stacks. No matter how good you are, when things get hairy it’s easy to forget if you healed that person 2 , 3 or 4 times.
  • What do you mean I can only heal the tanks FOUR times! Tank healing on this encounter gets tricky, and requires a combination of good communication and smart cooldown usage. We had one healer assigned to heal the tanks directly during the purple phases. When the tanks would taunt, our paladin would beacon the non-active tank (who had four stacks of deep corruption) and go nuts to keep him up, while our tank healer would swap to the new tank. Once that tank became unhealable, our paladin would swap his beacon again to deal with the damage the new damage on the tank. We utilize both tank cooldowns and external cooldowns (Hand of Sac./Pain Suppression/LoH) to help keep the tank up during the sticky parts where they could no longer receive  direct heals but were still taking heavy damage. Additionally, towards the end of the purple phase, stay with the tank and time a heal to hit the second deep corruption drops off to get the tanks back in order for the next phase. There will be a fair number of tank deaths while you work through what needs to be done to keep the tanks alive during the purple phases, it’s just part of the learning curve as your tank healer and paladins work through finding the perfect combination of timing heals, swearing and prayer.
  • ToL/Tranq. Unless you are trying to wipe your raid, never utilize Tranq during a purple phase. I panicked once and did this, and the raid was dead before Tranq finished casting. Oops. Additionally, save your ToL for a Red/Black/Blue or a Red/Yellow/Black phase were the extra healing and can be useful. While I suppose you could test it out during a purple phase, I feel that is a lackluster time to utilize it due to the nature of Lifebloom and your limitations on healing during that phase. I tend to favor mine on the Red/Black/Blue because LB is dirt cheap, but will also utilize it on the Red/Yellow/Black phase should we see that one first.

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have questions!

Posted January 16, 2012 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Healing, Video

Healing Heroic Zon’ozz (video guide)   2 comments

I’ve gotten quite a few questions on this bugger of a fight, and I know that I’m a little slow getting this out, but I hope it’s still timely enough to be helpful! I only have kill footage of this encounter – which went beautifully until the very end where we squeaked by on the skin of our teeth,  so please forgive the “oops” at the end.  I will tell you what was supposed to happen as the fight came to a close and point out where that went awry. I dealt very specifically with druid healing in this video, but will add a few more comments/tips below.

Please note that this video will be best viewed at one of the higher resolutions.

A Few Tips!

  • How many healers did you use? We heal this with seven healers. Our first kill was 2 druids, 1 paladin, 3 priests and 1 shaman. Our other druid healed one of the tentacle tanks during the black phase. We’ve used any number of combinations since then and been successful.
  • Oh God, my mana! This is an extremely heal intensive encounter, and mana will be very tight. I opted to run with 2 T12 and 2 T13 while learning it so that I had extra regen for the encounter. Additionally, I found that, for myself, if I didn’t innervate before the first black phase things were so hectic and every GCD in the black phase was so precious, that I often forgot to innervate until we came out of the phase and I was often sub 50% mana. As such,I try to make a point to innervate before entering that first black phase to maximize my innervates through the fight. Additionally, don’t forget to maximize your trinkets if you have additional  regen focused trinkets so that you can utilize them  the maximum number of times in the fight.
  • Love Nature’s Grace. I can’t stress this enough! Whether you are solo healing a group or healing with a partner, make smart use of Nature’s grace so that you have it available during heavy damage phases to help boost the healing you can do during those times.
  • Tree of Life. As I stated in the video, I preferred to use ToL while the debuffs were active so that I could do more effective healing for less mana and it ensured that I could maximize ToL twice in the encounter. I, personally, found it somewhat lackluster for dealing with the black phase damage and found that I often reverted to rejuv/regrowth even if I was in ToL so it made the most sense for me to use it as more of a conservation tool to help support the aggressive healing needed in the black phases. This worked very well for me, but you will need to play around with it to find the best time for you and your raid team – you may well find that you like it better at a different time in the encounter.
  • Tranquility. Also as stated in the video, I favored using Tranquility during the first and third black phases. This meant that I had it available for two of the phases where the healers are spread out and have to focus on keeping their group alive. I found this imperative for solo healing a group, and extremely helpful when working with another healer. While it meant that I did not have it available for the final push – we had many mitigation cooldowns available to get us through those final seconds of the fight during that fourth black phase where you ignore everything and just burn through the boss.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When your raid is first learning this fight, navigating the black phase as a druid is brutal. Our tool kit lacks any burst AE healing, which means that you need to do a lot of prep for the black phase and smartly utilize your cooldowns and toolbox to navigate through it. If you also 7 heal, one of your groups will have 2 healers in it – and if you are struggling with the black phase do not hesitate to ask to be placed in the “team up” group. We found that priests of both specs were especially adept at solo healing a group, and that paring up our shaman and myself made life a lot less miserable for the both of us. Asking for help doesn’t mean you are a bad healer, it just means that the black phase sucks and our toolkit isn’t the most adept at navigating the damage. By our third kill, with some gear upgrades and the raid more familiar with the fight, I had no issues solo healing a group – but during progression trying to solo heal it was one of the worst healing experiences I’ve ever had.
  • Mitigating Damage. Something to keep in mind is that the gaze from the eyestalks can be brutal when all 8 of them are active (especially in those 5-10 seconds the flails are alive), however, those buggers can be interrupted! You probably don’t want to make it a priority to interrupt each and every one, DPS can (and should) interrupt the ones they are DPSing to help the black phase damage be more manageable. While they do not have a cast bar, you can easily tell when they are casting because they “squat”. Additionally, everyone in the raid with damage mitigating abilities should be sure that they use them during black phases.
  • Raid Cooldowns. You absolutely want to have a raid cooldown rotation for the final black phase “push”. (This would be the part in the video were we made a mistake and blew up). We set up PW:B rotations, as well as Aura Mastery and 4 piece tank cooldown rotations. Once you hit that phase it’s pure survival mode. Cycle your cooldowns and keep as many people alive as you can. I might also recommend prayer.  Additionally, we used Aura Mastery and 4 piece tank cooldowns during the black phases, and PW:B throughout the fight while the debuffs were active. We found that having a PW:B as the debuff comes out immediately after your first black phases to really help keep the raid stabilized - as that set of debuffs occurs almost immediately upon entering the light phase and many people are still low life from the black phase.

There is a lot going on in this encounter, so I may well have forgotten to address something.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have questions!

Posted January 13, 2012 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Healing, Video

Healing Heroic Morchok (video guide)   8 comments

Ah, a new tier, a new set of nerfs and relearning how to kick ass at your class.  Sounds like fun! I’m going to start Tier 13 with Hard Mode guides, as I get through them with my guild.  However, if anyone has a specific request for a guide on any of the normal mode encounters please don’t hesitate to ask me if I can put one together.  I do have footage of most of the normal mode encounters, and would be happy to toss something together if people feel that there is a need for the information.

As for Heroic Morchok, he’s quite a bit of fun, but can also be a little stressful from a healing standpoint – especially as a druid with our notable lack of burst AE healing.  There is high raid damage that needs to be dealt with fairly quickly so that your raid is prepared to take subsequent incoming damage.  It can be tricky, but it’s definitely possible for you to perform well on the encounter.  Let’s take a look at how I navigated the encounter!

As always, please note that this video is best viewed in one of the higher resolutions.

A Few Tips!

  • How many healers did you take? We used 6, three for each side. The enrage timer on the boss is fairly strict, so unless you have some seriously standout DPS you will probably not be able to take more than 6 healers at this stage in the content.  We used a priest/paladin/druid combination on the left side and a priest/shaman/druid combination on the right side.
  • Tank Cooldowns.  Something that I neglected to mention in the video is that the tanks receive a debuff after each stomp that causes them to take increased damage.  It will be important that the have a personal or external cooldown for each stop, and that the tanks and the healers work out a cooldown rotation in advance.  We even had our ret paladins assisting with a bubble/sac to ensure that we had enough cooldowns for every stop.
  • Raid Cooldowns.  As I indicated in the video, the tricky part of the fight isn’t having the raid survive the stomp, it’s having the raid survive the crystal after the stomp.  This becomes more challenging as Morchok’s life decreases and his damage ramps up significantly.  As such, we found it far more beneficial to utilize raid cooldowns to mitigate the crystal damage as opposed to trying to mitigate the stomp damage.  This opens up a world of possibilities, as the crystal damage is shadow based, making thinks like Aura Mastery and Anti-magic Zone excellent options for mitigating some of the damage.  Similarly to the tank cooldowns, work out your raid cooldowns in advance, and be sure that you have a cooldown for every crystal in the 25-0% portion of his life when he gets really angry.  Once you’ve done that, navigate the cooldowns earlier in the encounter to they are back up again for that last part, to assist with easing the burden on the healing.  We used our raid cooldowns in the 75-50% portion of the encounter, and again at the 25-0% portion of the encounter.
  • Oh god, my mana.  Because of the damage patterns of the encounter, and our noted lack of burst healing, you will find that you rely very heavily on rejuv to manage the healing on the raid.  Be sure that you innervate early and often, and conserve mana when and where you can. Try to line your first innervate up with a power torrent proc for the extra mana – you will have a need for it by the end of the fight. The “ooze” phase is a perfect time to utilize a concentration potion, so be sure to sneak one in during that down time.  (I actually think I missed doing this in the video, and ended up using a normal mana potion as a result – and my mana at the end of the fight kicked me for that mistake!). Additionally, don’t be afraid to set up Hymning with your priest during the encounter either.  The “ooze” phase is another perfect time to take advantage in the lack of healing needed.

Good Luck, have fun, and please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!

Posted December 13, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Healing, Video

Healing Heroic Staghelm (video guide)   1 comment

I’ve been admittedly dragging my feet putting this video together, and it took me awhile to figure out why. But as I was lying in bed this morning, going “Beru, get your Staghelm video done today!” I realized that the reason I’ve been slow with it is simply because there just isn’t much to heal in this encounter! There is less about healing in this particular guide than in my others, but there are still a few druids related tips that I offered.

(please note that this video will be best viewed in one of its higher resolutions)

 A few notes!

  • The Healers – We use 5 healers, because our healers help to soak orbs because of our melee heavy roster.  A lot of guilds will use only 4 healers (one in each quadrant), and have their healers keep legendary concentration through the orb phase to assist with the healing.  Ultimately, you will have to decide what works best for your raid team and build your strategy.
  • The Tank – This is a one tank encounter.  Not much changes for the tank between heroic and normal, so they should be able to easily translate things like cooldown usage easily into heroic.
  • Tranquility – I actually break one of my rules here, and don’t maximize my tranquility.  Really, outside of the orb phases there isn’t much use for it.  I do try to use it in both orb phases, however in this particular pull where I have the clumped up orb, I just don’t have the time to stop to cast with the constant rotation.  When there is just one orb up, it’s very easy to communicate to my soaker partner that he needs to move because I’m tranqing.  When push comes to shove, use it when you feel it’s best and will give the best benefit to the raid.
  • Barkskin, Baby! – There are a lot of optimal times in this encounter for Barkskin.  Orb soaking, searing seeds, cat leaps.  Don’t hesitate to utilize it when you are going to be taking damage!  It’s a very short cooldown, and can help save your life, or at least make it easier.
  • Telegraphing Cat Leaps - I mentioned in the video that as the fight goes on, those cat leaps become more potent.  To the point that if you aren’t already moving when he lands, you are likely going to die.  The best way to do this is pay close attention to his energy, when he hits 100 already be on the move if he’s coming your direction.  Don’t wait for him to land before you take action or you will likely end up dead.
Searing Seeds Power Aura
Here is the aura that I use for the searing seeds.  I have it set to go off at 7 seconds so I have ample time to get clear of everyone else, you may wish to adjust the timer to suit your play.
Version:4.21; InvertAuraBelow:10; buffname:Searing Seed; bufftype:2; texture:10; alpha:1; sound:25; y:171; timer.h:3.42; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.y:104

Posted September 17, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Video

Healing Baleroc 10 Man (video guide)   14 comments

One of the most common questions that I’ve been asked is how to handle Baleroc 10 man normal as a druid.  It’s something that a lot of druids struggle with, so if you are struggling a bit, it’s ok!  You are not alone!  As such I decided that it might be worthwhile to do a guide of this encounter from a 10 man normal perspective from my alt druid, Elentari.  Now, I’ve offered a strategy for the fight that works for us.  However, there are many ways to skin a cat, so please keep in mind that just because this works for us, doesn’t mean that it will necessarily work well for your team!  However, it was my hope and goal with this video that I could answer some of the more common questions that I get regarding this fight in it’s 10 man iteration.  Additionally, if you run a 10 man regularly, and have additional advice or tips and tricks that you use, please comment on them below!  I am confident that others would be thrilled for the feedback.

Before we get to the video, there are a few things that I’d like to note.  Elentari is in gear that is a mish mash of what she had available to her.  She doesn’t have any set bonuses (well, so does now, but didn’t at the time I made the video) and she doesn’t have any neat haste trinkets or racials.  This is the reason that I wanted to capture her healing it and not Beru.  Because she is likely geared similarly to a lot of other druids out there looking at Baleroc for their first time.  She doesn’t have full BiS gear from any tier and she’s just doing her best to make magic happen!  In the actual video, I make an enormous number of mistakes and it is far from my best performance.  However, the video is meant to be more of a “this is how we tackle this in a 10 man setting” and I wanted to get it out timely, rather than wait to see if I can get a “perfect” capture of the fight were I make fewer errors. So you have me not playing my best with all my warts out for everyone to see, but with what I’m hoping is insightful commentary.  :)  I’m not setting any records here, but that’s ok!  My goal isn’t to dominate the fight, it’s to try and help druids at all gear and skill levels who are struggling on the 10 man version of this encounter.   As such, I hope you will forgive me my flaws.  Lastly, and this is very important, please do not be like me and keep your LB active!

Phew!  I honestly think I’m more nervous about posting this video than I have any of my others!  Well, now that is out of the way, here is the guide.

(please note that it will be best viewed in one of the larger resolutions)

A few additional comments!

  • I know that in my video we commented that we have a paladin solo heal his shard/tank.  We always have a paladin for this task, because if the paladin from the video isn’t available, I heal it on my paladin.  That being said, if you do not run with a paladin do not despair! I think that a disc priest could probably do the job equally as effectively.  Not only that, but I think that probably any strong healer that was comfortable with it can probably do the solo part, but paladins and priests do really well at this fight and their bubble mitigation is amazing.  Ultimately, try having your strongest healer run solo and pair up the other two and you will probably be fine!
  • 2 tanks and 3 healers means that your DPS does have to carry through a bit.  Our first kills on this in our alt run shaved very closely to the enrage timer.  However as long as you have solid DPS you should be fine.  I am a pretty firm believer that a two tank strategy is more stable and far easier on your healers.  It does put the burden on your DPS, but if they can pull through you will have a much easier time of it!
  • I just wanted to reiterate that there are many ways to skin the cat!  Just because this strategy works well for us does not mean it will translate well to your raid team.  Don’t hesitate to mix it up a bit and take the pieces of it that you like, and discard the pieces that you don’t like!
  • In the video, I make a comment regarding mana gain from two piece T11.  I really mean 2 piece T12!
  • You can also find some additional information on the fight (including my power auras) in my 25 man version of the guide.
I hope that this is helpful!  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, and I heartily encourage other 10 man druids to leave commentary on their experiences and what worked well for them!

Posted September 2, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Healing, Video

Healing Heroic Baleroc (video guide)   3 comments

Heroic Baleroc.  The “healers” fight for this expansion.  I think I’m going to rename it to “the fight where your disc priests and paladins completely kick your ass!”.  I jest!  In all honesty, when push comes to shove, this fight is more about the raids situational awareness and ability to meet the enrage timer than it is about the healing. I’d say that it’s probably 60% situational awareness, 20% DPS, 10% healing and 10% OH GOD TANK USE ANOTHER COOLDOWN!  There are a lot of moving factors with the encounter, but once you get it down, it’s a lot of fun.  Oh, and don’t sit idle if you are told that you can’t heal this fight.  We used a 1 paladin, 2 disc priest and 2 resto druid healing combination to learn the encounter and repeat our kill.  We are absolutely viable on this encounter ;)

With such a quick encounter, it doesn’t leave a whole lot of time in the videos for much information outside of just walking through how I heal, so there are quite a few tips that I couldn’t get into the video below!

As always, please note that this video is best viewed in one of the higher resolutions.

A few tips!

  • Save your glory for another fight.  You will not be able to keep up with your Holy Paladins and Disc Priests on this encounter.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try!  Just don’t be discouraged if they more than double your healing done.  To give you an example, on our second kill I think I ranked like 68th in the world on WoL at ~23k HPS while our disc priest ranked at only 123 with just under 42k HPS.  Also, don’t fight your disc priests and your paladins for the chance to supercharge their spark stacks.  They have the best tools to keep your tanks alive on this fight, and they really are going to be your strongest healers for that job.  It’s ok!  You are still viable, but they truly should get the juicy roles this time!
  • Don’t Believe Everything You See.  While both Skada and Recount do a fair job in attempting to track absorbs, they aren’t 100% accurate, especially on this encounter.  I don’t know why, but they seem to struggle in allocating which absorbs are being used.  You can see in the video the pink bar just dominates across the top of my healing/absorb meter.  However, when you upload the parse into WoL it tells you a vastly different story.  The reason that I’m sharing this is so that if you have struggles while learning the fight, you know not to rely solely on recount/skada to review what may be healing issues.
  • Power Building Spark Stacks.  You probably heard me mention “Power building” a few times.  Let me explain what that is!  For our first two ranged shards we have a shadow priest that “solos” the shard.  This allows the healers that are on that shard to build stacks very, very quickly.  The way that this works is that at 11 stacks the shadow priest gets a Pain Suppression.  At 19 stacks the shadow priest disperses.  By the end of the shard, they will have ~25 stacks of torment and healers that are focused on them can really juice up their vital spark stacks.  The two healers who will be the main healers focused on the tank should be assigned to these two shards so that they can build >100 spark stacks in that time and focus solely on the tanks after that.  (You will notice that in the video I mention I try to sneak a few quick heals in to boost my stacks as well).
  • The Numbers.  We use 2 tanks, 5 healers and 18 dps for this encounter.  This really requires your DPS to push themselves hard to meet the enrage timer (you saw we came just short of it in the video).  Some people utilize a one tank strategy for the encounter, but that puts a lot of extra burden on your healers during decimation blade.  A two tank strategy is the more stable strategy if you have the DPS to navigate the encounter.  As a side note, our first kill also came just shy of the DPS timer, but our OT that night (a feral druid aka Brade) saw it coming and lined up some hefty magic (aka hax druid cooldowns) and was able to tank out the last few seconds of the fight after the Inferno Blade tank died.
  • The Healing.  We set up the fight in the following fashion.  Shard 1: Disc/Paladin ranged shard (shadow priest), Resto Druid melee shard, Disc/Resto Druid Baleroc Tank.  Shard 2: The same as Shard 1, only the paladin swaps over to the Baleroc tank when his shadow priest is at ~19-20 stacks of torment to help smooth the transition.  Shard 3: Disc/Paladin/Druid on Baleroc Tank, Disc on ranged shard, Druid on melee shard.  Shard 4: Disc/Druid on Baleroc Tank, Paladin builds stacks, Disc/Druid same as shard 3.  Shard 5: Disc/Paladin on Baleroc tank, Druid on tank/building sparks as able, Disc/Druid same as Shard 3.  All remaining shards are the same as Shard 5.  Now, there are a few times that the healers change.  If one of the two torment healers receives the tormented debuff, they are paired off with another healer and they swap assignments while tormented is active.  So the tormented healer heals the tanks, while the non-tormented healer heals the shards.  Our disc priests are paired up and our resto druids are paired up.  Now, if BOTH end up having tormented, other healers need to step in and help with the torment targets.  This healing strategy may not work for everyone, but works well for us.
  • Tormented.  This is really the bane of this encounter!  It is essential to have a game plan for how to deal with back ups when one of your shard soakers has tormented.  It’s also pretty important for you melee to have a “game plan” for how to move, so that they don’t infect each other.  We work out back ups in advance, and often have to have a ranged back up step in to help the melee.  The biggest piece of advice that I can give anyone about dealing with the tormented debuff is to have good communication.  Once you work that out, the debuff becomes a lot easier to manage.  The second piece of advice that I can give regarding it is to set designated “clean” areas that people should stand in if they aren’t afflicted with torment and “dirty” areas where they should be if they are.  This should help prevent unintentional spread of the debuff around the raid.
  • MORE DODGE!  I can’t say that I know a lot about tanking this fight, and I’m not going to pretend that I can give you much advice on that front.  However, I will say that your decimation blade tank will be your healer’s best friend if s/he can dodge as many of those decimation blades as possible.  Decimation blade tanks should work to build avoidance sets specifically for this fight.  How they go about doing that is beyond my knowledge, but I’m sure you can find the information with a few clicks and a google search!
I almost forgot!  Power Auras!  I added two new auras for this encounter.  One to let you know when you have the tormented debuff and one to let you know that you have countdown and how much time is left on the debuff.
  • Tormented
Version:4.21; buffname:Tormented; x:-307; bufftype:2; alpha:1; owntex:true; y:142; texmode:2
  • Countdown
Version:4.21; buffname:Countdown; x:200; bufftype:2; alpha:1; owntex:true; y:92; texmode:2; timer.h:4.05; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.y:48; timer.x:240

Once your healers get into a groove, this fight really becomes less about the healing and more about the raid focusing weaving through the torment mechanics.  Between the video and what I posted above, I think I covered most everything, but if you have any questions (or I missed something!) please don’t hesitate to let me know!  Good Luck and Have Fun!

Posted September 2, 2011 by Beruthiel in Druid Healing, Hard Modes, Healing, Video

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