Welcome to Dragon Soul Heroic mode for Warmaster Blackhorn. In this guide, I will run you through everything you need to know about how to best utilize your Resto Shaman spells and abilities for a healing showdown.
Once again Blizzard is not failing to fail us at what a heroic version of a fight should actually entail. Bring back Ragnaros HC! That was an amazing idea. In any case lets get back to boring funship. You are now faced with the fact that, besides everything that is going on around you, flames are spurring under your feet that eventually npc’s will extinquish. Of course, the ship is after all being attacked. What is more Goriona will also land on second phase. Other than that, its another day at Dragon Soul as usual.
Strategy-wise this is yet another heroic fight where you need to drop one healer in favor of one dps. Be prepared to discuss your raid cooldowns with your fellow healer and your tanks. You will need to rotate them for every Twilight Onslaught that Goriona lashes at you.
TIP.There are reported bugs of the fire visually stacking on the deck while physically is not doing any damage. It’s hard to guess where those patches would be making stirring around them very difficult. A solution is to reset the mode to Normal and then set it back to Heroic. This will momentarily fix the bag but it’s bound to be back with a vengeance. Also, you can’t switch back and forth instantly , you need to wait 5 min, so take your regular breaks on those resets.
While not many things change you need to be careful of how people absorb thoseTwilight Barrages, since now they are placing a 15 second debuff on players that increases shadow damage taken by 50%. This debuff can stack. So always put 2 people on each one that don’t already have it. It’s easier than it sounds. You don’t actually have to absorb that many.
During phase 2, Goriona will land and she needs to be tanked. She has two abilities during this phase:
Twilight Breath (10-man/25-man), which is a standard frontal cone breath attack;
Consuming Shroud (10-man/25-man), which is a debuff that Goriona regularly places on a random (non-tank) raid member. The debuff absorbs a moderate amount of healing (100,000 in 10-man and 150,000 in 25-man). Any healing done to players affected by the debuff is also mirrored as damage to the entire raid (except for the player affected by the debuff, who does not get damaged). For example, a 5,000 heal on the player will deal 5,000 damage to each raid member.
TIP. You will want to utilize as much as possible of your AOE heals for this phase.Healing rain is excellent since you can position it to include all 10 members of your party if not at least all the ranged that will be stacked on you. Move in unison avoiding Shockwaves.Put down 2 markers that will be at the far edges of your healing rain.These will serve as the outmost points where your raid will stack. When a shockwave hits one just move to the other.
For a more in depth analysis of exactly all Warmaster’s old abilities I suggest reading the following guides.
Instant ghost is a must have for this fight but there is no dispelling needed so feel free to remove some points from Improved Cleanse Spirit and Cleansing Waters. Below is an example of how your talent tree should look like.
Below is an example of how your character should look like. Gear, reforging, talent tree and glyphs included.
Haste in this example is as close to 2005 as it gets.
Mastery should be above 19 or as close to it as possible for the extra healing it will provide you.
Spirit is little below 3300 (counting the proc from Heart of Unliving) in order to have plenty to meet your needs.
All items used are from Normal and Heroic Dragon Soul.This is how my character looked like when I got into the fight, you might go into it with more of less gear. As always, if your gear is different just apply the rules above for potential reforges.
Fight starting in 5..4..3..2..1. Pull.’
Drop your totems in the middle of the deck and try to refresh them there or as close as it gets to the middle when they expire or you replace them. Remember to keep your riptides rolling on the tanks or whoever needs it. Shock one of the two adds with any shock spell of your choice and lay on their feet a healing rain. Use greater healing waves to heal up any of your party that didn’t move from the blade rushes (although they really should). Spam lightning bolts in between heals. By the time the rain is expired the first Twilight Onslaught will have made its appearance. If you are in full mana you are doing this correctly. Shock any remaining adds to get your healing rain amplified and ghost wolf towards the Onslaught.
First Twilight Onslaught. Immediatelly after you are in position start casting Healing rain.If you are designated to use your spirit link totem drop it after having cast your Healing rain. This way you get the most out of both spells. If however you find you don’t have time to do both , start by dropping your spirit link then cast healing rain. Try to coordinate yourself however, you will need the extra ticks from the rain before people spread out of it. As soon as Twilight hits, cast 2 or 3 chain heals starting from the lowest always party member and then move out of harms way. While running as always feel free to cast riptides on CD and unleash life.If your tanks need a boost or another party member cast a greater healing wave. As soon as your healing rain is over spam a shock spell to any add and drop another one on the tanks feet.
Second Twilight Onslaught. As always ghost wolf your way towards it, cast an amplified healing rain and if you have time either refresh riptides or cast lightning bolts. As soon as twilight hits drop your Mana tide totem and your Spiritwalker’s Grace and get the hell out of harms way while you chain heal members. Remember if everyone is safe you want to keep trying to fit in as many lightning bolts as you can, you need to get into the second phase with more than 50% mana.
Rinse and repeat for as many Onslaughts you may get although you shouldn’t get more than 4.
Stay away from the rest of the dps so you can heal them without getting into any of the nasty pools that Goriona leaves on the ground. Ideally you won’t get more than one however. At this point immediately after the tank taunts her and face her away from the raid you will need to stack as close as you can get to one of your prepositioned marks. At this point rotate between your CDs as soon as they are ready, spiritwalkers grace, mana tide totem, spirit link totem. Drop amplified healing rains to your location and in between your marks so it covers them both. Keep dropping healing rain on cooldown, keep members up with chain heals, heal anyone in danger with greater healing waves and help out the tanks similarly. Save your instant greater healing wave to rescue the tank in need. Things to note. You WILL have to find time to unleash life in between all of this panicked healing but always make sure you do it before casting a greater healing wave. Its very important that you keep spamming any add with lightning bolts so you can keep your mana up. With only two healers this fight is bound to take every bit out of your mana pool.
This concudes this guide for the Warmaster Blackhorn HC healing showdown. Enjoy the fight and happy looting!