Welcome to Dragon Soul Heroic mode for the Spine of Deathwing. 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.
A lot of new goodies for the heroic version of this fight. You can bring 2 or 3 healers in a 10man raid the choice is yours depending on how high or low your dps is. The reason behind that is that in the heroic version of the fight the Burning Tendons, have so much life that you will need to dps them down twice before the plate explodes. This has a lot of ruminations for your raid.
Aside from all the additional damage that you will have to deal with AKA (as taken from Icy Veins )
• Grasping Tendrils (10-man/25-man) now deal 12,000 damage per second in 10-man difficulty and 13,000 damage per second in 25-man difficulty, up from 6,000 and 6,500 respectively. Additionally, Grasping Tendrils now slow movement speed by 50%, up from 35%.
• Searing Plasma (10-man/25-man) now deals 12,000 damage every 10 seconds, up from 10,000. Additionally, it now absorbs 280,000 healing in 10-man difficulty and 420,000 healing in 25-man difficulty, up from 200,000 and 300,000 healing respectively.
• Fiery Grip now deals 90,000 damage every 3 seconds, up from 60,000.
• Superheated Nucleus (10-man/25-man) now deals 30,000 damage every 3 seconds in 10-man difficulty and 35,000 damage every 3 seconds in 25-man difficulty,, up from 15,000 and 17,500 respectively.
• Burst (10-man/25-man) now deals 14,000 damage in 10-man difficulty and 28,000 damage in 25-man difficulty, up from 10,000 and 20,000 damage respectively.
you will also be confronted with the following new mechanics :
•Degradation is a stacking debuff that is applied to all raid members each time a Hideous Amalgamation is killed. The debuff reduces the target’s maximum health by 5% per stack. It has an unlimited duration and it cannot be dispelled. Note that the debuff is only applied when a Hideous Amalgamation is actually killed, and not when they are disposed of through a Barrel Roll.
• Blood Corruption: Death is a dispellable debuff that will regularly be placed on random raid members. It has a 15 second duration, at the end of which it will wipe the raid. When the debuff is dispelled, it jumps to another nearby target, retaining its remaining duration. After a varying number of dispels, it will mutate into a different debuff ( Blood Corruption: Earth) when jumping to the next target.
• Blood Corruption: Earth is almost identical to Blood Corruption: Death. The only difference is that when this debuff runs out, the target receives one or two stacks of Blood of Neltharion. The amount of stacks depends on how many seconds were left on the Blood Corruption: Death debuff at the moment when it became Blood Corruption: Earth. Blood of Neltharion. is a beneficial stacking debuff that reduces all damage taken by 20% per stack. It can stack up to a maximum of 2 times per player. This debuff’s purpose is to counter the negative effects from Degradation.
Everything that applies for the first plate applies for the rest of the plates only things are getting harder and harder mostly because for every Hideous Amalgamation that you kill, you get a stack of Degradation which effectively lowers all your raids health pool by 5%. Killing 2 Amalgamations every plate landing on the second plate will find you with 10% less health and landing on the third one will find you with 20% less health. By the time you blow up the last Amalgamation your raid will be at 30% less health making it harder and harder to keep your raiders alive.
For a more in depth analysis of exactly all Spine’s of Deathwings old abilities I suggest reading the following guides.
As a Resto Shaman you might be called to the task of dispelling. Generally its better if one healer is responsible for dispelling the new Blood debuffs. Resto Shamans have amazing tools to deal with dispelling while generating enough mana back to last them through the fight as will be explained later in this guide.
The way to handle with the new debuffs is to immediately dispel Blood Death until it has mutated to Blood Earth. Given the fact that once Blood Earth expires it leaves back the Blood of Neltharion buff, its imperative that you try and get both of your tanks 2 stacks of Neltharion buff as soon as possible. Again the way to do that is to keep dispelling Blood Earth until it lands on one of your tanks. After you have secured 2 stacks of the buff to each of them you can move on and let it naturally expire to the rest of your raid. I try to apply at least one stack after that to each of my raiders choosing the weakest one to start with. If you find you simply don’t have time or mana, you can opt out but when a member has 2 stacks you should dispel it in favor of someone with zero.
TIP : Blood Corruption: Earth used to mutate back to Blood Corruption: Death if it was dispelled enough times. This was hotfixed or hushed away at some point so you don’t need to worry about wiping your raid. Once Blood Death has mutated to Earth it will never mutate back again.
TIP : For this fight specifically it’s very important to be able to properly handle Blood Corruption: Death, Blood Corruption: Earth AND navigate yourselves successfully in a way that you will land Blood of Neltharion buff to the appropriate targets as soon as you possibly can. Blood Death and Blood Earth both will show on top of your Vuhdo depending your configuration but Blood of Neltharion and especially its stacks will not. The way to easily deal with dispels is the following :
Add a distinct color on your raid frames to help you identify and separate Blood Death that will wipe your raid with Blood Earth. Vuhdo will recognize them both as debuffs and assign then with the same color, making it harder for you to identify them in the heat of the moment. I chose to color Blood Death black and left Blood Earth as it was. Below is a screenshot of how my Vuhdo looks like :
Notice that both of my tanks have 2 stacks each of Blood of Neltharion ( stacks are showing in the middle of each players frame ) and how there is one Blood Death already applied on one of my fellow healers. This way its easy for me to know immediately what kind of debuff is applied to which raider , who to dispel and in which priority. Below is my Vuhdo configuration needed to achieve these 2 effects.
Blood of Neltharion is not currently included in the default Vuhdo buffs. You can easily bypass this by adding it yourself. On the panel below simply click on the Enter new Buff os Debuff Name field and type Blood of Neltharion. Make sure the rest of the properties match the screenshot below and click on Save followed by Okey.
Suggested Raid Composition
2 Tanks – 2 Healers – 6 Dps or 2 Tanks – 3 Healers – 5 Dps. This depends on how strong your healers are or how strong your dps is.
Gear and Reforging Check
For this fight any mastery oriented gear will do again. Personally though I retained my 2005 haste rating since my gear allows me to sustain that haste while stacking enough mastery.
Equip your talent tree with Telluric currentsto get mana back as well as do damage and Focused Insight to be able to amplify your healing throughput. Remove all points from Enhancement tree to facilitate more mana gain adding the rest of the points to the Elemental tree as seen below.
Instant ghost is not needed for this fight and if you are in charge of dispelling you will need to amplify your mana back from Telluric currents as much as possible. Be sure to add maximum points toImproved Cleanse SpiritandCleansing Waters. Don’t be afraid to drop points from Ancestral Awakening , since you will be mostly running with Healing rains on CD you will barely get an procs of that. On my kill AA only contributed 1.6% of my total healing. Also the difference between adding 2 points to Cleansing Waters is about half of your mana pool. While I was specced out of it after I was finished with my dispelling I was left with barely 30% of my mana, whereas spending 2 points on that talent left me with 60 to 70% of my mana.
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.’
First Plate.Before you start the fight make sure to earthshield the tank. As soon as you cut off the cinematic drop your totems and use any shock spell of your choice to any Corruption . Drop a healing rain in between the stacking side where your raid will perform a roll and riptide any member affected by Searing Plasma .(More and more will be affected always start by casting a riptide on them if its of cooldown.) After casting healing rain start relocating to the stacking point and make sure you are gripped. Cast another shock spell to any corruption and depending on your timing either cast another healing rain at your location and drop spirit link totem or vice versa. At that point the rest of the healers will be probably be using their raid cooldowns too. If you are responsible for dispelling get ready to dispel from 1 up to 4 Blood Corruption Death from your team.
TIP:Before starting dispelling, make sure you have 10 stacks of spirit procs from your Heart of Unliving trinket if you have it, and drop your mana tide totem. It will help you as well as the rest of your healing team regenerate as much mana as possible while save you a lot of mana too. Using this method I am left with more than 70% mana after I am done with dispelling if not even more.
The Blood Death debuffs, will all start at 15sec and every time you dispel them that time will decrease. The debuffs will not all start at the same time but very close together so make sure to always dispel the one that has the least time left. At this point you need to concentrate at first getting rid of any Blood Deaths as they will cause an instant wipe if their timer runs out. As soon as they start mutating to Blood Earth you will need to try and dispel them from every member they might jump to until they land to any of your tanks and let them safely expire there. When they expire they will leave each one stack of Blood of Neltharion buff.Once you have 2 stacks on each of your tanks you can let Blood Earth expire in any member of your choice.
TIP:Its very hard to get both of your tanks to have 2 stacks each at the first plate but doable. However if you are straggling for mana make sure the tank that is responsible for tanking the bloods has priority and also make sure that you wont get to the third plate without having 2 stacks in each tank since they will require more and more healing.
Use your Spiritwalker’s Grace to take advantage of the 4pc bonus that will give you extra haste and begin a rotation of
1. Casting lightning bolts to the Amalgamation your tank is tanking while,
2. Making sure you keep up with his earth shield
3. Your own water shield
4. Recasting any missing or destroyed totems
5. Casting riptide on cooldown if possible on any members that just got the Searing Plasma debuff or the tanks if everyone is off the loop
6. Throw any shock spell of your choice at the Amalgamation and cast either healing rain or greater healing wave to whichever member has the highest stacks of Searing Plasma. You will be able to rotate through those 2 if you keep your cool. Note that of course you can break this theoretical rotation at any given point that a) any member is gripped for more than they should since you will need to shock heal them to keep them alive, b) if for some reason the tank needs extra healing.
Keep following all of the above up until the first Amalgamation explodes. As soon as it does your dps will kill the last Corruption thus landing you with a Blood Death debuff to dispel. Be ready for it but at that point you don’t need to panic like before , if you handled 4 earlier this one will seem like a walk in the park. If you used your Spiritwalker’s Grace when I suggested earlier then you will have it again shortly after the first round of handling one of the Burning Tendons. Continue as above until the second Amalgation exlodes and deal with one more Blood Death dispel.
TIP:Try and dispel as much as possible and experiment at the first plate where healing is not as intense. You will notice the difference as soon as you step on the second and third plate when you will need to heal more and you wont have to deal with as many dispels.
Second Plate.Same exact logic as with the first plate with 2 differences.
1. You will notice that its much harder to keep your raid alive while rolling. Make sure your timing at dropping spirit link totem is on the spot.
2. There will be one less Blood Death to deal with since now there are only 3 Corruptions to kill.
3. You might get a delayed Blood Death debuff applied so I suggest waiting a few seconds before popping your Spiritwalker’s Grace. You want to take advantage of that haste in order to get as much mana back as possible and wasting it while you are dispelling will reflect on your regeneration.
4. Overall dealing with Blood Deaths will be easier because a.) They are less and b.) You will most likely have already dealt with applying stacks to the tanks so as soon as they mutate to Blood Earth you will not have to worry about them anymore.
Third Plate.The hardest plate to handle since you will have 20% reduced health pool and an immense amount of bloods that are threatening to either kill your tank or get out of aggro control. Be ready to heal fast whomever needs it and try to always be in control of the Searing plasma debuffs. It’s very easy to lose a member that is gripped at this point due to the fact that he wasn’t knocked out fast enough while having a high amount of time still remaining on his Searing plasma debuff along with his 20% or 25% reduced health pool. Be on the lookout for any bloods running towards you and if this happens run towards the tank that is supposed to tank them in order for him to take aggro of you. As always remember you need to dispel an additional Blood Death when the Amalgamation dies.
This concudes this guide for the Spine of Deathwing HC .Enjoy the fight and happy looting!
I will leave you with a screenshot of my UI while in fight for a better understanding of how important it is to configure your Vuhdo before hand. Numbers are flying and generally its chaotic so the easier you make it for yourself to successfully dispel without errors the better it will be for you and your raid.
Welcome to Dragon Soul Heroic mode for Yor’sahj The Unsleeping. 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.
Yor’sahj The Unsleeping has, much like Morchok The Douchekeeper , one main distinction from normal mode. It appears that he’s inspired by Alien so he spawns 4 oozes at a time instead of 3 hence leaving you with the option of having him absorb 3 at the end of their trail rather than 2. I remember when I first saw the normal version in PTR and in various early videos I was left thinking that blizzard has a sick sense of humor. Much like real life. Where you THINK you have a choice when in reality you have almost none. There are 6 combinations that you will encounter randomly in no specific order in this heroic mode fight and in each you have mainly only one choice of what to kill. It sounds scarier than it actually is however.In order to help you with that I suggest installing the addon called Yor’sahj Automatic RaidWarnings that calls out which ooze to kill and lets you know which ones are left.
Purple – Gives everyone (except pets) Deep Corruption. Every time someone is healed, they get a stack. If they reach 5 stacks they explode, doing massive damage to the raid.
Red – Yor’sahj will cast Searing Blood on 8 random raid members, doing more damage the further away they are.
Green – Yor’sahj will cast Digestive Acid, which does moderate damage to random targets which will splash to everyone within 4 yards of them.
Yellow – Gives Yor’sahj Glowing Blood of Shu’ma which makes him attack 50% faster and use his abilities twice as often.
Blue – Creates a mana void. This will drain everyone’s entire mana pool. When it is killed it will explode and return the mana to everyone within 30 yards.
Black – Spawns small adds which will focus on random targets and use Psychic Slice.
By this point you should have run at least once the normal mode of this fight. If you were thrown in the heroic version and you need a catch up below are some guides to help you better understand all the in and outs of this boss and for a more in depth analysis of what each ooze will do.
TIP : For this fight specifically it’s very important to be able to properly handle Deep Corruption so you will need to have it showing on your healing addon raid frames. The spell ID is 105171 and it’s name is Deep Corruption. If you have VuhDo just go to your configuration screen on the Debuffs tab and then click on Custom. Make sure you have Stacks clicked on both columns then go and find the spell from the dropdown list.
Suggested Raid Composition
1 Tank – 2 Healers – 7 Dps
Gear and Reforging Check
For this fight, you will need to be able to dump your mana fast enough in very little time in order to heal your raid. This boss is characterized of the huge amounts of dead time that provides to the healers, making this fight especially easy for Resto Shamans. Equip your talent tree with Telluric currents to get mana back when no healing is needed and Focused Insightto be able to amplify your healing throughput.You will mostly be stationary for the whole fight so feel free to sacrifice your ghost wolf and since no dispelling is necessary remove a point from that too. Below is an example of how your character should look like. Gear, reforging, talent tree and glyphs included.
Haste in this example is around 2005 in order to help you cast faster and give your riptide one more tick.
Mastery should above 18 or as close to it as possible for the extra healing it will provide you for when your raid hits all time lows.
Spirit is little above 3200 (counting the proc from Heart of Unliving ) in order to have enough to dump with your fast spells.
All items used are from Normal Dragon Soul as this is an entry level Heroic boss.
Preparation Tips and Tricks
Make sure your weapon is imbued with Earthliving Weapon enchant and your Water Shield is up . Put Earth Shield on your tank and keep it up at all times .Start the tank so that your well spent Ancestral Healing talent points will proc that wonderful 10% damage reduction and 10% maximum health pool increase. After you see you can’t climb more on his health cast riptide on him.As long as riptide is ticking the stacks will never drop thus securing the tank an extra 10% damage reduction and health pool increase throughout all the fight.
Fight starting in 5..4..3..2..1. Pull.
Run with the tank and stand behind the boss. Drop your totems at your location.
Before the Oozes. Since nobody is getting any damage besides the tank focus on him. Renew his riptide if needed and heal him with greater healing waves or sustain him with healing waves if he doesn’t drop too low.
Casting of the Oozes. After a few seconds he will start casting for the first set of oozes. This is your major downtime where no healing whatsoever is required so as soon as the tanks health is full start casting lightning bolts to fill your mana pool back up.
Merging of the Oozes. Healing on this phase is very dependant of the combination of the oozes. There is a total of 6 possible combinations as following. Unless there is a green ooze up ALWAYS stack under the bosses bottom. No excuses if you don’t.
—> Purple – Red – Yellow–Black
Kill Yellow to control some of the damage. With Red up you’ll need to stack and with purple up you will need to handle Deep Corruption . Below is a list of how all shaman spells and how they react to the debuff.
—> Chain Heal – 1 stack for each person it bounces to. (Not recommended )
—> Earthliving Procs – NO STACKS
—> Earth Shield – NO STACKS
—> Healing Rain – 1 stack upon entering. If you leave and re-enter, you gain another stack.
—>Healing Stream Totem – NO STACKS
—> Riptide – 1 stack on initial application
—> Spirit Link – NO STACKS
—>Unleash Elements (Earthliving) – 1 stack
Tip. Divide your raid into 2 groups of 5 before you start the fight.This way every healer will be left with a group of 5 to heal through.
Tank assignment. Refresh Earth shield if it drops and cast riptide just a sec before the oozes merge. Unleash your weapon at a hunters or warlocks pet if you can’t afford another stack on another member. This will boost your next direct heal for 20%. Remember your mastery will boost your heals the lower the targets health is, so feel free to allow the tank to drop a little below 50% before you heal him with a greater healing wave. You only have up until 4 heals before you blow him up and the raid so it’s crucial to maximize your heals as much as possible before you heal anyone. So while keeping an eye of the tanks health Unleash life and spam the boss with any shock spell to take advantage of your Focus Insight talent that will give you an additional boost. Always heal the tank with amplified greater healing waves.Keep your tidal waves up by casting riptide on cooldown which will gradually heal members up while only giving one stack and make your next casts much faster. If anyone is in danger heal them with greater healing wave.
Raid assignment with no tank. While you don’t have the tank to heal don’t forget to refresh his earth shield if its lost. Heal the raid members as stated above and have in mind to heal the tank in case of an emergency with an instant amplified greater healing wave. You may place a healing rain down, in a 10man it will not wipe the raid but have a discussion with the other healer first.
—> Purple– Green – Black – Blue
Spread for more than 4 yards since Green is up. Handle Purple as above. With a twist. Depending if this is the first time you encounter Blue. If it’s the first time it will of course drain you of your mana.Drop mana tide totem to gain as much back as possible and if you can afford it cast lightning bolts at the boss. (If your raid uses the tact where you don’t kill the first mana void. At the second mana void your raid will kill the first so you’ll never run out of mana but in any case keep your mana tide totem for the possibility of running into a bad case of mana void. Otherwise always replenish your mana by casting lightning bolts during downtime. )
—> Green – Red – Blue – Black
Stack since Red is up. Handle Blue as above. Drop healing rain on cooldown, refresh riptides on cooldown, chain heal from the lowest and cast greater healing waves at people that are fixated from the Black adds. If someone is in big trouble spam 2 healing surges on them followed by greater healing wave.
—> Green – Yellow – Black – Red
This is the hardest combination.You should keep all your healing cooldowns for this.Start the phase by casting heroism (or anyone in the raid that can afford wasting mana on Heroism or Time warp.) Pop your Spiritwalkers Grace in you have a 4pc set bonus for the extra haste but save it for at least 10 sec into the phase. Converse with the other healer about when to drop your spirit link totem.Either start with it or drop is AS SOON as the other healers cooldown fades. Spam the boss with any shock spell on cooldown to amplify your next healing rain and keep casting chain heals in between.If anyone is low or even worse the tank use greater healing waves to patch them up.
—> Blue – Black – Purple – Yellow
Handle Blue as above. Handle Purple as above.
—> Blue – Purple – Green – Yellow
Spead 4 yeards and handle Blue and Purple as above.
This concudes this guide for the Heroic Yor’sahj healing showdown. Always cast lightning bolt while Yor’sahj is casting forth the oozes. Unless there is a Green Ooze up ALWAYS stack under the boss. And in case there is purple ooze up please DO NOT use chain heal. Enjoy the fight and happy looting!