When I first started leveling this shaman I knew instantly I wanted to make a healer out of it. For a while I left it on the shelf but when I got back on my little 20 something baby shamy the first thing I did was go on the forums and search for the best healing addons or the best macros. I use Vuhdo since then, others use Grid, but my point mainly is that since you can click on it, there is no need for a million macros. So my general advice is, install a healing addon of your choice and get a mouse with at least 5 buttons. No excuses. You don’t need a gaming mouse to be (not just a good but) a great healer. All you need is to configure the tools you have in your arsenal. Clean up your UI and run dungeons till you have a body memory of all your mouse buttons and all your key bindings. That said my minimalistic list of macros I use are the following.
1.What I’ve fondly named my OHSHIT macro. Your go to macro for instant greater healing wave.
/cast Nature’s Swiftness
/cast [@mouseover,exists,group,help] Greater Healing Wave; [help] Greater Healing Wave; [@player] Greater Healing Wave
2.Your basic instant Healing rain for a rainy day.
/cast Nature’s Swiftness
/cast Healing Rain
3. Ghost Wolf (in combat) and Ground/Flying mount basically to free up some space on your bars.
/use [combat] Ghost Wolf; [noflyable] Winterspring Frostsaber; [flyable] Azure Netherwing Drake
4.Specific Dragon Soul Macro ( For Utraxion and Madness of Deathwing special button.I find it easier to handle that with the macro than clicking on Blizzards icon )
There are many macros out there for 1.Earth Shield 2. Purging or for 3.Wind Shear interrupting. I use Vuhdo for all of those. As of now I can’t find any reason to use more macros but if you happen to know of any please feel free to share and if you need advice of how to set up your Vuhdo to do all of the above, feel free to ask.
Welcome to Dragon Soul Heroic mode for Morchok. In this guide I’ll run you through everything you need to know about how to best utilize your Resto Shaman spells and abilities for a healing showdown.
Morchok has only one main difference from his normal version. When he reaches 90% of his health he’ll go into an early life crisis and develop a multiple personality disorder. It’s not treatable by medication and as you’ll probably have read in many guides like Type H for Heals or Icy Veins your best option will be to divide and conquer. This will leave you with 2 teams of 5 ( or another set up for 25man ) and probably your team will include 1 tank, 2 healers and 2 dps.
Equip your shield if you haven’t already since Stomp is doing physical damage and your shield , for example Ward of the Red Widow will give you an extra 12201 armor which is equal to about 13.66% increase of damage mitigation bringing you to approximately 53% damage reduction depending on your gear. Your best bet as restoration shaman is to soak the damage with the tank while the other healer and the rest of dps run around soaking the damage from the Resonating Crystals. Fun times. The reason for this is that although as healers we bring a lot to our raid, the one thing we don’t bring is mobility. The less the restoration shaman has to move the more healing throughput he will have. Staying with the tank and having a good communication with him secures you with at least half as running around as you would have to run otherwise. (If your raid leader decides you won’t soak , then buckle up for some tough love )
Preparation Tips and Tricks
Make sure your weapon is imbued with Earthliving Weapon enchant and your Water Shield is up .Know your team and your tank. I suggest running with a good healing addon like Grid or Vuhdo that will keep your groups together. Put Earth Shield on your tank and keep it up at all times ( stating the obvious but ok ).Start overhealing yourself and 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 your health riptide yourself and the tank. As long as riptide is ticking your stacks will never drop thus securing you and the tank an extra 10% damage reduction and health pool increase which will be life altering for this fight. Always refresh both riptides as they are about to expire and a small tip. Refresh the tanks right before you start running out for the black blood phase. This will secure him with the debuff even if he runs the opposite way of you so you don’t have to build it up as soon as you reach him again.
Fight starting in 5..4..3..2..1. Pull.
Run with the tank and drop your totems in between the location where Morchok is now and to where the tank will start tanking his split version. This way you get to benefit from your totems as much as possible without having to recast them and lose mana in the process. Have DBM ( or any other raid warning addon ) let you know when the stomp is coming. Depends on your healing assignment but probably you won’t have to heal your tank just yet. Be sure to keep him and yourself riptided and feel free to spend your third riptide at the raid member of your choice.
Tip. Remember you can only have 3 ppl riptided maximum in your raid if its glyphed so if you are unsure of your uptime keep it down to yourself and the tank. Best however to learn to always cast it on cooldown this will give you the most throughput.Fill your time before the first stomp with lightning bolts to keep your mana up ( provided you’ve spent points in Telluric Currents ).
Before the Stomp.Make sure you and the tank are as close to 100% health as you can get.When DBM tells you the stomp is being cast and has between 4 to 2 seconds left on the counter start casting healing rain ( If you have spend talent points in Focused Insight squeeze that in before the healing rain). This will ensure your rain coincides with the stomp timer perfectly thus minimizing your overhealing and saving you some precious mana.
After the stomp.Spam heal the tank who by that time will be gasping for air.There are many ways to do that, an effective one is either use an instant heavy heals macro (check my Resto Shaman Macros post for reference) or cast a riptide to keep your tidal waves up and consume both with Healing surge.Chain heal your group of 5 to as close to full health as possible and proceed to follow the tank and set camp at his location.The trick here is to put your healing rain in such a strategic location that it will include all 5 members of your party everytime you put it down. To that end ask your party to stay close enough and IN healing rain outskirts up until they need to run to take the damage of the crystal. (Now it depends if you are at the Morchok side or the Kohcrom side you will have different set of stomps and crystals. Healing wise the Morchok side is harder due to the fact it has one more additional stomp and one more crystal to deal with ). Be sure to keep your riptides on cooldown and as priority have yourself and the tank at full health before each stomp.Also don’t forget to spam riptide while running and unleash your weapon.I suggest you use unleash at the end of your run and cast a greater healing wave on the tank if he needs it by that time.
Resonating crystal time.Once the resonating crystal spawns it takes 12 seconds to detonate.Within this time a stomp will occur, all 5 members need to soak that stomp before running to the crystal if this happened to spawn that far. Otherwise the tank is responsible to bring Morchok closer to the Chrystal to make it easier for the party. While Morchok is pounding on the tank try not to panic. Be on the lookout for every stomp and every crystal. Before the stomp make sure you and the tank are as close to 100% health as you can get. Achieve this by casting greater healing waves or chain healing the tank if you can afford to lose his riptide.
Before and after the next Stomp.3 seconds before the stomp cast healing rain and 1 second before the stomp cast greater healing wave on yourself. Precasting that will land you with an immediate much needed heal as soon as your health drops. While healing rain, riptide and probably other hot procs are ticking on you and the tank chain heal the other 3 members that will already be running for the crystal. Drop healing rain at their location and by then the tank will have dragged Morchok close enough on them for him to be in that healing rain also.Run to his location as soon as you are done casting the rain, chain heal the 3 players that will soak the crystal damage and prepare yourself for the next stomp.If everything looks ok by this time squeeze in one or two lightning bolts and drop your mana tide totem.After it expires replace it with healing stream totem again and keep dropping it on cooldown preferably right before a black phase and right before a stomp.
Black Blood Phase.Repeat as above till the black blood phase. As soon as your feet hit the ground riptide the tank and leg it till you find a secure spot behind pillars. While on the run riptide yourself also and if someone needs little health unleash your weapon on him and start casting lighting bolts at the boss till the black blood phase ends from behind a pillar. Run towards the tank and pop spiritwalkers grace so you can heal on the run. Go through your healing rotation as above but before that make sure you re benefiting from your totems.Check your buffs and recast if needed. When your spiritwalkers grace is on CD heal with riptides and Unleash life. For the people with 4 pc set bonus.Make sure you keep one spiritwalkers grace for when the boss is below 20%.You will need it as soon as Heroism buff is over ( assuming you cast it at 20% of the bosses health ). If everything worked out the boss will be dead and you ll get hopefully a nice new bis neck piece to show off for your efforts.
Tip.For shamans with the 4 pc set bonus. Save your spiritwalkers grace for just before heavy stomps.
This concudes this guide for Heroic Morchok healing showdown.
Tips and quick summary
Have your weapon enchanted, keep water shield on you and earth shield on the tank at all times.
Preheal yourself and the tank for the extra Ancestral Healing buff and keep riptides rolling on him and yourself to keep the buff going 100% of the fight.
Precast Healing rain 3 seconds before each stomp ( provided you and the tank are as close to 100% health as possible ) and precast greater healing wave on yourself the last second.
Cast Chain heal on the other 3 members while they are running for the crystal and drop a healing rain at their location. Run to the tank and heal him and yourself while preparing for the next stomp.Use a heavy instant heavy healing macro if you can’t afford the casting time or take advantage of your tidal waves that proced from either your previous chain heal or riptide and consume both with healing surge.Throw some extra heals on the rest of the party. Fill your downtime if any with lightning bolts.
Before the first Black blood phase drop mana tide totem and keep dropping it on cooldown after that. Remember to recast healing stream totem after mana tide is exhausted.
As soon as Black Blood phase is active riptide the tank on the run and yourself , unleash weapon to a member than needs it and as soon as you are safe start casting lightning bolts behind a pillar.
Pop spiritwalkers grace on your way back to the tank and prepare for the next black blood phase as above after step 3. Recast your totems if you feel they are too far away from your location.
Pop Heroism on 20% of the bosses health and if you have 4pc set bonus remember to cast it as soon as hero fades.
Note to the wise. Healing is an art, its not about rotation. Also its about collaboration with your fellow healers and your tanks. Be intuitive and expect damage spikes. Make macros for instant heals when in need ( Check my post on Resto Shaman Macros if you need a heads up ) and don’t be afraid to dump your mana but with consideration to what is coming.In between the steps I mentioned of course you need to use your spells to fill in healing wherever needed.Also do I really need to say that you need to be able to know when to keep your tidal waves up so your spells are the most quicker and most efficient? If your instincts are right on spot then you should be able to heal even with low gear. One of my most memorable times on this boss is when I dropped dead like a noob right after the first split. I used my anhk to rez myself which left me with almost 10% of my mana. I still hit almost the same numbers of healing albeit I was sweating the whole fight.And we downed him. It was then that I started to wonder that maybe we re mana spoiled and that we can make due with less if we re smart about our downtimes. I don’t suggest you start a fight with 10% mana though. You don’t want your fellow healers to pop beta blockers just for your fun of it.
Sort of an exaggerated suggestion. I make it seem like I take power auras to my bed. That I d bumb uglies with them. Screw it, yes I would. I love powerauras. I adore powerauras. My heart has always beaten faster for all things functional minimal and pretty. Power auras are the Bauhaus of addons. They are everything you need to have on your UI to guide you through the perils of the worst raiding environment. Warningwise. I m this close to making a how to guide for power auras buuuut…I wont. There are so many out there. Google is your friend. And if you have half a mind you don’t even need that. Just spend few min with the interface and you ll be laughing. I don’t even remember how I was introduced to powerauras. It just feels that we ve always been together, we click naturally. It’s a testament of how much I m attached to them that I cant dps my ele os without them. I ll make a separate post for this reason just for the curious minds out there. So , what can power auras do for the resto shaman? For me they provide with enough visual warnings that I barely need to think of anything else but my healing assignment. You remember that nasty drood friend of mine? He s always insisting that “It’s a man thing. Not to rely on crutches when you re not injured otherwise your legs will atrophy.” Yeah. Ask him who has more powerauras than me now. Yes he s converted. But he s keeping it minimal and good for him or I d have to decapitate those legs of his. But generally ppl please keep it clean. There is nothing worse than a messy UI where you cant even concentrate on the fight.
When strolling around in stormwind or anywhere in the world I have all my auras in the hiding. Or when I m on my mount even in a dungeon or raid again I have them in hiding. Other than that I keep it simple. On my resto spec I roll with 4 auras but make no mistake if I feel I need another I ll put it in my rotation respectively. I don’t use any earth shield auras and such since my VuhDo keeps tracks of those kind of stacks.
In a raid the following image bellow is how my power auras in Restoration spec look like. Left dressed in yellow is my Unleash elements. On the right dressed in green is my Riptide. And the shield indicates when my Water Shield is missing.
When Water Shield is back on but I havent used any CD ‘s
Essential for my peace of mind the necessary cooldown timers. The vibrating circle is our Tidal Waves proc . As soon as they are consumed or expired the aura vanishes.
Lastly as mentioned when mounted or chilling out all the auras go to sleep.
New Addition to the gallery is my power torrent proc (The little flowery on top of me.It also swirls.Yes I’m a girl in case you haven’t figured it out so far). More important for ele though but once I added it there I had to give it to my resto too.Useful and it doesn’t really take up so much space.
Another new addition to the gallery is a power Aura for my Spiritwalker’s Grace proc. Now with the tier 13 bonus I found it really valuable to keep a more careful eye on that.It’s indicated by the little waves inside the Tidal waves Power Aura.
Resto Shaman Power Auras Export
|Unleash Elements :|
|Aura=Version:4.23; b:0.2; g:0.9608; Instance25ManHeroic:true; icon:Spell_Shaman_ImprovedStormstrike; buffname:Unleash Elements; begin:3; x:-114; bufftype:15; Instance10ManHeroic:true; texture:163; alpha:0.54; Instance5Man:true; Instance25Man:true; Instance10Man:true; Instance5ManHeroic:true; size:0.77; y:-6; texmode:1; timer.b:0; timer.g:0.851; timer.h:1.72; timer.UpdatePing:true; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.Relative:LEFT; timer.y:-3; timer.x:107; timer.UseOwnColor:true@|
|Aura=Version:4.23; b:0.2196; Instance25ManHeroic:true; icon:spell_nature_riptide; buffname:Riptide; r:0.349; begin:3; x:105; bufftype:15; Instance10ManHeroic:true; texture:163; alpha:0.54; symetrie:1; Instance5Man:true; Instance25Man:true; Instance10Man:true; Instance5ManHeroic:true; size:0.76; torsion:0.96; y:-6; texmode:1; timer.a:0.79; timer.b:0.2; timer.h:1.72; timer.UpdatePing:true; timer.enabled:true; timer.r:0.3725; timer.cents:false; timer.y:-9; timer.x:117; timer.UseOwnColor:true@|
|Water Shield :|
|Aura=Version:4.23; g:0.7569; Instance25ManHeroic:true; icon:Ability_Shaman_WaterShield; buffname:Water Shield; r:0.3255; begin:2; Instance10ManHeroic:true; texture:21; alpha:0.42; Instance5Man:true; Instance25Man:true; Instance10Man:true; Instance5ManHeroic:true; size:1.2; y:-11; texmode:1; inverse:true@|
|Tidal Waves :|
|Aura=Version:4.23; b:0.8941; anim1:4; icon:Spell_Shaman_TidalWaves; buffname:Tidal Waves; r:0.698; begin:1; texture:28; alpha:0.49; speed:0.54; size:0.81; y:-10; texmode:1@|
|Power Torrent :|
|Version:4.23; b:0.5137; anim1:11; g:0.9216; Instance25ManHeroic:true; icon:Ability_Paladin_SacredCleansing; buffname:Power Torrent; begin:1; x:2; Instance10ManHeroic:true; texture:112; alpha:0.11; speed:0.12; Instance5Man:true; Instance25Man:true; Instance10Man:true; Instance5ManHeroic:true; size:0.25; y:74; texmode:1; finish:3; timer.h:1.44; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.Relative:CENTER|
|Version:4.23; b:0.8941; icon:spell_shaman_spiritwalkersgrace; buffname:Spiritwalker’s Grace; r:0.698; begin:1; texture:33; alpha:0.49; speed:0.54; size:0.66; y:-10; texmode:1; timer.h:1.4; timer.Texture:Original; timer.enabled:true; timer.cents:false; timer.Relative:CENTER; timer.y:49|