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Cat Herding in Naxx25: Deathknight Things
comment 7 Written by on February 25, 2009 – 11:34 am

This is the fourth in a series of posts on how to arrange your healers in Naxxramas 25.

I’d highly suggest reading up on Herding Cats in general, especially if you’re filling in for heal lead and aren’t usually the one with the job.

Otherwise, this is just a quick guide to how and why I arrange our healers the way I have been – which isn’t to say that it’s the end-all, be-all of healing assignments for Naxx! Just how things have worked for us.  Most fights I’m going to assume six healers, though some I’ll recommend an off-spec/hybrid healer to help out (or possibly picking up a seventh healer), and you can almost always safely substitute classes.

Yes, Naxx25 has been done with only two healers, but I’d venture to guess that those raids are experienced and not just starting out, and those new ones are the raids that this guide is primarily written for (’cause if you’ve got the place on farm, you don’t need my piddly advice on how to set up your healers!).

This is not, in fact, a raid-wide, boss killing strategy – if you want one of those, I recommend looking at www.wowhead.com, www.wowwiki.com, and www.bosskillers.com!

Deathknight Wing Boss the First: Instructor Razuvius

  • Main Tanks: The MT’s in this fight are Razuvius’ students, mind controlled by two priests. You probably won’t need to heal them, unless the transitioning goes wrong.
  • Offtank: One healer (or maybe two, if you’ve got them) – tanking Razuvius OTHER students, and keeping broken MC’s from nuking the raid.
  • Raid: Everyone else.  Watch out for people that get the Knife Throw debuff

This fight is pretty straightforward for healers, and unless things go to the nether in a handbasket, usually isn’t overly stressful.  If you have an extra paladin around, they can bomb heal the mind controlled tanks, but it’s only necessary if your transitions aren’t working well.

Deathknight Wing Boss the Second: Gothik the Harvester

  • Live Side (Left): Two to three healers
  • Dead Side (Right): Three healers (favoring paladins and strong raid healers)

Healing “Dead side” is usually more stressful and involves more AOE healing, though Paladins can contribute to the healing both through Holy Wrath stuns and general undead DPS.  Once the doors open, have the healers on the side where he’s currently standing stick to the tank, the rest raid heal.

Deathknight Wing Boss(es) the Third: Four Horsemen

In the Front!

  • Left Corner (Thane): Two healers – one AOE and one Single Target
  • Right Corner (Rivendare): Two healers

This is a *tank* assignment, more than a *boss* assignment – the tanks will be swapping the bosses back and forth, but you will always be on the same general side of the room.  Thane’s going to Meteor, so if your tank has Thane, be sure to stand right on top of him, to avoid getting blown up (the Meteor is like the one in the Arcatraz trash, the more people it hits, the less damage each person takes).

In the Back!

  • Zeliek (henceforth “Ziggy”) – One healer, or One Healer and a DPS Hybrid
  • Blaumeaux (henceforth “Blammo”) – One healer, or One Healer and a DPS Hybrid (don’t stand in shadow pancakes)

These should be single target healers (paladin, disc priest preferred), and they will be healing an offtank/plate DPS in tank gear. Both Ziggy and Blammo have proximity aggro – they’ll shoot at whoever is closest to them, so make sure to stand farther away than your tank! If your healers are strongly geared, one healer per offtank should be enough – paladins have this particularly nice with Beacon, since you’ll take damage from the marks.  Once you get three-four marks, the offtank/healer pairs should switch to the other side.


Hopefully your group will be successful on your march through heroic Naxxramas!  Good luck, have fun, and may the Loot-Fu be with you!

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7 Responses to “Cat Herding in Naxx25: Deathknight Things”

  1. Hmm your Hearding cats link on the front page doesn’t have the “blog” folder so it leads to nowhere but the one in the full post is correct. 😉


    Eizens last blog post..Slow times

  2. How weird – something went wrong with the links when I copied them over. Fixed now though!

    By Anna on Feb 25, 2009 | Reply
  3. We always put our paladins on the Rivendare tank, and use more mobile healers like druids in back. More squishy, but able to heal on the go better if need be.

    I may try putting the paladins in back though. Might help. 🙂

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  4. @Wukki:

    It’s really a toss-up on this one, because Paladins *are* well suited to the stable healing of Rivendare/Thane. However, with Beacon of Light, they have the ability to heal themselves (beacon self, heal tank) and not need any extra looking after. I find that if I save Holy Shock for the transitions where we have to run back and forth, and keep Beacon refreshed, it’s really not the kind of “mobility” fight in the back.

    6 of one thing, half dozen of the other – I can see how both strategies work!

    By Anna on Feb 25, 2009 | Reply
  5. Anna wrote”the tanks will be swapping the bosses back and forth, but you will always be on the same general side of the room.”

    As a caution – be aware that some raids keep the boss in the same corner, and have the raid swap back and forth. We do it this way, because it was easier for our raider to learn.

    “When you reach 3 stacks, EVERYONE runs to the appropriate opposite corner. Tanks, cross-taunt the bosses as you pass” is a nice simple instruction, and it has the advantage that you do the same behavior on the front two bosses as you do on the back two.

    By Jacob on Feb 25, 2009 | Reply
  6. @Jacob:

    Huh! I’ve never done it that way, or seen it done that way. Thanks for the comment!

    By Anna on Feb 25, 2009 | Reply
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