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Am I Ready to Heal Naxx?
comment 20 Written by on December 18, 2008 – 9:23 am

Galertruby’s excellent Naxx preparation guide aside, there’s a lot of stuff floating around about whether or not someone is “ready” to go to Naxxramas.

Obviously there’s a big gap between “just hit 80 this morning and is wearing AH greens” and “has been running heroics for three weeks straight plus a few PUG raids”.  And the answer is probably no to the first and yes to the second, but most people fall somewhere in between those two extremes when they’re getting ready to join up with 9 of their bestest buddies to go and off some undead.

Now, I am suspicious that a few other bloggers (and probably some of the fantastic folks over at PlusHeal) might have big lists of numbers in the works.  Checklists, of sorts.  I have X amount of spellpower, Y amount of crit or MP/5 or Spirit, and Z amount of mana.  I have Q amount of HP.  The List ™ says I’m ready!

Unfortunately, though, I don’t think those lists are quite done yet.  Don’t bug people either.  They’ll be done when they get done, if anyone’s even still working on it.  And what about all the other factors that go into healerific success – like how good your tanks are, and how well geared the other healer (or healers!) are – and whether or not you’re running with two or three healers – and if the DPS are aware that aggro does not, in fact, mean that they’re winning.  There are LOTS of factors that go into raid success.

So that leaves us stranded in a numberless fog.

Right?

Wrong.

Ok, maybe right about the numberless bit.  But 10 man Naxxramas is supposed to be one step up from healing heroics (or even the same level, since the ilevel of heroics and Naxx-10 are the same).  It’s entry level raiding.  So how do you tell if you’re prepared for healing Naxx-10?

Take a heroic of average difficulty.  Maybe do a few of them, for good measure.

Grab a tank that’s got at least 540 Defense and at decent grasp on how to tank with his particular class, and then find three DPSers of assorted types (at least one melee and at least one caster) that combined have at least 10 braincells and a modicum of situational awareness.  Buff yourself appropriately – eat some Spellpower or MP/5 or Spirit or Crit food (depending on what kind of healer you happen to be), and maybe bring an elixir or two.  And give it a go, making sure to explain the fights to anyone who might be new.

Was it a cakewalk?  Did you struggle a few times, but do alright in the end?  If it wasn’t a horrific disaster, and you walked away from the whole shebang feeling successful and with some shiny new loot… you’re probably in a good situation to start Naxx-10 (as long as the same can be said for the rest of your 9 undead-smashing buddies).

Are there shortcomings to this method?  Sure.  Different classes struggle with different types of healing.  You might only have two healers in your 10 man (meaning you need to be considerably more epic than someone going in with a third healy type).  Your tank might only have two braincells to his/her name.  Someone let in their 15 year old brother, who plays a warlock badly and thinks that fear is the best thing EVER in tight spaces.

But let common sense prevail.  We are healers.  Our numbers are flexible.  You can’t really put us on damage meters (effectively), and comparing us is difficult when we have different jobs and different strengths.

Can you heal heroics successfully?  Then you’ll probably do OK in Naxx-10.  Just, you know, don’t be That Guy*.  (:

*by “don’t be That Guy” – I mean follow the standard complement of “don’t stand in fires, keep preemptive heals up (and HoTs if you’ve got ‘em), spread out, and pay attention” that follows almost every other fight in this game.  I am in no way intending to imply that any of you, dear readers, might possibly suck.

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20 Responses to “Am I Ready to Heal Naxx?”

  1. I can’t count how many times I have asked if someone was Naxx ready. I try to help people out, but everyone wants numbers and honestly number don’t mean much at this point. I have seen people with 2k spell power who couldn’t heal their way out of the Dead Mines and healers in epic greens/blue that have healed like champs. Running heroics is the best test, but if your a healer, you should havea feeling for what you can do. For those who want numbers, I went into Naxx with the following.

    SP 1.4k
    Int 14k
    Hp 12k
    mp5 398

    Yeah I know, don’t laugh, but I healed fine.

    Jagerbombzs last blog post..Random Stuff

  2. @Jagerbombz:

    Yeah – that’s kinda what I was getting at. Epix or not, the question is whether or not you can pay attention, know your healing, and not be That Guy. Numbers aren’t NEARLY what people make them out to be.

    Besides the fact that the numbers are goign to be totally different for each class (and in some cases, the *stats* are different too). Aely’s MP/5 is… uh… small. But buffed she’s got about 30% holy crit. Nom Nom Nom. (:

    By Anna on Dec 18, 2008 | Reply
  3. If you want to heal Naxxramas the thing I’d really consider before everything else is your experience as a healer. If you healed through karazhan, ZA and maybe a bit of 25 man raiding content I don’t see a problem with going into Naxx right after hitting 80 and some heroics. Especially if you raid with people you know. And by know I hope most people know how to NOT stand in the fire.

    Just don’t forget to bring manapots, ankhs and mr. wiggles for moral support.

    drugs last blog post..Malygos down

  4. I find that Blizzard is actually very good at tuning the level of difficulty in group-content.

    The general rule for BC and beyond has been this:

    You should start the next level of content when you’re bored of the current stuff.

    This rule covers both the gear-checks and the skills-checks

    By Mithral on Dec 19, 2008 | Reply
  5. Well we threw together a rough list for Druids. Or rather, I put up an idea, people slid into the “Skill vs Gear” debate, and the end result was that the rough numbers were about right.(http://www.plusheal.com/viewtopic.php?t=982)

    14K Health
    14K Mana
    1400-1500 SP
    200-250 MP5
    700 Spirit

    And while yes, skill makes those numbers drop, for new healers or people who aren’t sure they make the grade, getting those levels of gearing will ensure you can make mistakes and still not wipe the raid.

    By Brent on Dec 23, 2008 | Reply
  6. You can have 25k mana and 2k sp, but if your raid dps sucks, you will go oom and die. I heal with recount open on the dps screen. That way I know ahead of time what is going to happen.

    Also, seeing the raid dps allows me to determine what flasks to drink. Good raid dps = SP flask.. average dps = +65 int flask.

    By Duncan on Jan 6, 2009 | Reply
  7. I hear all this talk of SP but I’m still not entirely sure what that means. Spellpower? Spirit?

    By h on Jan 7, 2009 | Reply
  8. @h:

    SP is spellpower, yes. :)

    By Anna on Jan 7, 2009 | Reply
  9. Hi,

    nice write up Anna and I completely agree with rating the player and not the gear.

    I often find a problem with players (not just healers) that have lvl’d as 1 thing and respeced at 80 not knowing a thing about their new class and expecting to jump straight into raids or even heroics. I have no issue with people doing this, I did this. I lvl’d as enhance but respecced to resto a couple of times along the way to get a feel for healing and eased myself into healing heroics and raids.

    Aside from this the over riding factor with raids and heroics is good team work can override gear deficiencies.

    By Korgan on Jan 9, 2009 | Reply
  10. So, I am a holy priest with about 1700 sp, 700 mp5 blah blah blah, but I have limited raid experience (some not a lot, nothing in Wotlk yet)…thats a whole other story. I feel like I play my character well, but sometimes you get into a spell rotation that you think is top notch beacuse that is what you know. With that being said, please give me your opinion on the following.

    I have 3 Mouse over macros… renew, PW-shield and flash heal. I have four foucs macros…GH, PoM, Renew and Guardian Spt. I just learned to use macros :( . I start off with PoM and renew on tank and GH when needed. I use MO’s on party and Circle of Healing/Pray of Healing when members need to be topped off. Binding Heal when necessary to heal myself and 1 other.

    So anything I should change or add? I am always looking to improve my play and I never seem to see any spell rotations noted. I guess I am asking….am I healing efficiently? Again, i am using a spell rotation that I am just use to. Thoughts?

    By Teersai on Jan 13, 2009 | Reply
  11. Teersai: Your opening moves on tanks are perfectly fine. Starting off with a PoM and Renew is a textbook healing opening for tanks. Use your Flash Heal liberally and at will.

    Don’t worry about efficient healing for now, especially as a young Priest just starting out in Naxx. That will come with time. Focus on the basics first:

    Keeping your targets alive.

    If you can do that, your skills will increase with time. You’ll get smarter about target prioritization. About mana management. About everything.

  12. Teersai – don’t forget about your Freebie… Surge of Light! My healing jumped remarkably when I grabbed the PowerAura addon to notify me every time I have a free, instant-cast Flash heal ready.

    By Kyrey on Jan 24, 2009 | Reply
  13. So I am having a hard time finding stat levels.
    I want to build my character evenly…there is such a thing as having to much spirit etc. I want to be able to balance my character out
    I am looking for a Crit percentage that I should be aiming for, Haste percentage, Intellect numbers and Spirit numbers…. etc.

    Can you help me out?

    Teersai Belf Priest-Maelstrom

    By Teersai on Jan 27, 2009 | Reply
  14. How accurate are healing meters for 10 and 25 man raids. It seems that Healidin’s and Shaman’s lead our guilds charts most of the time.

    By Supa on Jan 29, 2009 | Reply
  15. How accurate are healing meters for 10 and 25 man raids? It seems that Healidin’s and Shaman’s lead our guilds charts most of the time.

    By Supa on Jan 29, 2009 | Reply
  16. Anna,
    Great article. I also agree with rating the player and not the gear.

    I have found that my play style is that of a Discipline Healer. My ST healing is great.

    I have 2 mains they are both disc healers and both have cleared most of Naxx on 10 and 25 man content. As a disc healer I am much more interested in crit that MP5.

    I have found that the healing meters are always a bit misleading as a crit will proc a small shield and allow for less need to heal.

    Thanks again for the great article.

    By Vol on Feb 2, 2009 | Reply

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