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!).
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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