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Cata Heroic Healing Review!

Goodbye ZG mount!

Hope everyone had a great holiday! One down, one more to go!

I have now had the chance to run a few more Heroics with the guildees, and I have to admit kudos to Blizzard on the difficulty and challenge of healing them.

To date I have run Grim Batol, Stonecore, Throne of Tides, Deadmines, and Vortex Pinnacle (a portion of it). the LFD tool only seems to like these Heroics lol.

I have to say Heroic Grim Batol can be brutal on a new group, and a new healer.

The “gauntlets” in Throne of Tides can quickly sap a healer’s mana pool.

Deadmines….actually is not too bad. Trash/bosses are easier than the other Heroics in my opinion, but Deadmines hands down is probably the funnest one. Great RP, setting, and characters.

(Now I have only run these as a guild group, so I cannot speak of the horrors or pain that it is dealing with PuGs. Also I am a holy priest now, I have turned away from the cult of the bubble and have seen the light(well))

All I can say is mana regen helps a lot! Many of these fights will last sometime, so having as much mana regen as you can help out, but make sure you still have the stats to throw out worth while healing.

Also make sure to use all tools available to you to help out with incidental dmg, the days of just topping people off are gone.

I will admit, I was did laugh at the idea of the Lightwell, but now it is an invaluable tool in my healing tool set. My guildees have learned to use it and watch for it. Precast it before a fight, it doesn’t pull aggro. This will help people see where you have placed it! Make sure to have a macro for it as well, to announce that you are placing it down.

Learn the fight and expect when heavy dmg is incoming. People having a hard time getting to a safe spot. Cast a bubble on them for the speed boost from Body and Soul. Or hell Life grip em errr Leap of Faith. (I was a real hater on this…but I admit, in certain situations it has been useful as hell!) Heavy tank dmg, get some serendipity stacks ready. Cast your Greater Heal after the Holy Word: Serenity for that extra crit chance. Also remember you LOCK imp poop…errr LOCK CANDY. Saved my butt more than once.

Don’t be cheap, enchant, reforge, gem. A.K.A. E-R-G

If you are having a hard time with a heroic, maybe its time to look into ERG. Or perhaps stop hoarding that JP and buy some gear, or look into Reputation vendors.

But foremost to remember is: knowledge is power, use it. There are many sources out there to get info from, no excuse not to use it.

Also remember to have FUN!

Categories: dungeon fun, holy, priest
  1. Serrath
    December 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm | #1

    That is either a very tiny woman or a gigantic tiger.

    Question for you with your Life Grip. I used it on a ret paladin the other day to get him out of the cleave of some Magmaw trash and noticed that when I did this _I_ got cleaved. I was 30 yards away! Have you noticed this happening at all? The abilities hitting the person you’re LoFing transferring to you while the target is in the air?

    And yay for Lightwell love! In my 10-man raids it competes for the top healing spot in my meters against my CoH and Heal. Sounds strange but it’s pretty fantastic when used appropriately.

    • December 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm | #2

      Wow, I have not seen abilities being transferred from the target being Life Gripped to the caster..I will have to look into that.

      The times I have used it…one prime example is the last boss in Grim Batol when he casts that room wide AoE with one safe spot. I did not notice any dmg being taken while pulling them out of the bad. I will look into this further.

      And yes Lightwell makes healing hella easier. Less stress on the healer for sure. The tank I run with usually, religiously protects the area the light well is placed.

  2. December 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm | #3

    It’s funny how LFD seems to have it’s preferred instances. I pretty much only ever get TotT and Blackrock Caverns. The rare times I get something different, I’m all “ooooh, what’s thiiiiiis?”

    Definitely agree that knowledge is power. I’m one of those weird people who like to figure things out on their by wiping repeatedly, but from running most of the heroics a lot, I’ve noticed that most of the fights are gimmicky. If people are standing at the right place at the right time, most of the bosses just topple over and die with minimal efforts. (Most, but not all! There are a couple of gear checks, so I’m not recommending slacking off!)

    • December 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm | #4

      /agreed Ophelie. Many of the fights seem to have that gimmick to them.

      Last boss in Grim Batol – sure if can be brutal if you cannot get those adds down fast enough, but if you can….the healing required is so low, its kinda sad. I think I finished that fight with 80%+ mana.

      Vanessa Van Cleef? (sp) Her fight is also not all the difficult. (Unless a guildee steals your rope!)

      That dragon and orc combo in Grim Batol – avoid big bad flame breath and fire dude, win.

      But for sure knowledge is power! But as you said, there is definitely something to be said about learning something “new” and “fresh”. The knowledge out there only gives a frame or a blueprint, it is up to players to form it into a complete plan and picutre.

      • December 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm | #5

        No one stole any ropes, Sorak just fails to grab his own.

  3. Donny
    December 29, 2010 at 9:45 am | #6

    Yes, sensei.

    Wax goes on, wax goes off.

    =)

    D

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