The Lich King Surrenders to Idiocracy
Monday night, my 10 man group for ICC formed again to test our mettle against heroic Lich King. We’ve been working on the fight for months, battling attendance and group composition issues, but the last couple of weeks we’ve been able to get some decent attempts in. Things were finally starting to click in all our heads last night, ie. tanks weren’t dying from beserked/frenzied adds, people were avoiding shadow traps properly, defile positioning was improving, and the valkyr dps was increasing.
We obviously weren’t using the ideal group composition, meaning we had more melee and healers than most guilds have used in their first kill. For healers we used a holy paladin, a discipline priest, and a resto druid. For tanks, we had a feral druid and a warrior, and our dps consisted of an enhancement shaman, a ret paladin, a rogue, a hunter, and a mage (whom I tossed multiple innervates).
Our strategy for healing was pretty simple honestly. The discipline priest was in charge of bubbling for infest and dispeling the necrotic plague. The holy paladin beaconed the Lich King tank and healed the add tank while I maintained HoTs on both and directly healed mostly the Lich King tank (nourish, swiftmend, NS + HT macro). For the later phases, the holy paladin maintained his tank-healing while I tended to focus more on the raid, especially while in Frostmourne (rejuv and wild growth ftw!).
1. Have everyone enable chat bubbles and DXE chat bubble announces for shadow traps and necrotic plague.
2. Keep a focus on the Lich King and enable focus’s target – this allows you to see immediately who he targets for defiles, when he’s casting infest, etc.
3. Get Vuhdo, seriously. Automatically tracks infest, necrotic plague, raid icons, and you can make it track bubbles (information overload on mine personally).
4. Spread out for defiles especially when the valkyr are not immediately incoming. As a healer you don’t need to be anywhere near the valkyr unless they’re coming down to pick someone up. And standing in the kite path of the valkyr is a no-no if you get defile.
5. As a resto druid, let the other healers regen mana while in frostmourne. You can cover the entire raid easily as long as no one is taking spirits to the face.
6. If you can spare the mana, send your innervate to a dpser. The damage requirements for this fight, especially with three healers is high enough that it may make or break the kill for your group.
7. Pop your barkskin if vile spirits come after you, it will help you survive one or two.
8. If there is no feral or boomkin, make sure you’re putting up faerie fire on the boss.
Hope this helps and as always, feel free to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or come talk to me over on Alexstrasza!