The Valithria Dreamwalker fight is a unique one in WoW because your objective is not to kill the boss, but instead to heal her from half to full health. It’s also an interesting fight for druids… you know how big your e-peen was feeling after blood queen? This fight will knock it back down to a more manageable size.
Ok Basically there are four things going on in this fight…
1.) Healing Valithria Dreamwalker - Since the main objective of this fight is to heal her to full, all spare heals should go on Valithria. This applies to healers and DPS hybrids alike. I use healbot and was able to set her as my focus, and have my focus on my healbot grid, making keeping full stacks on her fairly manageable most of the time. If I was a paladin, this would pretty much be my #1 job, all the time. More on that later!
2.) Basic Circles of Death - There are two types of these in this fight… a light blue one which will explode up with a column of frost damage, and a dark purplish one which will suck your mana dry in a heartbeat. See circle -> move out of circle –> win.
3.) Lots and Lots of Adds - There are lots of adds that spawn. As a healer all you need to know is that some of them do quite a lot of AOE damage, so be ready for it. But… for the record, here is more information on the different types:
–> Suppressers die fast but reduce the healing Valithria Dreamwalker takes so assign someone to kill them quickly!
–> Kill Blazing Skeletons first, they cause big uninterruptible raid damage
–> Aboms debuff tanks and spawn worms when they die that healers will aggro, so stay back
–> Risen Archmages mass frost bolt for 4k damage, and slow, but it can be mass dispelled
–> Blistering Zombie debuff the tank and shoot out large raid damage
4.) Portals – During this fight portals will open up… if you go into the portals you will find yourself in her room, only with these sort-of floating orbs. What you want to do is fly right though the center of the orbs. Doing this will explode them, and give you a stacking buff. The buff increases healing by 10% and mana regen by a crazy amount. When they explode they hit and buff all the people immediately around them so its best to travel as a group inside here, and not compete for orbs. Make sure you’re low to the ground when you’re about to phase out or you’ll fall to your death!
Here’s the thing… you’re never going to outdo a paladin at single target healing on Valithria, and well… there is a lot of raid damage, and someone has to stay outside healing it while everyone hops into those portals… so suck it up and do it. It’s your job bitch… I mean… It’s your job tree.
In our particular strategy we had 2 holy paladins who went into every single portal and spammed Valithria Dreamwalker like mad the whole fight (while beaconing a tank.) Towards the end when the portals were spawinng faster, they were able to get their +healing stacks over 20. They also got power infusion when available. They really dominated this encounter!
Then we had three holy priests. Now, the coolest thing about holy priests on this fight is that you can cast Guardian Spirit on Dreamwalker. The 40% increase to heals really helps, especially when timed with paladin CDs, heroism, power infusion, etc. They mostly went into all the portals but took turns occasionally sitting one out to help with raid damage.
Then you had a disc priest and myself. Shields and HoTs = the anti-raid damage. I didn’t take any portals because I found that my mana-regeneration was sufficient to last the entire fight without the buff, and because I kept healing raid damage while our palis where inside charging up their über heals. Just be careful not to get caught in any of the black voids, they’ll suck your mana dry pretty fast!
My advice to trees is to play to our assets. We can raid heal, we have great mana regeneration… so do that. Sure, keep full HoTs stacked on Valithria, but keep your main focus on healing the raid and let the other classes focus on her.
I do have a video of our kill but it isn’t very good. I had been recording my interface so you could see what was happening, but after a lag-out-crash it reset my settings and the interface didn’t get recorded I promise I’ll get a better recording of this when we do it in 10 man this week, and I’ll even talk over it again! The one good thing about this video is you can really see how chaotic this fight gets towards the end.