A Quick Tip for Healing Hagara
For those who have tackled Hagara the Stormbinder on normal or heroic difficulty, you have certainly seen the Ice Tombs she casts on random raid members (2 tombs in 10 man, 5 in normal 25 man, 6 in heroic 25 man). Unlike Sindragosa’s Ye Olde Ice Tombs, Hagara’s do not chain to other raid members who are standing too close to the actual target. This makes it much easier to get your raid’s tombed players free because they can all stack on top of one another so that cleaves and other AoE attacks will be able to damage all of the tombs at the same time. In our 25 man raid, we usually put down a raid marker and have all players targeted for Ice Tomb run to that spot before the tombs form on them. The other great part about having Ice Tomb targets stack up is that it can make it much easier to get them some needed healing.
Just like on Sindragosa, targets already inside the Ice Tombs cannot have any HoTs or direct healing spells cast on them. But also like Sindragosa, any HoTs you put on the targets will persist through the Ice Tomb until they naturally expire. If your raid is having issues with people dying in tombs before the DPS can break them out, try to get HoTs out on as many of the targets as you can before the are actually tombed.
In addition to this, my raid has found that just about any “smart” heal (that is, a heal which automatically targets the most injured player without the healer actually targeting him) will heal players even after they are inside Ice Tombs. For druids, the spells that I found that were able to work this way were Efflorescence and Tranquility. Efflorescence is a bit tricky to get right on this one, particularly when everyone is stacked up. What I usually do is put a Rejuv on myself, run into the middle of the pile of tombs, and then Swiftmend. Usually, the Efflorescence will be large enough to hit most of the people in tombs. Tranquility can be much better utilized at other points during this fight (I prefer to save it for when the raid is coming out of a Lightning Storm phase), but it can also be a lifesaver if several of your Ice Tomb targets are near death.
For other healing classes, I’ve heard that Atonement will also continue to heal tombed targets – and this would be a great choice since you’re getting some DPS on the tombs as you heal. I haven’t had a chance to confirm this on my priest yet, though, so if anyone has some additional insight as to whether this works, I’d love to hear it. I’ll be attempting to use Healing Rain,
Spirit Link Totem, Prayer of Mending, Power Word: Barrier, and Holy Word: Sanctuary on the Hagara fight as soon as I can to see if all of those spells work as well … but any of you reading are welcome to save me the trouble if you’ve already tried these spells on any of your toons!
Update: Spirit Link Totem has been confirmed. Power Word: Barrier does not work. Prayer of Mending has been confirmed. Holy Word: Sanctuary and healing from Atonement have been confirmed.