Healing Heroic Highmaul – Kargath Bladefist

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Kargath Bladefist (image from wowhead)

I’m putting together some short healer-based posts for each of the bosses in the Highmaul raid tier. Hopefully they’ll be useful for some fellow healers (my focus is on restoration shaman as that is what I play). Let me know what you think!

Kargath Bladefist

Kargath Bladefist is the first boss you’ll meet in Highmaul. And the easiest. Wowhead have an amazing guide for the fight which I strongly recommend checking out. Especially check out the tl;dr info for each class towards the end – it’s got the straight forward basics for each spec that is incredibly helpful. 

Talents and glyphs
For my talents for this fight I tend to have Conductivity for my level 75 talent as there is always a group stacked up in melee that I can drop Healing Rain on. I use High Tide for my level 100 talent because everyone is spread out, so if I do need to throw out some chain heals it will go a bit further. 

For glyphs, Glyph of Healing Stream Totem is a no brainer – with people taking fire damage throughout the fight, this will help to reduce the damage taken. And it shouldn’t affect your rotation because you should be dropping Healing Stream Totem on cooldown anyway. The rest of your glyph choices are up to you. 

Restoration shaman strat
As a restoration shaman, this fight is a little boring in that there isn’t a lot of damage that goes out if the fight is done properly. (Which thankfully our team does). We have an allocated team that gets grabbed by the chains and thrown up in to the stands (1 healer, a couple of dps and the tank who needs to clear their stacks) . Everyone else down the bottom just needs to stay spread out, get out of crap on the ground and run the boss through the fire that spawns when he does his berserker rush. Pretty straight forward. 

You may have some difficulties with being in range of some players if you’re all quite spread out. Just make sure that you have at least one healer in range of all players (i.e. don’t have all healers hanging around one end of the arena – spread around the area). 

Any other tips?

  • stay spread out
  • don’t stand in the flame jets
  • drag the boss through the flame jets if you get targeted by him for berserker rush
  • don’t fall in the tiger pits!!

Like I said, pretty straight forward fight for a healer. This fight will only get difficult if melee dps don’t get out of the way of berserker rush, or if people stay standing in the bad stuff on the ground. 

Overall this is a great first boss – a nice way to ease in to the evil that is to follow. 🙂

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Our guild’s first Heroic Kargath Bladefist Kill!

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