This is a supplement to the guide I wrote for Wowhead, meant to include more detailed class-specific info for people trying to find every advantage they can to get their title, or to push beyond it. It’s generally assumed you know the basic info from the guide, but now that I’ve done wave 30 on Endless myself on all the classes, I can say a lot more about exactly what worked well on each.
- Your frames should have an alert for the Chomp debuff, and for Oto’s Shield Wall.
- Chomp is the trickiest ability to deal with in healer PG. More than ever, you have to stress anticipating and handling it promptly to succeed at Endless. Chomp, more than anything else, punishes you for being behind when it appears. When you’re having a problem with a Chomp wave, figure out what’s happening before the Chomp appears that’s causing people to not be topped off.
- Macro your interrupt and stunning spells to “/targetexact Large Illusionary Hive-Singer” so you don’t have to worry about targeting.
- If you’re looking to squeeze out every advantage you can, try using a separate gear set other than your raid set so you can gem differently. At this low ilvl you want to gem Int on every class, which you probably stopped doing in your raid gear.
- In general, the best item in any slot is a socketed item with an Int socket bonus.
- In any event, remember to use a hat with a Burning meta, not a legendary.
- The best trinket after scaling is Relic of Chi-ji, as its stats are disproportionately high for its ilvl. Zen Alchemist Stone (JP upgraded) also has as unusually strong proc. Otherwise, just use passive Int and a good mana proc, like Dysmorphic or Horridon’s.
- The best cloak is the legendary, even without the proc; it has a few extra stat points.
- The best possible weapon is a socketed 1H from Throne of Thunder (such as this). This will have both a socket bonus and an Eye of the Black Prince.
- Professions are mostly neutral since you want the 320 Int from all of them. Engineering is a bit more efficient since you can have it up at the hard beginning of each wave.
The biggest focus of this guide is class-specific cooldown planning. One general point throughout: since each wave is exactly 1 minute long, and most cooldowns are multiples of 1 minute, you have to use them very crisply at the start of the wave (or whatever the planned time is) so future uses aren’t delayed. Here’s an outline of the waves, with some more detailed comments:
- Easy. No cooldowns, goal is to save mana and build resources. Good time to practice multiple interrupts on a caster while Ki/Kavan interrupt also.
- Hard. Large Hive-Singer, as well as a Large Aqualyte doing heavy tank damage throughout. Ki is usually ready for the opening stun on this LHS. Add your interrupts where you can until it dies, but since it dies first, the tank is a bigger worry in this wave than the group. Being topped off going into wave 3 is important.
- Easy but takes care. Chomp is a mechanic that punishes you heavily if you don’t handle it immediately. Have instants saved for the opening double Chomp. Stunning the first Tunneler before it dies can prevent it from Chomping a second time. If you’re behind during the wave, a possibility is to efficiently keep people alive until combat ends and the Chomps fall off automatically, but this is not as good as handling them quickly.
- Medium. Double dispels and heavy tank damage. An explosion due to bad debuff luck won’t kill the group–the main worry is the tank–but you have to top everyone off before wave 5. You specifically don’t want Oto to blow his Shield Wall here, so keep him stable, even using a tank cooldown if needed.
- Very Hard. If Large Hive-Singer casts unmolested, he gets people low to set them up for a bad Chomp, right as the Conqueror is Enraging on Oto. Ki won’t always be ready to open on the LHS, so you have to watch it (you can let him interrupt if you see him Shadowstep over). Preventing its first casts and/or using a big cooldown pre-emptively will make sure people aren’t at low HP from two Sonic Blasts at the moment the Tunneler arrives.
- Hard. Hectic wave, but the only thing that should wipe you is falling behind on Chomp. Oto takes a lot of damage, and if you let him get low, a Chomp can be really bad.
- Easy. Tank cooldown is a good idea, but otherwise you should try to get mana back after 4/5/6. Locking down the Small Hive-Singer saves you a little mana healing the group.
- Medium. As long as you have a way to mitigate damage in the opening seconds, this wave is generally manageable. Group CCs and mitigation cooldowns are good. After one Flamecaller is down, there’s little threat of a spike. If you interrupt the furthest Flamecallers so they run towards the AoE clump, the group’s DPS will be better.
- Very Hard. The Large Hive-Singer can live a long time, wearing down the group if his casts aren’t interrupted. You want to interrupt him early and often, but keeping him far from the group for a long time can cause them to kill him last. Mix throughput cooldowns and interrupts to deal with the constant damage for as long as he lives. The worst moment is the very start when the first cast happens at the same time as a Chomp–interrupting it and dealing with the Chomp immediately gets you off to a good start.
- Easy. All you need here is a tank cooldown. Think about topping off any class resources and saving other cooldowns to start the next cycle.
The general pattern is that the waves that need throughput cooldowns are 2/5/9 with a Large Hive-Singer. Secondary cooldowns are good on 4 and 6. Tank cooldowns at 2, 4 or 5, and 10, and 7 if you can fit it in. An important tank cooldown is Oto’s Shield Wall (2 minutes), which he will use anytime either a Conqueror Enrages or his HP is low. If the latter never occurs, he’ll use it at 2, 5, 7, and 10, which is what you want.
- L15: Open. Any of them are handy for occasionally getting into position to interrupt a spawning mob.
- L30: Chi Wave, for maximum output of free heals. Very effective.
- L45: Chi Brew. The free mana is a lot better here than slightly more Chi.
- L60: Ring of Peace is also very effective here, but any stun option works similarly.
- L75: Diffuse Magic can remove a debuff in wave 4.
- L90: Xuen is yet another talent that is amazing in Proving Grounds (not surprising since he runs the place).
Glyphs: Targeted Expulsion for a small amount of free added healing. Otherwise nothing is especially good. Enduring Spheres leaves a mess of spheres around that you can always use for free healing on yourself. Renewing Mist is up to you–it can be handy since Sooli often stands far away from everyone. Don’t Glyph Mana Tea.
Stats: Maximize crit, since it’s the only very good stat. Mastery is terrible since the group ignores spheres, and haste is very poor since you use so little Renewing Mist (and there’s no relevant Enveloping Mist breakpoint). Spirit’s actually a reasonable secondary choice after crit, due to your desire to use Healing Sphere as much as possible.
Unlike raids, you won’t use the Renewing/Uplift engine much; group members are often full so it is often ineffective. One TFT-Uplift can be a nice setup for Hive-Singer waves, but Xuen tends to do a lot of the work on those also. Enveloping Mist on Oto is the main Chi outlet, with a Blackout Kick also being a nice heal when multiple targets are up. Healing Sphere is very important (put raid markers on the party), generally being your go-to option for Chomps and anytime Oto needs healing beyond what he gets from Soothing/Enveloping and Chi Wave. Make heavy use of Spear Hand Strike and Ring of Peace on every wave with a caster. You can also Grapple Weapon Aqualytes and Conquerors (not during Enrage). You can save up large amounts of Mana Tea during easy waves and even carry it over from one cycle to the next.
- No cooldowns.
- Xuen on the LHS right away, Life Cocoon Oto at any time.
- No cooldowns.
- Great for Monks since there are 3 ways to remove double debuffs: Revival, Zen Meditation (absorbs damage on yourself), and Diffuse Magic on yourself. Use any or all of them. You can Life Cocoon Oto or save it for 5, but using it here is better than using his Shield Wall.
- Xuen on the LHS at start and make sure its early casts don’t complete. Life Cocoon the Enrage if you have it and Healing Sphere the Chomp target. Revival is okay if anything happens.
- No cooldowns.
- Life Cocoon and/or Shield Wall make the enrage easy. You can start rebuilding Mana Tea stacks. Interrupt the SHS and there’s little to heal.
- Ring of Peace yourself to stop all of the Flamecallers’ early casts and try to clump them. Revival off any initial damage burst and then Zen Med.
- Roll across the room to be in position for the LHS. Interrupt the first cast and drop Xuen on him.
- Life Cocoon. Churn all your mana into Tea while DPSing the last mob and then drink up again during the break.
- L15: Open.
- L30: Fist of Justice is outstanding.
- L45: Eternal Flame is far more efficient in the long run than Selfless Healer on small parties.
- L60: Clemency is handy, and the others don’t do very much.
- L75: Holy Avenger really shines when you can use it on any hard wave.
- L90: Holy Prism is great here. Hammer is probably okay.
Glyphs: Illumination due to low Spirit. Blinding Light is useful. Other choices are minor–Hand of Sacrifice, though not necessary since transferred damage is low, is probably best.
Stats: Crit and Mastery for throughput. 3506 haste for an Eternal Flame breakpoint is reasonable. Minimum Spirit: it’s weak due to Glyph of Illumination, and you’re also below the Divine Plea floor.
Eternal Flame is a workhorse, as always. Holy Shock on cooldown and Divine Lights on Oto are your main source of HP generation. Holy Prism nicely covers small amounts of group damage, and Holy Avenger allows you to blanket the whole group during any hard wave. You often don’t need to do much more than this other than add in cooldowns and utility as needed. In particular, two Rebukes and a Fist of Justice on any Hive-Singer (especially if you can manage to not overlap them with Ki and Kavan’s interrupts) can cut incoming party damage to almost nothing. Between Sacrifice for most Conquerors and constant Eternal Flames on the group, Oto should rarely be in danger. Have Holy Power ready for any Chomp so you can Eternal Flame if off. Failing that, your backups are HoP and LoH. It’s safe to HoP Chomp off of Oto and Freedom him to remove it.
- No cooldowns.
- Holy Avenger, Avenging Wrath, Guardian, Hand of Sacrifice. Remember to use CDs early so they come up at the start of later waves, especially Holy Avenger (start EF blanketing before the wave starts). Save 5 Holy Power at end of wave.
- No cooldowns. Use your 5 starting Holy Power to EF away the first two Chomps. Try to stun the first Tunneler before it dies to prevent its second Chomp. If a Chomp or double-Chomp gets someone low, HoP.
- Holy Avenger, Divine Favor, Hand of Sacrifice. Not a group damage wave, but a hasted EF blanket heals Oto efficiently and heals off an explosion if you have to take one.
- Avenging Wrath, Guardian, Hand of Sacrifice. If the early casts get stopped perfectly, you can save these for 6. If on the other hand, casts get off and then Chomp appears, HoP it immediately.
- Holy Avenger. Blinding Light is good on the spawn. If Oto gets Chomped, it can be a good time to LoH.
- Hand of Sacrifice.
- Holy Avenger, Divine Favor. EF blanket on the group, Blinding Light on the Spawn, and Devo Aura right afterwards should make things safe.
- Avenging Wrath, Guardian. Be in position to interrupt the LHS on spawn, and pop cooldowns and heal once its casts start getting through.
- Hand of Sacrifice.
(video is from my general PG guide)
- L15: Open
- L30: Ysera’s Gift is solid, due to the emphasis on free healing here.
- L45: Typhoon is nice for stopping Invoke Lava, since it only gets cast once. It also allows a few neat positioning tricks.
- L60: Force of Nature is again good due to free healing on every wave.
- L75: Mighty Bash.
- L90: Nature’s Vigil is generally strong, and useful here. HotW would be fine.
Glyphs: Efflorescence, Regrowth, and Fae Silence.
Stats: Run the usual 3043 haste, and favor mastery as much as possible over crit and Spirit.
Keeping Efflo under the melee accomplishes a lot of free healing (you can usually stand in it too). You can drop 2-3 Treants near the beginning of each wave for more free healing. You should only have to fall into heavy Rejuv use in the most intense waves, with passive heals, Wild Growth, and even Tranquilty covering the group most of the time. But you should generally have few mana issues, so use it when you need it. NS is great for Chomp, and you should try to save it for that. Ironbark can be used on almost every wave. Cat DPS is basically free and can be done during the lulls at the end of waves.
Symbiosis Oto for Intimidating Roar. You should have keybinds to cast Faerie Fire, Bloom, Barkskin and NS from Bear Form.
Faerie Fire, Bash, and Int Roar (targeted) are all ways to stop a Sonic Blast cast, but none are true interrupts. They are all on the GCD so you can only use them if you wait for the cast, which takes a lot of familiarity with the waves. FF in particular requires waiting in Bear Form so is very cumbersome. Wave 30 can be done without it if you prefer.
- No cooldowns.
- NV, Tranquility, Ironbark. Lock down the LHS as well as you can, and Tranquility once casts get off. Always Tranq right after a dispel so you don’t have to cancel it. Try not to use NS.
- No cooldowns. NS and Swiftmend Chomp as needed. Bashing can avoid a Chomp from a Tunneler that’s about to die. If a Chomp sticks on someone and you have to get it off, you can Bloom them, but saving it is nice. Advanced tactic: Typhoon wave 2 towards the wall as soon as it spawns. This will cause the party to be out of range of wave 3 as it spawns, and you can wait in range, ensuring that both Chomps go on you. Be waiting in Bear Form with Barkskin and Bloom or NS them off.
- NV, Ironbark near the start. Nothing you can do about melee explosions, but a Bloom the moment after an explosion will heal everyone before they get knocked away. Heal Oto strongly so you can save NS and Shield Wall.
- Ironbark, Tranquility. Stop those early LHS casts and Tranq as soon as one goes off to anticipate the Chomp.
- NV. Ironbark precisely on cooldown won’t interfere with its wave 7 use. Oto might need heavy heals; a Bloom can help top him off.
- NV. Precast Rejuvs while setting up. Be waiting to Typhoon all of the casters right as the Invoke Lava channel ends. Genesis can be useful if people dip low. Having all 3 Treants out at the start of the wave can cause them to soak some Fireballs.
- Tranquility. Ideal plan: be waiting to FF the first LHS cast, then use an instant to heal the Chomp. 3 seconds later, LHS will try to cast again, and you can Int Roar him. If he’s out of the clump, this locks him down for a full 8 seconds. Bash and FF again keeps it going. Once casts get through, Tranq (but watch for dispel timing). Even if this delays DPS on the LHS, he’ll have gotten no casts off and Ki’s/Kavan’s interrupts will be up when they turn to him. Even if it doesn’t all go perfectly, focus on stopping casts, maintaining HoTs, and dispelling.
- NV, Ironbark.
- L15/30: Nothing generally important.
- L45: Open. Call can let you double HST and double Cap during hard waves, Persistence lets you HTT while HST is down.
- L60: I like Mastery here since the Swiftness haste won’t help you get an added Healing rain tick.
- L75: Rushing Streams is outstanding, unsurprisingly.
- L90: Primal Elementalist as usual.
Glyphs: Recall for efficiency. A few other options are good: Chaining since the NPCs don’t position consistently, HST to help with Flamecaller waves, or Fire Elemental since you often don’t need it for a full 60 second wave.
Stats: Mastery is very strong when solo healing. You can stay above 2017 haste for the Healing Rain tick if you make non-negligible use of Healing Rain (I didn’t).
HST near the beginning of every wave is a big help. You can use it exactly 30s later to be efficient, or skip it so it’s ready when you want it for the next wave. If you don’t Recall your HSTs in raids, get used to doing it correctly here for huge mana savings. Chain Heal does most of the heavy lifting as far as group damage. Use Tidal Waves stacks for Healing Wave on Oto whenever you have time for some cheap healing. Healing Rain is rarely important, but can be used on high-damage waves like 5 and 8. Make liberal use of Wind Shear, Grounding Totem, and Capacitor totem to cut down on damage (you can Cap most waves). Most of the strategy here is in the cooldowns.
- No cooldowns.
- HTT, Mastery.
- Earth Elemental, Ascendance. You can even let Chomps build up since Ascendance and a Chain Heal or two will remove all of them. Use Earth Elemental and his channel before the wave starts, so you won’t be fiddling with elementals as waves 4/8/9 start.
- Fire Elemental, Mastery. Shield Wall is okay here since you have SLT for the next wave.
- HTT, Bloodlust, Stormlash, SLT. A well-timed Cap Totem can get the LHS as it spawns, with a Wind Shear to follow up. Sated will fall off when the NPCs break combat, allowing them to get Kavan’s Time Warp in wave 10 as usual.
- Mastery. Ground and Cap here.
- No cooldowns. If Oto doesn’t have Shield Wall for any reason, be careful.
- Earth Elemental, Mastery, Ascendance. If you drop Grounding while the Flamecallers are stunned from Cap Totem, you can sometimes get a whole round of Fireballs to hit the Grounding simultaneously. Do this twice if you took Call.
- Fire Elemental, HTT.
- Mastery, SLT.
There are few options for SLT. It’s a very strong tank CD; you should see when you need it most. You might use it at 2/5 rather than 5/10. 2 is more dangerous, but you’ll need a little mana to spam a couple heals at 10. 4/7/10 is another option just to support waves that have no tank cooldowns.
Note: Dayani here said she used HTT at 8 and Ascendance 6 and 9, which in hindsight is probably slightly better.
I used Holy spec for this.
- L15: Nothing great. Psyfiend can sometimes land useful fears, and Void Tendrils can occasionally attract a stray Fireball.
- L30: Nothing important.
- L45: FDCL adds a lot of free healing, and helps you get DI procs without spending much mana.
- L60: Desperate Prayer can remove a Chomp, and makes Void Shift more reliable.
- L75: None are outstanding, but DI is often very nice when it procs.
- L90: None are great due to cost, but Divine Star is most efficient and is a great Chomp remover.
Glyphs: Prayer of Mending, Binding Heal, and either Renew (see below) or a miscellaneous Glyph like Deep Wells or Purify. I would avoid Fade since it costs mana for a very minor benefit.
Stats: Mastery is strong, with Spirit since Holy can have to use a lot of filler heals. Either maintain 3039 haste for a 5th tick of unglyphed Renew, or (I prefer) minimize haste and use Glyphed Renew.
You’ll spend most or all of your time in Serenity, due to the volume of tank healing. HW:Serenity on cooldown keeps glyphed Renew on the tank. PoM is a solid rotational heal, but be careful about casting it when only the tank is taking damage for a while (many waves). If the group is topped off, then PoM is an excellent Chomp remover–this technique isn’t perfectly reliable but can handle many Chomps with ease. Otherwise a Divine Star is your best bet for removing it. Your only backup for really bad Chomp situations is Void Shift (Desperate Prayer first if you’re not at full HP).
In general, you want to be as efficient as possible about generating Surge of Light procs and holding them. Keep full-cost Flash of Light to a minimum, as mana will be a real issue for Holy. The more ahead of things you are, the more you can safely use Heal on Oto as a filler, only Flashing him when you get procs. When you get 2 stacks of Serendipity, a GH on him helps you catch up and hopefully generates a DI proc. When the group needs healing, try to use Glyphed Binding Heal as long as you can make use of all 3 heals, since it benefits from Serenity and PoH doesn’t. Try your best to cover group heals with Renew and DI procs, only spending mana on PoH and Divine Star when you need more than that.
Don’t go overboard with Psychic Scream and Psyfiend. They both cost mana, and often accomplish little since the mobs are being attacked. When there are exactly 2 mobs alive, the NPCs will be single-targeting and you can sometimes fear something away for a while.
There are very few CDs to allocate as Holy:
- No cooldowns.
- Divine Hymn (careful to time it after a dispel).
- No cooldowns. You can only Void Shift a Chomp at one out of 3, 5, and 6, and 3 is the easiest of these, so try not to.
- No cooldowns. When both Bombs appear in melee, Mass Dispel. When Sooli has one, let it explode and Renew him back up. Focus on tank heals.
- Divine Hymn, Guardian Spirit. Try to time DH right around when the first Chomp arrives. It will take care of that Chomp, heal off a few Blasts, and take care of Oto just fine if he has Shield Wall and Guardian Spirit.
- No cooldowns.
- No cooldowns.
- No cooldowns. Consider Sanctuary here, since you will likely do a lot of healing with PoM, PoH, CoH, and Divine Star. But get back into Serenity as early as possible so you have efficient tank heals again.
- Divine Hymn. You can try to fear the LHS the moment it spawns. Ideally, Scream and Psyfiend together can keep it running around for a long time, basically until the other mobs are dead. If it doesn’t work though, it can start casting while Ki and Kavan are DPSing the Aqualyte and get a bunch of casts off. You might consider not fearing, to ensure they DPS it second after the Tunneler.
- Guardian Spirit. You could consider using this at 2 instead.
Since this point is primarily a guide, I think I’ll save my comments on Proving Grounds for some other time, probably after we have more info on the Warlords version. I mentioned this post by my friend Dayani above; she shares my interest in analyzing all the healing classes as a whole and is the only other person I know who’s done 5/5 Proven Healers. She did these soon after I did and while I was working on writing all of this up, so talking to her in great detail about waves and cooldowns was very helpful in thinking through all this.
All I’ll say for now is what I’ve been saying about PGs since they were unveiled on PTR: they are an excellent tool for improving your abilities on your class (or any class you’re trying to learn). For all their foibles–difficulty interrupting, gear optimization quirks, sheer length of the Endless 30 challenge–they succeed in making skill and knowledge of your class the most important determiner of success. And I only expect that to get better in Warlords when there’s a chance to iterate further. I recommend you try them, and I hope the information here is helpful.