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This guide is intended to provide a comprehensive description of the encounter with Baleroc in Firelands. It is mostly targeted to healers who desire to have a short but detailed overview of what is expected of them during that fight.
This guide applies to patch 4.3 of World of Warcraft.
Baleroc, the Gatekeeper, is one the first five bosses of the Firelands raid instance.
This encounter will present you with an interesting set of mechanics where you need to heal specific DPS players to boost the healing you will do on the tank whose health and damage taken increase over time.
1. Overview of the Fight↑top
Baleroc is a single phase fight, where you will not have to deal with any types of adds.
The boss will constantly increase the health of his main aggro target, while also increasing his own damage dealt, to a point where a 5M health pool on your tank will not be uncommon. There are some interesting mechanics which enable your healers to have the required output to heal the tank, and the DPS will have to perform some tasks to enable the healers to do this.
2. Abilities and Explanation↑top
Baleroc has two categories of abilities. One category of abilities causes Baleroc to do massive amounts of damage and provides the tank with sufficient health to survive, while the other provides healers with the necessary tools to heal the tank.
As a healer, you are required to understand both categories because you need to know how to increase your healing capabilities but you also need to know when you are expected to use them.
3.1. Strategy Overview
Essentially, for the entire duration of the fight, Baleroc will continuously increase the maximum health and physical damage taken of the tank (through Blaze of Glory), while increasing his own Fire damage done (through Incendiary Soul).
Your raid can opt to use one or two tanks. We will detail both of these possibilities below.
You and fellow healers will need to take turns healing players affected with Torment in order to build stacks of Vital Spark, and then switch to healing the tank (thus benefiting from Vital Flame and the increased healing that it provides). The rotation should be such that a healer with higher Vital Spark stacks will always replace a tank healer, so that they can be properly healed through the increasing damage.
Because of the negative effects of Tormented (increased Shadow damage taken and reduced healing done), only the DPS players will be concerned with handling the Shards of Torment. You should never allow yourself to be debuffed with Tormented.
3.2. Managing Vital Spark
Because one cannot gain new stacks of Vital Spark while Vital Flame is active (so, for 15 seconds after having healed the tank), healers will need to rotate who is healing the tank and who is building stacks of Vital Spark by healing the DPS. There is no damage to expect on the healers.
Therefore, you will always want to have one (or two, in 25-man) healer on the tank and the rest of the healers on players affected by Torment. The tank healer(s) will have the Vital Flame effect and will be healing the tank, while all the other healers will be building their stacks of Vital Spark.
A tank healer can only keep up with the increasing tank damage for a certain time, as they are not able to gain new stacks Vital Spark while tank healing (because of Vital Flame). At some point, this tank healer will have to be replaced by one of the healers who has, up to this point, been stacking Vital Spark. Ideally, the healer with the highest number of Vital Spark stacks should switch to tank healing.
When this switch happens, the previous tank healer should (once their Vital Flame buff has dropped off) heal players affected by Torment, so that he may gain more stacks of Vital Spark.
You will be required to perform this type of rotation with the other healers for the entire duration of the fight.
3.3. Damage to Expect
As already said, you and the other healers will not take damage.
DPS players will only take damage from the Torment debuff. There is no real danger for them if they do not let the debuff stack beyond 9, as there will be healers on them all the time, trying to increase their own stacks of Vital Spark.
Since the damage from Decimating Strike scales with the tank's health, some raids will want to use 2 tanks. One of the tank will shortly tank Baleroc to increase their health just enough to survive Decimating Strike (it still deals a minimum of 190,000 damage). Then the other tank will tank Baleroc for the remaining of the encounter, except for the 15 seconds every minute when Baleroc is performing Decimating Strike instead of regular melee attacks. That will greatly reduced the overall healing needed.
4. Heroic Mode↑top
The heroic mode of Baleroc is a true test of your raid's DPS. It is a brutal gear check, during which you will most likely reach the hard enrage timer. However, from a strategy point of view, the fight remains very similar to normal mode and is as close to a "tank and spank" fight as you will find in the Firelands.
4.1. Differences from Normal Mode
There are two main differences from normal mode which cause this encounter to have slightly altered strategy and positioning, but in essence, the fight does not change drastically.
In addition to these changes:
4.2. Strategy Changes
From a healing perspective, the fight remains largely unchanged. The only healing-specific change to heroic mode is on 25-man difficulty, where one stack of Vital Spark is now gained for each 5 stacks of Torment on the target, as opposed to 3 on normal mode. This will result in a slightly lower stack generation and will, thus, make healing a bit more strenuous.
There are no new sources of damage.
There are a few other concerns you will encounter, however, which are not healing-specific. The first concern is that coming in melee contact with any player affected by the Tormented debuff will spread the debuff to you as well (which is even more disastrous ouch here than on normal mode). In 25-man raids, your raid leader will have assigned a location for players with the Tormented debuff. You should go there while your debuff persists, while making sure you do not come in contact with anyone else. Once the debuff wears out, you can return to your location.
The second concern is regarding the Countdown ability. If this targets you, you will quickly need to move to the Countdown rendez-vous location (decided upon by your raid leader) to get within 4 yards of your Countdown partner. An important note is that if your partner has the Tormented debuff, it is very likely that you will also get it from them (even though it is possible to come within 4 yards and not have it spread to you, although very difficult in practice). Getting Tormented is always preferable to failing Countdown.
Your raid may opt to have some DPS players soak a Shard of Torment all by themselves (25 stacks). If this is the case, they will require heavy healing (which will also grant you many stacks of Vital Spark) and will possibly require you to use some cooldowns on them to help them survive, such as Guardian Spirit or Pain Suppression. Make sure that a cooldown rotation is agreed upon beforehand.