First I'd just like to note, this thread was made to discuss holy priest healing for heroic Chimarion, not to argue whether Disc or Holy is better to use on the fight, capiche? Kk now onto the question . . .
My guild has been progressing on Heroic Chimarion 25man, and hopefully we can down him next week, we even had a few 1% wipes this week, which were really frustrating. My question per say, is about the "correct" holy spell rotation (spell usage?) a holy priest should be using for this fight in order to use mana efficiently, but at the same time, keep dps and tanks alive for this fight and max out their hps. (And when I say max out, no I don't mean constantly topping ppl off or anything like that, I mean healing to the best of their classes ability for this situational fight.)
Our Raid Makeup is like so for Healers in 25man: (we were running 8 healers, even though I think we really only need 7?)
-Two Holy Paladins
-One Holy Priest (me<3333)
-One Disc Priest
-Two Resto Shammies
-Two Resto Druids
Healing wasn't as much an issue for us and thats not why I"m posting this thread. Our overall healing was fine, even though I think it would be better to run 7 healers instead of 8 to max out some more dps....but I'm wondering if my holy priest strategy for healing is all wrong, or if it's actually valid with the way I'm thinking. I've looked around on the forums, and honestly I"m kind of worried my healing style for this fight is quite off from what apparently other holy priests have been doing. My strategy is basically this:
-Use a lightwell at the beginning before boss is pulled so I can use it repetitively during the actual encounter.
-I basically stay in the PoH Chakra State for the entirity of this fight.
-Keep PoM on tanks everytime it's off CD so it's bouncing around.
-Use CoH everytime its off CD.
-If two or more people in a group drop health, use PoH to get them past 10%.
-When I drop health, use Binding Heal to get me and another raiders health back above 10%.
-When people are sitting close to 4-8ish%, use renew to top them past 10%.
-Keep a renew rolling on both tanks.
-A lot of times though, when people take damage, but it's like only one person in a group, I find myself throwing renew on multiple people, and then casting on anyone else I see that is low or whatever. In between the massacres I really do find myself using Renew a lot. From what I've read from a couple posts on different forums though, many holy priests only use Renew on the tanks, and occasionally use it to top people to above 10%, but even then seem to focus more on just throwing out PoH all throughout the fight.
-drop my Sanctuary Circle.
-Use PoM on tanks and keep it bouncing.
-Use PoH on groups, but don't double use PoH on a group without letting the PoH Glyph tick first.
As much as people talk about using PoH PoH PoH, I find myself mainly using PoH during Feud's but in between massacres, honestly Renew, CoH, PoM, and the occasional Flash Heal are my besties to go too. If theres not more than one person in a group whose health is dropped, I honestly feel bad using my PoH. . . I feel like its a huge waste of mana using a group wide heal, that will only affect 1-2 people as far as overhealing goes. (With the initial goal in mind of keeping people right above 10%, and anything over that being a waste of mana.)
Plus here is my thinking behind using Renew way more often than apparently other priests do:
Holy Priest Specced into:
Improved Renew -- Increase the amount healed by your Renew spell by 10%.
Divine Touch -- Your renew will instantly heal the target for 10% of the total periodic effect.
Rapid Renewal -- Reduces the global cooldown of your renew spell by 0.5 sec.
Also, if you are staying in your Prayer of Healing Chakra state for majority of the fight:
-Increases the healing done by your Area of Effect spells and Renew by 15%, plus it helps CoH come off CD quicker.
Also!! If your glyphed for "Glyph of Renew" -- Increases the amount healed by your Renew spell by an extra 10%.
So many benefits and healing percentage increases towards renew, and yet so many people are saying only keep it rolling on tanks, and throw it on the occasional dps when it will quickly top them above 10k. The last few attemps on Heroic Chimarion, the strategy I listed above was what I used, and (even though recount/skada can only show so much and isn't always the definition of whose doing more healing....no arguments please) I was usually top on Healing meters.
Could you other holy priests throw out your own opinions/advice about this boss encounter, and what you think about the type of healing strat I'm using. Should I be doing something totally different, am I doing it all wrong? Any and all advice would be appreciated, and I hope people have actual discussion about this, because thats exactly what I'm looking for here.
This really is bugging me a lot though, and its really hard to find an actual thread that discusses this specific topic concerning Heroic Chimarion healing on 25man, so like I said any and all advice/comments/opinions is appreciated!
Please and thank you! x3