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Stormwall Blockade, Healer Guide

Updated 7 months, 1 week ago for patch 8.1.5 by Preston. View the change log.

Stormwall Blockade Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Stormwall Blockade in Battle of Dazar'alor. While it's tailored for healers, other roles may also find the information useful. If you have any suggestions or feedback, you can leave a comment below or tweet @PrestonDvorak.

This guide has been updated and maintained based on my own experiences with the encounter as well as Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.

General Mechanics and Abilities

Normal and Heroic

This is a two-stage encounter during which players will be fighting a pair of tidepriests and then their elemental monstrosity.

This is a "flashback" encounter for Alliance players, meaning they'll be completing it as Horde races.

All Stages

  • Laminaria gains Energy from various sources throughout the encounter, detailed below.

Stage One - Storm the Ships

This stage begins the encounter and ends when the two tidepriests are killed.

  • Each tidepriest is on their own boat, players can travel to the boats using the the Pterrodax at the end of the dock before the encounter begins.
  • Both tidepriests should be killed at the same time to prevent Greater Storm's Empowerment / Greater Tidal Empowerment from empowering Laminaria.
  • On Heroic, at 50% health, the tidepriest will teleport to the other ship using Translocate.
    • Their health pool isn't shared, so if one tidepriest reaches 50% health before the other, one ship will have to deal with both of them at the same time.
Sister Katherine
  • Avoid the Voltaic Flash orbs as they dart from one side of the ship to the other.
  • When affected by Crackling Lightning, move as far away from the group as possible. Players that aren't affected to move the opposite direction to mitigate the silence effect from the resulting Thunderous Boom.
  • The Electric Shroud absorption shield must be damaged down as quickly as possible to interrupt Storm's Empowerment and prevent Laminaria from gaining additional Energy.
  • Jolting Volley deals light damage to random players.
  • Upon death, channels Greater Storm's Empowerment on Laminaria, granting a high amount of Energy over time, until Joseph is also killed.
Brother Joseph
  • Avoid the impact locations of Sea Storm and the resulting storm clouds.
  • Tempting Sirens lure players to the jump off the boat with Tempting Song and must be killed.
    • Targeted players have a short time to run to the opposite side of the boat to give as much time as possible for the Siren to be killed.
  • The Tidal Shroud absorption shield must be damaged down as quickly as possible to interrupt Tidal Empowerment and prevent Laminaria from gaining additional Energy.
  • Tidal Volley deals light damage to random players.
  • Upon death, channels Greater Tidal Empowerment on Laminaria, granting a high amount of Energy over time, until Katherine is also killed.

Stage Two - Laminaria

This stage begins after the two tidepriests are killed and ends when Laminaria is killed.

  • Use the Translocation Pedestals on the boats to return to the beach.
  • The tanks will be dealing with stacks of Kelp-Wrapped.
    • Upon expiring, triggers Kelp Wrapping on nearby players and enemies (except Laminaria).
  • Avoid the impact locations of Sea Swell and the resulting Freezing Tide Pools.
  • Stand in the impact location of Ire of the Deep to split the damage and prevent additional Freezing Tide Pools from spawning.
  • When affected by Storm's Wail, run as far away from Laminaria as possible while absorbing as many Freezing Tide Pools as possible.
    • When the effect expires, an Energized Storm spawns and moves towards Laminaria.
      • If this reaches Laminaria, Laminaria gains Energy over time from Energizing Wake.
      • The tanks can use Kelp Wrapping to make killing these easier.
      • On Heroic, killing these leaves behind an Energized Remnant orb that continually casts Unbound Energy until it is picked up by a player.
        • Picking it up triggers Storm's Wail on the player and the process repeats.
  • If no players are in melee range, Reaching Attack deals steadily increasing damage to players.

Mythic Differences

Stage One - Storm the Ships

Sister Katherine
  • Players on her ship gradually gain stacks of Mark of the Storm and should switch ships when the damage becomes too much.
Brother Joseph
  • Players on his ship gradually gain stacks of Mark of the Seas and should switch ships when the damage becomes too much.

Stage Two - Laminaria

  • The souls of the tidepriests continue to assist Laminaria, but it's unclear exactly what this means from the journal.
  • Freezing Tide Pools clear stacks of Kelp Wrapping on Energized Storms that walk through them.
  • Ire of the Deep now has a knock back effect that's reduced based on the number of players splitting the damage.

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Healing Notes

Quick Notes, All Difficulties

The notes below mostly pertain to progression difficulty, meaning if you out-gear the difficulty you're on or use extra healers they may not apply.

Debuffs to Track

Major

  • (Optional) Mark of the Storm / Mark of the Seas causes players to take increasing damage, however stack count should be managed by the affected player to keep it reasonable.

Minor

 DBM Settings

Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for Stormwall Blockade. You can set them up however you'd like, but these ones should work well as a starting point. Some settings may be Mythic only.

Healer DBM Settings for Stormwall Blockade in Battle of Dazar'alor Thumbnail
Healer DBM Settings for Stormwall Blockade in Battle of Dazar'alor


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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

February 28, 2019 - 2:27 pm (Lady Jaina Proudmoore) - Added information about alliance ships and ballista to stage one, added Frozen Solid to major debuffs to track.

February 15, 2019 - 3:34 pm (King Rastakhan) - Added Toad Toxin debuff from being hit by Plague of Toads.

February 12, 2019 - 7:32 am (Lady Jaina Proudmoore) - Updates to healer notes.

February 10, 2019 - 10:37 am (Stormwall Blockade) - Minor updates to healer notes and DBM settings.

February 09, 2019 - 3:41 pm (High Tinker Mekkatorque) - Minor updates to healer notes and DBM settings.

February 09, 2019 - 2:33 pm (King Rastakhan) - Minor updates to healer notes and DBM settings.

February 06, 2019 - 9:37 pm (Conclave of the Chosen) - Updates to healer notes and DBM settings.

February 06, 2019 - 9:21 pm (Opulence) - Updates to healer notes and DBM settings.

February 06, 2019 - 8:59 pm (Jadefire Masters) - Minor updates to healer notes and DBM settings.

February 06, 2019 - 7:21 pm (Grong, the Revenant (A)) - Minor updates to healer notes and DBM settings.