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Chess Event, Healer Guide

Posted 4 months ago for patch 2.5.1 by Preston.

Chess Event Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for the Chess Event in Karazhan in The Burning Crusade. 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, combat log information, and Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.

General Mechanics and Abilities

Players take control of Warcraft-themed chess pieces to fight the opposing faction's pieces rather than fighting directly.

  • To begin the encounter, a player must take control of King Llane/Warchief Blackhand.
  • To win the encounter, the opposing King must be killed.

Chess Pieces

  • Talking to a piece to gain control over it changes the player's action bar and camera view to that of the piece, with the abilities noted below.
  • Exiting a piece applies Recently In Game, preventing the affected player from taking control of a new piece for 20-seconds.
  • Shared Abilities
    • Move lets you move the piece based on its limitations noted below. Use the ability and then click on the square you want to move to.
    • Change Facing lets you change the direction the piece is facing. Use the ability and then click on the adjacent square you want to face. 
  • King Llane/Warchief Blackhand (King)
    • Can move one square in any direction.
    • Sweep/Cleave damages enemy pieces in the three squares immediately in front of the King.
    • Heroism/Bloodlust increases the damage dealt by all friendly pieces in adjacent squares.
  • Human Conjurer/Orc Warlock (Queen)
    • Can move up to three squares in a straight line or up to two squares diagonally.
    • Elemental Blast/Fireball deals damage to a targeted enemy piece up to four squares away in a straight line or three squares away diagonally.
    • Rain of Fire/Poison Cloud deals damage over time to enemy pieces in the targeted square and all adjacent squares. Targetable up to four squares away in a straight line or three squares away diagonally.
  • Human Cleric/Orc Neophyte (Bishop)
    • Can move one square in any direction.
    • Healing/Shadow Mend heals a targeted friendly piece up to four squares away in a straight line or five squares away diagonally.
    • Holy Lance/Shadow Spear deals damage to all enemy pieces up to three squares away in a straight line in front of the Bishop.
  • Conjured Water Elements/Summoned Demon (Rook)
  • Human Charger/Orc Wolf (Knight)
    • Smash/Bite deals damage to an enemy piece directly in front of the Knight.
    • Stomp/Howl reduces physical damage dealt by all enemy pieces in the three squares immediately in front of the Knight.
  • Human Footman/Orc Grunt (Pawn)

Medivh Cheats!

  • Medivh will occasionally use "cheats" throughout the encounter, making things slightly harder.
    • Increases an enemy piece's damage dealt and movement limitations with Hand of Medivh.
    • Sets a random square on fire with Fury of Medivh, dealing damage over time to any piece in the affected square.
    • Heals all enemy pieces with an unknown spell.

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Healing Notes

Quick Notes

  • This is not a traditional fight to heal as the only way to heal the chess pieces is by using the Bishop's ability. 
  • If you're playing as a Bishop piece, I would prioritize healing the following: King, Queen, Bishop. That will likely use up all of your healing capacity, but if you find yourself with extra, you can also heal the Rooks, Knights, and Pawns, in that order of importance.
  • Regardless of which piece you're in charge of, try to avoid Rain of Fire/Poison Cloud and Fury of Medivh while always giving your King right of way to move.

Debuffs to Track

  • There are no particular debuffs to track.


Useful Addons

DBM Settings

Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for the Chess Event in Karazhan. You can set them up however you'd like, but these ones should work well as a starting point.

Healer DBM Settings for the Chess Event Thumbnail
Healer DBM Settings for the Chess Event


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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

June 12, 2021 - 12:59 am (Terestian Illhoof) - Fixed DBM settings to be for Illhoof.

June 04, 2021 - 4:06 pm (Shade of Aran) - Updated Arcane Missiles and Counterspell spell IDs, added Dragon's Breath.