This is part one of my Resto-Shaman guides to Naxxramas. These guides are designed with the Resto-Shaman in mind, but may be beneficial for any healers. These guides are a short, bulleted overview of each Naxxramas encounter allowing the Resto Shaman to understand their roll in the raid.
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Welcome to Naxxramas, the floating citadel of the Lich King’s minions.  Within it’s walls you will find some of the most notorious and nefarious this side of Icecrown. Upon zoning in, you will face your first challenge, Mr.. Bigglesowrth.  Once his fate has been decided make your way to the first wing of Naxxramas that most raids start with…the spider wing.

Naxxramas: Spider Wing

Trash: Trash in the spider wing is well…spiders.  Make sure to cleanse poisons or keep poison cleansing totem down if mana is not an issue since you will loose mana tide for the poison cleansing totem.

anubrekhanAnub’Rekhan: This is the first boss you will encounter in the Spider wing. He is alone in a large round room. The basic fight is a tank and spank with a spawned adds until phase two. This is where AR cast locust swarm and the raid group collapses into the center of the room while the tank kites AR around the perimeter of the room (12 to 6 then 6 to 12).  This cycle repeats until he is dead or he hits the enrage timer and the raid is wiped.

During the locust swarm the main tank is usually out of range for heals without the healer getting within range locust swarm. To help get the tank through this phase cast a fresh earth shield on the tank and well as a riptide. Between the shield and the HoT from riptide it should be enough to get the tank to his next tanking position.

While the tank is kiting AR around the room, the rest of the raid is in the middle of the room taking out adds.  During this time, you will probably be healing the off tank and the raid via chain heal.  If you are able to handle the healing on your own, have the second healer move to roughly 7 or just right of the entrance.  This will allow the healer to be in position to heal the main tank right away while avoiding the locust swarm.  

Since AR has a 10 minute enrage timer you will want to have the DPS burn him down as quickly as possible.  Once the main tank has establish agro, pop bloodlust.  If the fight last long enough and you have a second shaman you can have another bloodlust for the end of the fight.

As for totems, I usually place them in the middle of the room and drop mana tide around 65-70% mana.  This allows me to keep near full mana and will allow for a second mana tide toward the end of the fight.

grandwidowGrand Widow Faerlina: GWF is Boss number two in a room full of spiders and acolytes. The room is cleared group by group be having the tank pulling each group by line of sight pulling them. Once the room is cleared, only GWF and four adds are left.

The fight requires some coordination. The main tank will engage GWF on the platform and the off tank will grab the adds and move them to one side of the stairs. Each time GWF goes into frenzy, the main tank will pull her to adds where the DPS will burn one down quick to proc Widow’s Embrace to remove GWF’s frenzy effect. Once frenzy is removed the tank will move her away until the next frenzy.  Rinse and repeat till she is dead.

Healing this fight isn’t very difficult.  The main tank doesn’t take too much significant damage, but there is a good chunk of AoE raid damage that needs to be healed and people will need to be on their toes when fighting so as to move out of the AoE affects.

Totems are standard, but GWF does do a AoE poison volley so if you are slow on cleansing a poison cleansing totem is a good idea.

maexxnaMaexxna: The final boss of the Spider wing and not an easy fight for arachnophobics.

There are two things to be aware of during this fight, Web Wrap and Web Spray.  Web Wrap will target a random raid member wrapping them in a cocoon and tossing them against the back wall.  The web needs to be killed off fast to keep the person alive.

Web spray on the other hand is on a 40 second timer and is 4 second raid wide incapacitate.

Along with the web effects, every 30 seconds Maex will spawn spider adds that will need to be picked up by the off tank and AoE’d down.

During the fight there is some nasty poison to deal with. Necrotic Poison reduces heals on the tank by 75% which that needs to be cleansed right away if you plan on keeping the tank healed at all.

As for healing, it is much like a tank and spank.  When Web Spray is cast you can’t heal or cleanse so just before Web Spray make sure to cast a fresh earth shield and a riptide and drop your poison cleansing totem to help the tank survive during the 4 seconds.  If needed pop Nature Swiftness and Healing Wave if you have fallen behind healing the tank.

At 30% Maex will frenzy causing 50% more damage.  At this point you will want to increase heals on the tank and pop blood lust.  Just before Web Wrap make sure your tank shield walls and regens, assuming you have a warrior tank.  If you cannot get Maex down before the next web wrap have the off tank pick her up and shield wall and regen again…assuming your off tank is also a warrior.

Congratulations, the spider wing is cleared and if you did it in less than 20 minutes you will have gotten the Arachnophobia achievement.  In the next guide we will go off into the plague wing for some instruction, a dance and three second heal windows.