The weekend was a pretty good one. More time on the mage, some spent running about doing dailies or otherwise “maintaining” toons and for the mage and priest, fixing specs. I had accidentally grabbed Torment of the Weak on Schubert before noticing that it only affects Arcane spells. Whoops! And on Elgar, given the advice, decided to drop Strength of Soul in favor of Mental Agility–just in case I wanted to go back and try healing…
And I did.
I like healing. There’s something kinda fun about it, it’s definitely more challenging than DPS and adds a real sense of accomplishment to the game that I just don’t get from DPS (I’m sorry all you DPS only people out there–no offense!). And on Sunday night, I looked at my mana regen and spirit. I had picked up some trinkets along the way and was feeling okay about healing. I can do this.
I asked in guild chat if anyone was willing to come with on a Cataclysm normal. So I queued for healing alone.
I get into a group who inform us that they had started but the tank left a little ways in and the healer followed. The new tank was doing great, pulling like a champ and watching my mana. Oh, it was Grim Batol, and it seemed like they hadn’t hit anything with their drakes…nice. We breezed through the first too bosses after an AFK boomkin, and after the first boss, the tank leaves without a word. I don’t think it was my healing, I felt I managed well and kept everyone up, no OOM, things were good. The smiting was working, fewer shields, more inner focus, using the Borrowed Time talent to cast off faster greater heals. I dunno, it was going well I thought. We wait a bit, get a new tank, and the rest is history. A nice run. My healing confidence was beginning to feel restored! It was the best I’ve felt in WoW in a long time! So look out everyone, Elgar is on his way back. Now I’m not going to go nuts and do a heroic anytime soon, BUT, it felt good to at least know I can heal. More gear will come in time and things will get better yet. Disc isn’t all that broken, just plays more like how I used to play my DS holy spec back in Burning Crusade.
Though the group was awesome, there was one “fail” thing about it. And that was the Elemental-Enhancement shaman. For the first time ever, I witnessed a shaman that acted like an elemental shaman, but was spec’d as enhancement. I didn’t actually notice at first. They dropped totems, stood by the shadow priest, pew pew. But then I saw it…Feral Spirit wolves come out, and I was like, huh? I didn’t have time, but I had wished I had inspected both gear and spec. But I did check recount and lightning bolt made up most of their damage, followed by lava burst, and melee was like 2%. I was so confused. Also, they did about 3000 DPS. I probably did that much smiting.
I later hopped on Borka, my enhancement shaman, and did some quests in Mt. Hyjal. To compare, his damage was about 23% melee. I also looked at his talent tree and there is just no semi-logical way to even make a spell casting talent tree out of enhancement. It just doesn’t make any sense, it boggles my mind endlessly.
But regardless, I felt much better about healing, even if some of my DPS PUGs were a little less than optimal.