So as I recently have written about, I have started healing again on my disc priest Elgar. Just normal dungeons to make sure I’m getting the hang of disc healing in Cataclysm. I would pick up healing stuff even when running as Shadow and have a pretty decent set of normals. I have been trying out a few things and have kinda been figuring out how to heal.
Here are a few things I’ve noticed: I actually cast greater heal more than any other healing spell and it accounts for usually most of my healing done, followed by Penance. Most absorption comes from PW:Shield, and most my overheals from Atonement, because if people are at good health and not taking much damage, I Smite. I’ve been using Inner Focus a lot as well. Basically with the greater heals I’m using to fill in between penance, I can get it down to about a 20 second cooldown, which is pretty awesome.
So that’s kinda what I’m doing, I’m sure I will still need to adjust, but it seems to be working pretty well, especially with tanks that mark and CC things.
One frustration I am having is dispelling. We were in Grim Batol last night and there were so many things popping up on my decursive to dispel. The trouble is, when I’m healing frantically and seeing these things pop up, I don’t know if things like Water Blast are worth dispelling or not because I don’t have the time to read the tool-tip on what it actually is. I let poor Grom die by not cleansing him of a DoT that I should have. I didn’t realize it was a DoT until too late. So that is a frustrating thing because I’m not sure if I should waste time cleansing or not. And in Grim Batol there are a LOT of magics to dispel.
I was a little sad too at the lack of CC. I’m not sure how much health a tank should have at 85 to be running normals, but it started out okay, but somewhere in the middle things just seemed much more difficult for me. I marked mobs on one group and it went much better than the previous ones. I felt bad when the tank died on trash…though I knew it wasn’t my fault.
He did say one thing that really stung though…I didn’t respond to it.
Tank: No offense, but I’m guessing that healing is your off-spec.
Ouch. I almost dropped group, had I not had the support of 3 other guildies there with me, I might have. I knew I could do it, I’ve done Grim Batol before! So I just held in there, thanked him for the group at the end and then having had enough for the night, logged off to play Minecraft, which repeatedly crashed on me, so I played Civ V.
This weekend, I’ll be up at my brothers. I am expecting to get lots of WoW in while watching his dog. He’s got a really sweet system that can handle all the graphics on Ultra compared to mine which handles them on Low.
I’m trying not to let that healing situation bug me, but again, it all goes back to feeling like this is what I do and having someone say “healing is your off-spec” really stings. Elgar has never had healing as an off-spec. His history was healing, healing, healing. I got a Shadow Spec late in LK so that I could do dailies faster, but I was horrible at it. I really didn’t “play” shadow until after the other bad healing experience in Cataclysm.
So I want to ask Blizzard, why why why did you have to mess with my healing? You wanted to make it more fun? You have failed. It was fun before.