The other day before I logged in after a weekend of fishing, I decided I’d check out some WoW news since I can’t read anything at work and it had been a long time. With patch 4.2 I swear I was the last to know things and still don’t because I don’t get to read as much as I used to. Anyways, I happened to see the news about the world-firsts for heroic kills of Ragnaros on 10 and 25-man. They had lists of the raid members and so I thought I’d check it out and click on the armory profiles of a few people..specifically to see if any of the priests were disc.
As it turned out, two of the four were disc, one shadow, and one holy. I took a look at the disc specs to see how they compared to me. The first thing I noticed is that neither one was smite spec. Hmm. I took a look around to see where they put the extra points and basically could understand the logic behind the movement of the points. This freed up some more points for holy and shadow as needed. The last points seemed to be a matter of preference…reduced cooldown on shadowfiend vs. 1% haste or self heals. So there was some flexibility there. I decided that perhaps running smite-spec was part of the problem I was having with disc spec. I would have trouble switching between the boss to smite and my party members when they would need direct heals or bubbles. I’m sure there is an add-on that makes this much easier, but I don’t like add-ons that much, they always seem to clutter up things. That’s just my opinion, and I haven’t found a healing add-on that I like.
So I logged onto Elgar and decided to spend the 33g to change from a smite disc spec to a non-smite spec. Then, what the hell, I better try it out. I queued by myself for a normal dungeon. Best not to take on more than I can handle. I moved about my toolbars and got myself ready, I got a group almost immediately. HoO. F, I hate that place, and I always seem to get it. I zone in and I’m in the middle of the beetle gauntlet towards flaming marrowgar. The conversation goes like this:
Elgar: Uh oh.
Elgar: No offense, but I always get nervous when I come into a group as a healer in the middle of an instance.
DPS1: The healer just left without a word.
DPS2: Yeah, we don’t know why.
Elgar: Okay. Well, let’s do this.
It didn’t take long for me to start guessing why the healer left. Aggro seemed to be all over the place as the mage and rogue were not attacking the same target as the tank. It was not easy to keep everyone alive, bosses seemed to go much better. The rogue and tank both stood in the flames on the fire elemental boss, fortunately on normal that won’t totally kill you. It was sloppy. But it gave me a chance to try healing with the new spec.
Regardless of the sloppy play, it was much easier for me to heal without worrying about smite and archangel. It felt more like “normal disc” I remembered from patch 3.0. Going back to purely healing suits me much better, if there’s no healing needed, I’m okay just standing around or stopcasting greater heal.
I later did a heroic with guild members, after feeling more confident, and that went pretty well. Like Mohawk Troll, I tend to PUG over running with guildies because if things go badly, I can drop or get kicked without much consequence, but running with guildies has more weight to it, sure it’s supposed to be more “acceptable” but I hold myself to a high standard when healing and if I were to let a guildie die, even if it were their fault, I’d feel pretty bad about it. A tank death probably means hours of crying*.
So that went well and I feel better about the disc spec. I may end up playing Elgar more now, he’s always been one of my favorites and best geared, but now he’s 3rd of the 85s and just doesn’t get to do much more than transmute. It will be good to get him back in action now and then.
* Not really, probably. 😉