The healing adventure continues.
After being able to heal Stonecore, even though I know I had a great tank, I have more confidence in my ability to heal other heroics as well…on my shaman. I knew it would be one of those “practice makes perfect” scenarios, but I was pretty turned off from healing early in Cataclysm and didn’t even want to practice.
I have started to run heroics as a healer regularly. I usually see if guildies want to tag along now because I have a bit more confidence. Bocat comes with me about 90% of the time. I swear I should just invite her by default. At least she’s one DPS I can count on!
I ran Lost City last night and also Vortex Pinnacle. Neither was too bad, but again, no weapon drop for me. Sousa really needs a healing weapon BADLY. The one thing that I still have trouble with is mana management. Water shield helps, but I seem to lose it all the time and in the middle of combat get so caught up in other things that I forget to put it back on. Lightning shield, when I am DPS-ing, can be glyphed to never drop below 3 charges from output. I wish there was a similar thing for water shield…I might have to get an add-0n that will tell me when it falls off. I’m pretty good at watching earth shield. Anyways, like I said the biggest issue I have is mana. I try using “Healing Wave” due to its cheap cost, but it heals for so little that it seems useless. So I use greater healing wave at 5 times the cost. This spell, at about 7400 mana burns out my mana pool in just 7 casts. Sure there are procs that reduce its cost etc. But man, I’m not sure what I should be using to get the healing output I need if I can’t spam that spell when I need to.
It seems like it’s time to head out and find some good shaman healing guides. There must be something I could be doing better.