Okay, so it’s no secret to those that play with me or have to endure my horribly complaining about healing since Cataclysm, but I really didn’t like healing in Cataclysm. I all but abandoned my beloved Elgar and his first healing experiences were horrifying.
This has changed though. And after finding a healer play style that fit me very well (Shaman), I grew more confident and the priest started to get some play time too. I did quite a bit of healing over this weekend and now feel confident to heal heroics on both of them. Tanks with some better gear since we’re at a new tier have only helped boost my confidence.
I might not be healing the “correct way” or whatever, but I figure for what I’m trying to accomplish, it’s good enough. I probably don’t have total gem optimization or even enchant maximized, but I’m no min/max person. If I have enchants that make sense and gems that are the right stats, I figure that’s probably going to be pretty good. Agility helps healers dodge right? (I’m kidding!!)
Sousa doesn’t seem to have any real troubles right now, sometimes his AOE feels a little weak, but the trick there is to get everyone to stand in the healing rain–I love that spell, that is AOE awesometimes. But there are times when I want to scream at the two ranged DPS standing “just” outside the ring and tell them to get into it–I swear they stand just far enough apart so it can’t hit them both–you guys, HOLD HANDS!! But otherwise the shaman healing style is really suiting me.
The disc priest (Elgar) took a little more warm-up time for me to feel good about it. I switched out of a smite spec so it’s more straight up healing like I remember before. Here mana management is a little more key. But again, lots of AOE and I feel I don’t have a good way to recover quickly, so I just have decided to tell myself it’s okay, they just need to be up again by the time the next AOE comes, it doesn’t have to be instant. That I can handle. Also, just like healing rain, trying to get people to run into the bubble can be frustrating! Seriously, it’s large and golden, why would you run from something like that?
Oh, speaking of running from things, here’s a good story, with a twist ending. I was under siege by some of the adds on the first boss of Grim Batol during a PuG. I’m on my shaman and don’t have a really good way to get them off of me. I start to run toward my tank so they can grab them, and all the sudden there’s all this graphics everywhere, and I’m like oh crap, so basically I feel like I’m weaving my way over there, I drop earth elemental, but he dies quick (sad). Through spam healing myself and the tank and (thank god) the DPS didn’t take damage, we live. Afterwards the mage says, “Why were you running from all my AOE? I was trying to get them off of you!”
I thought I was trying to be killed. I laughed and said that I didn’t realize who was doing it and was just trying to stay alive that I didn’t have time to see that the AOE was from you and not the fight. We had a good laugh. Then later, I fell off one of the bridges and died. It was…fun.
The long story made short, is that it feels good to be capable of healing again and watch out for the cracks in the Grim Batol bridges, they are really slick. Seriously.