Monday, February 8, 2010

Revisiting the Circle of Healers

Miss Medicina asks some additional questions related to the original Circle of Healers non-meme.

These were my original answers, I answered only from a holy paladin perspective, though I do have a druid, shaman, and a leveling (73) priest. In the recent months I've begun playing the shaman and the druid more, healing a Malygos run on my druid in mostly iLevel200 gear as well as TotC10 in some 219s.

1. Reread your original answers to the questions. With the benefit of hindsight, score your own work in terms of its cringeworthiness.

Looking back in hindsight, very little has changed from my original post, except for now I'm running two holy specs and using them situationally. One is a 53/0/18 and one is a 51/20/0 build.

2. Has your class's healing improved in the area you identified as its weakest?

Holy Paladins still don't have a group heal aside from judging light (which our protadins do) and the glyphed holy light splash.

3. Have you changed your "least favoured class to heal with"?

My dislike of playing with other holy paladins has faded some, having two in a 25 man is very helpful, especially when the other paladin is capable of preforming at the same level as I do. The number of deaths our tanks have in 25 man content is super low because we just don't let them die.

I now greatly detest healing with most Discipline priests. I absolutely abhor it.

While I understand the benefits of the disc build there are some major flaws and issues with every single priest succumbing to the nauseating discmania that the priest blogger community and who knows who else has been making noise about for months now. It's starting to feel like priests are going to disc just because they want to be radical and different, a rebel. ... Yet everyone is doing it.

I guess a bad holy priest still carries their weight better than a bad discipline priest and it's pretty rare for me to find a discipline priest that actually carries their own weight on my server despite the discipline spec being at epidemic levels. The disc priests are the "omg I own't heal anyone but the tank" types. (My priest was a disc tank healer before it was cool, way back before Horde had Paladins. Y'dern young disc whippersnappers, it's my lawn, get off of it!)

At this point, I refuse to recruit any more discipline priests for raiding. It may be the player's 15 dollars a month, but it's the raid's 360 and we have a priority of getting things done over how 'fun' penance is. For new recruits it's go holy or go home. One disc priest is enough (or even too much when we have all three holy paladins present in raid).

4. Did you read the entries from others in the webring, especially your class?

Yes I did. I read a lot of the entries for all the healing classes. As a healing lead and a person who has all four classes covered it's very relevant to my interests.

5. If Yes to #4, did you learn anything that made you a better healer?

Honestly, I don't really remember at this point. *nervous laugh*

6. What tools/resources or information do you think you would need to improve as a healer and how could that help the community at large?

The resource right now that would improve me as a healer would be a computer that runs at higher than 8FPS in raids.

I'd love the ability to broadcast settings and information to other healers in a fast, useful way. I'd love to broadcast my grid status indicators to other healers while in game--I can say, "Hey, send this setting" and give the rest of my healers bits of my setup without having to sit down and instruct them (or remind them) how to configure their grids.

This would make more of my healing core respond quickly to debuffs that require quick healing responses from players and may alleviate stress from me trying to heal two tanks plus the bone-spiked people on Marrowgar.

7. What did you identify as your worst habit as a healer? Have you improved in this area?

I identified my worst habit as a healer to be being too lazy to do a jump stop-cast to curb overhealing. As my haste has continued to skyrocket, I've actually gotten worse, not better, at this. At this point it's virtually impossible for me to do a stopcast in the tiny window where I can. I flip between being methodical and waiting for damage before dropping bombs and just spamhealing proactively. I'd rather overheal than lose a tank in a sudden damage spike.

8. What did you list as your favorite healing spell and your least used healing spell for your class? Are these answers still true?

My favorite spell is still holy shock and it's only going to get better when I approach my 4 piece T10 bonus that will give me back my super fast holy lights (possibly near instant) when holy shock crits.


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