Monday, March 29, 2010

And then there were seven.

I've long since had the psudo-credibility to say that I've played and raided on every healing class in the game. Recently, with the help of friends, my mental leveling game, and a little work, my Priest is now level 80.



Now I have the luxury of saying that I have a level 80 of each of the four healing classes.

At the moment I have a holy spec and a disc spec because I feel I'd suck at shadow. This may change.

The healer forums seem to be very saturated with QQ. A while ago it was crying from Discipline Priests about not being able to heal as much as a Paladin, and how their throughput causes them to not have tank healer spots over Paladins. (If Discipline Priests had throughput equal to a Paladin while sporting the versatile priest toolbox, why would anyone bring a Healadin?)

More recently, there have been complaints about Holy Priests not having throughput to compete with others. Wake up, healing is not a competition. Honestly, I've seen Holy Priests who sustain 10k hps in TotC25 gear, I don't think they're nearly as bad off as people are complaining that they are. Holy Priests are actually really amazing, they just seem to be overshadowed by the more trendy Discipline spec.

According to the last time I checked WOW Popular, the most popular spec of Priest is Discipline. Mind you, I was disc before it was cool and trendy, back in classic and early BC before people like Matticus suggested folks give Circle of Healing a try. I even remained disc until I wound up solo dualbox healing Vael in BWL. Two mostly single target healers just wasn't going to cut it.

I've decided to go against the trend and stay Holy, as it was my spec through the second half of BC. As I gear up, I'll go ahead and report in on how I'm feeling about healing as a holy priest as well as little tricks I've used along the way.

I honestly think the complaining from Priests on the healing forums comes from folks thinking the grass is greener on the other side. I've been on all four sides and the grass isn't greener. In general Priests are really amazing, they have a fantastically versatile toolbox, though it seems a lot of Priests just don't seem to realize exactly how powerful their toolbox is. Perhaps it takes playing other classes to really appreciate Priest's versatility.

Setup:
I've utilized one of my favorite addons "Power Auras" to give myself a few notifiers for when certain abilities are upon my Holy Priest.

This code assures I am always aware of a surge of light proc. I can cash it in for an instant cast flash heal or a smite:
Version:st3.0.0E; gcd:bofalse; b:nu0.33725490196078; anim1:nu3; g:nu0.62745098039216; optunitn:bofalse; ignoremaj:botrue; stacksLower:nu0; target:bofalse; icon:stInterface\Icons\Spell_Holy_SurgeOfLight; size:nu0.95999997854233; torsion:nu1; r:nu1; y:nu-94; x:nu0; customname:st; groupany:botrue; isAlive:botrue; timerduration:nu0; unitn:st; bufftype:nu1; stacks:nu0; focus:bofalse; raid:bofalse; texture:nu6; alpha:nu1; aurastext:st; symetrie:nu0; owntex:bofalse; isResting:bofalse; duration:nu0; mine:bofalse; multiids:st; inVehicle:bofalse; speed:nu1; anim2:nu4; stacksOperator:st>=; realaura:nu1; InactiveDueToState:botrue; threshold:nu50; exact:bofalse; textaura:bofalse; sound:nu0; wowtex:bofalse; groupOrSelf:bofalse; customsound:st; combat:nu0; id:nu1; inParty:nu0; HideRequest:bofalse; Active:bofalse; aurastextfont:nu1; buffname:stSurge of Light; inRaid:nu0; tooltipCheck:st; customtex:bofalse; stance:nu10; spec2:botrue; isSecondary:bofalse; thresholdinvert:bofalse; spec1:botrue; Debug:bofalse; beginSpin:bofalse; Showing:bofalse; UseOldAnimations:bofalse; begin:nu2; off:bofalse; party:bofalse; texmode:nu1; inverse:bofalse; ismounted:bofalse; targetfriend:bofalse; randomcolor:bofalse; finish:nu1

This code notifies me when I have three stacks of Serendipity. With this, I can cast a really fast greater heal, or more likely a prayer of healing:
Version:st3.0.0E; gcd:bofalse; b:nu1; anim1:nu3; g:nu0.71372549019608; optunitn:bofalse; ignoremaj:botrue; stacksLower:nu0; target:bofalse; icon:stInterface\Icons\Spell_Holy_Serendipity; size:nu1.3600000143051; torsion:nu1; r:nu0.28235294117647; y:nu-94; x:nu0; customname:st; groupany:botrue; isAlive:botrue; timerduration:nu0; unitn:st; bufftype:nu1; stacks:nu3; focus:bofalse; raid:bofalse; texture:nu59; alpha:nu1; aurastext:st; symetrie:nu0; owntex:bofalse; isResting:nu0; duration:nu0; mine:bofalse; multiids:st; inVehicle:bofalse; speed:nu1; anim2:nu4; stacksOperator:st>=; realaura:nu1; InactiveDueToState:bofalse; threshold:nu50; exact:bofalse; textaura:bofalse; sound:nu0; wowtex:bofalse; groupOrSelf:bofalse; customsound:st; combat:nu0; id:nu2; inParty:nu0; HideRequest:bofalse; Active:bofalse; aurastextfont:nu1; buffname:stSerendipity; inRaid:nu0; tooltipCheck:st; customtex:bofalse; stance:nu10; spec2:botrue; isSecondary:bofalse; thresholdinvert:bofalse; spec1:botrue; Debug:bofalse; beginSpin:bofalse; Showing:bofalse; UseOldAnimations:bofalse; begin:nu2; off:bofalse; party:bofalse; texmode:nu1; inverse:bofalse; ismounted:bofalse; targetfriend:bofalse; randomcolor:bofalse; finish:nu1

Hymn of Hope:
I wanted to use lyrics from this song as my Hymn of Hope macro but it was too long/spammy so I settled for "Set sail for win!" The song is actually, literally, a song about not giving up hope.
(It's from a fantastic, virtually unknown, nerdy as hell, and totally unappreciated musical called "Starmites!" If you like musicals, comicbooks, and other nerdy things you might want to hunt down a local production.)

Now I'm gonna go heal some heroics.

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