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Healer Survey

July 12, 2011

Ana tagged me for the healer survey thingiemadealie. I had another post for today, mostly telling the Druids of the Talon to DIAF. Hopefully this will be a little more interesting than me ranting about how many times I died doing their dailies for the first time. I probably shouldn’t have done them after midnight and half asleep.

What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?

Kerick (human) and Vanicus (belf), both paladins, both … crap. You made me do this on Tuesday morning. I bet the Armory is down. Maybe I can remember their spec off the top of my head. They are identical.  I *think* it is .. oh good, the Armory is up. 32/5/4. (Note to self: your ret specs don’t match! Research them and fix it)

What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)

I raid 10 mans four nights a week, two on each toon. Van also does a metric crapton of heroics during the week because … well, we just love to run dungeons in SR. Kerick doesn’t do as many, partly because his friends also like to heal and make him DPS.

What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?

I was going to say Lay on Hands because I love being able to insta-save someone once every 7 minutes … *especially* when the next thing I hear in vent is ‘ok who blew Lay on Hands on the frost DK?’ Buuuuuut …. since 4.2 hit …. well let’s just say I am crossing my fingers and praying that they don’t reverse the buff to Word of Glory. A 42k crit heal (with 3 holy power) that costs no mana? NO MANA?? And then Eternal Glory procs and I can have two of them back to back? Yes plz!

What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?

Light of Dawn. Mainly because … well, an AoE cone heal is slightly less than useful in a 10 man environment. Once in awhile we’re stacked enough to use it, but … meh. It’s sometimes ok for transferring through beacon, but with the buff to WoG now I’m better off using that unless I’m in one of our infamous 4 DK Grim Batol runs …. then I break out LoD like it’s going out of style.

What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?

All yur spell plate belong to us!

We’re pretty? (shut it, Sorak, Kerick is NOT fat)

Ok fine. Serious answer then. Cooldowns. We have such a diverse and plentiful toolbox, and it’s not limited to healing spells. I mean, I knew about BoP (or Hand of Protection these days but … who doesn’t still call it BoP?) from my days as a raiding mage, when my best buddy Hartbane (who I still miss a ton) had his trusty BoP Karius macro handy at all times. But there’s also Hand of Sacrifice (handy for those times when the tank has already used his CDs) and Hand of Salvation (which Fayle taught me to use to save his HB-spamming butt). And Blessing of Freedom, I suppose, but I’m really bad at using that on anyone other than myself.  And Aura Mastery. And the healy type cooldowns like Divine Favor, Avenging Wrath, and Guardian of Ancient Kings. (For a good time, get everyone stacked up, then hit Divine Favor + Guardian of Ancient Kings + Holy Radiance … and then pray that your video card can handle a solid wall of green numbers.)

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?

Despite the fact that we actually HAVE AoE healing now, it is still our weakest area. We can spot raid heal now when necessary, but it’s definitely not our strong suit. We need people stacked up for Holy Radiance. The changes in 4.2 help, we can cast it more often and we  can toss holy light around with the reassurance that every one of them is transferred 100% through beacon, but … we’re really best off mostly watching tanks. Fortunately, both of my raid groups have healers who communicate well with each other and cover each other’s rears when needed.

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?

25? What is that I don’t even …how about this. I’ll cover the pets. I just … don’t … do … 25 mans. That, to me, is probably the best thing to come out of Cata. Not having to run 25 mans to get my gear. Ok, maybe the second best thing. Not needing Pally Power still wins hands down.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?

Slice, don’t hate me. You know I dig the bubbles. But I’m gonna have to agree with Ana and say that druid and paladin just complement each other so well. I bring the direct healing, she brings the HoTs and the sexy glyphed treant and yes, the Tranquility.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?

Is it fair to say, another paladin? Each of the healing classes brings different things to the table. We’re just missing out on so much if we double up. Honestly, that goes for tanking and dps as well, when you’re talking 10 mans. I know they’ve spouted BTPNTC so much, and to some extent that is true. But if you can bring that good player and talk them into playing a class that brings something you don’t already have, you’re much better off.

If I had to pick a different class than my own for the answer … I dunno. Earlier in T11 I would have been inclined to say shaman because they were pretty weaksauce. All of them, not just Sorak. (lol) But they seem to have gotten better with some of the tweaks.

What is your worst habit as a healer?

I think sometimes I lean too heavily on Holy Light and get myself into some tight spots by not using the bigger, more expensive heals. They made the changes to paladin mana costs to counteract people using Divine Light almost exclusively. That honestly boggled my mind a little bit, because it is so … not me. You guys wonder why I never run out of mana? Now you know. I have totally championed mana-efficient heals for my entire Cata career. I also don’t have the obsession that most healers have with needing to have *every* *single* *bar* filled all the way up with green. I’m perfectly fine with you dps types sitting at 70% health, as long as the tanks are full … unless you’re Log. Or Cayle.

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?

Don’t make me chase you. It’s one thing if you’re the tank … in that case it’s your job to round up the mobs, and mine to keep you alive while you’re doing that. So I have an equal responsibility to stay in range of you (within reason, don’t think that I will save you if you do something stupid). But if you’re dps, stay close and follow the tank. And if you pull something … well, I might just let you die, like the DK the other night who pulled a group and Arv and I just stood back and watched him bite the dust. It was kinda epic.

Ok that was mostly applying to 5 mans. In raids? Actually, this can apply to 5 mans too, but especially in raids … use your dang interrupts. Yes, I can interrupt and heal at the same time because I’m just that good, but I shouldn’t *have* to. Oh, and other healers that don’t dispel. YOU HAVE A DISPEL ABILITY, USE IT KKTHXBAI.

I could probably go on … ranting is teh fun!

Do you feel that your class/spec is well-balanced with other healers for PvE healing?

It’s … a lot closer than it used to be. I’m not all that happy with nerfing our tank healing in order to give us some AoE healing … but the WoG buff has kinda fixed that somewhat. Our AoE healing is not *quite* enough to make us viable raid healers, at least not solo. I think there are things they could do to make it better … but then we would be OP in PvP and they would nerf it right back, so meh. Stupid PvP.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?

Recount during raids, mostly just to see what killed people… and brag about how many interrupts I have, or to show off leading the dispel meter.  I had Obituary but it was broken in 4.2. I should probably check and see if it’s fixed yet. I browse the parses on World of Logs, although I’m still learning some of the things it can tell me. And then there are the more subjective things … is the boss dead? Am I dead? Is Log/Cayle dead? Did I do everything that I could to get the result I desired? (not necessarily preventing deaths in that case hehe)

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?

Probably that healing on a paladin is spamming one button. I’m not saying it’s hard, but there’s a lot more to think about now than just chain casting one big heal like in ICC. Oh sure, you can do that if you want to … but you won’t be an effective healer and you’ll be OOM faster than Cayle can tank the floor. On a side note, having so many more things to use is a lot more FUN. If it wasn’t fun, I sure as hell wouldn’t be raiding on TWO of them, ya know?

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?

Holy Power is probably confusing and clunky. When the changes first went into effect, I actually shelved my paladin. It’s a strange concept at first, especially if you’ve never played a combo point class. It’s second nature to me now, and it’s less confusing when you level with it, but getting it at 80 and having to basically learn a whole new class? Yeah that was a trip. But if you’re gonna play one now, learn to love holy power. Use Holy Shock damn near every time it is off cooldown. Don’t hang onto your holy power stacks forever and a day waiting for a perfect time, either. Use them! It’s a free freaking heal!! The sooner you spend it, the sooner you’re back at 3 stacks.

If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?

I … don’t really know. Maybe someone else should do that and tell me. My overhealing isn’t terrible … and the huge majority of it is from the self-healing of Protector of the Innocent. My numbers … I don’t really go by HPS so I have no clue if they’re good or not. But they are on par with everyone that I heal with other than the druids. Could I pump them up to druid levels? Ha. Yeah sure, I probably could if I tried … but inflated numbers do not equal effective and efficient healing. If I wanted to top meters, I’d level my huntard.

Haste or Crit and why?

Haste up to a certain threshold gives one more tick to my Holy Radiance. Not to mention all the other good things it does like make my spells cast faster and reduce the global cooldown. Crit is fine up to a point, but I don’t need that much to keep Conviction up. The crit that comes on my gear and is left over after reforging to spirit or haste is more than enough. I do love the tasty 200% crit heals now though.

What healing class do you feel you understand least?

Hrm. Probably shaman. I’ve leveled a priest and am working on another one, so I pretty much get those. I’ve hung with Ana enough and read her excellent posts on druid healing that I at least understand what they do and how they do it. I also have little to no desire to learn how to manage HoTs. But I haven’t spent much time around shaman, outside of raid time.

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?

Healbot is the main thing, or at least, the healer specific thing. I also have a thing called Holy Power Notifier (I think) that puts a power aura-like graphic over my head when I have 3 stacks of Holy Power. Much easier to see than the small little stars on my healbot frame or the triangles under my xPerl portrait. I do have Decursive installed, but I honestly couldn’t tell you why I leave it active on the paladin. Maybe I’ll turn it off. I haven’t taken the plunge to full-on power auras yet. Maybe I never will. I can see all my cooldowns right on my bars thanks to OmniCC.

Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?

Spirit > Haste > Crit > Mastery. I try not to get pieces that don’t have spirit. I pride myself on being an efficient healer, but when the shit hits the fan or you’re learning new fights and people are taking unnecessary damage because theyr’e learning .. you can never have enough regen. Same goes for haste, and of course the two go hand in hand since the more heals you cast, the more mana you burn. But getting a heal off fast enough is super important … especially if your raid doesn’t have a spell haste  buff. Crit we’ve touched on, it’s not bad, there’s just no real good reason to stack it over haste. Mastery … blech. It sounds cool, but it just … doesn’t work well enough.

You’re it

Slice … no slacking, dawg. Get on it!

Crap, lunch time. No time to proofread! If you find mistakes … blame Sorak.

Pally vs. Priest

November 5, 2010

A couple days ago, Slice posted about being a little burned out on healing. It just so happens that I heal on the same two classes/specs. So I’m just going to discuss both of them a little bit.

I healed back to back nights of ICC10 this week, one on the pally and one on the disc priest. It’s funny how the groups shake out when you do them by open signups on the calendar. Wednesday night we had something like 3 pallies, 3 druids, 2 shaman, a mage, and a lock … last night we had 2 priests, 2 mages, 2 rogues (until one swapped to his pally), a warrior, a DK, a hunter, and a shaman.

Dreamwalker

Perhaps the fact that I started healing late in the expansion has something to do with it, but I’ve gotten past the whole flailing thing on the pally. True, his throughput is not as powerful as it once was. And I’ve never been great at getting the orbs, so I was pleasantly surprised at the end of Dreamwalker to see that I was neck and neck with the most excellent shaman who went into the portals with me.

The shaman who was with us last night had not done the fight and wasn’t comfortable with the whole portal thing, so they sent me instead, alongside the holy pally. Now, Greater Heal is awesome and all, but other than Power Infusion, I don’t really have any cooldowns to boost my throughput. The pally, on the other hand, has Divine Favor (further enhanced by the 2pc T10 bonus), Avenging Wrath, and of course, Lay on Hands. Still, I didn’t do too bad, and I got a lot more orbs after having practiced the night before. Is it just me, or did they make those easier to build up?

Advantage: Paladin (like you needed me to tell you that)

Sindragosa gauntlet

So, I have this really fun game that I played both nights on the gauntlet. I put myself on autofollow behind my favorite tank and let him drag me around between the spiders while I cast instant cast spells and ate Doritos. >.>

On the paladin, this mostly consisted of Holy Shocks and Word of Glory, with an occasional Light of Dawn when I felt like it, and maybe a Holy Wrath here and there, because AoE dps is teh fun. There was plenty of time for eating chips.

The priest though …. I didn’t eat at all. I was too busy yelling ‘squeeeeee’ as I  pressed Holy Nova on every GCD and watched my screen fill with both green AND yellow numbers, as well as seeing the entire raid be covered in Divine Aegis bubbles. Oh, and as a bonus … autofollowing a charging warrior is more fun than autofollowing a running pally.

Advantage: Priest

In all seriousness though, they both do fine and are both fun for different reasons. Disc is never going to be ideal for a fight that requires healing throughput like Dreamwalker, because mitigation is its specialty. But other than the odd and extremely unusual case like that one, they both can handle pretty much any assignment you give them.

By the way, anyone else notice that they increased the range on most spells? Rags can smite the axethrowers on lootship, and Kar has a 40 yard range for his arcane spells where he used to have to spend talents just to get 36. Throw in the auto-slow from Nether Vortex, and kiting things as arcane has never been easier. He gets his turn at ICC tonight.

The Holy Experiment: UK 2 and 3

May 25, 2010

Saturday night I was finishing up the quests in Coldarra in anticipation of eventually running Nexus. I’m standing in the inn at Valiance Keep talking on the phone, when my buddy Beldren materializes in front of me. Like, whoa dude! Let’s run a dungeon.

We queue up and get UK with me healing and a druid tank. The tank had some problems holding aggro, and I don’t know enough about druid tanking to know why, but we wiped on the pull before Keleseth. I was doing much better on the healing than I had the first time I was in there, but when all four mobs are beating on four different people … yeah.

Bell goes to bed, the tank drops, we pick up a new healer and a new dps. Waitwut? A new healer? *sigh* Failtank … go! We got through the first boss and the next full hallway of trash before I remembered to put up Righteous Fury. Somewhere before the next boss, the healer left the group for no apparent reason. One of the dps says they can tank, so we requeue looking for a dps and I go back to healing. I don’t remember much about the rest of the run other than, we got through it and I did much better than I had the time before.

Last night, of course, was Classic Raid Night. I decided before the raid that I was tired of my prot spec and wanted to level faster, so I wiped it in favour of copying Grom’s ret spec. So of course, epic tank stuff dropped. Doh! I did get a super awesome perfect-for-a-holy-pally trinket though, Pendant of the Violet Eye.  Although stuff dies so fast to level 80s that the fights are mostly a joke, two people did manage to blow themselves up by moving during flame wreath. hehe!! Gotta love good old Aran. Oh, and I got the legendary Gorehowl for my shiny new ret spec.

So, after I finished gemming my new pants … oh snap! I forgot to tell you about the pants. Yeah, they’re cloth but they have three gorgeous yellow gem slots. So Kaly cut 3 brilliant sun crystals and 2 of them came out perfect! Yummy intellect. I have almost 13k mana unbuffed … I mean almost as in 12,957 or something, it’s that close.

So once the pants are done, I’m still hanging out in the Crits vent and Quest asks if I want to go do a dungeon. He hops on his level 70 frost DK and we queue up. UK again. Level 73 warrior tank, an unholy DK, and a huntard. Ok, this will be a true test of whether I have gotten the hang of this or not. Gear is no longer a question, I now have Divine Plea plus this Mp5 trinket to push when I need regen … I’ve got a rage tank who is surely going to rush right along (and she did) … let’s see what happens.

Ok, I think I can understand what Hart finds so great about this. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a tank down to 2% health and had a single Holy Light fill their bar back to full. She chain pulled the dragon room … I was practically squealing by the end …  I may have even yelled a Rotface-esque ‘wheeeeeeee’ at one point. On boss fights I beaconed myself, on trash I beaconed whichever dps happened to take damage, and I just healed the tank and let beacon and glyph of Holy Light take care of the rest. I remembered to use Divine Illumination … I tossed out a judgement when I could to proc Judgements of the Pure …  I forgot about my haste trinket but I did use the Pendant of the Violet Eye.

I still hate Ingvar. No LoS issues this time, but some idiot forgot to stop casting during Dreadful Roar … and to make matters worse, the tank was already low and I had just hit Divine Favor to make the Holy Light I was winding up a guaranteed crit … uh, oops? It’s just me and the unholy DK now. I bubble, beacon myself, and lay some heals down on him … getting close, Ingvar’s pretty low, toss out a judgement … phew. Tank cheers, I apologize for losing her, everyone gets rezzed, we all go home happy.

So, as bad as UK #1 was …. by UK #3 I have fully gone holy and there’s no looking back. I’ll burn through the questlog as ret, but when it’s time to dungeon and ultimately settle on a main spec …. ooh yeah, shower me with that spellpower plate.