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12-02-2008 @ 4:28AM
'Healers:Get by using only your heals that are appropriate for the moment. Smaller heals are usually more mana efficient (FoL for pallies, for example) and may do the job just fine. Big heals, while big crit numbers are nice, usually waste mana because of overhealing...causing you to OOM quicker.'Thats um...not really true. Larger heals and HOTs are the most mana efficent. Compare Greater Heal and Flash Heal for priests. You are right about overhealing, but with priest talents like Serendipidy (which gives you mana back everytime you overheal) then thats something to take into account.The other important thing for casters is the 5 sec rule. Mana only regenerates after 5 seconds of casting a spell (although this is got around by some talents and mp5 gear). So casting less , but bigger heals means you get out of the 5sec rule much easier, and therefore get more mana.Throwing around lots of short mana-inefficent heals is 'the' way to get OOM. A priest will do anything he can to delay healing as long as possible to get out of the 5sec rule.A good healer will know exactly what his heals heal for, and be able to measure expected damage and cast-times so that when that heal lands, it does so in the most mana-efficent way. For example, if you have a 5k heal, then often the best time to start is when the tank has had 3k of damage because by the time your heal finishes he will have taken another 2k of damage.
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