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12-21-2009 @ 6:50PM
Since 3.3 came out, I've been putting my poorly-gemmed healer gear back on (bought all my T9 in one day once I realized my remaining triumph emblems were going to rot) and running through the random heroics. Healing is my first love, and I can certainly find a group faster as a tree than as a moonkin. It's been awesome to heal again frequently.However, I've noticed this makes me once again very aware of other healers, especially when I'm running my other two 80s through the heroics. My mage was in a group the other day in which the tank and dps were darn good...if they hadn't been, we couldn't have carried the healer through. I watched him closely when I noticed that he was using Holy Nova a lot, but everyone except himself (including the tank!) never got healed past 80%, even between pulls and bosses. He was mostly casting Penance and Holy Nova. Out of curiosity, I glanced at his spec, and he was disc. I never saw a shield (isn't that what you discipline priesty-types do? shield a lot?). I'll remember the name, because although I didn't add him to my ignore list (after all, he might just be new to the healing thing), I'll want to know if he's in my group again so I can plan accordingly. Don't be that guy! So I would add to this, for the newbies out there--know how to play your class as effectively as you can. It's so worth it.
12-21-2009 @ 6:55PM
Learning how to heal is not an easy process. You can use tools like Healbot to help you, but there's still a learning curve. I've gotten better as time has progressed and I've been chain-healing heroics. Of course, my gear has gotten better too! I've been kicked from groups in the early stages, though, sometimes rightfully, sometimes not, but I haven't been kicked in quite some time now.But next time you see someone not using his spells correctly, just a simple suggestion, put in a polite way can go a long way.
12-21-2009 @ 7:07PM
As a Discipline priest, I'm more often then not refraining from casting as many bubbles in heroics nowadays then I use to. This is especially true when healing a paladin tank - while some paladins are good at mana management, most still rely heavily on Spiritual Guidance to restore mana when they're healed. If I were to prevent the damage from being taken, the tankadin does not get healed, and thus they run out of mana. The same's true for rage tanks.So while a Discipline priest not casting bubbles might be cause for initial alarm, they might be inexperienced or misinformed players overcompensating after being told that bubbles cause tanks to have trouble with aggro (or a similar line).
12-21-2009 @ 7:24PM
@ambermist : I have learned some good lessons on my lvl 70 priest from people being helpful. I have had to put a couple of jerks in their place, as well. I played a healer a long time ago in DAOC and have missed it. My girlfriend, who plays a healing shaman and used to raid tank on her paladin told me to avoid using shields on Paladins. (And warriors) as others have said, so they can build mana/rage. But, I was told early on that penance rocks. Good healing for low mana. I generally use shield when a player is low, and I need an extra second to get some more heavy-hitting heals off.
12-21-2009 @ 7:59PM
@Aurilia, while concerns about Spiritual Guidance are valid, it is no longer the case that rage-based tanks need to be afraid of Absorb-type shields, which do not mitigate rage generation. In fact, Ghostcrawler would like to let tanks know that if they complain about being bubbled, they're doing it wrong: http://blue.mmo-champion.com/27/21726258134-pw-shield--vote-kick.html
12-21-2009 @ 8:01PM
s/Spiritual Guidance/Spiritual Attunement/, naturally. It's been a long day.
12-21-2009 @ 8:32PM
Disc has 3 big tools in the box. Penance. Shields. Flash Heal. Next on the list? Prayer of Mending (which I don't count as a big tool, but is a common one to cast, it's so easy and simple I do it anyway.), Prayer of Healing and then...Binding heal. Renew and Holy Nova are just occasionally useful. Doesn't seem like that healer was doing their job. Even if they avoided shielding a paladin tank they could and should have shielded others.
12-22-2009 @ 1:58AM
I also mostly spam Holy Nova on trash when doing heroics: If I only heal, I usually don't have much do to and get bored; I obviously cannot only DPS; Holy Nova is a nice half-step, better than DOTs than tick only once or twice on trash. It has the added benefit of generating no threat, which is nice in PUGs when you're unsure whether the tank holds aggro on all mobs (tip: they usually don't). Holy Nova allows me to do about half the DPS of specialized DPSers, while healing. Since it's instant, it also does not distract from moving and watching over players' life bars.I do bring everyone back up to 100% between pulls, though, if they happen to not be there at the end of a fight, which rarely happens.On bosses, I'll be mostly healing, generally DOTting, and if the fight is really easy, Holy Fire and Smite inbetween heals.
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