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1-21-2010 @ 5:44PM
Interesting timing on this article in that I ended up thinking about a lot of the issues you raise last night. I'm a disc priest and pretty new to raiding as a healer. We did rotface and festergut last night and, after a wipe on rotface I considered what I could do better. The obvious solution was to use *every* GCD to do *something*. I pvp a lot so I'm no stranger to healing and moving at the same time (which is not to say I'm expert at it, only that I'm used to it). But here's the thing I'm not yet so good at: Determining what to do. Obviously when I'm moving my healing options are limited to PW:S, PoM and renew, but I don't really have a good sense of what the priorities are here. Should I throw a renew on the offtank or shield a random dps? Or should I stop for a second to hit the tank with penance? Or something else? This is of course the sort of thing for which there is no formulaic answer, but is the only way to get better at making fast decisions just to practice making fast decisions? It seems so.
1-21-2010 @ 6:37PM
In answer to your question: that's exactly right. As you continue healing, your mind will start to develop proper responses to situations. Your responses to "OH SHIT" moments will become less panic-driven. You won't think about what the right decision is...you just will. Kind of like reflex. I can't count the amount of situations I've absolutely PANICKED when I was a fresh healer that I now dig the group out of in a few casts without a second thought
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