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8-16-2010 @ 6:23PM
I was having problems with mana as Holy, so I switched to Disc and they largely went away, and disapeared once I had the t9 stuff.But when I dual-spec'd back to Holy, I still have some mana issues, especially with fast-paced groups. (Like when the tank starts pulling before you've tossed out the buffs, or when you have no mana from switching specs...)
8-16-2010 @ 8:27PM
As a tank leveling a healer, I find that 99% of tanks out there, at least in LFG, are blind to the idea that their healer's mana is *their* responsibility.Eg, it's not on the healer to spam chat with 'oom' or /oom when he gets low, it's the tank's job to watch the healer's mana, judge whether he has enough for the next pull or not, and stop or go depending on that. For a tank, your healer's mana = your health and > your rage (if have it).Paladin tanks are most likely to be the exception since they're used to watching mana, but there are plenty that chain pull regardless. Wars and Druids generally rush ahead looking only at their diminishing rage, and DKs are pretty clueless about that a number of other things.I do wish Rossi or another tank columnist would write an article on this issue - when tanking you should get in a habit of keeping one eye on your healer's mana, one eye your hp and what the boss is casting/doing, and one eye on big picture (adds, dps in fire/iceblock, etc.).
8-17-2010 @ 3:31AM
@ByronHow many eyes are tanks supposed to have?
99% of tanks out there are former DPS who are clicking "tank" in LFD for shorter queues. Nothing else."Watch the healers mana" is a mantra that is repeated where ever you can find useful tanking info".Watching the healers mana is sometimes hysterical though, like the other day when a priest with 6k gear score could blow half his mana bar on one mob in FoS. I was in awe that someone could spam keys that quickly. I have seen ~3k GS healers do FOS and never drop below 80%.
8-17-2010 @ 9:08AM
Shinhan - clearly at least three eyes. I think tanking is supposed to involve the pineal gland, or something.
8-17-2010 @ 11:39AM
They just recently did a paladin column about which tank healers prefer to heal, a column from the opposite view ("which healer do tanks prefer") would also be neat. I have two tanks and two healers, and while i'm healing more now than before, I tank less and Q my warrior and druid as dps when I used them.
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