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9-05-2010 @ 8:46PM
I think as a healer it is very easy to get stuck on the theorycraft you grew up with.When you first hit the cap, you say "great now how do I gear/talent for raiding? How do I play?" You do a little research, and figure things out, and get comfortable. Because we don't have as strong of an objective measure of performance as DPS specs, it can be harder to notice when you really aren't performing as effectively as you could be. You could be happily healing away, blowing mana, gemming incorrectly or overlooking upgrades because you are still stuck in the original theorycraft environment you first hit the cap on. Unless you are *really on the ball* you won't change your perspective on theorycrafting unless you really notice a problem, and that's hard to do for a healer since there's not much to measure objectively.This problem is magnified by the fact that healer theorycrafting usually changes pretty radically from tier to tier, and even fight to fight. The way that we healed in Naxxramas was very different than Ulduar, which was very different than TOC or ICC. You pretty much relearn your class every tier as a healer, partly because the fights are different, and partly because playstyles are very susceptible to shifting from tier to tier (Disc Priests shifting from primarily tank healers to raid healers between TOC and ICC is a good example, the POH nerf and the switch to Renew spam for Holy would be other examples). Compare this to how slowly DPS playstyles change: A DPS class can expect to see maybe one or two major shifts in their playstyle over an entire expansion. Healers can expect to play very differently every tier!As a healer, I think it is very important to not get locked into basic assumptions too much. Always be questioning your assumptions, as Dawn has done here. It is the mark of a good healer.
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