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12-13-2010 @ 5:52AM
"The key is to use the Holy Shock/Word of Glory/Holy Light combo to keep everything under control, and to only drop back to Divine Light and Flash of Light in times of great need."I can't emphasise this enough. I've been healing a fair share of heroic Cataclysm dungeons, and using these spells as my primary healing spells allows me to keep going on and on without the fear of running out of mana. Primarily use Holy Light to heal your (beaconed) tank to build up Holy Power, use Holy Shock on DPS to spot-heal and add more Holy Power, then use Word of Glory where needed, and you'll be fine in most situations. If the tank is taking heavy damage, use Holy Shock and Word of Glory on the tank instead of the DPS before resorting to the costlier Divine Light and Flash of Light. It's also possible to skip using Word of Glory and resort to Light of Dawn. It could just be me, but it seems to me that it heals even a single target for more than Word of Glory would, simply because it heals the same target more than once if there aren't five people in its radius when you need it. The possibly ideal combination would be using Word of Glory, THEN Light of Dawn if you've got the talent that gives Word a chance not to consume Holy Power, but personally I don't like relying on something random to heal my group. It's key to use your Holy Power whenever it reaches three stacks, or you'll kind of waste the potential of any Holy Shock or casted heal on your beaconed target.
12-13-2010 @ 11:27AM
The tough thing to me is figuring out how to AoE heal in 5 mans. Healing 2 people plus myself is pretty easy. When the whole party loses over half their life in an instant it gets rough. The only way to do it seems to be to predict when the aoe damage will come and be ready with 3 HoPo, standing in the right place to LoD/HR. Otherwise I have to use FL or let people die. So I struggle to determine when it's safe to use HoPo for WoG (increasing mana efficiency) and when I must save it for Light of Dawn (increasing throughput). It almost seems to depend on how good the dps are at avoiding damage.
12-13-2010 @ 12:54PM
Michael, you are exactly right. That is exactly how it is supposed to work in Cataclysm. If a healer goes oom, it's not always because the healer was inefficient. It's equally true that people were taking damage they shouldn't. Predicting AoE damage is also a definite must, and even if you can't always know exactly when it will happen, constantly be on the lookout and shift your position to be able to throw out LoD immediately and hit as many as possible. If you're in position before the damage goes out, you don't have to waste time running to orient yourself or mana using FoL.
12-14-2010 @ 2:57AM
If people are taking avoidable damage, let them die, Michael. Nothing tells a DPS that they should be paying attention to what they do and where they stand like falling face-first into the ground.
12-14-2010 @ 12:04PM
"The tough thing to me is figuring out how to AoE heal in 5 mans."It seems everyone is forgetting Holy Radiance for some reason. It is our AOE heal, so it makes sense to use it to AOE heal in 5 mans. It's incredibly helpful and on a fairly short timer considering. It's a bit costly, but on rough pulls I can usually use it more than once and still spam my other heals in the process without going OOM.
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