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1-03-2011 @ 1:25PM
My holy priest was my first char to 85, a wekk after cata hit, and i still have not run a single cata instance or heroic with her, i'm not sure i even want to. I first started playing WOW getting on for 4 years ago, and in all that time, not even after first levelling a healer and taking her into WOTLK, which was pretty daunting for a first time healer, never have i been so apprehensive about healing anything! Whether it's the scare-mongering about the new dungeons being hard, having to manage mana a lot more than we've been used, or even just not being confident about my own abilities as a healer, there's a lot stopping me from even TRYING to heal a dungeon. TL;DR, unless you are a confident healer (which i've never been), and also one that has played a healer since vanilla, things are scary right now!
1-03-2011 @ 1:37PM
Oh for god's sake: it's a game. The dungeon finder means, most likely, that if you fail, no one you know will, themselves, know or care. Unless the dps you run with are excellent and CC everything, ignore them. Who cares? Their long queue times don't entitle them to a super-smooth run. Tell the tank you're not overly confident, they;ll either understand or get angsty. The worst that can happen is you get kicked. You will NEVER improve and gain confidence as a healer (and tank) if you don't do anything and just wait for everyone else to outgear you so they can carry your lack of confidence. Now, go queue.
1-03-2011 @ 1:38PM
Heroics aren't THAT hard. Plus no one wants to kick a healer/tank from a PUG. Unless you are massively sucking and not keeping up a person through a trash pull you'll be fine. People really are overexagerating the difficulty on heroics. Yeah, there are some interesting boss mechanics. Yes, you probably want to C/C mobs. It's not like it's anything really different or new though, it's still WoW. (note: this perspective is coming from a player who has little interest in heroics. I ran a few to maybe try and get a weapon for PvP and going into every one totally cold on the mechanics of the fights I was able to BS my way through just fine. The fact that the game TELLS you what is happening makes it pretty easy to deal with. That being said I've done some of the more difficult ones. The hardest thing really is just getting a tank/dps who are decent).
1-03-2011 @ 5:00PM
Same boat as you hitting 85 a few days after launch and have yet to hit any of the dungeons. I tank though but it's just out of the fact my time has become limited so don't want to blow a night getting nothing done. So I just get on do 20 some dailies and log until I can set aside time. Plus the content will be it for a bit so why blow through it already?
1-04-2011 @ 8:14AM
jimbob,If you've been playing your priest for that long, then I have no doubt that you have the skills necessary to run Cataclysm Dungeons. As a tank, I was in your shoes just 5 days or so ago. I was getting my ass handed to me by bosses, and even occasionally wiping on trash...TRASH! The secret - iLevel 329 does not mean you are ready for heroics. I went back and did more normal instances until I felt more comfortable with the encounters, got some justice points, and upgraded a bit more of my gear. The crucial part of my success was running with patient guildies, and a few PuG's with mostly guildies. I'm not gonna lie, you feel the pain for a few days. As you get gear however, the pain subsides and your confidence will return. Hope this helps!
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