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4-12-2011 @ 11:55AM
I guess I didn't lose my nerve, I relished the challenge on both healers and tanks. I was leveling my warrior first, and just a couple hours after Cata was released had gone to find the entrance to Throne of the Tides. While there, I saw a rogue from another guild. He asked if I'd help summon so his guildees could discover the instance, invited me and I saw that we had a full group with a geared holy pally. I offered to tank and off we went, I was very excited to see a new instance. Was relatively easy, the first big surprise was Dark Fissure on the 2nd boss, which had me instantly popping Last Stand. The next big surprise was the giblin trash groups that dropped me in less than 2 sec. Lesson learned, pulled the next groups with cooldowns popped. Was a good group so we went on to Blackrock Caverns and completed that instance as well.I also healed on my shaman, and even before shamans were buffed they were capable of healing heroics without too much trouble. The main thing to learn was that you could no longer heal through stupid. You could heal the unavoidable damage and not much more. I really had thought it would be much worse than it actually was. Letting dps die when they stand in bad stuff really does train them pretty quickly. The real key is to not feel bad about letting someone die for being stupid. I don't play stupidly on my dps toons, so if I'm bothering to heal then they shouldn't either. On the occasions when I do stand in the bad stuff while as a dps or tank, I make a point to apologize for it because I know that unless the healer is overgeared, they can't do much about it.
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