Dec 21st 2009 3:36PM Usually I make my runs as a healer and the one consistant thing I am finding is that the tanks and dps run away from me. I am beginning to think there is a rule that Healers do not get to loot. I really don't understand what is so hard about checking to see if the healer is nearby before pulling. To further the cause, the same tank that is running away is never bothering to do a mana check. I have a solid mana pool but I am not raid buffed and I dont want to burn my expensive raid flasks on a 5 man pug. If we healers need a drink, what a dang minute. It takes less time to drink a mana drink that it does to run your sorry hiney back or wait for a ress. That is my basic change in raid strategy. Wait for your healer and make sure he has mana.
Jul 6th 2009 4:07PM As an older player my vision will never get better than it is now. I have found a few things that really help me out. To help address targeting problems with players in raids I use the Grid UI. Since I am also a healer quite often I use Clique with grid. It makes my healing tasks much easier. I believe Healbot is also useful for this but my preference is Grid / Clique.
One other thing you might try is a new keyboard. I personally prefer the Logitec G15 series of keyboards. With my particular G15 I can have up to 54 programmed key stroke macros. I have two characters I play a lot, Druid and Shaman and both are built for both Resto and Balance / Elemental dps. I dont even need to look at the keys any longer to know I am getting heals off and with my Grid it all comes together very nicely.
I hope you find ways that help enhance your gaming experiences.
Feb 12th 2009 2:53PM Did someone say Resto Shammy and Ch were OP? I beg to differ. Since Wotlk I have found my position in our raid healing dropped much lower than previously in BC. I am finding that my Ch is only truly usefull in 25 man events while I must resort to LHW in 5 man and even 10 man for most encounters. The long cast time on CH is a major factor in this change.
The notable thing about Wotlk in regards to shaman healing is that it demands fast heals and lots of them. I have had to completely change my healing methods and now I primarily use LHW in conjunction with Riptide. I often toss out a Riptide when not needed just for the ability to get off a couple quick LHWs. Unfortunately HW is nearly useless to me. The only time I use it is on a hot key coupled with Natures Swiftness for a insta quick heal. Again it is just too slow for the encounters in Wotlk.
Last night I did a 10 man Naxx clear and over and over I watched as My heal was casted and the timer ticked ticked ticked and before my heal finally lands the tank or who ever else I fired at was fully healed. Sigh... I almost feel like telling my raid gang to stop healing when Im trying to toss out a heal so I feel useful. It looks like I better invest a lot of time and money into haste items and forgo worrying about improving spell power. Big spells that dont do anything are pretty useless.
I will say that when I use Ch in conjunction with Riptide in a 25 man where the tank is taking sustained damage really does look nice. It does my heart good to see heals of up to 12k in my case hitting my tanks and then the OT and rogue and even a pet get a share of what is left of the Ch.
If only it were a little quicker.
Jan 16th 2009 4:12PM Two things come to mind for me. First I would like to be able to drop my totem stack with one preloaded key. As a resto shaman I often find myself still dropping totems when the tank has already engaged so IM playing catchup for the duration of the fight. It is going to be easier to fix totems than to train the tanks me thinks.
Second on my list is longer lasting totems. Long raid boss encounters are really a nemesis to we resto types who are already as busy as one armed paper hangers.
I also love the idea of being able to summon my totems. That could save me a lot of grief. I can't count the number of fights where I am out of totem range.