Feb 17th 2009 9:07AM Let me expand on that a little.
Healing is stressful in that we get yelled at a lot for heals, dispels, etc. When dps or tanks mess up, it's our "fault." If tanks/dps go out of range or out of line of sight, it's our responsibility to make sure they get the heal they need. Some people fess up when they make mistakes; there are a lot of people who'd rather blame the healer or the tank.
It's also rather boring. I've done tons of heroics and raids in LK, but it wasn't until I was doing them again on my dps toon that I actually saw the dynamics of the fights and what everything looked like. When you're healing, it's like being at the movies but being stuck looking at your feet. You get to hear all this cool stuff going on, but all you get to see are your 10 little piggies down there. When you're healing, especially raid healing or the main healer, you basically stare at those green health bars and your own mana bar. You spare a little attention to get out of the fire or whatever, but really, the entire fight is looking at those bars and making sure that they don't go empty.
If you're on a pleasure drive in the mountains or on the coast and all you get to watch are the meters on the dashboard, you'd get a little bored, too. It gets a little stressful when the meters start chewing you out for not paying enough attention or dispelling fast enough or yelling "heal me NAO!"
As far as these changes are concerned, it mostly means that I'm going to run out of mana faster when my group inevitably doesn't have the new necessary class role (replenish). I'm going to get more stressed out trying to eke out my heals as long as possible (sorry, dps, you're just gonna have to die so I can keep the tank up. I know you can't prevent all that damage, but wth, the tank dies we all die). When I do run out of mana, I'm going to end up dying and running back and doing the same thing over again.
And lemme tell ya, if I get to look out the windows instead of at the meters on the same stretch of road (aka running out of mana and wipes), it's generally more frustrating than pretty. Stressful. Kinda gets old and boring, too, after a while, especially if you don't get to play with the meters as much.
I do have fun with the oo5SR to try to maximize my efficiency in case I have to do some ohshit healing. Blizzard's taking that away from me too, now.
GG Blizzard. /checks AH for more boomkin and feral gear for her new dual specs.