Sep 7th 2009 11:10AM Really... This large readership and you write a QQ article?
Jul 1st 2009 2:35PM Bring the player not the class...
Read articles like this and never be brought to heal. I don't find this preaching of "let's look in the small circle" a good thing for any end-game wow healer. It sure helps for those true-ly horrible pugs, but hey, every once in a while a group of people who need filler will be happy to take you and you can "group heal" then.
Don't limit your self to group healing, timing be damned, and wasted heals be lost. It will take time and effort to find that coordination with your fellow healers to become a superb healer. And this bs of, "group first", is a terrible way to begin your life as a healer. You'll learn this rut and have a hell of a time getting out of it. Enjoy your pally power and heal bot.
Learn the encounters, learn your class, learn the other classes, know your raid composition. Don't let your 5 people be the focus. Focus on the game. Is it an encounter with random PBAoE damage? Get ready to heal the melee, keep them prepped. Is it a fight that's a splash snooze fest? Mash away on the MT. Is there a death knight who's not supposed to be tanking, about to tank? Keep him alive for that moment it takes the tanks to pick it off. Watch your threat meters, DPS going to hard? He might need a heal.
Some classes can handle this easier then others. Priests and druids make excellent swiss-army knife healers, Direct heals or hots. Paladins used to have it pretty bad, but Glyphed holy light has helped a lot. Sacred shield and beacon of light are monsterous tools. Shamans have a niche as well. Know your class!
Please don't get tunneled on a single group. Don't start that as your focal to beggining of raid healing. Start wide and narrow down slowly. If some healer dies, will you be listening to vent to hear him call for help? Or will you be looking at those 5 people in your party at 100% health?