Jul 23rd 2010 12:41AM Thank you for this article.
Our 10-man usually runs with 2 trees (myself being one of them) and a disc priest. The disc priest is usually on tank healing, but I always help out, keeping Regrowth and Rejuv up at the very least, and our other tree is the rejuv/wild growth spammer. We don't really have any problems on our 10-mans at all. If needed, the disc priest and I can switch roles (he'll bubble bot and I'll tank heal), as I am also specced for improved nourish, and I carry extra glyphs to switch out Glyph of Nourish and Wild Growth as needed. When we're bored, the other tree can go boomkin and the disc priest and I duo-heal.
To note, our 25-man group just killed Lich King for the first time (first time on 25 anyway), and we had 4 trees, 1 disc priest, and 1 holy priest healing. Coordinating mana regen cooldowns helps a bunch.
I wish I could say that all heroic modes would be simple as well (some are fine with our same setup), but alas, several heroic mode fights seem to be made with holy pallies in mind. We are fighting to be able to do without, though :)
Anyway, power to non-traditional healing setups! :)
Jun 19th 2010 2:20PM For 2.5 years, my main was my warlock. I had tried other classes, but never got them past 20ish. Then my husband and I decided to roll a tank/healer combo, and I ended up levelling a druid I had started back at the same time as the warlock.
Tanking was scary. My dual spec was boomkin. Enter level 74, and a very nice hunter looking for a healer for Azjol Nerub (hi Aly!). My husband had been having lots of fun healing, and I wanted to try it out, so I respecced my boomkin to be a tree. We survived Azjol Nerub without any real problems, and I began tweaking my UI for heals (grid + tons of mouseover macros). Got a new mouse to support the types of key(mouse)binds I wanted to use.
In the end, I switched my main to my druid. She started out main spec bear, but we had plenty of tanks for our raids, so she ended up focusing on being a fancy dancy little tree. Now my husband and I are a great healer+healer combo for our raids, although my druid keeps up on her bear too, tanking just as well as her heals (LK, I'm looking at you!)
After being nothing but straight dps for 2.5 years, I enjoyed the switch to a hybrid class that could, through dual spec, be whatever role I wanted her to be. It changes things up and keeps the game interesting for me.
Jun 10th 2010 3:14PM I use a Logitech G5 mouse, and I love my mouseover macros. (I use Grid for my raid frames). My main is a tree. I have all my heals bound to my mouse.
For what it's worth, I bought a Naga, tried it out, and went back to using my G5. The mousewheel (with tilts) is my friend, and I guess my muscle memory works better with buttons spread out in various locations on the mouse than in trying to figure out which button my thumb is over.
What I have found to work best on my mouseover macros is this:
/cast [@mouseover,exists,help,nodead] [ ] Rejuvenation
The "exists" and "nodead" arguments in there have helped curb some errors I've found while healing (i.e., the fun errors that pop up on the screen, or the lack of when you're just not healing for some reason. And no, you don't require a space between the second set of brackets, but I put it there to make it more visible.
/cast [mod:alt] Nature's Swiftness
/cast [target=mouseover,exists,help,nodead] [ ] Healing Touch
This will use regular Healing Touch (rare occurrence) on a target, or it will insta-cast it with NS if I hold down alt (I don't really use NS with anything else).
I have Rejuv on mouse wheel scroll up, Regrowth on mouse wheel scroll down, Lifebloom on mousewheel tilt right, Wild Growth on mousewheel tilt left, Nourish on the first button below my scroll wheel, Healing Touch on the second button below my scroll wheel, and Swiftmend on the furthest side button. The closest side button is also bound to "move backward" just like "s." (awesome when tanking.)
Now, on my baby priest, with allll those extra spells, those macros are a bit bloated with all their modifiers. XD
Mar 30th 2010 11:02AM I'll be very happy once maintenance is over; I can't wait to play my druid again, now that she's back to being Tauren. It would be even MORE awesome if she could leave flowers in her wake! Or ride a tiny raptor :) Mooooo :)