Mar 26th 2012 8:03PM I love my warlock, and I did enjoy playing her up to 85 and some after that, but without top-notch gear, I feel like I'm slapping enemies with a wet noodle while my chihuahua nibbles on their toes.
I love the style of affliction, but shadow priests. 'Nuff said. (In case it actually wasn't, shadow priests have the same style but pull it off much more effectively)
Destruction is fun too, but keeping ISF up plus all the DoTs and trying to watch procs was just too much.
And demonology I just didn't play because it never really struck me as something I'd enjoy, and it wasn't long after 85 that I benched my lock anyway.
Mar 26th 2012 7:06PM This is interesting, because a couple of months ago I joined a new guild, well aware of my social anxiety, and have had similar experiences... I'm still not sure that everyone likes me, and I'm the same about talking in mumble and guild chat. I got along really well with one of the other healers, but she ended up quitting recently. I was hoping that it'd work itself out since I raid with them two nights a week plus playing my slew of alts all the time, but I'm still just as quiet.
I feel for you, Shy Sister.
Mar 26th 2012 1:58PM Exactly. I'm kind of sick of hearing that all the healers can do everything and it's all rainbows and unicorns, because it's not. I've tank healed as holy (as recently as two weeks ago), and if you have a good tank, it's not bad, but it's something I don't want to have to do it if I can avoid it. And disc raid healing is nothing but PoM + PoH, which isn't much fun.
Absorption is just so effective on a tank that paladins and discipline priests will always be more useful.
Mar 24th 2012 6:03PM Of course, priests get a new fun spell and we aren't allowed to be the only class that has it. Not only that, but they can also choose to detonate theirs at a certain point.
Mar 12th 2012 9:30AM I think the idea is that women are stereotypically more caring and interested in helping others, and thus will be more interested in healing than in pewpewing or being a meat shield, where men would typically be more interested in the latter two.
That said, I love healing. I have all four healing classes at 85 and able to heal DS. I'm a guy. Maybe it's because I'm gay, but let's not get into that. Point is, I'm not into it for being helpful and caring, but because I like doing it. I'm not a fan of DPS because I generally don't do it that well (which comes down to practice, since I don't do it often and I do heal a lot). Either way, it's basically what you said, that healing is interesting to me. I have an aff lock at 85 who I do enjoy playing, but it's really undergeared and I'm out of practice.
Now that I've done it so long, I've come to like being the one watching health bars and making sure that I'm staying alive. Frankly, it'd be hard for me to trust other people to be in charge of my health.
And, actually, of the women I know who play, most of them do play a healer, though not necessarily as their main.
Feb 21st 2012 11:06PM I don't know anything about BC and only played at the end of Wrath (raiding ICC 6/12 as a resto druid and to a lesser extent my holy priest), but I know if you were looking for healers, you found a disc priest or a paladin and one of a holy priest, resto druid, or resto shaman to handle the raid. Now you could just find paladins and GG. It feels... futile to try and keep up as any other healer (trust me, I've played them all in DS). Good thing I enjoy my paladin, because if it keeps up like this I'll be changing mains again.
Feb 21st 2012 4:11PM I agree. As outdated an idea as it may be, I think it's almost necessary. If any class/spec can do it, then why bring yours? Sure, bring the player, not the class, but if that class/spec is able to put out higher numbers or has better CDs, then you're out of luck. Balancing a spec around either raid healing or tank healing seems easier, also. Not to mention that paladins and disc priests are still kings at tank healing.
Feb 21st 2012 3:49PM One of my biggest problems with all of this is paladins. Why is it that I can be out-healed (inb4 "meters suck, etc.") by a paladin while I'm playing holy, and then switch to disc for tank healing and still be outhealed? In Cata, they changed paladins from only being able to tank heal to being able to do either tank or raid effectively (a little too effectively for my tastes), and now they're about to tear apart priests to make them less effective at doing those things for each spec. Yes, they'll both still have their AoE, but does anyone remember when paladins had a caster-centric AoE heal that was changed? Sure, this isn't final and maybe they'll make it similar for discipline, but for right now it's like they've totally blocked out what they've done with other classes.
TL;DR: Paladins have been turned into all-around great healers, while priests are being forced back into the paradigm of tank vs. raid healing.
Feb 18th 2012 11:45AM I... had no idea :O
I'm simultaneously thrilled and saddened. That's awesome, but...
Feb 16th 2012 10:31PM I've used EavesDrop before. It was alright, it kept everything in a nice, tidy list, but I ended up dropping it. I'm a healer, I don't really need to see numbers (even though seeing that bomb GHeal crit is nice).