The beginning of an expansion is usually a bad time to write deep, meaningful, and typically pompous posts on the "state of the class" and whither the druid and all that crap. For that matter, the beginning of Mists of Pandaria struck me as an especially bad time, because so much of what we were used to in WoW got changed and sent everyone scrambling. Toss in a brand-new hybrid class (the monk), and you've got the perfect storm of elements that make evaluating healer performance a dicey proposition at best. I poured myself a nice cocoa, kept an eye on World of Logs and Raidbots, and watched as the numbers rolled in and a legion of holy priests tore their garments and cried out in despair.
Given that patch 5.1's now live, it seems an appropriate time to swirl that cocoa, take a look at how healers did in tier 14, and ask what's likely to change. As of now, it seems apparent that:
- Holy priests were actually right.
- Monks kicked your dog, seduced your mom, stole your XBox, and drove off in your car.
- Paladins are still topping the charts on certain encounters, but they're no longer dominating all of them.
- Shaman have improved a lot from their lackluster performance in Dragon Soul.
- Resto druids are back in same boat we were in at the beginning of Cataclysm, and it's not a very nice boat.