Poor Madrana hasn’t healed a daily random heroic yet.
Poor Madrana hasn’t healed a daily random heroic yet.
As I write this, I’m waiting for a random Lich King Dungeon for my mage, who is now 75, thank you very kindly, and I’m amazed by how long it takes to form a group.
Compared to, of course, level 80 instances that I DPS on my hunter.
Or any level instance when I queue as a healer or as a tank.
Hell, queueing up as a healer AND a tank means you’re never going to ever, ever wait. It’s hilarious. I’ve done the random heroic every day (from Wednesday on) on my paladin, queued as both a healer and a tank and so far, I have tanked: Nexus, Forge of Souls, Azjol-Nerub and Trial of the Champion. I have healed nothing.
Ooh, VH for my mage!
…Interlude for discussion of VH-related fail…
… the DK tank just wiped us on the first boss. Granted, it was the kite boss. But, the DK tank hasn’t dropped death and decay once and he had no presence up WHATSOEVER, much less FROST presence, until wave 5.
By the end of the second boss, the DK tank seems to have learned to drop D&D, has been in Frost Presence and has hauled ass to portals in a reasonable manner.
And yet, by the end of the instance, it appears that the DK tank did not learn from his mistakes. At all.
Happily, the healer was also from Proudmoore, so we queued up for a random dungeon together, with her in her tank spec (she’s a druid) and got the same ele shammy as in VH, plus a priest and a ret pally. We ran DTK randomly and VH (not randomly). How is it possible to reset a dungeon from within the cross-realm LFG interface? We couldn’t seem to reset DTK.
Anyways, it’s nice — my mage made a friend. And is 3 bars from 76!
Right, so, where was I? Oh, yeah, queueing up as a tank AND a healer.
So those are the two roles for my druid, right? So I’ve taken to doing this before I queue:
– check spec.
– put on opposite-spec gear.
– queue for whatever I want.
– get called in to tank or heal and, once zoned, only have to change EITHER spec OR gear to match the role I’m in.
Basically, I’m sitting there in tank spec with healing gear on, but my queues generally go like this:
Tank, tank, tank, tank, healer, tank, tank, healer, tank, tank, tank, tank… tank.
There ARE no tanks out there for lower level instances and so very few at higher levels.
In other news, thanks to some gratuitous trash-farming, Kurn has the Ashen Band of Vengeance while, due to a guild ICC25 and a pug ICC10, Madrana has the Ashen Band of Wisdom. Kurn has yet to kill a single boss in ICC (though not for lack of trying on Deathwhisper 25), whereas Madrana has killed them all twice already, once on 25 and once on 10.
My thoughts on ICC:
– Trash is icky unless you know what you’re doing.
– The first four bosses are basically a review of Black Temple with a hint of SSC and just a sprinkle of Hyjal.
– Marrowgar might be a little overtuned in 10s, but seemed like a pushover in 25. I worked HARD in that 10-man pug, which was mostly some guild’s run. They’re not amazingly geared, but they’re good enough that they shouldn’t have had to struggle as much as they did. This fight steals from SSC’s Leotheras the Blind (whirlwind), Hyjal’s Archimonde (the fire, although it doesn’t chase you) and BT’s Naj’entus.
– Deathwhisper is a little overtuned in 25m, I think. The big Death and Decays are fine, the deformed fanatics/adherents are fine, the resistance to various forms of damage based on mob type, all fine. The MC + the Curse of Torpor need to go or at least be nerfed on 25 or else your cleansers/CCers HAVE to be on their game. 10m is a freaking pushover in comparison. This fight steals from the Shade of Akama fight, in that you deal primarily with adds until the boss comes out.
– Gunship Battle is HILARIOUS. I love it. The guild one-shotted it, I believe, and the 10-man only took four attempts or so. Got it by the skin of our teeth, mind you. But we got it anyways. :)
– Deathbringer Saurfang. 3 tries on 25m. 2 tries on 10. And I even got this on 10m:
That’s I’ve Gone and Made a Mess, which was originally a reference to our good ol’ buddy Moroes in Karazhan, because Saurfang originally Garrotted, the way Moroes did.
– The best item in the ENTIRE GAME, hands-down, drops off 25m Deathwhisper: Zod’s Repeating Longbow. I haven’t seen it, but it’s in the drop table at wowhead and OMG. Reference to Superman II? WIN. “Kneel, son of Jor’El! Kneel before Zod!” God, I love that movie. If Kurn can get this bow, ever, I may never replace it. Okay, so I probably would in Cataclysm, eventually, but it would sit in my bank right next to my Rhok’delar.
Other achievements I’ve recently gotten include the BEST-NAMED ONE EVER.
That’s “We’re Not Retreating; We’re Advancing in a Different Direction.” I got that with my RL friend, the resto druid and three of “our” guildies, although I was on my hunter which not everyone knows about. I laughed my ass off when I got it.
I’ve also been getting a lot of rep while doing the new dungeons. Madrana got these:
And Kurn got:
Both Kurn and Madrana have gotten:
Which brings us back to LFG and the dungeon tool.
There I was. Level 71. Tanking, on my druid, in Azjol-Nerub. (As if I don’t deal with Anub’arak enough as it is!) I’m in with a 74 rogue and a 76 DK, as well as a 73 mage and a 72 priest.
I can’t keep aggro off the 76. And have trouble with the 74 at times. And because I’m always taunting off of them, it’s tough to get aggro back from the healer. So I basically stopped worrying about them and worried about the healer. Because, as we all know, if the tank dies, it’s the healer’s fault, if the healer dies, it’s the tank’s fault and if the DPS dies, it’s their own damn fault, right? :D
So the DK is all like “wow tank how come you cant hold aggro?” And I mention that he’s never on my target, so yeah, he’s going to pull aggro. And then I say:
Me: “I’m trying to taunt off the priest and so my taunts aren’t up for you.”
Him: “thats what im doin waht ddid u think i was doin to boss” (I think this was referencing keeping on my target.)
Me: “Watch your Omen. If you don’t have it, get it. Better, run an instance that’s suitable for your level.”
DK: “funny mate funny”
Me: “True, I can’t keep aggro from a level 76. I’m not supposed to.”
DK: “still ur a tank”
Healer: “a tanks job is to keep aggro off the healer, a dps job is to keep aggro off himself now lets stop arguing”
DK, to me: “u cant ever hold agro off all us so stop telling me what to do”
Me: “You really don’t understand the mechanics of this game…”
DK: “what fuck u talkin about now”
DK: “what u think im doin”
Of course, this was all happening during the trash and boss fight for the second boss in Azjol-Nerub. So as soon as we were done:
I’m going to write three how-tos, I believe. How to Behave as a Tank/Healer/DPS in random dungeons.
The overriding rule to them all is, of course, don’t be a fucktard dick.
So I screwed up my Grid for my pally by messing around with it on my shammy. /facepalm. I spent about an hour redoing it, including all my custom buffs and debuffs. I tried to install GridStatusRaidDebuffs or whatever it’s called, but all I got were general LUA errors stemming from it, so I went back to doing things manually. I just hope I didn’t forget anything.
I also changed some Clique configurations. Previously, though I used Clique a lot, I didn’t have a couple spells bound to clicks. Now:
Left-Click: Flash of Light
Right-Click: Holy Light
Thumb Button: Holy Shock
Shift-RC: Sacred Shield
Shift-MC: A macro to cast Beacon of Light on my focus target
I don’t make enough use of a focus, so I thought I’d try that last one out and see how it works. Typically, I am assigned one tank and told to keep beacon up on another. So I’m hoping to save time in binding a click to a focus/BOL macro.
And speaking of BOL… I finally have, at least temporarily, given up my Holy Shock Glyph. For the time being. Beacon of Light is just so freaking expensive and I’m wasting tons of mana on it per fight. How much? In just a five minute fight like Twins, I’m casting BOL five times. If I had the glyph, I’d be casting it 4 times.
Time / cast # for me / cast # with glyph
00:00 / 1 / 1
01:00 / 2 / 1
01:30 / 2 / 2
02:00 / 3 / 2
03:00 / 4 / 3
04:00 / 5 / 3
04:30 / 5 / 4
Each time I cast Beacon of Light, I’m spending 1461 mana (1538 minus 5% from Glyph of Seal of Wisdom). So, in a short fight like Heroic Twins, that’s 1461 mana I’m saving.
But I’ll still miss my 5-second Holy Shock. :(
And finally, I switched from crit on my shoulders and helm enchants (35 crit strike rating combined) to mp5 (18 mp5 combined). 18 mp5 isn’t a huge amount, but I have a ton of crit and I do NOT have a ton of mp5, so I’m hoping that’ll help out a bit. (If I ever get a Heroic Solace of the Defeated, I’ll go back to crit. :P)
So we’ll see how I do in Sunday and Monday’s raids, given all these changes. I just hope I can remember my new clique bindings!
Swiped from Miss Medicina:
Post this questionnaire, with your answers, on your blog. Pick the healing class you know most about (or is the focus of your blog) for the questionnaire, and then send it over to another healing blogger you know and love who heals with a DIFFERENT class. Include a link to the blogger who sent you the questionnaire, as well as a link to the blogger to whom you are sending it.
What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Madrana(h), holy paladin.
What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
What is your favourite healing spell for your class and why?
Honestly, I’m a bit of a sucker for Holy Shock. I’ve always used Holy Shock, even when it sucked. Particularly when volcanos would spawn on my face on the Supremus fight in Black Temple.
What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
I think I use them all a lot. I use Holy Light most, Beacon of Light a lot… I think I use all my healing spells a lot.
What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
My Holy Lights crit for 20k. With Beacon of Light, I can drop those heals on two targets for a kind of ludicrous amount of healing.
What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?
Pick one: group healing or movement. Both suck. Glyph of Holy Light isn’t even a smart heal like Circle of Healing. :P
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?
Ideally, in a 2-tank fight, I should be assigned to one tank, who I shield and heal and have my Beacon on the other tank.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
I’ve healed with all four classes — my paladin and shaman at 80, my paladin and priest at 70 and I have a 71 druid who is dual-specced tank/resto. But honestly, after months of standing there in front of Gruul and spamming the tanks and not being able to move lest the tanks die, when I got the opportunity to heal on my priest at one point, I LOVED it. I ran merrily around, casting Circle of Healing, Prayer of Mending and Renew around the raid. I’ve yet to try disc healing, though. I think I like healing with a priest the best, but I like being on a paladin most. I’ve got the throughput to get through a lot, I can cleanse 3 debuffs and I won’t get one-shotted by an add. Usually. :)
What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
Maybe my shammy. I just can’t stop healing the tanks. ><
What is your worst habit as a healer?
I occasionally have trouble letting other people do their assignments. That’s to say, I’ll occasionally cross-heal. I mean, a lot of people do, but my reasons are generally because I don’t trust so-and-so to keep their target up.
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
From other paladins: Idiots casting Sacred Shield over mine. From other healers: not respecting assignments. (Yes, I’m a hypocrite.) From tanks: blaming healers for their 2-shot death. From DPS: standing in fire/etc and then blaming healers for their deaths.
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
Honestly, when you take a big-picture view, yes. Paladins are solid at tank healing and can usually help two tanks at once, in conjunction with a disc priest’s mitigation, a holy priest’s occasional CoH, a shammy’s earth shield with a druid’s hots… Really, I think all five healing specs work very nicely together.
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?
If my target lived, I win at life. But I also check out WorldOfLogs.com parses.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
That we never run out of mana. I’m sorry, I used to chain mana pots in BT and I would still be doing so today if I could. There are just so many times when using Divine Plea is going to result in a tank death that it’s hard to use it on cooldown or at the precise moment when it’s most useful to do so.
What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
How to juggle Judgements of the Pure, Sacred Shield, Flash of Light’s HoT, Beacon of Light and use them all effectively.
If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?
In a 25m-raid? Huge overhealing, good dispells/cleanses, Holy Light, Beacon of Light and possibly Glyph of Holy Light as my top heals.
Haste or Crit and why?
Haste. I’ve got 35% Holy crit, unbuffed, and am very close to the amount of haste I need for 1s GCDs on my gear. With Judgements of the Pure, Wrath of Air totem and Swift Retribution aura, I need 673 haste to hit that. I’m at about 640 or so, thus my choice of buff food is +40 haste.
What healing class do you feel you understand least?
Resto druids. I have my 71 druid, but I don’t know how to be efficient when playing it. Lifebloom is EXPENSIVE, yo.
What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
Grid, Clique, clcbpt (tracks pally stuff).
Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
All intellect all the time! Pallies get mana, spell crit and spellpower from intellect, as well as regen (through crit and through Divine Plea being based off maximum mana). There’s no reason to stack anything else if there’s an intellect enchant available.
You may have noticed by the fishing-related achievements in the sidebar that I am levelling fishing. Sadly, it’s true. I am. On a second toon. Sigh. Up to just over 300 fishing. At least I’m fishing up my own buff food, now, which gives me the possibility of fishing up the Sea Turtle. Plus, I’m making Fish Feasts, which are selling quite well.
Apart from that, we wiped 24 times to get a new achievement last Wednesday:
We did it with Elder Stonebark up, so we had to deal with Ground Tremors. Bad. Bad, bad. Ground Tremor damage was huge, and it’s physical damage, so… Ow. I’m kind of pleased with how healing went on that, though.
We had 3 holy priests, 1 holy paladin, 1 disc priest, 1 resto shaman and 1 resto druid in the raid, so I had this going on:
– Resto Druid topping off group 1 (with tanks) and 5
– Holy Priest 1 – POHing Group 2 (5 of 7 healers)
– Holy Priest 2 – POHing Group 3
– Holy Priest 3 – POHing Group 4
All holy priests to COH groups 1/5 after their POH.
Resto druid watching for Nature’s Fury (although he didn’t do a great job).
Me and the disc priest spamming the tank(s) and the resto shammy doing what he could to top people off.
Overall, it worked okay. But I have a lot of refinements for Freya + Elders, mostly to do with positioning.
Anyways, still conscious, thereby confirming that my sleep habits are completely screwed up. I’m thinking I’ll get back to my healer evaluations.
Done so far: disc priest app, two holy paladins.
To do: disc priest (regular), holy priest (irregular), both holy priests (regular), holy priest (app), both resto shammies (regular), all three resto druids (all somewhat irregular).
At least the regular disc priest and one of the shammies are fine and I have nothing bad to say to either of them. Gonna be fun times with everyone else, though! HOORAY. ;)
Should probably get started on at least the easy ones…
Problem 1: I am awake at 7:17am and have not gone to bed yet.
Solution 1: In lieu of sleep, since I can’t sleep, I should be productive.
Problem 2: Being productive means trying to organize the healers in my guild a little more. The group is working okay, but some individuals need a nudge in the right direction, so I need to communicate this to them.
Solution 2: Write notes to the healers who need a nudge.
Problem 3: How to nudge/shove people without sounding like an overbearing, condescending bitch? Hm.
And that’s where I am right now. A disc priest app has two WRONG, just plain WRONG, glyphs and some odd talent choices and is casting Greater Heal a lot more than Flash Heal.
Problem 4: How to keep from tearing my hair out at some of the issues some of the healers are experiencing…
Yep, stumped on this one, too.