Electrika is now in the 60s, which is actually past the point where each and every shaman I have ever made has fallen face first into the delete button. This is my first shaman ever that can actually FLY.
I’m starting to like shaman healing, mostly because I envision myself doing two things:
- I am throwing buckets of water at people. Lots of buckets.
- I am making it rain on their heads. SAD STORMCLOUD FOLLOWS YOU EVERYWHERE.
I like picturing my party looking like soaking wet cats by the end of the dungeon. And if I’m sometimes secretly pretending to drown everybody in my party, does that make me a bad healer/person?
I gotta say, leveling a healer from scratch helps immensely in feeling comfortable with that role, even if you take a break for a few weeks and come back to it later. For example, Ailabeth has leveled to 89 completely in Shadow. Whenever I use her Disc spec to heal in transmog runs (because Holy has too much going on for me to handle), the feelings are not good. I am pushing buttons that seem like good buttons to push, but not enjoying it because there are probably better buttons to be pushing and/or a better order to push them in, and we’re all getting a little too close to death for my tastes. Also, I inevitably look for Dispersion when I’m low on mana. NOT HAPPENING.
But Electrika shows that increased competence leads to slightly less panicking, which is immensely beneficial. I had a couple of “AMAZING! IT’S LIKE I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING!” moments in Blackrock the other day, which of course I failed to screencap.
After clearing the Grim Guzzler of all the bargoers, we exited out the back onto the small, circular platform that rises above the anvil you use for Dark Iron. We had an overenthusiastic enhancement shaman DPS who noticed Lord Incendius down below and decided to engage him by jumping there. Perhaps predictably, he aggroed the mobs on the opposite half of the circular platform. In a scene somewhat reminiscent of Gnomeregan but with way more fire, those mobs proceeded to run through the rest of Blackrock to find us, dragging along every additional monster they could find.
I saw them running for the door when I followed the tank down, so I knew sheeyit was coming. In the chaos that followed (Dark Iron dwarves! Golems! Lord Incendius! Fire elementals! ALL THE THINGS!), the DPS shaman died. Everything attacked him first and all at once before the tank could get aggro on some of it (and I inevitably got aggro from the rest of it by SPAMMING ALL THE HEALS). One other DPS was a clothie, and the poor chap went down almost instantly while I was focused on keeping the tank and myself up and running so we could get control of the situation. When all was said and done, I somehow managed to keep the last DPS standing too. We stood proudly atop a pile of corpses!
I will probably never be so badass again.
Similarly, when we jumped into the Ring of Law, I somehow aggroed the spectators in the ring above. I don’t recall them ever doing that before, but the moment I saw my portrait go red, the “OH CRAP” warning bells went off. Indeed, All The Things from the nearby area charged me just as we were fighting the first boss there, but Reincarnation was off cooldown, so I popped back up and kept on going LIKE A PRO. ONLY the DPS shaman died that time, and I have no idea how I did it – I was so low on mana! Possibly the tank was better prepared for the sheeyitstorm?
Electrika’s now transitioned into Burning Crusade dungeons and Death Knights. I always thought the party of “all DKs all the time” was something of a joke, but I actually had a party of all Death Knights the other day, and every last one of ‘em was in Blood Presence and Death Gripping crap until I said something. One was still in Blood Presence even after that!
The real big shift that I’ve noticed, however, is how tanks now pull a lot of crap all at once. I swear this started pretty suddenly in Hellfire Ramparts. The first big pull is from the door to the guy who calls the warhounds. Then they pull everything in the middle + first boss. There’s a bit of a breather when they drag the two guys at the foot of the stairs up to the small group upstairs, but then the open area is a huge pull of ALL THE THINGS.
Have we gotten braver? Have we gotten dumber? Has Blizzard placed more mobs more closely together? I don’t know, but it’s such a huge amount of damage all at once, even with platewearers, that I have to be ON THE BALL or they die when they do that. Now that I’ve gotten Healing Rain, I start casting that before the tank has gotten everything grouped up tightly, targeting the approximate spot where I think the tank going to end up. Once that’s up to cover for the DPS getting aggro and to buy me a bit more time to get a massive heal off for the tank, I start churning out those big buckets of water (Healing Wave/Greater Healing Wave/Chain Heal). If I’ve misjudged whereabouts the tank will stop running and/or the tank runs JUST out of range, tank will likely end up dead.
People say that healing is boring, and I do see lots of healers jumping around and/or pulling crap. I can’t say the same, since I find I have to pay much more attention to what’s going on than I do as a DPS. Maybe it’s just because I’ve leveled so many DPS classes but so few healers? In any case, I have pretty much zero screenshots of Electrika, because OMFG THE TANK OH GEEZE.
p.s., I’ve written before about totally colluding with the healer to get an annoying DPS killed. I’VE NOW BEEN ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THAT REQUEST. It was so WEIRD.