I didn’t have a healer Hordeside, since my Shadow Priest only uses her Disc offspec if and only if a very good friend asks for backup on a transmog run. So I started up a shaman (YES AGAIN WTF) since I have plentiful mail heirlooms and no
surviving pre-existing shaman of either faction. (Also, goblins can’t be druids yet.) So far, I’ve come to the conclusion shaman healing reminds me of throwing buckets of water on people … in slow mo.
I’m told that level 22 is too early to decide that I hate shaman healing. I’m told that it gets better. There’s AoEs, there’s Earth Shield, you get haste so casting sheeyit doesn’t take so long …
But I don’t have any AoEs yet. Earth Shield doesn’t show up until level 26. Aaaaand I have pretty much zero haste of course, so my spells take a Very. Long. Time. (And if I try to quest by myself, killing things also takes a Very. Long. Time.) To me, this doesn’t make sense. Why would you make something suck at first? This isn’t raiding here! We don’t need to weed out the weak before we’ve even seen Gnomeregan!
Because the only other character I’ve done a lot of healing on recently is Daschela (my druid), I associate Riptide with Rejuvenation. They’ve both got an instant cast, provide a bit of heal at first and more healing over time, and make another healing spell more effective. You get it at a low level and it’s pretty much a standard thing to use when you are a nooblet, so they’re totally similar, amirite? Actually, this comparison only contributes to my frustration, for Riptide has a stupid cooldown that Regrowth does not. It basically means I can’t hit Riptide two or three times in a row like I can with Rejuvenation to get the squishy babytank out of the red bad danger zone. (But six seconds isn’t much, you say. Well, when you have a tank with a few hundred HP, those six seconds can mean death.)
At this point, I have two healing spells, both of which feel like they’re taking FOREVER when I NEED them RIGHT NOW. When in combat, I’ll start casting one of these before the squishy babytank needs a heal, but it’s not uncommon for the squishy babytank to die RIGHT before I get the heal off. If I hesitate, or if there’s a sudden swell of damage after I already started casting the less powerful healing spell, the babytank is pretty much effed.
This usually results in the entire party dying, because I’ll get flustered (I WAS SO CLOSE OMFG), go a;lsfdkjas;ldfkjas;lfkja;slfdkjasl;fdj, and proceed to heal the wrong person.
On the other hand, sometimes I get a nonsquishy babytank who might even pop a Word of Glory in here or there, and I can actually eat dinner with one hand while healing with the other.
I’m told I need to learn how to blame the tank for bad gear and the DPS for not killing stuff faster. (Secret: I only look at the tank’s gear if there’s something Obviously Wrong, like the time that one DK showed up in part leather with Resurrection Sickness*.) Ok, sure, I’ll work on my blaming others skill. Still, the true test of my endurance will be to see if this shaman lasts past the 50s. This is traditionally when my shamans kick the bucket.
On a lighter note …
*Makes you wonder WTF that DK was doing.