Healing makes every fight feel far faster to me (until I run out of mana), as I am intensely focused on that task and have an immense dread of seeing stacks of Determination upon my person. It’s not that I mind the wipes, because sometimes sheeyit happens. I’m just allergic to the jerks who start talking sheeyit in response to repeated ones.
My cats will tell you that when I am healing, they get no love. I will, horrifyingly, refuse to even pet them, because I simply can’t sacrifice that much attention (or spare the limb). As it turns out, I like having to care, because it makes things more interesting … but at the same time, my capacity for caring has its limitations. There’s only so much I am willing to put myself through, because having to care takes a lot more energy. I can deal with caring + mechanics, or I can deal with caring + the total whining nincompoops that often show up in LFR, but I can’t deal with all three at once. So at this point, unless pressed by friends who are looking for a faster queue, I will not heal for:
Terrace of Endless Spring
I. Hate. That “night” phase. Hate it. It’s a mana-sucking void of quasi-doom where people either stand in the Sunbeam and drop puddles of fear into it, or they never go into the Sunbeam and the stacks deal increasing amounts of damage while I am getting ever lower on mana. It’s not impossible, and my best buddy Tremor Totem helps out, but it’s not fun, either. Somewhere between the rising sense of “OMG, OOM” and praying for the DPS to kill faster plzkthx, I got a passive-aggressive thought going, “Well, I SAW ’em make a healthstone, so they should USE IT.” This inevitably collides with a sudden realization that I am glad I don’t actually know how many stacks of the debuff everybody has, because then I’d get depressed.
I hate having to heal Tsulong too. FIRST you put me through the wringer with constant raid-wide damage that increases with each stack of the debuff, and NOW you want me to heal this mother trucking NPC too? Look, I say we heal him to death with swords some more. What does he actually do when he’s not terrified of the dark anymore (because we beat the sheeyit out of him), anyway? I STILL DON’T KNOW.
On the upside, healing Sha of Fear is easy as … well, taking candy from a baby doesn’t do it justice, because the baby cries and throws a fit.
@#$%ing ninety million @#$%ing turtles and ninety million @#$%ing bats and the turtles ricochet EVERY-FREAKING-WHERE and they interrupt me ALL THE TIME and it’s just, AUGH, GAWD I CAN’T STAND IT I HATE MY LIFE CASTING CRAP SHOULDN’T BE THIS HARD. Yo, I’m gonna Riptide you and toss out a totem, but that’s about it until Spiritwalker’s Grace is off cooldown. Stop standing in sheeyit, will you? Oops, there goes the bat tank. Well, @#$%, there goes the raid, the bats are chewing everybody’s faces off. @#$@ing turtles. @#$^ing bats.
Halls of Flesh-Shaping
Because being dead does such wonders for your numbers.
Pinnacle of Storms
Reason: Lei Sheeeeeeeeyit
I’ll be honest: I haven’t tried to heal this one again after the last time. I can’t bring myself to do it because healing the Lei Shen fight just seems about as fun as jamming your hand into a hot toaster. If it’s not me feeling antsy about my numbers to begin with, it’s me dreading the fact that I’m an obvious target for sniping because my numbers are, “at this stage of the game,” considered le suck. As DPS, my numbers can be le suck and little to no attention will be paid to me, unless:
- I screw up in an epic manner, such as the rogue who Shadowsteps off the platform somehow
- The LFR wiped and people want somebody to blame it on, but the tanks are capable and the healers say they were healing, so everybody below a certain DPS threshold is a target
- I was a jerk and pulled before everybody was ready or even back from the last wipe
Frankly, this can be a huge pro in the favor of DPSing, even if the DPS spec has the longest queue.
p.s., Did you realize that there’s “ham” in “shaman” …? No WONDER I like it!