Okay, so, I have a question. As a healer, how do you have a “reputable” performance when you’re grouped with either people who have fantastic gear, or the sort of people who like to be constantly healing whether it’s needed or not?
I was in part one of Mogu’shan Vaults the other week for valor and lolz. Overall, it went something like this:
- Man, it didn’t seem like we were taking a whole lotta damage – time to help out with a couple Lightning Bolts!
- Zap! Wait, that doesn’t make sense. We MUST be taking damage.
- Oh, I see, Priests A and B are healing All The Things Ever.
- I should be helping with healing! But HOW?
- If I cast Healing Rain or Chain Heal now, it’d just be wasted mana, as everybody’s practically at full. Maybe I’ll Riptide some people.
- On the other hand, I don’t want them to think I’m doing NOTHING.
- /casts Healing Rain, puts out healing totem
- /feels pretty much useless
The more they heal, the less I have to. As DPS, this sort of dynamic makes me go “GREAT! I LOVE YOU GUYS!” But as a healer and as someone who is perpetually concerned by mana consumption, I just wind up standing there looking kinda clueless. My brain is occupied with wondering what the eff would be the most efficient thing to do, because while I inevitably feel that I should be doing SOMETHING, I am simultaneously unable to figure out how to rationalize useless mana expenditures.
The only thing I can figure is HEAL ALL THE THINGS MORE AND FASTER, by literally casting right out of the gate and never effing stopping, because if I let the other healers heal, I won’t have anything to heal. Competitive healing! This is the healing Olympics! If you’re starting a second late, you might as well not start at all! Go home, slowpoke, we don’t need you here.
I don’t know if I’m really cut out to be a master of LFR/raid healing. Heroics, heroic scenarios, transmog runs and so on are all good. Generally when I’m solo, I rise to the occasion. But when I’m grouped up with other healers, I just get all puzzled as to how to make a difference.