By now, I have become dependent on the Vuhdo healing addon to a degree where I am almost paralyzed without it. This has posed a challenge on a couple of occasions when LFR let me zone in while the group was in combat, because Vuhdo won’t load if you’re in combat. It also won’t update the groups display properly if people leave or join during fighting. It’ll wait, nice and polite, until you’re done with all that. BUT PEOPLE ARE STANDING IN BAD, VUHDO! I NEED YOU NOW!
I still haven’t purchased a new mouse with Moar Buttonz. I might, or I might not. I generally try to pick out the eight or so most important spells and bind those to clicks, which keeps life simple and so far has worked out more or less OK. I may not have finesse, but I generally get crap done. Then again, who am I kidding here? I’m not buying a new mouse when the old one clicks just fine.
This is my take on the different healing classes, based on the classes I remember healing on. This is basically anything that’s not a Holy Priest or a Mistweaver monk. While I technically ran Cata dungeons as Mistweaver, it was mostly to make the queue quicker and I can’t remember diddly squat about it now (other than camera angle problems).
As a Resto shaman, you get to wear mail, which means absolutely nothing because mobs will still mess you up. You do have a chance to survive if you outheal the damage, of course, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on praying for the tank to pull it off you! Oh, the tank is dead? Never mind then. Actually, you should just stop healing now. Gawd, wipe it up already!
Shamans have lots of advantages, especially if you’re passive aggressive. Our water-themed spells make it easy to pretend that you’re throwing buckets of water on idiots, or making a sad cloud rain on their heads. If it’s Earth Shield, you can say you’re throwing dirt on ’em for good luck! Oh, you wanted like, actual advantages? Well, goblin totems are seriously the coolest thing since I invented the mechanized sandwich maker on wheels – what, you wanted non-goblin, general type of advantages? You gotta be SPECIFIC about these things.
Okay, fine. The BEST thing is being able to Reincarnate after you stand in something, and Mana Tide totem gives you precious, precious mana. You can summon these elementals to help you out, which is neat. And you can turn into … a man-thing? What is that thing, anyway? Well, you can turn into a Ghost Wolf too, and run fast indoors. That’s some hot stuff right there. And you can’t forget Bloodlust, or “Hero,” as the Alliance call it. You can always tell what faction somebody plays on a regular basis by which one they ask for.
The disadvantage would be the fact that people keep on thinking you got a battle res for some reason, which is cracked.
Prinnie Says: BEST. CAN BE GOBLIN. A+. Shamans are nice in general because Elemental is a DPS spec I don’t suck 100% at. More importantly, resto shaman doesn’t have like, sixty million healing spells with extremely similar names that I must both distinguish between and use every last one of in order to be effective, which is a HUGE PLUS. Sadly, I often feel like Riptide is kinda laughable and mostly pointless as a HoT, and unlike a disco priest, attempting to do a wee bit of DPS while resto takes forever and is not happening. ALAS. I guess you can’t have it all.
Should you choose to follow the way of the Light, you will be practically invincible – or so they say. Do keep in mind that Fate likes to mess with you too, just as much as anybody else.
As we gain Holy Power in our work, so too do our special healing abilities increase in strength. You must know when to save these holy energies, and yet, you must also be aware that to keep them to yourself accomplishes nothing. Sadly, mana is a finite resource … but fortunately, we are able to plead with the Divine Light to restore our weary souls.
Done correctly, the Holy Paladin is a healer to be reckoned with. Done incorrectly, you will regret the plate repair bills.
Prinnie Says: This one is good for shiny buttons. Even better, you make this big light healy-thing that’s kinda hard to ignore AND you don’t have to get people to stand still in it, which is nice. This is true even though I’m total crap at screenshotting it, which is why there’s a nice group shot instead! The biggest problem I got is remembering to use
Bacon Beacon of Light, which resets every freaking time you/somebody zones/dies/coughs/whatever. And the other problem I have is that Horde paladerps can only be blood elves (annoying) or Tauren (have like, three hairdos max).
Yeah mon! Follow tha way of the wild, be a Resto druid! So dere’s dis mushroom ya glyph, and it is da best ting evah, which means it’s gonna get nerfed soon. So enjoy da magic while it lasts! Othah than that, mon, just cast Rejuvenate and then sit back. Relax, ‘cept if there’s trouble. In dat case, ya gotta make your mushroom bloom! Don’t ask me if fungus should be bloomin’, mon. I don’t be knowin’ dat.
When ya be a druid, ya know the skin you in is just one of many. Fly free, mon, don’t be needin’ those fancy mounts to see tha sky. Be wise, like a tree of long life, knowin’ dat dese roots, dey grow deep. Stand strong in da storm! And when ya be a druid, ya be in tune with tha natural way. Ya get a fancy battle res. Sadly, mon, dis one battle res ain’t never enough. Just like in nature, where da need for tings is greater than tha supply, ya will find people keep on dyin’ all ovah da place, and they be beggin’ you for that res – but ya used it up already!
Prinnie Says: Are you KIDDING me?? Placing a mushroom has no mana cost!? BUT THAT’S LIKE … THAT’S … THAT’S LIKE ACTUAL FREE HEALS!!1! Also related: multiple treants thanks to Force of Nature means I can make lots of pretty Venn diagrams. (p.s., typing in troll is hard.)
Don’t look at me, breather. I haven’t seriously healed as a Disc priest in well over a year.
Prinnie Says: I’m not surprised. I’ll ask Splattini.
“The Great” Splattini, if you please.
Prinnie Says: For the love of … you’re only level 60! You can’t have an attitude.
Then I’m not saying a word about how to disco.
Prinnie Says: …
The Great Splattini Says:
Sparkles, check. Wings, check. Bubbles everywhere, check. Out DPSing the DPS, check. I may be level 60, but I am a level 60 badass.
Prinnie Says: Just wait until you hit 90, kid. I’m sure it’ll all go to hell. Usually does.
The Great Splattini Says:
Look, your post-leveling issues mean nothing to me. Did I mention Mass Dispel? ’cause I got it, and you know you want it. Oh, p.s., with Levitate, we’re gettin’ this party started.
Prinnie Says: Okay, so I haven’t hit the late 80s/level 90 “OMFG MANA” crunch yet, and really, until you start LFRing/raiding/encountering crazies, most LFD groups couldn’t care less WHAT class you are as long as they never die. So although I’m told that Disco is better as a tank healer (which makes the notion of trying to heal 25-man LFR kinda … ominous), Disco seems pretty awesome right now. Holy seemed like it had too many freaking things going on. Either way, it’s important to know that as a priest, you can do this:
Prinnie Says: Regardless of class, some things are just beyond your capability to remedy.