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Circle of Healers
Originally started by Miss Medicina so that smaller bloggers could get some exposure and share some healing experience; I’ve seen a few of these the last few days so I decided to do my own version for fun. So here goes:
What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Cymre, Disc Priest (and occasional Shadow)
What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
Raids 10 ideally, sometimes 25 and Heroics
What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
Penance, it’s a fast spell that can build up Grace stacks and doesn’t use up borrowed time.
What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
Lesser Heal / Heal – shouldn’t need to explain
What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
Huge arsenal of tools to deal with various situations and “oh S@#!” moments. The fact that we are the only proactive healer in the game means we’re often the first line of defense against impending damage.
What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?
Depending on whether you focus on raid heals or tank heals, haste can play a factor. Even with the best intentioned PS or shield/heal can be to no avail if the tank can’t manage their CD’s very well.
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?
I’m often assigned to one of the MT’s, generally focusing on the tank group and throwing bubbles out on the rest of the raid when I can. However, I don’t necessarily feel that I need a particular assignment as we can go where needed whether it be the tank, tank group or raid.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
Healers that have more hots complement my spec more. I often 2-healed with a druid or shaman on 10′s.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
Used to be other priests, part holy, esp when they try to bubble your targets. Not so bad now when we can overwrite their weakened souls. Nowadays other disc priests for that reason. Luckily that’s not too often in a raid.
What is your worst habit as a healer?
Healing other targets who aren’t my assignment when I can sneak some in there.
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
People who die in avoidable stuff when they just expect to get healed through it. I don’t heal stupid! I have better things to do with my mana. That includes shields that will be eaten up in a couple of seconds when you can’t manage to get on a pillar for Nef.
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
I do. We offer something others cannot. While other healing classes have bonuses to healing and higher combat regen, we can manage our CD’s to the same effect.
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?
Did we get through with no deaths? That to me is a great indication. I also follow Skada and WoLs.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
That we just shield and top people up. We’re there to stop incoming damage and absorb what we can. I tend to think of it as preventing a premature death while the other healers can top them back up.
What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
What spell to use when.
It’s not just about spamming one or two spells. Use that huge arsenal we’ve been given.
If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?
First of all they probably won’t be looking at absorbs and healing in recount or Skada so will think my output is low.
Haste or Crit and why?
I generally take crit over haste since crits proc Aegis. My haste is generally pretty low but with the new gear out is slowly getting higher.
What healing class do you feel you understand least?
Since I’ve only really healed as a priest I’ll just say any off the others. Prob shammies most as I’ve never really played a shammie.
What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
Healbot, Ingela’s rapture and macroing any use trinkets to my penance or PoH.
Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
Depends on my role but primarily it’s Int > Mast > Spi > Crit > Haste