Losing your Skin


How does a hunter /Warlock feel when they get told to dismiss their pet?

How does a Shaman feel to be told they aren’t allowed to use totems?

What am I without Shadow form? Freaking Nakid!

I filled a healing hole in the raid requirements for Nax by respecing holy.  It was only for two Naxx runs.  For all the warnings I got  – I know, and the catch that they would fill their DPS slots easy was already done.  I don’t think there would be a spot for me in 10 man Naxx If I wasn’t healing.  So when the healers do finally grow up – they will take my spot – and I will be benched unless another dps unavailable or they do swap in’s for gear/boss kills.

 Two nights as Holy may not seem a lot, but simple things like – it not being worth specing back to do your dailies, or even some farming, and because my healing spec doesn’t have spirit tap or Vampiric Touch or Vampiric embrace, shadow Spells cost more to cast – and  so even though my holy spell power is still decent – I have more downtime because I need to drink – makes it slower – less efficient to farm – which then in turn cost me in dailys/rep/Ah because I didn’t want to play like I would have in shadow.  I adapted and did some fishing and some elemental farming instead.

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I  did feel like I needed to learn to play again, and that I was a second rate healer.

I was still wearing Shadow Priest Glyphs rather then holy -  I put +50 Spell power on my new staff rather then soulfrost – So I’ve gimped myself out of +30 Shadow Spell power because + 50 is more useful for healing/dps where as  Shadow Spell power only good for Dps

I  did  get some  pretty purples though Dps/ Staff / neck / Gloves -  I now have equal or better raid gear then most of the rep pieces I was going after anyway  – and at least two pieces of gear I would not have gotten if there had been another healer available, and at 1700 + spell damage my stats are looking good ( hit still 60 short of cap though  – I’m working on that !)

I did the respec without public complaint and I haven’t let them know how I feel about being holy.  I think they have a fair idea though. I do feel for the healers who like healing, but find it difficult to do stuff like farm, or get a mob down as fast as I have been able to take for granted.

I’m now back in Shadow hoping I don’t get called upon to do holy again -

I don’t want these wings.

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11 Responses to “Losing your Skin”


  1. 1 Anon December 9, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    haha, Its funny, I am in the complete opposite situation.

    When we were at 70, we read multiple strats for naxx 10 man, and they all said we needed 3 healers. So we leveld 3 healers, a priest(me), pally, and a shammy. After quickly realizing 3 healers is way over kill, and that we dont have anyone to proc replenishment, I am being asked to go shadow, and I dont want to.

    Well see I guess.

  2. 2 D December 9, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I feel you — it’s looking more and more like I’ll have to respec to heal soon in order for our guildmates and I to get into more groups for regular instances and, of course, Naxx 10. We have to keep finding PuG healers, which are hard to find nowadays, unfortunately.

    But I do dread doing dailies, quests, and of course farming while being specced Holy (can’t imagine Disc – at least with holy, you can reduce the mana costs and up the spellpower of Holy Fire and Smite). I’ll again have to start carrying around 3 stacks (at least) of waters (well, those teas) at all times. Killing mobs will be slow. But do I sacrifice my DPS power during regular dailies and so forth, in order to be almost guaranteed a spot in raids and heroics? It looks like I’ll have to.

    So here’s one shadow priest to another – I feel your dilemma, completely.

  3. 3 Esdras December 10, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Your guild are turning you, slowly they are making you there healer gimp change now before it is too late.

    Fist it starts as one run then “till we get a couple new healers” then before you know it BAM your all out healer spec.

    Hahahaha grats on the gear though.

  4. 4 Gevlon December 10, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Welcome among the healers! You will find out that it’s not all that bad. A year from now, you will not be sad every time you see someone in shadowform. Just every second time. Just couple of months you won’t *sigh* every time a +hit +SP loot drops and find its way to the warlock recruited a week ago.

    In other words: start writing applications to every guild that seeks Spriest or ranged DPS or have “we may make exceptions” in their “needed class” list.

    Don’t let others take from you what you enjoy in game. Your guild members are disgustingly abusing you and you shall not accept it.

    Or do. After all it’s your game, your life, your call.

  5. 5 MD December 10, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    My GL actually just asked me yesterday if I would mind going holy so we can plan on going to Naxx soon. So I guess I’m in your situation as well :(

  6. 6 Herc December 10, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Why would they not give you your DPS Spot back?

    That’s like a stab in the back … if they asked for your help to heal … wouldnt it be only right to get a dps spot when the healers are ready?

  7. 7 pugnaciouspriest December 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    @Anon – That Grobbulos fight would be hard on two healers, but arguably with an extra dps he would go down quicker and thus less need for continous healing.
    @ D & MD – x fingers for you. Really makes me want to spec pure DPS so there is no way I can heal –
    @Esdras – I am no ones gimp – ok someetimes. It will probably happen when we head to 25′s too :( I’m hoping I’m stubburn enough to stick to my guns
    @Gevlon – Its certainly made me appreciate the people who do love healing – It ok if someone is willing but If had an inkling that my healers were being forced into
    @herc – There isn’t really a spot for me as a Core 10 is reasonably stable except where they have needed me for dps one night and healer for 2 others they will be doing some swapping in/out for some fights if they are too melee heavy and so on.. but that will be for some bosses and not a run.

  8. 8 neku74 December 10, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    agree with herc & gevlon’s comments.

    i completely feel for you and think that either you need to have a heart to heart with your GL and be open and honest that while you don’t mind the occasional respec to help out, that you fully intend to raid and gear as shadow. dunno what your situation is but if i would probably look for another guild or run naxx with someone else if i had to raid as shadow (i’m a healer and would never EVER want to dps in a raid). they may simply not know how much you don’t want to heal.

    i am personally against asking ppl to fill a role that they do not want to fill. someone who hates healing is not going to be a good healer. and i don’t understand why they would not give you your dps spot back if you were with the guild before wrath came out.

  9. 9 neku74 December 10, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    oh and p.s. we blew thru naxx 10 man with only 2 healers, myself as disc priest and a resto shaman. we are pretty “geared” but are by no means exceptional; we one shot almost every boss except stupid sapphiron where we wiped 22 times (/embarrassing) and kel where i think we wiped twice before we got him.

    it does mean that the healers must be fairly skilled but honestly if you have backup healers that know when to back off and heal, you’ll be fine with just 2 healing spec’d players in a 10 man.

  10. 10 Captain The First December 12, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Mwah it’s not like it doesn’t happen.

    You get recruited to be ‘temp-healer’ which is obviously not your primary role and you’re not going to be as solid as someone who has been healing all their ‘life’.

    And then blammo, they find a decent healer or one finally levels up and gets decent gear and you get benched because you’re a sub-par healer and all the dps slots are filled.

    Worst of all is that you’re not even getting any spriest gear out of the holy experience because you have to try and build holy gear to not ‘suck’ at healing which means you’re all of a sudden worth less to the raid who has been gearing with you as gimp-healer.

    I’d be concerned…


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