They made me heal a ICC 10 on my main - it was a pug run, being run by a guildy alt.
Well, no one made me .I did protest something a long the lines of ” You serious – I’ve only raid healed Ony – the rest has all been 5 mans and pvp.”
I had my eyes on 3 more bars to a new Ashen ring with a proc! ( Squee) 2 badges to a piece of Tier ( Squee) so I was easily convinced. I said yes ( with massive disclaimers)
I healed, and hotted, and mended, and circled and did all the stuff a healer is supposed to do. We killed the first 4 bosses easy – I had some difficulty with the next wing.
When we got to the two doggies, and the decimate the shammy healer was having a go at me for not dispelling something. I’m like. the doggies don’t do stuff u need to dispel, and besides my VuhDo wasn’t showing anything. I even linked him the recount for dispels/decurses/cleanses for the run so far, showing me 3 times as high as him, and the Resto druid, She said instead of trying to prove something I should “f’ning do my job, because she had spent the last fight as a slime.
Oh.. a Slime.
“Can we kill the scientist before we kill the dog?” I ask. ( see I did know what I was doing?) we had been pulling a scientist and one of the dogs at the same time, so at a decimate and my healing mod had everyone at red meaning ” heal heal heal which overides the purple dispel prompt. So I did fail, and probably have earned the animosity of the shammy for life, especially since I pointed out to the shammy that I wasn’t the only dispel capable healer in the raid, so I hoped that they were having a go at the tree as well.
We killed Rotgut, and called it on Fester, and considering I had only killed Rot in a pug, and tried Fester in a pug at Dps, I am somewhat happy, and besides a new ring, and Tier gloves I got new shoulders and a new offhand. I did ok loot wise. Still find it silly I need to heal to get upgrades for my DPS set, but what ever works right?
The experience also made me realise how much more I need to learn about raid healing, some of its mana regen, some of it’s trying to determine the pace of steady and spike damage which is not as predictable as 5 man healing has become. Knowing the fights as a healer rather than as a dps, not getting health bar fever, and getting one shot because I was staring at other peoples healthbars, it’s an adjustment in mentality.
I did ok, I was 2nd on heals, slaughtered by a resto druid, but I know numbers don’t necessarily mean anything, ( esp when the druid was at 67% over heal) and there was no wws to properly evaluation my performance.
The Dps player in me was ok with the healing when it was easy, but when it got harder, and there were slimes, and spores to worry about – then I didn’t like it so much.
I hesitate in caring, and it’s hard, I found an area I need to improve in, and the achiever in me wants to challenge myself again, and throw myself to the wolves, sure! I’ll heal – but then my shadow self, the skin I feel most comfortable in – says Nay don’t go there.
Even my 2nd priest in all her holy glory ( and now 4.3k GS ) cringes a little at never do more than a 5 man. However what else is there to do, but challenge oneself? ( or level yet another alt.. )