I used to hate healing – then I was um.. uh.. encouraged to get a healing set when my last raiding guild broke up last year by the new guild I was apping to.
I’ve discovered I don’t mind it. It got me places easier. ( everyone loves a healer) – Any means to an end to get me better gear for my main set – badges, runs, quicker Lfgs – I sold my Shadow Soul for convenience – and had been getting extra practice on my 2nd healing only priest. ( Yes I’m a nut) whose gear is getting better then my mains healing offset.
I’m on holidays still ( more time = less desire to be productive and write stuff) so I was able to do lots of stuff today
Today I dpsed a 25 toc Gdkp – with a pot of over 1200 each ( some of that was because I won Reign of the Unliving ( finally!) for 8k ( cheap as.. )
Healed a Toc 10 for fun.
Healed the Heroic Daily because I couldn’t be bothered waiting
I also picked up a ICC 25 GDKP needing a holy priest on my main – and the ‘mantle’ I wore to get into that was a 5.5 k Holy priest – it was a 6 boss run, and ended up with a pot of 2190 each (that includes minus 40 gold each to pay the 1k to a Kingslayer to unlock heroic boat.)
I did good! Was even told I had awesome heals, and I was the top healer – which upset a pally healer who ‘begged to differ’ ( I’m sorry beacon is cheating 😛 Free double heals *grumbles) – but there were no wipes! so we ALL did a good job.
The other priest was a 5.8k offspec holy healer ( I checked) 3 piece Healing T10 – I couldn’t work out why on all the fights I was beating her by so much.
Then I noticed that they didn’t seem to like renew. Like at all.
Here is mine. Now I don’t like Greater Heal. I don’t use it. I think its a waste of heals, and while your busy casting, even with serendipity at 3 stacks, some druids hots have already beaten you to the punch. I also have the 2 set t10 bonus ( Chance to heal 33% of your flash heal ) and the T9 2 set ( increase prayer of mending by 20% ) and until I get my 4 set healing Tier I will keep using it, because losing that 20% is not worth it yet –
I don’t think I’m a great healer, if anything I’m a brute force healer – I stick hots on people likely to take damage. Always on the tanks, try and prehot during mass aoe damage, bounce my prayer of mending off the tank. Try and stick to ‘the always be casting rule’ if I have the mana. But my gorilla healing style is Worse now I have Sliver of Pure Ice set up as a Power aura to use as soon as it’s available Every two min. The Sliver, Fiend, Hymn of Hope, mana pot means I am mana happy, and not afraid to use it. It’s the healing ‘style’ I picked up – which will probably make me a terrible healer in Cata unless I relearn to heal a little more conservatively.
Either way – awesome healer – Mana happy healer – I feel I’ve come a long way from my refusing to heal stage, but I think that’s also mainly because I heal on my own terms now. I’m freelance. I heal or dps what I want – and I’m geared enough to do it. No guild – no real obligations It’s a slightly ‘lonely’ way to do it – and probably just another symptom of my independent streak, but I like that I don’t have to deal with asshats for more than one raid, I’m not being pigeon holed into a role because our other healer just quit, can’t make it ect. – but I also know its realm dependant – I can’t do all that on my home realm, and I’m leaning now towards moving my 2nd priest over to BR too
But one day.. I will settle down again. I just don’t have to yet.