Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Healing webring - sure, I'll give it a try!

My DK bandages are leet! I even have the plethora of bandages achievement!

Ok Ok, you won't see much about healing on this blog, except for pug/raid experiences as this is a DK blog after all, but I thought Jessabelle had a fun idea, so I filled out the meme-that's-not-a-meme. :)
What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer? Hinetitama, resto shaman

What is your primary group healing environment? Just about everything. Heal the daily heroic whenever possible, but gearing/speccing for TOC10/25. Previously healed near-Immortal Naxx runs and hitting alt Ulduar runs occasionally.

What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why? Chain Heal, with a close second on Riptide. I love that fuzzy chain of awesome goodness! Riptide gives a satisfying sploosh and instant heal + hot, but since it's a fairly small heal, it takes second place. Oooh, and don't forget that lovely Earth Shield. Running heroics with my main tanks, I could heal the tank almost entirely with ES and Riptide.

What healing spell do you use least for your class and why? Healing Wave. It's a good spell, but the long cast time is meh. I usually only use it with my macro of instant get better or sometimes to get a single player back to full health with one go (but a couple fast LHW will do the trick nicely).

What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why? Like most healers now, resto shammies can do many things well. Healing melee would be the specialty, however. CH bouncing for the win.

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why? Very little instant healing, very little ability to heal on the move. Single target sustained big damage healing is mediocre (but not bad; I healed a couple players through a full toxin duration on Northrend Beasts while raid healing last night).

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you? Raid healing, especially if ranged can group up a bit. Even so, I love my earth shield on the tank, then chain heal on melee, with spot LHW on ranged.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why? Resto shammy. I love my healer, but tbh I haven't played any other healer at 70 or 80. I liked my impressions of the style compared to my other lowbie healers and still like it now. I sometimes think I'd like the instant/hot approach of druids, but never really been there.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why? Disc priests. Sorry, Jess. :) I love having one on my side in pvp, but it's hard for me to make the mental transition of mitigation = healing.

What is your worst habit as a healer? Chain Heal on single target of course. Other than that, probably losing situational awareness/too much focus on grid. I rarely die to silly stuff, but can miss an event or take too much damage because I'm not 'looking around.'

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing? People standing in fire and not moving out of it - and hoping/expecting that I'll heal them through it.

Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing? I do. Paladins can do some amazing healing, particularly on single targets. Druid's hots are lovely for topping people up and keeping us all alive when we're on the move. Priests are truly versatile, but I do feel shammys can do whatever is needed in a raid. Some fights we're unbeatable, while on others we struggle. That's as it should be.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer? Did we kill the boss? Good. I love not having the pressure to always be doing something that I have as a dps main class. I can survey and heal what needs to be healed. I don't have to strive to always be healing, or even keep everyone at 100% if I'd be wasting resources. I do look at healing meters, but also at my overhealing. I try to keep my overheals below 40% - although some fights more overheal is fine if needed to spam a heal target. Did I use an appropriate set of spells depending on fight mechanic? (Lord Jaraxxus should have more LHW, Twins almost all Chain Heal except for earth shield on tank and riptides).

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class? That all we can do is chain heal. That our single target healing sucks. That we're squishy (with mail + shield and earth shield/riptide/lesser healing wave, I can take a beating).

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn? Don't forget 1) to keep earth shield up on the tank when you're raid healing (unless another shammy already is), and 2) use your riptide. Riptide gives a nice buff to the rest of your heals and isn't too shabby itself - use it often! Also, in a raid, check your replenishment. There's a good chance your mana totem is not needed, and you can provide some pretty good healing via healing stream totem.

If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see? I'm usually one of the lowest on overhealing. Chain heal does a good job - maybe too good. I may do over 60% of my heals with CH and it probably shouldn't go much higher in most full raids. I'll have lots of casts compared to other restos at least - since I stack haste (see below).

Haste or Crit and why? Theorycrafting pegs haste as about twice as good as crit. Crit can deliver nice heals and mana regen for shammies, but in general, pumping out spells is better. We want - depending on who you ask - at least 1000 haste (I'm hovering around 700 at the moment). Getting Lesser Healing Wave down to 1 second is far better than a huge crit stack. I won't avoid crit, but I won't gem or gear for it at all.

What healing class do you feel you understand least? Disc priests and resto Druids. I still forget druids can rez these days.

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing? I have a few macros, mostly my insta-heal one. Grid for heal selection. Clique, but I don't use it as much as I should/could. I don't have a huge amount of healing addons as I'm a main dpser.

Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why? I stack haste. But, I'm happy to gem for spell power in red slots, since 23 sp is pretty good. MP5 is considered a very poor stat, but I don't mind seeing it on gear - it's just that it's so hard on the item budget. At TOC levels of gear, mana pools/regen isn't really a problem so throughput is king.
And there you have it!
A DK who enjoys a nice break from dps to toss out the heals!


  1. Hahah nice responses! Glad your melee abilities didn't keep you from joining in ;)

  2. Clearly, Jess, you did a good thing TM. :)

    And yes, I definitely enjoy the healing side of things from time to time.


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