God – and I thought tanking was scary. It’s a walk in the park compared to healing. I’ve been healing Cata dungeons quite a bit recently – including one Cata heroic. What a nightmare. I really didn’t know my heart could remain in my mouth that long.
I started out with a few ordinary Cata dungeons using Luxmi my resto shaman. Just dipped my toe in the water as it were – didn’t realise it was water infested with poorly equipped tanks and dps with no situational awareness at all & a universal “what the hell is a cool down” approach – but there you go.
I found it so depressing at the outset when I realised at 85 you don’t see the health bars leap up in the same way you do when healing the lower levels. Or am I just doing it wrong? Everyone says a good riptide and two healing waves is a great opener as a shaman- my tanks yesterday were on their knees at half health with that after just one blow from a trash mob. So I continually had to throw out much bigger heals (my original typo there said “I had to throw out much bigger head” which is an entirely different way of bringing tanks to their knees but frowned upon in game) and then ran out of mana.
With my holy pally it was no better. By the time I remembered to also judge & use crusader strike to get mana back everyone was dead. That might have been my fault. The mage in the group also seemed to struggle unnecessarily. When I’m playing a mage I very rarely need healing. Why then do other mages fight toe to toe with mobs and take lots of damage. Yes I know – they are idiots who think they rolled a Paladin. Simple really.
Is it me? I don’t know- I follow Icy Vein tips regarding rotations & I think I’m doing the right thing with my gear & stats- I listen to Mr Robot’s advice more than I listen to my mother (not hard admittedly), although not when it comes to enchants – the day I have that sort of money is the day it turns out I’ve won Blizzard in a raffle.
It’s not all bad of course. In one Lost City run the group said “well done healer” and I blushed for four hours solid.
But I don’t help myself. I totally humiliated myself in Grim Batol – not on the healing front as it happens. I was with a great group so the healing part was fine. But the bit at the beginning when you run to the dragons to go and bomb the crap out of everything – well I lost my sense of direction, ran in the opposite way (yes I know…) and fell of the edge and died. We’d only been in the dungeon about five seconds. I confessed in party chat – had no choice really since someone had an addon that had already flashed up “Luxmi dead- cause unknown” and the group all lolled at me. I was totally humiliated.
It’s really not easy this healing lark – even when you’re not falling off edges. I did heroic Shadowfang Keep the other day. The first boss – the one that asphyxiates everyone in sight and makes you cry if you’re the healer – was nervewracking enough but we survived it. The tank continually running out of line of sight to pull three rooms worth of mobs was hard too it has to be said. But that bloody boss that does that green poison thing that means you have to run around and heal at the same time!!!! How? When I’m running I have to concentrate on running or I fall over & die (as Grim Batol above showed). I can’t heal as well- even if I just cast instants – it’s just not happening. I am not in this game to multitask. I just want to stand there and cast pretty heals and see green bars fill up quickly and easily.
You know saying all that makes me realise what I should be playing – and I have got a real hankering at the moment to return to it. It’s The Sims. I should just start a new character- loosely based on me of course. Set her up in a nice little house and just enjoy keeping all her green bars nice & full. No stress. No fuss. An ordinary life in an ordinary house. Maybe I’m just a bit burned out but more and more that appeals to me – in gaming and in life. With plenty of whoohoo too of course :)