I recently discovered this survey when I was perusing wow.com the other day. This was created by Miss Medicina on her blog. She asks very interesting questions that I feel can benefit everyone who either reads the answers from all of us blogging healers, or whoever takes the (rather large) portion of time to figure out the answers! I really enjoyed filling this out and I hope she keeps more questions coming, or comes up with a really cool spread sheet at least :]
What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Pheadra, Holy Paladin.
What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
I’m nearly always raiding, but with ICC coming out soon I think I’ll be doing a lot of 5 man content again.
What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
This was a hard question. I choose Judgement of Light because it’s the only group healing spell that I have in my arsenal. It may not make up a large portion of my healing numbers, but it does the job of topping off raid members and lessening the impact of fights like the Twins. It also gives me a 15% haste buff for 1 minute every time I cast it, and I love haste!
What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
Lay on hands. Not only is it on the longest timer, but it’s really build for emergency situations. I just can’t justify using it willy-nilly.
What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
Our huge mana pools. We’re well-built for tank healing because we can afford to constantly cast with out crying “OOM!” two minutes into the fight. Also, the bigger your mana pool the more mana you get back from skills like Divine Plea. It’s a win-win for us.
What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?
Lack of group healing. Our heals don’t cast fast enough to save a dim-witted raid member from standing in fire if we’re the only ones worried about it. However, I’m not eager for Blizz to change this anytime soon. I’d rather see individual classes keep their niches (i.e. Druids raid healing, Pallies tank healing) then see everyone have equal footing for every healing need. Thats why Blizz makes different classes!
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?
Definitely main tank Healing. Although it is never that much fun to heal with a great swath of Holy Pallies (lets just face it– someone’s beacon is always going to be routinely over written) I could beacon the off tank and heal the raid. But, that gets sticky sometimes and I’d rather leave the druids and priests their jobs.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
Druids. A good druid is irreplaceable, and makes everyone’s life easier. Their hots are fantastic (who doesn’t love nearly constant health back?) and a Druid and Pally combo can go along way. We stick to the tanks and they stick to the raid and no one’s beacons disappear :]. One gripe: They always out heal me on the meters!
What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
Holy Paladins. As I’ve mentioned above, the beacon of light thing. Also when there are a lot of paladins in a raid group none of them are able to perform particularly well. We can’t use our skills to our full potential because by the time one of us casts a Holy Light on the tank some one else has either a) Already covered it and the tank is now back to full, or b) Was about to cover it and now they’ve wasted a good chunk of mana.
What is your worst habit as a healer?
Over healing. My meters are high because of Beacon of Light, but I do love to see those big numbers!
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
People who refuse to use defensive abilities because it “will hurt their DPS.” Okay, buster, just because you may lose a few points of DPS because you had to ice block through the fire doesn’t mean you’re still the best if you died 30 seconds into the fight with a 7k DPS meter. Your job is to CONSTANTLY attack the boss throughout the fight, not worry about the rank you’re in.
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
In a word, yes. Blizz has been perfecting the Holy Tree since vanilla (Unlike the Ret and Prot Trees) and we have less issues than other classes with patches because of that. We’re the best suited for tank healing but not much else which allows us to work really well with all other healing classes because we don’t step on their toes.
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?
I use my tanking boyfriend. He’s usually the one who I’m healing so it stands to reason that he’s the best one to ask how my performance was. I also use recount, but I take anything on that addon with a grain of salt. I also talk to the other healers. Talking to other people about whether or not Im doing my job can sometimes be a humbling task, but, hey, if we’re not improving what’s the point?
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
I feel like people really don’t understand what stats are important for us. I’ve had DPS and tanks repeatedly come up to me and tell me that I’m geming wrong; Intellect is not as good as Spell Power for healers. Well, maybe for other healers but the size of my heals are already larger compared to something like a druids, and the larger I can get my mana pool the better for me. I also get SP and crit for each point of intellect. So…one stat that gives me only one thing or one stat that gives me three other things I need? It’s a no contest, and I wish people would stop laughing at my geming! (Note: The only time I would feel that it would be acceptable to gem for SP is if you’re running a Flash of Light built and you gem for SP and Haste. Really the only people who would do this are people who are raiding on a regular basis with another holy pally, one who is gemed in the Holy Light, intellect based build. Higher end guilds use this for a heavily pally healed raid group, but the average raider is not going to need to worry about it.)
What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
Intellect is your friend! I know it’s highly boring and unimaginative, but the best is what it is and you can’t go wrong with intellect. Another thing I feel is difficult for new holy pallies to realize is that you’re going to want haste over crit until you hit the soft haste cap. You’ll get crit from intellect on your gear, but haste is much harder to come by, so choose that haste chest piece over the crit one!
If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?
Very high over healing–around 60% on a regular basis. This isn’t because I’m a terrible spazz and need to constantly heal everything (although it is somewhat because of that), but because of Beacon of Light. Especially if it’s a 25-man and there are two tank healers and I have the other tank beaconed. Assuming the other healer is doing half of their job a large portion of my heals are going over heal. Another pattern that is noticable is my healing output drops on fights where I have to really concentrate on the tank, and only the tank. In most fights I can predict when hits will happen and I can throw out heals to raid members of myself, but on fights like Sarth 3 drakes zerg even though I’m the only healer my HPS is only about 2.4k. In a fight like Anub on ToC10 I usually hover around 4k HPS, and in VoA I’ve even gotten up to 6K HPS.
Haste or Crit and why?
At the moment, Haste! I have about 13% haste and 30% crit now and I’m really feeling the haste hurt. Crit gets me mana back and thats all well and good, but being able to actually get a heal off in time to save a tank on ToGC is more important to me.
What healing class do you feel you understand least?
Resto Shaman. All I know is that I like their gear stats, and there always OOM.
What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
I use bartender (which may not count as a just for healing add-on), grid for seeing the health of all raid members, pally power because its frustrating to be that one pally who has to have his buffs manually assigned to themself, and Recount. I use Beacon and Sacred Shield macros to cast those spells on my respective tanks and a few macros for “OSHIT” moments like a lay on hands, avenging wrath, trinket macro, and a mana back macro.
Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some higher than others, and why?
I stack int out the wazoo. However, I’ve slipped in a few +20 haste gems to help out with my suck-tastic haste rating.
To finish this article off I’m going to tag some of my favorite bloggers around the WoW blogosphere!
Thanks to The bossy pally Ophelie over on her blog The Bossy Pally and the Giant Spoon for her very amusing views and her article “Sorry guys, I gotta go, I have a raid in about 30 minutes” which actually helped me to start this site!
To the author of The Holy Paladin who has the best, most easily understood paladin website I’ve ever read. Thanks for keeping up the site and answering all my questions in a timely manner! He releases new articles on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and they are the highlight of my blog reading days!
I know it’s not a lot of people, but I hope that the list will continue to grow!