As most of you know, PPP hit 85 a while back. Since then I had been mostly using her to grind out TB dailies and to farm herbs. I did a few heroics (she only had 4 green pieces when she dinged 85 ^_^) but those were as shadow. While I was leveling her post 80 she didn’t set foot in a dungeon. Which considering she was leveled in LFD is kind of odd. My main reason for this was so she could herb as she leveled.
Yes I am serious.
The other reason was because I knew that Disc healing in Cata kind of sucks until you have some gear. A fresh 85 (usually) doesn’t have the gear to not struggle. Even though I had already popped my Cata healing cherry with Tattia (and it didn’t hurt all that much tbh) I was still apprehensive about healing with PPP.
I think a big part of it was because I leveled with the old style of Disc. The bubble spamming Wrath-era Disc. Where I could bubble everyone in the group and spam Flash Heal when someone dropped below 75%. Even though I knew I could no longer play my priest that way I still was slightly worried.
The funny part was I was kind of getting used to playing Shadow. It isn’t quite like Affliction. It is more like the ugly redheaded step-child of Affliction. I still prefer Affliction’s playstyle, but I will admit that Shadow is fun. While with Affliction you have to watch all of your DoTs and keep them refreshed, you really don’t have too many procs to look out for. With Shadow I have found you have the DoTs to track but the vast majority is spent building up stacks and using the procs. I find that while I am herbing in Uldum I get attacked by every croc and snake out there. If I end a fight with an orb proc or an archangel proc I feel like I need to pick another fight just to use it. The closest Affliction has is a Nightfall proc. Unfortunately that proc has only a few seconds vs 30 some odd seconds for the orb proc.
I know that Slice and Sorak have been trying to figure out what I am planning to do with my priest. Mostly it involves complaining that I am not healing heroics on her. Because heaven forbid I level an alt to just farm. :-p
As I mentioned above, I had been grinding out TB dailies on her. My main goal was to get her the healing trinket. Well I finally got it on Friday (I think) (Edit: Thursday!) and thus had run out of excuses. Saturday I got her enchanted up (some basic ones at the least) and then said that I was ready to try healing.
Yeah I am doing this the correct way!
AKA the wussy way according to some people.
Slice offered to tank on his pally, Rep brought her mage, Arv nabbed his priest and Sorak brought Sorac, the fury warrior. Luckily for me Rep & Arv were 81 and Sorac was only 83. This meant that they wouldn’t be doing too many horrific things to me and we would get a fairly low level dungeon. I knew it would either be Throne or Blackrock. Sure enough Throne popped up.
I had no issues. In fact I was rather bored. To be fair it is a level 80-81 dungeon and I am heroic ilvl (I did say I had 4 greens) so I overgeared the place, as did Slice’s pally. So it really didn’t count. Arv & Rep got a few upgrades. I think Sorac even got something so the run wasn’t a total waste.
After we finished the run Sorak decided we were done with the “pansy normals” and people switched out to run a heroic. Arv got on his pally to tank, Sorak got on his rogue, Rep switched to her DK and Slice got on his boomkin. We queued up and got Heroic Halls. For one I was excited because lots of bosses = points & lots of chances for gear. Then the other part of me freaked out because the first part of that place is HELL on healers.
Slice was in vent with me and was teasing me about pulling out my hair.
It never got that bad.
Mostly because when Slice can heal on a toon, he does. Even if it is dps spec. He throws out heals on his priest his pally AND his druid, no matter the spec. I don’t think he can help himself. So I know that the run would have gone A LOT rougher had he not been there on his druid. I think he actually spent more time healing than I did. I finally had to ask him to stop healing so I could see if I could handle it and would ask him for him if I needed it, which I did.
I will say that the fire shield guys SUCK without someone that can deal with their shield.
I use Vuhdo to heal. I love it. The problem is I don’t always remember which button combination gives me what spells. While leveling PPP I didn’t really have to use many spells. It was mostly bubble and forget it. The result is I don’t know what half of my spells do, nor do I remember to use the ones that I do know.
PW: Barrier? Yeah I forget I have that to use. Pain Suppression? Yep forget that one too. Power Infusion? Oops! Forgot!
I kept finding myself wanting to use my right mouse button to spam heals. On my druid this button is Rejuv. Previously on my priest it was Flash Heal. I changed it to Heal. So I’ve been spamming heal. I have Penance as my left button and PW: Shield as my middle button. Shift+Left Click is Greater Heal. Button 4 is remove magic. Button 5 is remove disease. And that is the extent of what I remember I mapped. >.<
What I really need to do is update my spells. I need to put Flash Heal where I will remember it (I specced into Surge of Light, yes I know, but frankly I like it and the free big heal is nice). I also need to get Prayer of Mending on a button. 99% of the time I forget to cast it. PS and PI need to be popped on there too. A big problem I have is because I am Smite specced (and I do Smite, sometimes) I don’t have Vuhdo set up to where I target the person I am healing. This allows me to keep a mob targeted (and not lose it) so I can Smite. The issue comes up when I want to use a spell that I either don’t have mapped or if I need to target a person for some reason or another. Then I either need to remember which F key is which person or I need to click on the party frames. This of course causes delays etc.
Yes I am fail! Trust me I am aware of it! :-p
At the same time I don’t know if switching to the targeting (like I have on my druid) would work with my Smite Spec.
Oh well I’ll figure it out with practice.
Other than wiping to the fire shield guys we actually didn’t have any major issues. I let Sorak die several times. Mostly because I just cannot heal more than one person THAT much at once. AKA you pull aggro and don’t lose it, you die. He was on his rogue. If he couldn’t drop aggro then he is a bad rogue.
Psst! He couldn’t drop aggro.
About halfway through the run Arv had to go and we kind of made Rep tank. She DOES NOT tank heroics. So thank you again sweetie for tanking! She did a fantastic job and really wasn’t tough to heal.
Funny thing: When you go into heroics with a green level chest (hey I did TRY to do regulars) getting a blue heroic chestpiece is a HUGE upgrade and makes healing soooooooooooo much easier.
We did another heroic with a few people switching out. We got SFK. Sorak was on his shaman and we dragged Zari in on his shaman too. Slice tanked and we picked up a PuG DK to dps. As we grouped up Zari was all “where are the DKs?” He just HAD to jinx us. >.<
Actually the DK wasn’t bad. Was kind of a jerk but wasn’t a bad player.
Now that run was VERY easy to heal. I blame the shamans. I have a feeling one of them was running healing stream. I think we only had like 1 or 2 deaths. The only time I panicked was during the first boss fight where he drains everyone’s life. Slice was telling me when to use my Barrier (which I had COMPLETELY forgotten about and not used once all day) and I of course used it at the wrong time. /sigh This led him to ask me why in the hell I had used it when I did. Yeah I panicked. It is all good though! We made it through! Sorak even said that he wasn’t helping me heal at all!
We did a couple more changes and Fayle decided he was going to tank. Slice wanted to heal on his pally. Zari switched to his priest and Rep came back on her DK (she had been afk). I came along as shadow because I wanted the points and a chance to steal gear from Zari (which I totally did!).
Just FYI – I SUCK at trying to make it around corners without pulling mobs we are trying to skip. So if you are in a party with me and you are trying to cut corners *cough*Sorak*cough* remember what happens.
Yeah I kind of wiped the group. >.<
In my defense I was trying to eat pasta (brown rice pasta is GROSS when it gets cold) while it was still hot.
Not a very good defense, but there it is!
The elusive wand dropped (first time there and it drops! win!!) and I snagged it. I don’t know if Zari needed it or not. Tis mine though! On the final boss we changed up the specs a bit. My dps is shit as Shadow (main spec is Disc after all) so Slice went prot, I went Disc and Fayle went dps so we could get the adds down. At this point I had replaced my helmet, chest and wand (2 of those were green) and OMG the difference! I actually had been remembering to use my Shadowfiend (I can never think of him as anything other than Nigel thanks to Tam) so I didn’t have any problem with mana. I actually made mana pots for PPP and have yet to use one. The boss dropped a staff (woot! upgrade over the Very Manly Staff). After that run I was “told” I was coming on one on my lock. /sigh
All in all it was a good weekend. I got boots from the quest reward so there went another green. Yes my new helmet and boots have hit on them, but frankly I don’t care. They were upgrades! It wasn’t like I was taking them from anyone else who could use them. The only green item I have left are my bracers. Yes I know I could craft the PvP ones, but I refuse to. I will get bracers when I get bracers.
As an aside, bracers dropped in the heroic I was in with my lock. Go figure.
Tonight is raid night and the funny thing is all I want to do is to run heroics on the priest. I had gotten to where I wasn’t a fan of them. Now with the new challenge they are interesting again.