Healing Meme – Sorak

Sorak was kind enough to complete the meme for us and I have his replies here:

1. What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?

Sorak, shaman, resto spec

2. What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)

5 mans and 10 man raids

3. What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?

Chain heal, it’s very efficient provided you cast it in an ideal situation (when people stack or are clustered).  I also like Healing Rain, same conditions as the prior (see a pattern developing here?)

4. What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?

Unleash Elements, it’s fairly new in my healing career.  I forget to use it because I’ve swapped mains to my DK and I don’t get to heal as much on Sorak anymore.  It’s a good spell, can be used as a bomb heal in conjunction w/ Greater Healing Wave or make my Chain heal hit for more.  Another reason is the CD is quite long on it, I believe 15 seconds. 

5. What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?

Totems, we can fill in a lot of buffs needed to round out a well balanced raid group. 

6. What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?

Movement.  I can’t speak for other Resto Shams, but I never did very well with it.  We only have one instant heal (Riptide, hits for a small amount and then applies a semi long HoT).  More importantly after you cast Riptide, I get a buff that lowers the casting time on Greater Healing Wave and Lesser Healing wave to 1.5 seconds, for the next two casts of said spells.

We have a 2 min CD ability you learn at 85 called Spirit Walkers Grace which allows you to move and cast for 15 seconds.  Again, only being able to cast on the move every 2 minutes or so isn’t what I’d consider good!

8. What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?

I enjoy healing with classes that can mitigate damage, since I’m more of a brute force healer in 10’s.  We’re not as blunt of a healer as a Holy Paladin but we’re nowhere near on the level of a Resto Druid or old school Disc priest for mitigation. 

9. What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?

Another blunt healing class.  Not much variety in our heals doesn’t make up for a good raid composition. 

10. What is your worst habit as a healer?

I get tunnel vision in raids, too much staring at grid to pay attention to what everyone else is doing.  Perhaps my worst habit is too much casting Lightning Bolt to regain mana back from Telluric Currents.  C’mon, you know restoring 2k mana is more important than keeping party members alive, especially during Chimeraon!!

In 5 mans my worst habit is pulling mobs when the tank is too slow (ie mostly every pug), I’m a gogogogogo kind of person, and If I’m pulling as the healer, the tank is not moving fast enough. 

11. What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?

STACK UP BITCHES!  Every successful raid plays to their raid comps strong points, when I’m healing, my most efficient heals require people to stack up!  We have a lot of bad ranged members (the most notorious one starts with an L, and ends in yssianna).  As soon as he/she (the verdict is still out there about a voice over program) get into range to pew pew, he/she stops and well………pew pews.

See the pic below for my Spirit Link Totem macro

 

Asking SR to stack is like asking me to CC, it doesn't happen.

 
 

12. Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?

Now that Resto Sham’s finally have a raid CD we can use to mitigate damage I believe we should be on par with other healers.  We won’t be top heals, but at least we can contribute raid damage mitigation, hell even fury wars received something like that before Resto Sham’s did!

 13. What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?

Did we down the boss?  Recount and World of Logs

14. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?

No clue. 

15. What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?

As a Resto Sham, always keep Riptide on CD.  It helps keep your casting time down to a minimum.  Punish those that don’t stack, negative reinforcement is the way to go!   Some ranged dps (the most notorious one starts with an L, and ends in yssianna) feel like they can survive on their own w/o any help from healers, he/she/they should be thankful I don’t heal much anymore!

Keep up Earthliving Weapon on at all times, keep Earthshield up on MT / OT or Zugzuug. 

Be aggressive w/ Mana Tide totem, it’s a short CD, take advantage of it!

16. 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)?

Too much Lightning bolt spam and not enough casting of Unleash Elements.  In Cata I don’t tend to over heal as much, I think my healing output is OK, but I’ll let others determine that. 

17. Haste or Crit and why?

Haste to lower your GCD down to 1 sec, and get an additional tick of Riptide on your target.  I know crit is our lowest stat weight, but crit does help.  When you crit a direct heal, you get mana back from water shield, you also proc Ancestral Healing and Awakening.

Ancestral Healing: reduces physical damage by 10% for 15 seconds

Ancestral Awakening: heals the lowest percentage health in the party / raid for 30% of the original heal. 

18. What healing class do you feel you understand least?

All of them except for a Resto Sham.  I’ve never played another healing class o I don’t know the mechanics to play one well.  I happen to be lucky and play w/ pro healers.  They do their job well and I leave it at that.

 19. What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?

In Wrath I’ve used grid, I’ve been using the default raid UI for a while, just a few days ago I swapped to Vuhdo.  Totem timers, does exactly what you think it does.  Power Auras to keep track of my CD’s. 

I’ve always used mouse over macros since I’ve started healing, even though you can configure Vuhdo to do mouse clicks, I’d rather not rely on a mouse or addon like someone I know (starts with an L, and ends in yssianna)

 
 
Thank you Sorak for filling out the survey and although you are a total brat (seriously) we still love you. 😀

Healing meme Take 2!

Well the the healing meme is going around again and I got tagged twice.  As some of you might remember, I filled this out in the original call for it.  Although I am no longer primarily healing (I get to pew pew bitches!) I still heal from time to time.

Now I am going to preface this by saying that I don’t heal much at all so a lot of my answers really won’t have long replies.
 

1. What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?

Naedaessa aka PPP.  She is a Disc priest.  Although I think she is in her shadow off-spec for dailies currently.  I used to heal with Tattia (Tatia the nelf in the original survey) but I found that I just don’t enjoy my druid the way I enjoy my priest and I switched over as soon as I could.

2. What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)

PPP primarily does 5 mans or our 10 man alt runs.

3. What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?

Penance bitches!  Lazer lights up your butt!  I love to see the ticks crit for 20k a pop.  It makes me giggle and smile.

4. What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?

Well this particular answer isn’t so much because I don’t like the spells, it is just because I FORGET I have the spells and thus forget to use them.  >.<  I am BAD at priesting here people.

So let’s go down the list!

Renew – too expensive and doesn’t heal enough to warrant the spending of mana;  Prayer of Healing – I forget I can hit Inner Focus and use this every time IF is off cooldown;  Lifegrip – Forget I have it until someone else grabs me thus pissing me off that I have been grabbed;  Divine Hymn – Forget I have it until Slice calls for it;  Hymn of Hope – Forget I have it unless it is asked for;  Some others I forget to use:  Pain Suppression, Power Infusion, Binding Heal.

I told you I was a bad priest!

5. What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?

We are fantastic single target healers and are very flexible with healing roles.  This is especially helpful in 10 man raiding.  We can do it all bitches!

6. What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?

AoE heals.  I can single target heal a person up very well, but when you bring in more than 2 people I start gasping for mana and die in the vapors of my mana pool.

8. What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?

Well I have only healed with a pally and a druid.  So I really can’t answer this well.  I just don’t have any experience with other healing classes (or enough in this case) to really know what I like and I don’t like.

9. What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?

See above.

10. What is your worst habit as a healer?

See #4.  BAD PRIEST!

11. What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?

People telling me how to heal if they place that class (I’m looking at you Slice! *glares*).  If I am doing something wrong and people are dying, then yes by all means step in and fix the situation.  If people are living and I am not OOM then STFU.  I play my priest a bit different than most (all you have to do is see my spec to see this) but I get the job done.  I am sure if I had more practice healing in raids (soooooo not happening) then things would probably change, but until then STFU!

12. Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?

I think that Disc is ideal for playing with others.  We can even play nicely with another Disc priest.  Everyone loves us and our Power Word: Nipple.

13. What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?

Did Slice lecture me?  Did people die?  Am I OOM in the beginning of the fight?

14. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?

That you cannot bubble spam and have mana (I can and do!) and that Heal sucks.  I LOVE Heal.  I think I am the only priest out there that does.

15. What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?

EVERY FUCKING SPELL A PRIEST HAS.  Seriously though, we have SO MANY spells that if you learned to play a priest like I did (LFD with bubble/Penance/Renew/Flash Heal as my only used spells) then you might have some issues.  I know that I had to actually keybind OTHER spells when I started healing 5 mans in Cata.

16. 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)?

Honestly I couldn’t tell you.  I haven’t really researched my healing on recount/WoL.  Most of the time when I am playing PPP she is healing a 5 man and that really isn’t much to look at for comparison.

17. Haste or Crit and why?

LOL I wish I could answer this one.  When I get a new piece of gear I ask Slice what I should do with it.  So see his answer.  Now with my druid I knew I wanted Haste, but I just have no clue with the priest.

18. What healing class do you feel you understand least?

It is a toss up between a Holy Pally and a Holy Priest.  I have played a lower level Shaman so I have some idea (not a lot but SOME) of what you need to do but I haven’t ever played a heally Pally, nor have I played Holy.  My very first priest (a space goat named Lyssiana of all things) was Holy but she only made it to like level 30 before I switched back to the lock.  This was also way back in BC era so things are different now.

19. What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?

Vuhdo through and through.  I use the mouse click options for my spells.  Macros hate me so I only have 2.  One that announces that I am OOM and another that I spam when I am getting hit that says “I am being HIT!”  I love to spam that one. 😀

I use Power Auras when I dps but I haven’t set up any for my healing.  I probably should, but I am very lazy so it probably won’t happen any time soon.

Let’s see, whom do I want to tag on this . . . I want to see if I can get the other healers in SR to do a guest post and answer these questions.  So I will tag Sorak, Zarm and Zerl’s Pally Lery.  Of course all of them are in their DPS specs.  /Sigh.

Healer’s meme revisited

 
Miss Medicinia called out for those of us who filled out the healer meme thing a while back to go back and revisit what we had posted before.  So without further adieu:

The New Questions:

1. Reread your original answers to the questions. With the benefit of hindsight, score your own work in terms of its cringeworthiness.

Wow I was a nub.  I got my stats wrong and was completely ignorant about tank healing as a tree.  At the time I wrote that I was still fairly new to tree healing, now I feel like I have the hang of it.  The majority of that post was cringeworthy.  So yeah, don’t go back and read it for info guys, I fail. >.>

2. Has your class’s healing improved in the area you identified as its weakest?

I mentioned that I sucked as a tank healer and that I was all about raid healing.  Yeah sooo very wrong.  We are still working out the kinks in our healing strat for ICC, but it looks like I will be healing the OT and back up raid healing.  I have figured out how to lifebloom correctly and now use Regrowth when tank healing.  I still have my “oh shit” NS + HT macro, but I use swiftmend more often with better results.  I am currently working on using that whenever it is off cooldown.

3. Have you changed your “least favoured class to heal with”?

At the time I answered this question I had only just started playing with Heleva and her Disc priest.  I was used to just working with Vel and his resto shammy.  Now that I have done several raids with her I feel like I can understand her a bit better.  I use my HoTs with her bubbles to the full effect that I can.  I think once we get the new tank healing situation under control and work with it enough we will be an unstoppable healing machine.

I no longer have an least favorite.  There is just my jealousy of Vel’s 14-18k crits on his heals.  I’m thrilled when I see an 11k crit.

4. Did you read the entries from others in the webring, especially your class?

I have to admit that I did not.  The only ones I remember that I read were from Ilikebubbles and Miss Medicinia.  I think I might have read a few others, but I honestly cannot remember.  I know that since then I have found other tree blogs and priest blogs.  My blog roll exploded after that meme.

5. If Yes to #4, did you learn anything that made you a better healer?

Actually yes.  I learned what I actually needed to gear for.  What the raiding rotation should be and how to fulfill roles I previously thought I couldn’t.

6. What tools/resources or information do you think you would need to improve as a healer and how could that help the community at large?

I need to push myself more and learn where I can truly excel.  Up until we started raiding ICC, I didn’t have that much to do.  Healing raids was actually kind of boring.  Now I am being challenged and actually have to pay attention to what I am doing.  I went oom!  Several times!  I am a tree!  We aren’t supposed to go oom!  I have since fixed the issue, but now I find I am actually thinking about which spell to use and how often to use it.

I think most healers just need to be able to practice in something that will provide a challenge.  Most of the time healing in raids turns into the boring whack-a-mole that we all know and love and we get lazy.  I am very happy to see that ICC is bringing the healing challenges we need.

Most new trees were like me and confused to what we need.  Something like Lissanna’s blog with her awesome guides, but more leaning towards raiding.  Her guide is fantastic for beginning trees, but something that leans towards making sure the trees have a challenge.  Let’s face it, trees are OP, we need something to keep us on our toes.

7. What did you identify as your worst habit as a healer? Have you improved in this area?

I said overhealing.  This is still an issue, but it is something that I am actively working on.  Trees should never go oom :(.  I don’t know how much I have actually improved since it is a work in progress, but I think there might actually be some improvement.  I am still horrible about clipping and overhealing over my HoTs.  I put them up just to get a bigger Nourish; which is pretty bad.  I am working on it though!

8. What did you list as your favorite healing spell and your least used healing spell for your class? Are these answers still true? If they have changed, what caused the change (i.e. patch fix, different healing environment, etc)?

My favorite spell is still Rejuv.  I think I have finally gotten used to the quicker ticks thanks to the glyph, but I still find myself wanting to spam Nourish.  It has gotten better in 5 mans though.  99% of the time I pop one Rejuv on the tank and then go make a sammich.  It heals for ridiculous amounts of healing.

The least used healing spell I listed was Regrowth.  Since I have started healing the tanks I have found I use it a lot more.  It is usually one of the first spells I put on them.  Yes Lifebloom goes on faster but Regrowth lasts longer.

I used to never use Tranquility either, now I actively try to find a time when I can use it.  I like to think that I helped save us all by using it.  It might not be the case, but I can dream right?

Well those are my replies.  If you participated and now read my blog go post your answers!  You can post them here, in your own blog or over at Miss Medicinia’s place. 😀  Happy healing!