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Healing Is Awesome

Those of you who have been following my WoW career on Project Lore may recall a priest I made at the tail end of The Burning Crusade.  I cut my teeth healing those late game dungeons, leveling holy from level 60 to 70, but never healed with enough frequency to feel comfortable in her shoes.  I ended up dropping her like a bad habit when Wrath of the Lich King came along.  It wasn't until my rogue had been topped off and geared for raiding that I returned to my space goat.  Thanks to the Dungeon Finder she's been geared up for some weeks now.

For fear of making a fool of myself I eased into healing like I do into a jacuzzi; feet first, acclimate, leg, other leg, acclimate, my precious, acclimate, the unimportant parts.  Guild run dungeons came first, with me rolling on unwanted gear before I pieced together a healing set deemed worthy.  Then I tried my hand at random heroics, hoping, praying that I wouldn't have to heal someone as poorly geared as myself.  After scoring some much needed epic gear there and honing my skills further, I ninjaed my way into a few weekly runs for my first taste of raid healing.  I may have been the bottom of the healing meters, but things went well enough.  That is to say the quests were completed.  After soaking up further badges in VoA and more random raids/dungeons I figured I was finally geared enough to tackle bigger projects.

I wasn't.

The first time I stepped into a raid were everyone wasn't overgeared was a mess.  It wasn't so much my skill that failed me, but my composure.  On my rogue I tend to be highly focused, but I make use of all of my abilities to not only deal damage, but mitigate damage to myself and others.  When I first saw everyone's health plummet something in me snapped.  It was too much, I couldn't do it.  I became the new guy in the corner puking his guts out, the dude crying on the beach in Saving Private Ryan.  It was a sad sight.  I went back to the drawing board. 

Weeks later my alt guild asked if my priest would like to join them on an ICC 10-man raid and I sheepishly obliged.  Unbeknown to me, the team was ahead of my other guild, barely downing Valithria the week before.  I'd never been, on any toon, but they assured me it would be okay.  As long as I didn't mind wiping.  I reminded them that I've raided since vanilla, so they knew I would be in for the long hall.  We wiped around 10 times and never actually downed the Dungeons & Dragons boss (came close three times).  Nevertheless, I was told that I performed admirably and was asked to make future appearances.  Being wanted is certainly a new feeling.

During Valithria's (awesome) encounter I learned how to use Grid to its full potential.  For the first time I managed to keep my composure under the pressure of constantly falling numbers and shifting targets.  Basically, I learned how to heal that night.

And I love it.

Reader Comments (6)

It's nice to see I'm not the only one that had issue with healing...(& still do)...leveled a priest to about 60, then tried my hand at druid. Even though druid seems to be easy to heal with (less spells to worry about), I keep going back to priest. Here's to hoping Blizz, puts them back on top for healz -- where they should be...& btw - love the new shadow specs...

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNiqo

What was the key? Grid + click casting? Healbot? I know it's a skill + addon combo, but wondering what worked for you. If it's Grid, what was it about Grid that helped you? I have a lvl 30 priest that I'm nervous about leveling as I've seen what priests go through even in 5-man heroics and it's brutal.

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTorano

Torano, it's not Grid or any addon. I have a druid and I play as feral most of the time. I also have a healing set, but most of the time I don't even have a resto spec ready. Very recently I was asked to perform some healing in ICC10. The first couple of wipes I was completely lost.

As feral my repertoire of skills to use, my "rotation" if you will, is quite big. So it's not easy at all and I consider myself skilled at it. However, after jumping into healer boots I was crying like any newbie. It's just so different and I didn't have the touch and I couldn't anticipate anything and I wasn't sure what kind of spammage my mana regen could handle and I kept forgetting which skills I had and on which buttons I had them.

Then, after a while I just got used to it. By that time we were at Princes in ICC10. It was no problem and I was doing good hps with least overhealing. We downed it and progressed onto Blood Queen. And I was lost again. The incoming damage was so huuuuuuge. Then after 5 or so wipes I got used to spamming a lot more and we downed it. And we came to Valithria and I was lost - again!

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeppy

My raid experience is mainly as a holy priest and it's fun, I'm glad to see others are enjoying it as well. Just as long as dps remember they have a responsibility as well, ie stay out the flames, fire, green stuff, purple circles, strange fart gasses etc.

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMintsauce

The thought of a female draenei crying and puking in a corner somewhere in ICC made me chuckle for some reason...

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDecado

Well, i´m glad you got the grasp of it, and even more glad that you did so coming from a "non accountable" role to another which weights more responsibility. It is my belief that all dps toons, should have either a tank or a healer toon as well. That would foster a better understanding between the parties involved in any raid, and quite a bit less blaming. Also thinking along those lines, a dps toon notices tank threat, but healers, we must notice threat and squishiness. Don{t be afraid to let your tank know he is being squishy, this is something that must be worked on. Good luck!

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMmrdkm

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