I was reading a new post over at World of Matticus, about how he had learned to heal effectively. It got me thinking to how I figured out healing as a resto druid, and it was this...
The hard way.
My first healing character, and my first raiding character was my Holy paladin, Domni. I started in BC, where healing consisted of spamming FoL as long as you could. In WotLK, it got a little better, you had to use more of your heals but I was still limited to using FoL and HL most of the time, cleanse, and the occasional Holy Shock. Not a lot to worry about.
As my time in wow progressed, and I found my way to the druish-side, I was pretty stunned. I didn't begin healing whatsoever until I turned 80, so I had no gradual practice as I leveled up, learned a new spell, and had 10 levels to learn how to use it effectively. All of a sudden I went from 3 healing spells to 9 . Healing Touch. Rejuvenation. Regrowth. Nourish. Wild Growth. Swiftmend. Lifebloom. Tranquility. AND my 1 Cleanse turned into 2, Abolish Poison and Remove Curse. 9 spells. 4-9. More than double.
It was pretty rough at first, my gear was decent for a fresh 80, but my play style was WAAAAAY off. I started by trying to play like my old paladin. I spammed Nourish on any who needed it, but I was often going oom mid-fight. What was I doing wrong? Domni could spam non-stop without running out of mana, what was the difference. I caused wipes. I made enemies. It was sloppy at best. But out of all the name calling and noob-bashing, I picked out certain tidbits.
At first I was confused. I had a regular HoT. I had one that was a big heal, with a HoT on the end of it. I had a straight-heal that was bigger when I used HoTs. I had a HoT that could heal my whole group, but got weaker as it ticked. I had another group HoT, but I had to stand still and channel it! Hell, I even found this HoT that was a quick HoT with a heal at the END! And you could put it on not once, not twice, but thrice! My mind was blown. Where had the simplicity of Domni gone? One big heal. One small heal. Maybe even the odd medium heal. Apparently all those HoT spells are there for a reason.
I scoured the internet in search of answers. Of hope. Of my destiny! On my quest, I came across a little blog known as Restokin. Through Lissanna's helpful healing guides and posts, and a little extra help from the WoW druid forums, and all the verbal abuse I took, something magical happened.
Did you know, that while your HoTs are ticking away, keeping people alive, you can just sit back and let your mana regen? Who knew?! Once I figured out this little gem, it was a short time before I found out that all of those HoTs had different uses and applications. Someone just took damage? Rejuv. Someone just took a lil' damage? 1 Lifebloom. EVERYONE took damage? Wild Growth that shit. Tank got spanked? Nourish him, son, Nourish! Hell, I even manage to remember I have swiftmend (although I can thank my pally days for it, half the time I keep calling it Holy Shock) and Nature's Swiftness macro'd to a Healing Touch.
I would like to take this time to apologize to all of those who had to suffer through my ignorance. I'm sorry. Truly.
It took some time, but I got it down pat. I consider myself an exceptional healer, skill-wise. There's no challenge I won't gladly face. It was a rocky road, but i strode it.
How about you? How did you figure out how to heal? Or tank? Or even dps? Did someone take you under their wing, did you read a helpful guide, or like me, the hard way? I want to know.
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