Friday, 16 May 2008

Pre Vs Post Burning Crusade – A Healing Comparison

So I posted in the middle of the night that I had just done my first stint of healing on my priest since the release of TBC. However I just wanted to talk a little more about how the game mechanics seem to have changed.

See before the burning crusade I would run instance after instance, but no matter how well geared I got, healing a five man could still be quite challenging from time to time. Flash heals were a priests bread and butter, we simply didn’t have the time to cast greater heal, that extra 1 second cast was the difference between a wipe and a boss take down.

I’ve read a lot of blogs about peoples healing styles, but generally now the flash heal has become obsolete in boss fights (although still a legitimate tactic for trash), and no matter how many times I read this, I still couldn’t really believe it. Until last night.

Now, this could have been because my tank was particularly well geared (although I suspect he was in kara gear, possibly pre kara), but damage taken seemed less intense. By that, I mean there were very few damage spikes, where I would have to rush for a shield or a flash heal. Through the trash I just used renew with the odd flash heal, and for boss fights I did the same, just replacing flash with greater heals.

I probably need to run some more instances before making any real judgement, and im sure that in burning crusade raid battles healing will be just as intense as when I first ran BWL, but to me it feels like damage mitigation has been buffed to a point that healing a tank has become even more sustainable without real strain.

Gone are the days where Flash Heal is a priests only hotkey, healing just became a bit more interesting.

How did Healing change for you after the burning crusade?

Respec'ing and my First TBC instance as a healer

Very busy night tonight, it was my first burning crusade instance with Cav, and while it was only Old Hills Brad (OHB) it was nice to feel relatively in control of everything. Werent any really hairy moments and went pretty smoothly. We'll ignore the fact that we then went on to do BM and failed miserably, and focus on the fact i had a good night.

No new loot, although as i was healing i got around to making Primal Mooncloth Robe which is very nice.

As i now intend to use Cav for healing i took this oppurtunity to try out a new spec, and think its pretty good, its a Holy/Disc Hybrid so should suffice for the time being.

hopefully this was the start of something new, interesting, and progressive, but we'll see.