The Dangers of Recount

I know, I KNOW, I said I was going to do posts Mondays and Thursdays.  And today is Friday.  Sue me- I had stuff to do yesterday tha involved pulling a 12 hour shift at work.  Whatever.  Time for a post!

Ok, who here is familiar with Recount?  -waits for the raised hands-  Good.  That should be most of you.  For those of you not in ‘the know’, Recount is an Add- On that shows DPS/ Damage Done/ HPS/ Healing done/ etc.  It is an excellent tool for raid/ class/ healing leaders. 


The image above is the pic that everyone normally sees.  However, there are dangers associated with this view- both the DPS and HPS versions.  The first thing to rememeber when staring your Recount window in the face is that Recount is rarely- if ever- completely accurate.  There are going to be things affecting your numbers that you can’t account for or have any control over- buffs and debuffs, who’s alive, who’s dead, what cooldows you’ve blow, etc.  Recount is NEVER EVER going to be a 100% accurate representation of your Heals per Second.  All this format can really be used as is as a guideline- it lets you compare yourself to the other healers of your class, and should give you a very masic idea of what you need to work on.  Take myself, for example- I’m usually one of 3 trees in the raid.  I’ve been either 2nd or 3rd overall- but that is because my two Tree comrades are in at least 2pc T10, while I’m still rocking 4 pc T9.  I also have some gems that can stand to be replaced.  Do I let myself get discouraged because I’m not #1?  No way.  Negali and Ellestrela are amazing Trees, and awesome friends.  BUT looking at the Healing Done window of Recount shows me that its not skill, but gear, that’s holding me back- because I’m doing as much HPS as they are, but not as much overall Healing.  There is absolutely no reason for you to take Recount at face value- definitly don’t let it discourage you.  Recount is a tool to help you improve.   Figure out what you need to change, and change it. 

So you can tell that guy in your guild who constantly links the meters that, in actuality, his DPS sucks, his e-peen strokage is lame, and he just needs to move on with his life.

Now, when dealing with Recount, you want to look at this window:

What is this I don't even-

Now, would ya look at that… a comprehensive breakdown of where all of your damage and healing is coming from, and how that damage/ healing is being dealt.  This is what you want to look at- this will tell you if someone is not doing what they’re supposed to be doing.  Just click on your name, and this will pop up.  This is the window of Recount you should really be giving a good once- over.  It is the one that tells you what spells you’re using, how often you’re using them, and what they’re doing in comparison to all of the other spells you’re using in an easy to read pair of pie chart format.  The first pie chart shows the spells/abilities you’re using and how much healing/ damage they’re doing in comparison to each other.  The second shows what those spells/ abilities are doing- ticking (if applicable), plain hits, and crits.

Druids, for raid healing, your most used spells should be: Wild Growth, Rejuv, and Nourish (the last 2 can be switched around, it depends on you.)  Swiftmend can also be up there.  I, as a Druid Healer, should NEVER SEE Regrowth, Lifebloom, or Healing Touch in the top 3 spells AT ALL.  I rarely use those spells, unless I happen to have picked up a Tank to heal (*waves at Thazz, Banderas, and Aurelius*  LOVE YOU GUYS!)  Even then, those 3 spells have a hard time getting into the top 3- there is no reason, as a Tree!Druid, that you should ever not cast Wild Growth and Lifebloom- its just criminal if you don’t. 

Discopriests!  You should NEVER look at the Healing Done section of Recount.  Go here!  Kivuli, the Troll Priest of Bubble Flinging Awesome, wrote a wonderful Discopriest Guide to Recount that you guys should use.

That’s it for now!  Happy Friday, Happy Weekend, and stay angry, Healers!


5 comments for “The Dangers of Recount

  1. January 30, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I don’t agree that Regrowth should never be one of your top three heals. It obviously depends on the fight, but the HoT component of Regrowth makes it more useful than nourish in a lot of situations.

    My healing breakdown generally goes Rejuv > Wild Growth > Regrowth.

  2. Saelym
    January 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I haven’t really had much experience raid healing, though I do love Wild Growth for it. Mostly my healing experience is in Heroics and I find myself dropping a Rejuv and stacks of Lifebloom, using Wild Growth to help the melee on AOE pulls, and throwing a Nourish for damage spikes. But since I don’t know a TERRIBLE amount about healing outside of the “OH F— DON’T LET THE TANK DIE”, do you think I’m doing this effectively? I’ve had a few people tell me I should take Lifebloom right out of my rotation but I always thought that aside from the ticks it’s a nice emergency heal if you just need to let it bloom. Thoughts?

  3. Pyoska
    January 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Well, to be fair, most of what I put up here is from a raid healing perspective. I use Lifebloom when tank healing in 5 mans all the time. My rule is: in 5 mans, anything goes. As long as you can keep the party alive and not go OOM, then you’re doing your job.

    <3 u!

  4. Pyoska
    January 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I use Regrowth only when I’m tank healing (on those rare occasions) because its a great buffer HoT. But I do more overall raid healing with a near 1 second Nourish cast and Rejuv spams.

    Do what works for you- my word is not law, after all. If Regrowth works better for you, then use it.

  5. Saelym
    January 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    no i <3 u moar!

    i can certainly understand it from a raid healing perspective, and since i'm starting to be invited to raid heal more and more often it's certainly good to know.

    my above comment was actually inspired by a conversation between myself and Larc:

    Me: huh. (Tree Druid) just told me that I should never use Lifebloom for 5mans.
    Larc: (Tree Druid) is an idiot and you should ask Aanthe.

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