I think I’ve done it.
I think I’ve discovered the key to Mistweaver healing. And it only took me like… a week to figure it out. -headdesk-
So, I made the shocking revelation (which may or may not be shocking to anyone else) this past weekend while I was doing an alt raid of Normal Blackrock Foundry. I was doing well on the healing charts-pulling between 20-22k heals per fight, which is good, considering I was ilvl 626 (yes, they still brought me.) But I was still having the mana issues I had been having since I got Yanshui (my Mistweaver) to 100. And I couldn’t figure out why until we got to Hanz’gar and Franzok (I think we did him third, after Gruul and Beastlord Darmac, so we were a good 45 minutes into the raid at this point.) Up until now, i had been doing my ususal- put Renewing Mist out on 3 people and let it get around, channel Soothing Mist on the tanks, and cast Enveloping and Surging over it as needed (I was trying to keep Enveloping up on the tanks as much as possible), then Uplift/ Rushing Jade Wind/ Detonate Chi (if I had Healing Spheres in the vicinity) to AoE heal as needed. Revival on demand, Life Cocoon either before massive tank damage or to save a tank’s life… you know, it seemed pretty standard (all of this taking place while I had my Jade Serpent Statue down.) I was blowing through my CD’s of Chi Brew just to make sure I had enough mana to stay int he fight. But then the presses started dropping, and I couldn’t stand there and channel Soothing Mist anymore so I just started spamming Renewing Mist on CD.
And I watched myself go from 3 Mana Tea to 20 during that phase. And I was like…
Things went back to normal. Hanz’gar jumped back into the fray, and I could start using the other rotation. And I did. And I blew through that stack of Mana Tea and ended up right back where I started- next to no mana and very little ways to get it back because I got myself stuck in the “mana cost chi generator- chi cost Mana Tea generator- drink to to regain mana but I can’t because I messed up” circle. Chugged a mana potion and just… said screw it. Thunder Focus Tea and Renewing Mist on all the things and Uplift when I had the chi for it. When I was waiting for Renewing Mists to come off of CD- so I could put it out again and gain more chi to spend on Uplift- THEN I would cast Soothing/Enveloping/Surging Mist. And then I had mana. And Mana Tea.
And the heals were good.
And suddenly, I didn’t feel like a total screw up when it came to Mistweaving. I felt like a productive member of the raid. And a whole new world of possibilities opened up to me!
I will admit, I am not the greatest healer in the world- people have not been reluctant to remind me of it, either- but I am a better healer than I am a DPS (except for maybe Hunter DPS, I’m pretty good at the whole Focus gain/ Focus dump cycle) and I’m a MUCH better healer than I am a tank (I can’t tank. I just can’t.) And I am always learning. And it feels good to know that, through my own work and my own experiences, I have improved myself. I know there is still a lot of room for me to grow- as a Discipline Priest, as a Mistweaver Monk, and as a healer in general as I continue to level ALL THE HEALING CLASSES. But…
…. it’s so nice to see progress. And to go willingly into the PuG raids and LFRs and knowing I can succeed and still learn newer and better ways of doing things makes me very happy.
Also, Mistweaving is ridiculously fun. I like the mega absorption power of the Discipline Priest, but I am happier playing a class that actually spends most of their time actually healing.
Well, that is it from me for now. Stand by to stand by, there will be more videos this week. Before we go, I’m bringing (sexy- no, not really) back something I used to have on all of my blog posts a while ago- the Blogosphere! The Blogosphere is where I feature and link some articles written by fellow WoW bloggers! SUPPORT ALL THE BLOGS!
1. Over at Restokin, Alame breaks down the Boomkin for Patch 6.1- hey! THAT’S TODAY!
2. Over at World of Matticus (also a member of the d20crit network!), Matticus ponders what’s going on with Mythic?
3. And finally, over at Misty Teahouse, Ashleah talks in-depth about Mistweaver Monk’s T17 2-piece set bonus!
Go forth, keep cool, and stay angry, healers!