Greetings and Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful three-day weekend! I am happy to report that as of Sunday, my raid finally got Imperator Mar’guk down (Normal only- we ARE casual, after all.) To commemorate (not really), today I will be discussing my overall thoughts on healing so far in Warlords of Draenor (Normal and Heroic instances as well as Normal and Heroic Highmaul.)
State of the (Healing) Union Address- Pre-Patch 6.1
And, so far healers… we’re looking good.
DISCLAIMER: Again I say (as it seems I have to say this every time I make a post like this), my word is not the law. All of this is based on my PERSONAL experiences, and may not be the case for every healer on the planet, so before you come barking to me on reddit or Facebook or Twitter (or wherever you may find me) about “oh, well, you didn’t mention ‘this,'” please note that I did warn you that this is an article that is strictly my opinions on how things seem to be pre-Blackrock Foundry. Anyone who chooses to ignore this disclaimer will be mocked publicly. Also, cherry picking my posts to me will result in a verbal bitchslap that will sound something like, “Maybe you should include the rest of my post instead of the parts you wanted.” YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. (If I need to put stars and sparkly shit around these Disclaimers to get people to read them I will. Don’t test me.)
Anyone who’s seen any of my Angry Healers’ Guides to Highmaul knows my standard raid healer composition, but for those of you not in the know, I will enlighten you: I run with a Restoration Shaman, a Restoration Druid, a Holy Paladin, and a Discipline Priest (me!) so I can give you a fair assessment of their strengths as of right now and how they work in a raid (please keep in mind I am coming off of maining a Resto!Shaman myself in MoP.) As the healing lead for my raid team, I make sure I understand how my healers do their jobs and what, exactly, they have in their arsenal that I can call on to save our collective butts. And my team is pretty damn strong- we’re not perfect, not by a long shot, but the fights we know, we have down to an art.
First, lemme talk about mana regen (which is a topic I first started out discussing when I revived this site.) We all know it took a significant hit at the beginning of WoD- it made healing Heroic instances and absolute nightmare of a task, but has been minimized by both player skill and overall gear scores. Healers have a much better grasp of what heals are needed when. We have gear that has Spirit on it (now that we finally have weapons worth spending three Temporal Crystals and five Sorcerous Fire on for Mark of Shadowmoon!) and we are balancing around it. We have a better understanding of how our classes work and boss mechanics that require us to think outside of the box.
Second, lemme talk to you about mechanics. Other people (being non-healers) have started understanding that THEY CAN’T STAND IN THE FIRE. (OK, not everyone has figured this out, but hey. It’s a start. I’ll take it.) Those non-healer types have realized that they can help their healers conserve mana by using personal defensive cooldowns, potions, and lock rocks. And we can tell! And, gods above, do we appreciate it! Healers love running with people who understand their classes- not just how to maximize their DPS rotations, but how to survive and encounter as long as possible. People now know that healers cannot- and will not!- heal them through avoidable damage anymore.
Let’s bring this thing to a close with healing niches- yes, they still exist, but YE GODS try outhealing a Shaman on Brackenspore. It can’t be done! Just because you are a niche healer doesn’t mean you can’t blow the healing charts up! Discipline is amazingly strong right now, with the ability to heal with their shields, and holy Pallies and their double Beacon make them amazing tank healers. Druids can literally spec to be the perfect tank or raid heals. And nothing- NOTHING- I’ve seen so far beats the Monk on sheer all out raid healing CD with Revival. Niches are there, and we are rocking them.
Healing right now is looking fan-tabulous. We took the nerfs in stride and we are proving that nothing can keep a good healer down.
Well, that’s it outta me for now. Come back later on this week, I’ll be talking about something, I’m sure. Until then, keep cool and stay angry, healers!