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Healing Meme

As started by Miss Medicina and seen all over the place, a healing meme.

What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer? Celaeno, disco priest!
What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans) I mostly do 10 man raiding, and the occasional 25.
What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why? Penance, by far. It looks amazing and does a great deal of healing in a snap. I’m an instant results kinda girl, I hate big heals with long cast times.
What healing spell do you use least for your class and why? Not gonna lie, Greater Heal is not even on my bars right now.
What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why? Damage prevention on tanks/raid is pretty much our purpose and definitely our strength. I think we’re also quite good at going OHCRAP and preventing deaths for someone who’s taken sudden damage – bubble + Penance ftw.
What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why? I don’t feel as gimped on multi-target healing as a disc priest as I do on my paladin, but it’s definitely not something I’d say we’re good at. I sprinkle PW: S around and hope for the best.
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you? I like being asked to keep an eye on the tanks. Rather than focusing on just one of them, where my efforts might be primarily overheal because we run with holy paladins, I keep all two or three shielded, bounce PoM around, and set my Penance flowing to the first one to dip in health. In fights where we have a lot of raid damage, I like keeping an eye out and popping shields where I can. Also, I LOVE being the dispel bitch on faction champions, but I have no idea why it’s so much fun for me.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why? Disc priest by far. I’ve also raided as a holy paladin, which got very old and boring for me, and my druid has been shaking her leaves leveling in dungeons for a while now. I enjoy tree healing too, because it’s really novel to be so mobile (coming from someone who bounces around at every opportunity), but I’m really passionate about being discipline. It just clicks for me.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why? I was a horrible holy priest. Admittedly I only tried it briefly and my gear wasn’t suited for the spec, but I felt lost, and constantly out of mana.
What is your worst habit as a healer? I do tend to assume that our paladins will be covering the tanks and wander away with my bubbles to shield dps, which sometimes ends with me missing a health spike.
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing? I’ve ranted about “HEAL ME” before, and that’s definitely it. I don’t tell you “dps boss, use your Nightfall proc!”, so you don’t tell me how to play my class either. The other one is running out of range. One of our tanks will occasionally do this while tanking the Jormungar, and while he has Burning Bile and some of us are trying to keep him alive, and burn off some poison. It makes me cry.
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing? I do. I think a disc priest is a good compliment to just about any healing group.
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer? Is the person I assigned to alive? If they’re dead, did I switch to the target who was up quickly enough to keep him from dying? OKAY! I was definitely a recount whore as a holy paladin, but these days I only pull it up if I’m wondering why it’s taking stuff so long to die.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class? That it’s primarily a pvp rather than a pve spec, or not capable of performing as well as other healers in pve.
What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn? Step away from the renew. Learn to love the flash heal, it gives you pretty soap bubbles. Other than that, I think it’s a fairly easy class to understand. Though, uh, I do see disc priests who don’t shield, so I guess they need to learn that PW: Shield is your friend. Love it, and it will love you.
If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)? Low healing output relative to other healers (unless the other healers are asleep), low overheal, high absorbs, if they’ve bothered to install that supplementary information.
Haste or Crit and why? Crit all the way. I stay around 30%, which seems to be enough to proc Divine Aegis and Inspiration regularly, plus the added healing. Haste is nice for lower GCD and spreading the bubble love, but I don’t go out of my way to get more, because talents and Borrowed Time generally give us all we need.
What healing class do you feel you understand least? I’ve never played a resto shaman so I wouldn’t know what to do if I were just handed one right now.
What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing? Grid is my friend, I love the Grid. I have it set up (with the addition of extra addons) to show who has a shield on them, who has weakened soul, the duration of weakened soul debuff, and incoming heals (along with all sorts of HoT timers for my druid and other stuff for the paladin). GridStatusRaidDebuff is my friend in ToC, because I can just look there and see who has what, who I need to run to, who will need healing, etc, making it easier than just checking the DBM announcement. I use ClassTimer to show me the duration of all kinds of buffs on the tank that I’m focusing on. Recently I started using Decursive as well, which has dramatically improved my reaction time with cleansing. Not a big fan of macros, though, and I heal through keybinds.
Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why? I focus on spellpower and crit, for bigger heals and better absorbs. Spellpower is the only thing that makes PW:S stronger, so it’s what I’m stacking the most.

As for tagging, I know Pike isn’t sure if she should blog about Resto Druiding, but I’d like to hear her answers. :)

Also, thanks everyone for all the comments, here and on twitter! I love that my last post got some discussion, and I’ve found more blogs to read, thanks to people who shared their links when commenting. Time for a blogroll update. :D

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Why be a disco priest?

When I decided to switch from my holy paladin to my discipline priest for good, I had no idea that Beacon of Light (you, like me, may know it better as Bacon of Nom) would show up in a new form. Sure, it’s not in my spellbook, but I know it’s there: Beacon of Dumb.

I’m not someone who PuGs constantly, because I can’t imagine why you would join a guild and not save yourself for guild runs (though that’s a whole ‘nother rant for some other time /shakes fist at guildies), but every now and then just about any WoW player can find himself sitting out on a guild run that’s too full on dps (not in BoO though!), having something come up on a regular raid night, or simply not getting any interest from your friends for a 5 man. So generally I find myself pugging maybe one heroic a day, sometimes a holiday boss, and very rarely a raid. Yet with the infrequency that I pug, I run into a wall of dumb with surprising frequency. Sometimes it’s just general dumb not related in any way to me or how I play my spec, like last night when a guy got into my group for the Headless Horseman and tried to tell us that he couldn’t pick up the daily but he definitely hadn’t used his because he’d never done the Headless Horseman on this character, and that maybe if we went first he’d be able to get it. Yeah, excuse me sir, but I’m not too stupid to go to the armory, type in your name, and see that not only did you run it first on 10/18, you’ve run it subsequently since then to have gotten your pet/helm achievement on 10/20. Nice try at being a cheating twatwaffle, though! Today it was a tailor busting out the CAPSLOCK RAGE to yell at me for also rolling on one of those green quality workman shirts that drop in Northrend instances. “DID YOU REALLY NEED THAT CEL, I MEAN SERIOUSLY!” I needed it just as much as you did because I’ve never learned it before? Let’s not get worked up over a shirt pattern neither of us will ever use, please.

I’ve been there with the Mage who tells us he’ll do dirty things to our mothers when we ask him to drop a table, the group members who want to kick our blood specced Death Knight tank because “only frost is tanks, NOOB”, the DK tank who thinks he can handle HToC in blood presence and barely more than 500 defense, aggro grabbing hunters who think it’s cool to feign death next to a healer (oh wait, that wasn’t a PuG >_>). Any sort of dumbness you can run into, I probably have, and for the most part I laugh about it because it doesn’t have any impact on me and how I play. The big fat honking exception, is People Who Do Not Understand Disc Priests. You know, the ones who link the meters after a wipe in VoA that was caused by gratuitous standing in the pretty fire and ask “y u so low, scrub” and demand that you be kicked. The ones who see you bust out a sweet penance and immediately start asking in raid chat why anyone would ever heal as discipline, don’t you know that’s a pvp spec and completely gimped and worthless for pve?

So why heal as discipline? Because currently there is nothing else like it in the game, no other healing class that works to prevent damage instead of just topping it off when it happens. Druid healing is similarly preventative in a way, because you keep your HoTs rolling so that the damage is healed as it happens, and has the advantage of being extremely mobile, but nothing else just blocks damage the way that talented Power Word: Shield and Divine Aegis can. Disc also has the amazing Penance, which slaps people with holy light and is one of the fastest of the big heals, making it an excellent OH SHIT button, when it’s not on cool down (Blizzard, I have some words for you about this). But of course, damage absorbed does not need to be healed, so disc priests are never going to be meter toppers, because we’re there for other reasons than pure throughput. If meter maids would just back off from trying to judge healers in a way that doesn’t work, they could possibly see the benefits of a spec that a lot of priests have embraced in Wrath. Thousands of bubble priests can’t be wrong!

The main reason that I heal as discipline is because it’s FUN. I enjoy throwing bubbles around, smacking people with penance, making shiny soap bubbles pop up on critical heals, and doing something different. People mention healing as a stressful job, but as disc I don’t see it that way any more. As a holy paladin, it felt like I was constantly pressing a button as fast as I could to keep people topped off. No seriously, I think the number is wearing off of the key that I had Flash of Light bound to. Some people enjoy being holy paladins and seeing the big numbers, for me it was just stressful. Some people enjoy the mobility of druid healing, the amazing versatility and AoE capabilities of being a holy priest, the buffs and AoE of shaman healing (sadly the only class that I haven’t played). Me, I love my pew pew LAZERS and the feeling that I get from popping a shield on a dps who’s getting pummeled, possibly preventing them from going down before chain heal can hit them. And you know what, I think it’s wonderful that in this expansion healing has changed to make various specs viable so that there’s something to fit the play style of just about anyone.

And okay, if I’m completely honest with myself, I love being a disc priest because it means that I can tab out and check twitter or play Bejeweled during heroics. PW:SHIELD HOOOOOO.

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Ch-ch-changes!

As I announced to the raid last night: I CAN’T HAVE ADD, I HATE MATH. But I do have blog A.D.D. and it’s a sad thing.

Because my attention span is what it is, and my ability to make final decisions is practically non-existent, I decided that it was a poor idea to roll a knitting and World of Warcraft blog into one, seeing as the two don’t commonly intersect, and most people are only interested in one or the other.  SO.  Here we have a WoW blog about being a lazer tossing, rainbow bubbling DISCO PRIEST.

Let’s get this brief introduction out of the way: I’m Sara, I’ve been playing WoW since April 2008, and I plan to blog about my experiences raiding and general priestly things, because I’ve never been too good at having a narrow window of discussion. My main character is a spacegoat priest who’s been discipline spec as long as she’s been around: Celaeno, of Brotherhood of Oblivion on Azgalor. In the past I’ve also raided as a protection/holy paladin (in early Wrath) and a destruction warlock (Burning Crusade). For most of my WoW career I’ve been a die hard Horde player, and until recently I had never managed to get an Alliance character over level 40, but thanks to faction changes, that’s a thing of the past. I still love you, Thrall! I get sad when they don’t let me hang out in Orgrimmar, I just want HUGS. I dabble in a little bit of everything, though my focus is PVE raiding, but I spent most of my time on RP servers and enjoy that, along with occasionally flailing around in battlegrounds and world pvp. I play the game to have fun. If it’s not fun, I’m gone.

More blog posts with actual topics to come in the future. \o/

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