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Jessabelle’s Webring Questionaire – not a webring or meme, a “circle of healers”

Jessabelle, a holy priest blogger over at Miss Medicina has started a sort of frenzy among bloggers recently.  Jessabelle makes a strong point that the very most adept and efficient healers, the ones we all know and admire, have a sort of overall knowledge of all healing classes, not just their own.  In the spirit of educating all WoW healers and frankly I think just having fun, she created a healing questionaire and a sort of webring or circle of healers.  In addition, I wholeheartedly agree with her statement about how every healer understanding other healing classes makes us better healers and players.  I for one know that idiocracy’s healing leader knows and understands each class of healer.  How else can one make intelligent raid healing assignments?  As a leader of the healing team, he must understand the strengths and weaknesses of each healing class in order to give them assignments to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.  So, in conclusion, I’ve decided to spend a little time and fill out Jessabelle’s healing questionaire even though I haven’t been officially “tagged” by another healer in their blog.

  • What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?

Fîrewood, druid, resoration – of the 14/0/57 variety

  • What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)

25-man raids, 10-man raids, occasionally some 5-man heroics, no PvP (I pretty much stink at it)

  • What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?

Hmm, this is a tough question for me.  I’d love to say I love all the druid HoTs because druid HoTs are why I choose to play a resto druid, but that doesn’t really answer the question.  The truth is, I love the idea of casting a bunch of healing over time spells on as many players as I can and then just sit back and watch the pretty green numbers.  That is exactly why I rolled resto druid in BC and boy, did I love lifebloom during BC.  However, things have changed in WotLK, lifebloom is taking a backseat to other spells in my spellbook.  But, the question asks about my favorite healing spell, and I’d have to answer Swiftmend.  Granted, I’m not really sure it counts, but it is a healing spell right?  Resto druids don’t have those big fast heals like pallies do, recently nourish has been helping us in that department, but still doesn’t even compete with holy light.  Swiftmend is that heal I can use every 15 seconds, it crits, it’s instant as long as I have either a rejuv or a regrowth on the target, and it can save lives!  I can’t be certain, but I know I’ve seen a swiftmend hit a target for upwards of 17k on a crit.  Swiftmend is the epitome of druid healing in my opinion.

  • What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?

This is a tie between tranquility and healing touch. I never use tranquility, except maybe out-of-combat for achievement pictures…cause the graphics give screenshots that extra shine 😛  On the other hand, for a while now I’ve been specced out of nature’s swiftness and so I don’t even use the normally customary NS + HT macro that every druid has.  But to clarify, I do have a special spec/glyph/gear set for when our guild is working on Anub’arak in ToGC, specifically for phase 3 healing.  I don’t count that though, that is a special circumstance.

  • What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?

I know most resto druids would answer this question with something about our amazing HoTs and incoming damage buffering, but I feel like a resto druid’s biggest strength has more to do with our versatility and insane amount of different healing spells we have available.  Out of all the healing classes, I think resto druids (and probably priests) can fill an entire action bar with only healing spells.  Resto druids have the ability to solo heal 5-mans; we make a great healer when 2-healing hardmodes; we have good synergy with just about any other healing class; we make amazing raid healers; we can be tank healers if necessary (I’m willing to fight for that statement, 2-healed anub’arak 10 heroic with a disc priest and I was tank heals); we can basically heal anything we want to.

  • What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?

I’m gonna basically agree with the entire resto druid community and say that the resto druid’s biggest weakness is huge burst heals.  We have nourish, which only heals for around 8-9k on a crit; we have healing touch which has a very long cast time and can be mana-intensive to use; we have swiftmend on a 15 second cooldown; other than that we have nothing for burst healing.

  • In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?

I have a little bit of a story about this.  When I first joined idiocracy, I saw our healing leader giving out healing assignments to the pallies, priests, and shamans.  I asked them, “um, do I get a healing assignment?’ and our healing leader then proceeded to basically tell me that they never give their resto druids any specific healing assignment.  After a few weeks, I now understand why we generally don’t assign healing assignments to resto druids.  Resto druids do their best healing by 1) HoTing up tanks, 2) preemptively healing raid damage, and 3) filling in the gaps.  The healing resto druids  can’t necessarily be “assigned” and if a good resto druid is left to his/her own to pick out where they need to heal, they will excel.  They will fill in those “holes.”  I have also personally found that the more I have experienced a fight, the better I become at picking up when and who to heal.  The sooner I figure out the fight, the better I will perform, the more effective I will be (meaning more effective healing, less overhealing).

  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?

I love healing with a good holy paladin or discipline priest.  I feel like resto druids complement any other healing class pretty well, but I personally feel more comfortable healing with either a priest or a paladin.  They tend to fill in the gaps, such as burst/tank healing and bubbles, that a resto druid has more difficulty with.  But to make an exception, I mostly just enjoy healing with another competent healer.

  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?

I prefer not healing with another druid, at least in 10-mans where you may only have 2 healers.  A 2 resto druid healing team just adds stress in my opinion.

  • What is your worst habit as a healer?

I hate when I throw out a wild growth on the wrong person.  I am usually very aware of where players are standing or should be standing and try to hit the melee or the ranged if they are grouped up.  However, I occasionally get distracted, like on Twins when I’m soaking and throwing out rejuvs on the entire raid, and I misclick my darn wild growth on myself or one of the other soakers >.<  /sigh

  • What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?

I have two:  1) dps that stand in fire, voids, falling crap from the ceiling – you are making our jobs harder, eating up our mana, and generally being an annoyance; 2) please, I do not need a reminder to heal so and so – I’ve got grid, I can see the entire raid, I know who needs heals, and you just talked over the tank who had something important to say.

  • Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?

Um, I haven’t done a battleground or arena match since BC.  I have no clue, what I do notice is our lifebloom getting nerfed repeatedly since the end of BC and the transition to WotLK.

  • What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?

First of all, I look to see if anyone in the raid died and why/how they died.  I use Acheron dead reports to look up this information, since I don’t like running a combat log during raid.  Secondly, I usually take a look at recount and compare myself to the other resto druid in the raid.  We have similar gear and talent spec, and we are usually on the same healing assignment (healing whatever we feel like :D) .  I expect that our effective healing and overhealing should be similar and if they aren’t I look at what heals we cast and on whom they were cast.  Sometimes we heal the same fight differently, sometimes we heal it almost identically.  In addition, I’ve seen some comments along the lines of overhealing as a resto druid doesn’t matter.  I beg to differ, we are not in the raid to randomly cast about our HoTs, we are there to specifically mitigate or buffer the incoming damage.  That requires a finesse, a sort of knowledge about the damage in the fight, when it will come, how much it will be. If you know the fight intimately, you can predict the incoming damage and do what druids do best…PREHOT!  Placing those HoTs deliberately and with knowledge increases our effective healing and decreases our overhealing.  A resto druid should never be above a paladin on the overhealing meter.

  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?

I actually tend to believe that players are relatively well-informed about druids.  We are a bit OP and most people generally know that a resto druid uses HoTs.  One misconception I see relatively frequently though is the concept that we are only raid-healers.  This really isn’t true and a large percentage of my healing in a raid comes solely from HoTing the tanks.  The benefit of being a resto druid is that I can keep full stacks of HoTs on my tanks and still be a full-time raid healer.

  • What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?

Oh jeez, lifebloom is sooooo confusing.  Should I stack it?  Should I let it bloom?  Should I stack it then let it bloom at the perfect time?  Do I need the mana from the bloom?  Lifebloom in WotLK is the most confusing healing spell I have ever come across.  I can’t even imagine being a new resto druid and trying to figure out what to do with it.  It is a complicated spell and I honestly change how I use it fight-by-fight.

  • 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)?

In general, druids are a high healing output class, medium on overhealing.  However, I will clarify by stating that in specific fights (Heroic 25 Beasts and many others) a good paladin can beat out a resto druid any day.  Those fights that have high 2-tank damage are the ones that pallies are going to shine in.  On the other hand, resto druids are going to just kill the healing meters in hps (heals per second) when there is steady raid-wide damage (Heroic 25 Twins).  On Twins I can get up over 9k hps, just a bit OP if I don’t say so myself

  • Haste or Crit and why?

Haste to 1 sec gcd, which is 359, then crit.  The haste soft cap is very easy to reach and after we get to a 1 sec gcd, haste does very very little for a resto druid – decreases cast time of nourish, which if raid healing is not cast often.  The T9 four-set bonus of allowing our rejuv ticks to crit has pushed me over to where I’m giving up haste for crit.  My mana situation is pretty good, so I’ve even given up some points in tranquil spirit to pick up natural perfection for the extra 3% crit to all my healing spells.

  • What healing class do you feel you understand least?

I’d have to say restoration shaman.  I have not played a shaman and I do not have any friends that play them.  We only have one resto shaman in our guild, so I don’t have much experience working with them.

  • What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?

I use quite a few addons for raiding, but for healing I mostly use Grid (along with many extra plugins) and clique.  I fail at all but the simplest macros, so clique is a must for me.  Plus, I can’t stand to give up my wasd buttons for moving, so I prefer using my mouse and it’s extra buttons to heal.  I don’t use decursive, I’ve found that I can incorporate everything I need into Grid.  I’ve also recently added powerauras to my addon collection.  It is really great for helping me notice when I’ve gained or lost specific buffs/debuffs.

  • Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?

For a resto druid, spellpower is king.  Under spellpower, I would rank spirit and intellect as important.  Haste is only important up to the soft cap of 359, crit is infinitely more useful than haste if you have 4-piece tier 9 and should be sought after.  However, as we all know…things will be changing soon with the changes to GotEM and the new rejuvenation glyph.  So that may change, and for now I’m happy stacking some extra crit and storing up all the other pieces with haste in my bank for the patch.

Okay!  Done!  Oh, wait.. the rules say I have to tag another healer of a class different than mine.  Hmm, I don’t know any really, I mostly read resto druid blogs.  So, I’m not gonna follow the rules, I’m gonna tag Keeva of Tree Bark Jacket.

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  1. November 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    But…But…I tagged you! 🙂

    Anyway, very good post. I really enjoyed reading it. Keep up the good work!

    • November 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm

      Yea, sorry about that. I did notice that you had tagged me, but after I had already made the post 😦

      But I subsequently commented over on your post to let you know 😀

      Fîrewood

  2. November 1, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Oh goody someone tagged Keeva! I wanted to but was a good girl and followed the rules, no one of the same class 😛

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