Earlier this week I did ICC 10 on my shaman to fill in a healing spot in a guild run. I haven’t played seriously on my shaman in over a year. I’ve been to ICC a couple times, but haven’t really gone past the Plague wing. Still, I figured that it would come back to me as I played and as soon as I started remembering to drop my totems and cast Bloodlust (I tend to forget those things when I haven’t played for a while), I’d be fine. However, I found that after a year of basically ignoring my shaman and healing on my druid only, the healing style was very foreign to me.
I really felt the difference once we got to Lich King. On my druid or hunter I’m completely comfortable and can watch the fight and call things out in addition to healing/dps. I was asked to lead the LK fight on my shaman and I did an absolutely terrible job. I had to dedicate all my concentration to what I was supposed to be doing and really didn’t have the capacity to call out instructions to the raid. I felt kinda useless. Playing on my shaman really made me miss my HoTs. Casting a Chain Heal seemed to take forever. Having to stop moving to cast bewildered me, one instant spell just isn’t enough. I’m sure the 8 pieces of gear I’m wearing from Ulduar and Naxx didn’t help much either.
I guess the moral of this story is that I love my druid.
How do people live without Swiftmend?