Circle of Healers

Miss Medicina’s Circle of Healers questionnaire holds a special place in my heart since it was the thing that convinced me to start this blog (18 months ago!) and made up my first real blog post. Saunder at Non-Squishy Heals decided to resurrect the questionnaire and I was tagged by both Beru and Kurn to fill it out myself.

I wonder how my answers have changed in a year and a half?

What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Jasyla, resto druid

What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
25-man raids, the occasional 5-man dungeon.

What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
This is hard. I love all my healing spells. I’m going to go with Regrowth. It’s fast, it almost always crits, it heals for a good amount, it procs Living Seed, it’s Swiftmendable, it triggers Harmony… Regrowth doesn’t make up nearly as much of my healing as spells like Rejuv and Wild Growth, but I feel like it can be the difference between someone living and dying when used at the right time. It is my most used direct heal.

What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
Healing Touch. I’m assigned to raid healing 98.7% of the time, so HT is too slow, and generally too big to cast very often. Besides the occasional cast on a tank, or combined with Nature’s Swiftness it doesn’t get a lot of use.

What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
Two things – mobility and output. We can heal very well while on the move and we can put out lots of healing on lots of people at once. We excel at any fight with high raid damage (which is…all of them).

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?
It’s been a while since I’ve felt weak in any way as a druid. I guess I have to go with the old standby of not having a mitigation ability. It would be nice to have something to add to the raid to help reduce damage taken, even just a little bit. Mostly I’d just like another spell to manage – compared to most other healing classes druids have less healing abilities to use.

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?
Raid healing. Druids are perfectly capable of tank healing, but I think we’re the strongest raid healers so it’s best to leave the tank healing assignments to other classes. One of my favorite things about being a druid is that even though I consider myself a raid healer I still put a large amount of healing on the tank through Lifebloom ticks and refreshing LB with direct heals.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
I love me some Disc bubbles. I think Disc Priests and Druids have great synergy. Shields absorb damage while HoTs have a chance to fill up the health bars at their own pace. Beautiful.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
Other druids. I love druids (obviously) but I’d rather play with a class with different strengths and weaknesses that compliment my own better.

What is your worst habit as a healer?
Trying to do everything and heal everyone. It’s not that I don’t trust the other healers – they are awesome – but I see damage and automatically want to heal it, even if it’s not my job. This is especially bad when learning a new fight. I tend to overreact, overheal and watch my mana bottom out very quickly on the first few attempts of a new boss.

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
This doesn’t happen often, but I get very annoyed when people say I can’t do something because I’m a druid. Things I’ve heard: druids can’t be tank healers, druids can’t be portal healers on Valithria, druids can’t be Caustic Slime healers on Chimaeron. Wanna bet?

Do you feel that your class/spec is well-balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
Yes. We can fill any healing role and adapt to the other healers we are playing with.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?
I’m addicted to World of Logs. I dissect every raid. My spell breakdown, how my uptime was on Harmony and Lifebloom, how much I used Barkskin, Tranquility and ToL, how much bad shit I stood in. I try to make all those numbers a little better every time I do a fight.

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
That druid healing is easy. In BC all we did was cast Lifebloom, in Wrath all we did was Rejuv, in Cata all we do is Wild Growth/Rejuv. Untrue. While spamming Rejuv and Wild Growth can put out some half-decent HPS, it doesn’t make you a good healer. Being an average druid healer is not hard but it takes a lot of finesse to be a great druid healer.

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
If it’s someone who is used to playing a more direct healing class, like a paladin, it can be hard to learn to trust in your HoTs. Know when more healing is needed immediately and when you can just let your HoTs do their own thing, on their own time. I’m sure it’s nerve-wracking for those used to health bars filling up immediately to watch them increase slowly. For those healing for the first time, I think it’s a challenge to learn the best way to use your cooldowns – ToL, Tranquility, Barkskin, Innervate, Nature’s Swiftness all need to be timed well.

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)?
Very high HPS, I use my output cooldowns as much as I can, love Barkskin and will usually get heals on every single person on any given raid fight. They will also see that I almost never use my healthstone.

Haste or Crit and why?
Haste all the way. I want 2005 at all times.

What healing class do you feel you understand least? Holy Priests. They have so many spells. And Chakra? Stances are for warriors. Very confusing.

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
VuhDo! The ultimate healing mod. I also use Power Auras to track things like Harmony and my Swiftmend cooldown.

Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
Int is obviously my number 1 priority. As for secondary stats, Haste is the thing I stack. It goes up to 2005 before I think about any other stats.

Now to tag the healers to do this next:
Lunarsoul of WTS Heals (who seems quite eager)
Alacran of Stand in the Blue Circle (if he hasn’t gone completely over to the dark side of warrior dps)
Windsoar of Jaded Alt (I’m not supposed to tag another druid, but I can’t be bound by such rules)

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7 Responses to Circle of Healers

  1. Thanks for your responses, Jas. I feel my own shortcomings in the area of log analysis very keenly when I read posts like your and Beru’s

  2. Being average is not hard. Being good takes a lot of finesse.

    True dat *thug pose*

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