I’d been thinking, I have a Druid tank, I have a Shadow Priest ranged DPS… if I get a new Shaman alt to 70, then I’d have a dedicated healer as well.
It’s funny how the mind works. I have this Hunter, you see… but since in my old guild we had tons of Hunters, I never got the chance to enter Kara with her, and figured I never really would. It was why I started a Priest in the first place, back in the day. Someone besides my Druid I could actually play on raids.
So mental blind spot, and I was hanging out a week or so ago, and Wulfa asked me when I was going to bring my Hunter to Kara with her.
Well, why not? I mean, she’s a Hunter. Why can’t she go into Kara?
Maybe because I’m used to thinking of her as a gathering mule? Poor Windstar…
And anyway, why would I need two ranged DPS? I have my Shadow… Priest….
Oh yeah, right.
So it suddenly occurs to me, hey, you know… maybe I could, like… and let’s not rush into things, but… maybe I could go heals on, like… my Priest?
The very thought sends a shiver of fear through my body.
“But John!”, I says to myself, “You don’t know shit about healing as a Priest! You don’t have any gear! You’re worthless! Stick to what you know… mana mana!”
Well…. but see, the thing of it is… we could use another actual HEALER Priest.
We’ve been doing these weekly Kara shindigs for a while, and every time, we make Nasirah heal on her boomkin, because she has awesome healing gear PLUS awesome healing skills.
And Elystia loves her mage, but since she has a healing Priest and awesome healing skills, we end up asking her to heal more often than not.
It’s what I wanted to avoid, asking people to play classes because we need them, rather than because it’s what they want to play.
Our guild, much like every other guild I know of, may have plenty of folks, but we are short of healers that play on the same time zone as everyone else.
I considered it a major victory that Ely got to play her mage in Zul’Aman last night. We ended up short a scheduled healer for the run… and I sat for 20 minutes trying to find another healer, rather than ask her to bring her priest for the umpteenth time. After a while, it just HAS to get old never getting to play the class you started to have FUN.
Fortunately, one of my best friends in game was able to come along, and since I’ve been all wrapped up in Sidhe Devils for months and he’s been raiding, it was sweet to be able to play together again.
Back on track though, the guild could really use another healer that is on the same time zone as the majority of players. And since we have two very, very strong Druids that can heal, one a dedicated Tree (Hi Doodle!) and the other a Tree that prefers feathers to leaves (Hi Nas!), well… a Shaman, Paladin or Priest healer would be very nice.
We do have several players in the guild with healers, but they play at uncertain hours… so it has worked best if we plan around Doodle, Nasirah and Shadewynn (Ely’s Priest) as being the main heals, and try to get someone else the opportunity to run, if they are able to be on at the time.
We could really use a dedicated, full time main healer to help Doodle, so Nas and Ely can have much more of a chance to play their favorite class/specs.
Cassie has been playing her Paladin, she’s up to level 54 I believe. I know the last time I peeked, she was at 53 and 75%, so she might be 54 by now. And she has stated her interest in going heals at 70. So we have that coming, which will be awesome, but doesn’t help right this second.
So I could respec my Priest to full on healing, and when Cassie hits 70 maybe I could go back to Shadow… and the guild has no Paladin healers at all at 70, so it’d be very cool.
So… respeccing to heals. What the hell do I do? For that matter, what does Cassie do?
I leveled and played 100% Shadow… she is playing 100% Retribution.
We both want to switch to heals (in her case, eventually).
There are two issues here to look at…
- The best gear to get to have sitting waiting for 70
- How the hell to play your class as a healer
So we are both looking for resources to help with these two goals.
I obviously looked at my Priest, first.
I checked out some of the blogs I read, looking for advice.
There are a ton of great Priest blogs, many of them on my sidebar over there ===>
But I have been spoiled on my Shadow spec by Shadowpriest.com.
Shadowpriest.com has a section in their forums where all Shadow Priest raiding gear for PvE is listed, by gear slot, in descending order of awesomeness… and shows the rank, and where it comes from.
I love it. It is, to my mind, the ideal long term shopping list. As long as the math from which the ranking system is understood (for Shadow Priests, for example, how desirable a piece of gear is depends on whether you need Spell Hit or not, and whether you have enough +Damage to make Haste fully effective) then a ranking system detailing where each piece is obtained lets me set a short-term goal and a long-term goal for each slot.
Cassie does the exact same thing with her Rogue on the Shadowpanther website.
I love being able to look at a list, study where the items are ranked, figure out what weighting the items were given, set a goal for a piece of gear that is the absolute best I can get as soon as I ding 70, and then set another goal for that slot of the best I can get from what content I’m going to be playing.
I would imagine the same method is what most players do on their alts, whether you intend to run SSC or Black temple or heroic 5 mans. You can look at what you can get to start, and then look at what the best you can end up will be.
For me, the best healing Priest gear list I have found like this is on A Dwarf Priest, and so you can rest assured I am studying it with glee. Of course, I have read such arcane terms as ‘CoH specced priest’ and ‘IDS’ specced priest, and such… so I have to figure out a good spec for healing in Kara, before I know what gear I need, but hey… thems the breaks, right?
The ‘How to heals as a priest’ part will be my next research topic. Of course, I have not as yet visited the new home of all things healing, the Plus Heal forums, but you can bet that’s where I’m headed.
Unfortunately, I have NOT as of yet found a similar style of gear list, ranked and pretty like that, for Paladins. You can bet your butt I’m looking, though. There is a post on the Plus Heals forums where the Paladin is saying he has “1300 +healing, 9k mana, about 15% crit, and around 200 mp5″ prior to Kara… and is asking for recommendations for where he should be at for Heroics. Good lord, I’d love to see the list of his gear… and if that’s not good enough for Paladin healing in heroics, I have a poor understanding of Pally healing.
As sad as it is that I have hundreds of Badges of Justice worth of Shadow Priest gear, and now I’m switching to healing, I have to admit it feels very good to have a new serious goal in the game.
I’d been feeling very adrift, unsure of what to do next.
Having a long shopping list is awesome… even if I don’t know how the hell to even start trying to heal yet.
Somehow, I think there is more to it than tossing Prayer of Mending, casting Renew, and then spamming Flash or a downranked Greater Heal until OOM. Maybe? You think?
It’s sad, I read so many Priest blogs daily, and yet I still don’t have a clue how to REALLY heal with a Priest. I should be shot.