A picture is worth a thousand words (or ten thousand Bear words), so here goes…
See that tree right there?
That tree…. be me.
Omigawd! I know, right?
Okay, all joking aside, no, this is not going to become a blog gushing about my latest healing escapade. But I did think it would only be fair to let you know that I went ahead, bought Dual Spec, and specced Resto as my second.
I had a bunch of healing gear I’ve picked up here and there, most of it of dubious quality, and threw it together.
Then, I did what every self-respecting Bear Blogger does… I went running to an expert.
No, not Phae or Bell-Bell (although I totally should pester them both).
No, instead I pestered Lady Jess about questions on gear, general theory behind heal casting priority, etc.
Since she’s been on her Rogue a lot, it’s fun. A Rogue giving a Tree advice on healing is awesome. I love this game. I can picture the scene, and it looks very muich like the picture above, since that’s Lady Jess’s Rogue standing next to me.
I got some Glyphs, I equipped my gear, and I made the mistake of mentioning that I could now, possibly, might be capable of healing a low level regular instance.
Those bastards in my guild made me heal a Heroic Culling of Strat, immediately.
Keep in mind… I have not healed a single damn thing since I healed 40 man Onyxia in Vanilla WoW.
That’s… that’s a long damn time.
We didn’t even HAVE Grid or Clique in those days. We did have Decursive, though, pre-Decursive nerf. And I still don’t, this was last night, after all.
But yeah, I’m still moving spells around on my tree bars, and respeccing back and forth… crit and seed, or crit and haste, or haste and more haste? Hmm.
Anyway, so after being pressed into service… (tree => leaves => pressed… lol, I’m an idiot) I frantically made the only spellpower gems I could, some Spellpower/Crit oranges, equipped everything, and hustled on down to CoS.
I didn’t even have any food or flasks or pots. I was NOT prepared!
Been a long, long time. And NO, it did not come rushing back to me.
I did eventually settle on starting the tank with Rejuve, 3 Lifeblooms, a Glyphed Swiftmend as a fast fill-up, and a Nourish for more urgent healing.
My pre-BC Feral days had me WELL trained in the use of Nature’s Swiftness/Healing Touch for emergency healing.
I don’t know how many ‘legacy’ Ferals read the blog, but pre-BC, one of if not THE best Feral kitty spec mixed the Feral tree with going deeply enough into Resto for Natures’ Swiftness, giving Feral all the best DPS and Tanking options along with a fast shift insta-heal.
God, I miss Nature’s Swiftness in a Feral soloing build.
Anyway, sorry… we did Culling of Stratholme last night, on Heroic, and let me just say that I can already see my biggest weakness…
I heal everybody but myself.
Twice on the run everyone else was at full health, while I was dying rapidly, and I didn’t notice my own precarious position unitl it was just too damn late to pop off an insta-Healing Touch.
Boom. Dead tree.
Thankfully, Pushpin was on his Shaman, and could keep heals up until the battle was over, but when things are moving fast in the instance, stopping to rez the healer is embarrassing.
Thanks also to him for handing me some spellpower potions to help me out!
Still, although we never really wiped, we did have one or two other deaths; Lady Jess apparently wants to tank, she keeps forgetting Rogues are squishy.
But we made it… and there should be a special Achievement in the game.
“I had a Big Bear Butt healer and survived.”
After the run, I was pretty wiped, but I had time to throw the Inscription enchant on my shoulders, make the Inscription offhand, and pick up those reputation items that would be upgrades. I think I logged off with around 1530 +Healing, and that’s not bad for a brand new healer. I hope. :)
At the very least, this will encourage me to paly my Druid a lot more, since now I can tank AND heals!
Wish me luck…