Healing: Stop. Breathe. Think.

You’re healing a level 83 normal dungeon… the tank takes damage.

OMG I MUST HEAL THE TANK RIGHT NAO!

Probably not.

OMG HE IS GOING TO DIEEEEE!

Not in the next 5 seconds, no.

Stop. Think. You do have the time for this.

How about a Hot followed by an efficient heal.

MAYBE? NO! HE WILL DIEEEEEE WHILE I AM CASTING IT.

Probably not.

IT DIDN’T HEAL HIM TO FULL RIGHT AWAY!!

Hit him again with it.

THE TANK IS AT 75%! I MUST TOP HIM OFF OR HE WILL DIEEEEE!

Oh geez, no. Quit it.

OMG NOW THE RAID IS TAKING DAMAGE!

Well, how much damage?

DOES IT MATTER? IN THE NEXT GCD THEY COULD BE DEAAAAD!

Probably not. Will topping them off cause a lot of overheal?

WELL YES BUT THEY MIGHT DIEEEEE!

No, stop that. They will not die.  Leave them alone for now.

BUT BUT BUT.

Seriously.

OMG, NOBODY IS TAKING ANY DAMAGE NOW, I SHOULD PRE-HOT EVERYONE AND REFRESH STUFF AND GET READY FOR ARMAGEDDON.

No. Stop that. Put down the renew and back away from the keybinding.

I MUST CAST! I AM TWITCHY! THINGS CAN GO WRONG IN A FRACTION OF A SECOND!

Well, if you truly have nothing to do, you can cast hymn of hope to regain mana….

OMG I HAVE TIME FOR THAT?

… or DPS…

HOORAY PEW PEWPEWPEW!!!

… if you have taken the appropriate talents so that it buffs your healing in some way…

DOH!

… and it doesn’t use up the mana that you need to otherwise heal through the rest of the fight…

BUZZKILL.

Just sit there until you’re needed.

BUT THAT IS BORING.

Think about puppies and kittens, then.

OH PUPPIES AND KITTENS ARE NICE.

Comments

Healing: Stop. Breathe. Think. — 15 Comments

  1. I’m more of a cookies and cake guy, myself, but otherwise that’s pretty much what went through my head last night when I was trying to stretch out my mana to 5 minutes on Argoloth-10.

    Loved this post :D

    • Thanks! It is really hard to change your thinking from sprint to marathon. If I see the tank’s health dropping as fast as it did in Wrath, I just don’t even have the ABILITY to catch up to that. It’s a wipe.

  2. “Just sit there until you’re needed.

    BUT THAT IS BORING.”

    /rabid melee tree. RAWR! Fear teh swing of mah staff, mortal mobs! Tremble before the might of Kae!

  3. I love this post. It pretty much covers exactly how I’m trying to heal through dungeons and is certainly a lot less stressful then pre ICC raiding used to be. ToGC 25 I’m looking at you.

  4. Hmm. I’m slightly terrified now about dipping my toes back in the healing waters. Whilst I’ll likely always be a damage dealer first and foremost, I *was* making pretty good use of my paladin’s holy spec, both queuejumping/helping out with guild heroics and the occasional bit of raid healing when we were stuck.

    I guess I’ll have to learn how to do it properly.

  5. LOL- I can relate to this post so much right now. Although, now that they’ve changed holy pallies again, the tank really did die multiple times last night. :l

    Ah well, back to the drawing board. Thanks for the laughs!

  6. Heh, this is so exactly right. I took the resto talents that give me mana-free wrath and sit there and cast that when I get twitchy.

  7. THIS.

    I’m still trying to get this in my head, that I don’t have to ABC (Always Be Casting). That the tank doesn’t need to be topped off at ALL TIMES. That sometimes, it’s best to cool your heals, and be ready to spring into action when the you-know-what hits the fan. Healing in the new instances has been traumatic for me at first. In one particularly memorable Stonecore run, I went oom so fast it wasn’t funny and the tank was one of THOSE tanks, who must not have played in Vanilla or BC and just ran in, gathered up mobs and I watched as their health plummeted. I’m trying to beat myself over the head with the ‘new way’ of doing things, trying to rememember what it was like back in the days when pulls were planned out, CC was used often and you couldn’t just brute force it all.

    Mmmm, puppies and kittens…..

  8. The only that thing that still concerns me about the new healing model is I never know at what percentage of health I should start healing something. I always make sure I have a shield on the tank and a PoM on cooldown and a Renew. I stay in Chakra: Serenity for tank healing, mostly. How low should I let him get?

    Same with the party. They’re obviously going to take some general damage just because and how low should they get before I heal them? And should I burn the 2+ seconds to heal them with a Heal or use a Renew or even a Circle of Healing (which is healing for a real sad amount, lately).

    I’m certainly adapting, but I would be curious to know how long other healers are waiting to react.

    Thoughts? :)

    • Usually I don’t wait to react, unless everyone is at like 80% or higher. What I try to do is a steady stream of cheap heals that don’t cause overheal. I pause and ask myself “is it likely that I can handle this with simply casting cheap heals over the next 5-10 seconds, or am I going to have to go for the big guns.” Instead of immediately going for a flash heal on a DPS at 70% or using a bubble that will probably never be consumed, I will hit a hot and let it tick along. Before, I would never let a hot run its course – it would always get clipped. Now I try to let it do its job.

      At many times, I’m not “waiting” per say. I’m still ABC a lot. The trick is to get a feel for being able to use cheap heals over time rather than immediately going HOLY CRAP and slamming heals like the problem needs to be fixed in 3 seconds rather than the 10 seconds you probably now have.

  9. Hmm I haven’t actually dared to heal yet on my alt, maybe I should dive into it and try.

    Guess it doesn’t get horribly horrible until Heroics? *fingers crossed*

    In either case, this post made me smile.