OK, I’ve been healing heroics with my druid alt and it’s very different than healing with a holy priest. Seriously. The hardest part is overcoming muscle memory to reach for certain spells that do not exist (that’s right, I totally have fewer keybinds). So, in no particular order…
No Spammable AOE? How do I heal up the group?
As a Holy Priest, I first hit Circle of Healing and if that still wasn’t enough, Prayer of Healing.
As a Druid, I hit wild growth and it’s on cooldown and now what do I dooooooo?
A little damage: Single target heals or hots. Sprinkle. Or, if you’re not expecting more damage, wait until Wild Growth comes off cooldown and hit it again
A lot of damage: TRANQUILITY. OR if Tranq is on cooldown, Tree and sprinkle Lifeblooms (cheap)
Cooldowns. Use them.
I have to remember, and I frequently do not, that Tranq is on a 3 minute cooldown. Tree of life is on a 3 minute cooldown. It’s not like Divine Hymn that is only up for a srs bzns emergency. Tree and Tranq are meant to be used EVERY BOSS FIGHT, more than once. (This is really hard to internalize…)
Ugh, this is like what I suck at for Shadow – refreshing dots/hots before they expire. Lifebloom gets refreshed by another lifebloom (duh) or a direct heal. Direct heals have a cast time. Sometimes I time it right and the direct heal lands before the lifebloom expires. Sometimes… it does not. Crap.
Innervate is not stupid like Shadowfiend
Hooray! If I cast innervate on myself, it will actually just cast on myself and restore mana. It won’t wander off into the corner of the room and examine its shadowy tentacles like my obtuse Shadowfiend. (I’ve macroed the fiend to attack, but sometimes it disobeys.)
Why is my healing floor way over there?
Since I suck at figuring out who is where, I don’t want to swiftmend a ranged dps and drop a healing floor where nobody can use it. Targeting circle, where art thou? Right now I’m swiftmending the tank and if a ranged dps is hurting, it’s regrowth. Or the ranged dies. That works too.
I have a battle rez
Something I totally forget. I even glyphed it. Self, you can salvage this encounter. Which I forget until the death of one person leads to the death of another in a downward spiral of fail. I could have nipped it in the bud with the first death. Now it’s too late.
Harmony is Easysauce
Oh noes, I have to direct heal once every 10 seconds. As a priest, it would be inconceivable that I would spend a 10 second interval without throwing a single direct heal. I made a power aura, but this is pretty much automatic for me and I don’t have to give it much thought.
When mobs bite my face off…
I have aggro and don’t have fade. Barkskin? Entangling roots and run like hell? Hope the tank isn’t bad.
Where’s my binding heal? My Desperate prayer? I’m a special snowflake! I can’t die!