I have mana issues. A lot. Looking at the upcoming spiritless cloth gear (bleh), I had to use some serious strategery for not going OOM as much…
My fellow members of Team Heal surprised me with Darkmoon Card Tsunami. Apparently they love the lolwell so much, they want me to stay holy. Awww.
I got the first piece of tier gear (chest). In raiding I was already seeing a difference. I just got the pants last night for the 2pc bonus. It should be a pretty constant mana increase, since it will be kept up by my basic healing rotation.
And finally, I reforged down to the bare minimum of haste for 12.5% raid buffed and am relying on the mastery: echo of light. In current content, because there’s SO much healing to be done, echo of light is not as much overheal.
So first, I tried those concentration potion doodads. That doesn’t really work for me, since being out of pocket for 10 sec doesn’t work on most fights. I can barely have time for Hymn of Hope. So I’m stuck with regular old mana pots.
Shadowfiend and Hymn of Hope
Now, you can get super extra mana if you cast shadowfiend then swing into hymn of hope. But that would require being pretty low on mana to pay off… and I don’t want to wait that long for throwing the first fiend (so it can reset). Plus, finding time to channel is something that is a challenge. I decided that I’d be better off doing hymn of hope separately from shadowfiend at a predetermined time coordinated with the rest of the healers – while I toss shadowfiend as soon as feasible (i.e. at a mana level where I wouldn’t waste any mana returns) and toss it again right off cooldown.
Now on to using the fiend better. See… I would wait too long to cast the damn thing. And I might not cast him right when he got off cooldown.
First, I made a Power Aura to show when I’m at 70% mana, so I know to toss the first fiend then. Well, I kinda stole it from Beru and then tweaked the mana level to one that I thought was appropriate for fiending.
Second, I used MSBT to create a more obnoxious noise for when fiend is off cooldown. I had a noise already but it was clearly not annoying enough to get my attention.
I’m not doing so hot here. I’m trying to use Heal, though it pains me to do so. I’m not sure why my fail here deserves its own heading, but there you go.
Toward the end of the last tier, we got a little complacent in our awesomeness and didn’t need to click the lightwell as much. Now, I’m getting people back into the habit by harassing them over vent to CLICK IT during periods of intense AOE damage. If my lightwell disappears before the cooldown is up, it means that all the charges are getting used up. That makes me a happy camper.