So, it’s now been a little over a week since all the shaman & paladin healing changes went live.
Lodur does a great job over at World of Matticus explaining the new changes to shaman healing, and how that puts them at a really great place right now (capable of filling raid healing, spot healing, & tank healing roles). Resto shaman have a really good toolset, and simply the increased range on chain heal was enough to make it a really great tool again, with the increased healing done something that makes it even better.
Even though I mostly shelved my shaman when Wrath came out, I still follow the developments in the other healing communities. It is easier to misunderstand how other healers work than to actually know what’s going on.
A paladin’s perspective on the reversal of roles? One paladin on holypaladin.net talks how 3.2 worked out to be pretty good for paladins, in terms of doing more overall healing while still not running OOM. He even talked about how the resto druid in his Ulduar raid ran OOM more than he did.
Ashiellia at FHpally had an interesting observation about how the paladin changes actually makes the other healers have to care more about the tanks, and thus their healing group has to work as a team together for the first time in a long time.
Priests and druids were (overall) in a good place in 3.1, so with the other two healing classes being brought closer to where we were standing (and some nerfs that hurt druids & priests overall), I think that the game balance is much closer to where it should be. There will never be a point where every class does exactly an equal percent of healing done on meters, because meters aren’t designed to show similarities or balance between the classes, they are designed to emphasize even the smallest differences.
At the very least, druids aren’t miles ahead of everyone else now, so we can maybe learn how to work together to accomplish our goals, rather than treating healing like a competition. What do you guys think?