Healing Q’s: Because all the cool kids are doing it

Okay, so Miss Medicina started this thing where we answer questions about healing stuff. For your Tuesday Maintenance reading pleasure, I bring you… My answers! I wanted to do this a while back, but it takes a LONG time to write good answers for these things, so I had to wait until I had the right amount of time to do it well.

  • What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?

Lissanna, Druid, Resto.

  • What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)

Mostly 25-man raid (ToC), and some 10-mans. I switch back and forth between moonkin & healing.

  • What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?

Unlike all the other druids in the world, my favorite heal spell is Nourish. Why? It has great synergy with our other heal spells (ie. our other HOTs buff nourish). It also reminds me of one of my pre-BC healing styles (spamming rank 4 HT). While it doesn’t make up a big chunk of my healing done, I still like having this tool available.

  • What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?

My least used healing spell is tranquility, with Healing Touch coming in a close second.

  • What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?

Versatility. I’m a dual-spec resto & moonkin. I can pretty seamlessly switch between DPS & healing just with a change of spec and gear. I’m also versatile in terms of being able to switch between tank & raid healing (and often put HOTs on a tank even when I’m assigned to raid healing).

  • What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?

Lack of damage reduction/prevention/absorption effects. This is fine, since it makes other healing classes have a strength. HOTs make up for it in some ways, but if your class can prevent the tank from being one-shot, then that’s an advantage you have over druids.

  • In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?

I do well as either a tank or a raid healer. I get frustrated with rejuv-spam sometimes, but it’s something I’m good at even if I don’t want to admit it. I prefer being able to just heal whoever is taking damage, and mix up raid & tank healing a bit, but I can really handle either role as needed.

  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?

I enjoy healing 25-mans when we have one of each healing class. I love how druid healing tools work together as part of a team and complement the abilities of other healers.

  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?

I don’t have a least favorite healing class. Since I can fill either tank healing or raid healing roles, I play well with all the other healing classes.

  • What is your worst habit as a healer?

Not sticking to my healing assignment. If I’m on tank healing, I tend to put HOTs on raid members if tank healing is slow. I tend to put HOTs on the tank when I’m on raid healing.

  • What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?

I dislike when people go to a raid and don’t know the fight mechanics. It stresses me out when people die in fires, but I can’t always stop them from trying to suicide if they don’t know when to move.

  • Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?

Yes. Right now, I see healing classes as fitting together like puzzle pieces. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. With having one of each healing class together, I really think the sum of the whole is greater than the individual parts.

  • What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?

I look at the % of my healing that comes from each spell using: Recount & World of Logs. Rankings of who did the most healing has very little meaning to me, especially given how flawed the tools are at capturing skill. Basically, my performance came down to:

(1) Did I show up on time & prepared? (2) Did I die during the fight? Did I take more damage than I needed to? (3) Did the person (or people) I was assigned to healing die? Was their death something I could have prevented?

  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?

People overestimate druid healing capabilities. They see high numbers on a meter as actually indicating whether the class is better or not. They don’t understand that HOTs are meant to be supportive healing – meaning that the HOTs are meant to support the other healers in the raid to help stabilize people until other healers can come along and drop bigger direct heals on them.

  • What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?

How & when to use what spells. I wrote a healing guide to explain how Nourish worked, and to explain how the new version of lifebloom worked. People also don’t generally understand why they should stop using glyphed Healing Touch once they hit 80 and get Nourish.

  • If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?

I spam too much rejuvenation because of how powerful the instant heal on rejuv was when I had the set bonus. They would also see that I change roles frequently, so sometimes my overall healing for the night is low because I did some DPS on a boss or two. Druid overhealing in general is high because of how overhealing is now counted for druids.

  • Haste or Crit and why?

Pre-3.3, I gear for between 400 & 500 haste, and then have crit on everything else. Post-3.3, I need to gear for at least 800 haste, so my crit is going to drop. I’m working on trying to acquire those haste pieces before the patch hits in about a month, so I’ve been passing on crit pieces recently.

  • What healing class do you feel you understand least?

I don’t understand paladins that well. I feel like they one-button spam, but any time I read a paladin healing guide, they have a lot more “stuff” going on than I normally give them credit for.

  • What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?

Sraid frames for the raid bars (set to display when I have HOTs on my targets), Xperl gives me other features like main tank windows,  and 3 macros. One macro targets myself & casts innervate (so I wouldn’t cast it on our paladin tank). The other macro is for Nature’s Swiftness & Healing Touch. I also have one where I paired my “use” trinket with Wild Growth, so that I’d actually use the trinket to boost my healing. My UI post from a while back can be found here.

  • Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?

I usually dislike over-stacking one stat, and resto druids (to this point) haven’t benefited from stacking one stat. In 3.3, I’m going to be trying to reach a higher haste cap, but once I hit that cap, I’ll still work on filling the other pieces with crit.

9 Comments

  1. Posted November 3, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Interesting read. Is there a similar survey for tanks?

  2. scaresome
    Posted November 3, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Glad you did this, I’ve been following and reading all of the other healers responses and really enjoying it all.

  3. Lissanna
    Posted November 3, 2009 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Ardol, I haven’t seen it for tanks…

  4. Posted November 5, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    @Ardol I believe there is a tank version floating around, although I haven’t filled it out yet for my minitank. Try “Circle of Tanks” over on Whatisboom.com :)

    @Lis I really enjoyed reading more tree answers! …this makes me want to work on leveling my baby druid, get her high enough that she can wave leafy branches and not just shoot lazers at people.

  5. Matthew
    Posted November 5, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,

    can you explain why you (and I [!!]) will need more haste after 3.3? Is that to just be the same as we are now with the change to gift or earthmother? Because the fighting will be even faster? Please advise! :D

    -Your friendly neighborhood Druid

  6. Lissanna
    Posted November 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Matthew, Gift of the Earth Mother was changed to give us less haste from the talent. That means we need to get more haste from gear to replace what we lost from the change.

  7. Posted November 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Lissanna – I’m also a big fan of Nourish! I have to admit I’ve only grown to love it since TOC but I use it so much in 10 man and it really packs a punch :)

    It still amazes me how different all the trees responded to the survey, it definitely made me re-appreciate the large variety of spells at our disposal.

  8. Yama
    Posted November 6, 2009 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Good read – feels similar to how i heal with one exception – i stack up Lifebloom quite a bit on tanks as my “just-in-case” antistun, silenced or otherwise fouled up insurance plan. Also probably dont use nourish as much as I could – something to do with cast times i think in my case. Have been experimenting more with regrowth too – especially on raid members taking regular damage

  9. Lissanna
    Posted November 6, 2009 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    @Yama – I wasn’t ever good at rolling lifeblooms, so I tend to do something closer to: slow stacking to 3 & then let it fall off at 3 to get back my mana.