So, someone decided to resurrect an old healing questionnaire, and then Lunarsoul (a priest in my guild) decided that I needed to fill it out this weekend. I actually did it the first time, way back in 2009.
So, for veteran bloggers like me, the fun is in seeing how my answers have changed from back then to now.
- What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Lissanna, Druid, Resto/moonkin.
- What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
Mostly 25-man raid, and some 10-mans. I switch back and forth between moonkin & healing.
- What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
Swiftmend with Efflorescence. It has so many great features all rolled into one. First, swiftmend on it’s own has always been great. It’s an instant-cast burst-heal, has a short cooldown, and doesn’t cost a lot of mana. With Efflorescence, it also becomes an awesome smart AOE heal. It also now activates our mastery. By requiring a HOT present on the target for us to be able to use it, the direct heal also interacts well with our HOT-healing style. It’s like the swiss-army knife of our healing tools.Back in 2009, my favorite spell was nourish, but Swiftmend +Efflorescence has passed my love of Nourish by far in cataclysm.
- What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
My least used healing spell used to be tranquility back in 2009, but now I use all my healing spells more often than I did. Tranquility is a great spell now, and I think that Nourish and Regrowth tend to be my least used in raids, but they still get used quite a lot. One of the things that Cataclysm did was to make all of our healing spells into tools we can use. I think tree form might be the tool that I’m not using as much as I should.
- What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
This answer is exactly the same as it was in 2009: “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?
This answer is exactly the same as it was in 2009: “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 have a clearer answer for this now than I did in 2009. I prefer raid healing in a 25-man environment. We have several other people who like tank healing more than me now in my raid (including two paladins!). So, I’ll generally put HOTs on tanks and then use all my tools to heal the rest of the raid.
- What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
Same answer as 2009: “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.” I personally enjoy playing my druid over other classes, but I really do play well with others, regardless of what class they are.
- What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
Same answer as 2009: “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?
This has actually changed from 2009. My worst habit now is healing in my DPS gear. While it’s not as bad as back when moonkin gear had hit rating, I have the hardest time remembering that I need to make sure I’m doing my job in the right set of gear.
- What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
Same as 2009: 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?
Same as 2009: “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?
Same as 2009, other than a change in what addon I use. I look at the % of my healing that comes from each spell using:
Recount Skada & 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?
This is different from 2009. I think the biggest current misconception is about why tree form got turned into a cooldown instead of a passive shapeshift form. I can tell this is pervasive, since people keep asking for perma-tree form, even though it wouldn’t actually help the class at all.
- What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
Changed from 2009. How to manage our mana is probably the hardest thing for new healers. When we first hit 85, we have a lot of mana problems. It takes a while to get geared up to the point where mana becomes less of an issue.
- 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)?
Changed from 2009. They would see the fact that I’ve been spending most of my time since 4.2 raiding as moonkin rather than healing, so they wouldn’t actually find recent healing logs for me…
- Haste or Crit and why?
Changed from 2009. We want haste up to certain breakpoints, and then we want mastery (a new stat that came in Cataclysm). Then, crit ends up being the least beneficial stat of the three.
- What healing class do you feel you understand least?
Similar to 2009, paladins are still the healing class I understand the least. While I have improved in my understanding of them since the last time I answered this, there are still some mechanics I don’t really get. Combined with the fact that holy paladins get the most confusing new mechanics every expansion, it’s hard to keep up with exactly how they work.
- What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
I am actually using Blizzard’s built-in raid frames right now, instead of the addons I used to use in 2009. Similar to 2009, I still use macros for innervate, NS+HT, and “use” trinkets.
- Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
Unlike back in 2009, we actually have a lot of stats to juggle in Cataclysm, since none of the stats found on caster leather are actually bad for us. I really try to make sure I reforge into the best stats I can along the way (out of crit and into spirit, haste, and/or mastery as needed). At the same time, I share some gear between moonkin & healing sets, and so I have to make sure I do what is the best compromise for both sets of gear.