I understand the concept that blizzard wants us to choose our heals, prioritize our targets and use utility spells in between. But frankly, there are some encounters where there will be spike damage (or you are dealing with a squishy tank) and you just cant counter or avoid the spike damage.
And I'm not saying that we aren't topping meters because, for the most part, we are but as everyone knows...topping meters isn't what the game is about.
I'm annoyed with the fact that although you can have as many hots as you want up, we have to rely on Swiftmend (specced into Efflorescence) in order to pick up any spike damage.
Now for the most part, Swiftmend + Efflorescence does a great job overall but in an emergency situation the 15sec cooldown on swiftmend is a real killer.
I have to choose between the Tank, DPS, or myself/another healer. Now, my priority on who to heal isn't the problem..it's the fact that once I make that decision..I can't save anyone else from the excessive damage. To add to this, let's say I swiftmend the tank but we have another dps or another tank who is also taking a tonne of damage but they are not in range of my effloresence...they're screwed..I can't pick them up and I can only hope to god they can save themself or someone else heals them.
My only option is to spam regrowth and make sure a rejuv is on them...but even that's not enough.
I also dislike the fact that Lifebloom ticks so bloody fast that it drops off extremely early. I can't put LB on the tank and then move back to the rest of the guild...by the time i get back to the tank its 1) already dropped off or 2) my attempt at refreshing it with Healing Touch/Nourish fails because both of those spells take far too long to cast.
In conclusion, my overall opinion (yes it's an opinion and I'm open to suggestions on how others manage) is that the cast times for our direct heals take way too long, Lifebloom drops way too fast, and the CD on swiftmend is a serious hindrance and I do not see any other alternatives that are better at picking up spike damage.
As a side note to the community, what is the general opinion on Tranquility? Is it viable to use these days or is it still trash?
As always, I'm open to your opinions and suggestions but if you insist on trolling or flaming in any way I will simply ignore you.
And Blue posters, please take the above into consideration and please re-look at the tree.