Heys, im sharon. :D I have been healing pvp and pve for about 2 years now.. As my pally is my main, I chose to level her first. Hoping that at lv 85, i will be able to heal alot better; and the game will be more exciting and enjoyable. And now i found myself hating the game alot more.. Sure, the nice new zones are beautiful and i personally love the Underwater zone; its really pretty.. :)
Its like back when i was lv 80, in 277 gear i had a mana pool of 39k, Flash of Light (FoL) was 1.3k mana cost. My average crit for my pvp and pve set was 39.7% (I mainly gemmed Crit and Intellect; Not haste or mp5)
However now, at lv 85, in an average gear of 330, my mana pool is 69k, FoL now costs 5 times more at 6.3k mana. My crit is only 12.2% (after reforging) and i find myself casting only Holy light (2.3k mana cost) which has a 2.2 sec cast time (very long!! >.< )
Lv 85 PvE healing in Dungeons and Heroics are a total nightmare. I have to worry about mana management, i now have low crit so my Holy shock doesnt crit as often. And im healing alot lower as a lv 85, compared to as i was 80. Since i got to 85, healing for me has been absolutely stressful and a nightmare. I really am starting to wish i never leveled my main to 85; I would have been better off as a lv 80. : /
And as you should know, in pvp, Long casts = high chance of interupts = Your dead.
I seriously dont know now, i barely feel like playing this game anymore. D:
Your innocent healer,
As a pally healer who has few issues with mana management, let me give you a little advice. Pally healing is a complete different ball game. From what I've heard, our class has changed *the most* on what we do for healing.
If you stopped using Holy light at 80 b/c it was crappy then (as most of us did) PUT IT BACK ON YOUR BAR! It's useful now.
Beacon the Tank. Holy Shock to get Holy power. When you get the daybreak proc, even if you *have* 3 holy power, Holy Shock twice--use your proc. It's awesome. And use Word of glory. You can keep your dps at around 50 percent mana. When you hit about 75 percent mana, pop divine plea and avenging wrath. When those wear off, pop Divine Favor (20 percent haste/crit? hell yeah). Use Guardian of Ancient Kings. When you get infusion of light and the tank/group damage is light? Use holy light. If tank damage is heavy? Use divine light when it procs.
And above all else *STOP REFORGING CRIT*
We need Int/Spirit/Haste MUCH MORE than we need Crit. Don't spam flash of light, it's not doable. Only use it when your dps are at like 20 percent mana and you need to get them up fast or if a tank is at 40 and then cast a long divine light (if proc isn't up). Holy shock on CD. Use Hand of Sacrifice to reduce the damage the tank is taking.
And INT by the way GIVES CRIT. So it's your #1 stat before spirit/haste. And it makes it pointless to reforge to crit when we get it from every piece of gear we have.
There's a lot of stuff to remember and a lot to actively do healing as a paladin.