12/11/2010 12:19 AM
Posted by Sedivy
I'm a touch worried that this new model will boil down to nothing more than spamming 'heal' and keeping renew on the tank, and sparing a heal for the DPS when I can.
There is a lot of heal spam and renew is kept up anyway if you're holy. But there's tons of other spells. I pop all my cds on almost every encounter (SF, HoH, DH, GS). It's challenging. It's fun. You gotta decide and decide well what to use and when. Spamming crap mindlessly will result in fail. You gotta plan out your fight.
I'm finding the same. I seem to be in the minority, but after having healed all the 5man runs (nonH, need 2ilvl to start on those), from a shaman perspective healing seems fine.
Some encounters might need a bit of tweaking, agreed, and maybe, just maybe, upping by 1.2 or 1.4 our big heals might make them more satisfying (we all have messed up crit right now of course, but that's gear). That's about it for me, and even as is, things are fine.
More so, the fact that now you kinda have to CC in some runs, and focus fire, and can't just roll mobs, has brought back some interaction between players in pugs. No more the runs where you click your LFD pop, say hi, and then not a line is typed until the "bai" at the end of the run, decent PUGs talk now.
I also noticed my healing is a lot tighter than it was even in raids in wotlk, and knowing the encounter and when you can leave the group at 30% hp, and when you really can't, makes a big difference.
The few runs I did as ele, I saw a lot of healers using big heals in panic mode because everybody was low a lot of the time. I think that's where most of the oom complaints come from, you have to be seriously smart about your mana now.
Druids, going by some extremely skilled players I know and their feelings, do seem to be a bit broken at present time though. Pallies, shammies and priests in my guild and between friends are doing fine it seems, I know I am.
I'm liking it. Not as frustrating as vanilla was on mana (I have started liking spirit and occasionally keep an eye on the 5s rule though), and maybe a little bit harder than TBC, with some decent mechanics here and there. So far so good, things got better imo, I don't fall asleep at my keyboard anymore. Sorry for those of you who don't seem to enjoy it.