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I just want to put this out there because I honestly feel like it needs to be said.
Thank you. Thank you very much and very sincerely.
I took a huge break from healing during 95% of the WotLK expansion because healing had become ultimately boring and unchallenging in every way. I didnt ever have to worry about my mana, I didnt really have to do anything regarding specific healing rotations. Basically, I could face roll my keyboard and keep a raid alive. The healing game was keep everyone at full health 100% of the time. I never had to make a decision. I never had to think "If I heal this guy, that guy will die. But if i do this, i can buy myself an extra 2-3 seconds to heal both of them." Myself (a druid), a friend of mine (a shaman) and other folks I knew that played other classes were able to solo heal ICC 10. If set up correctly, solo healing ICC 25 was also possible. These were pretty much the only situations in wrath that provided any kind of challenge. It was boring.
Cataclysm has changed all of that. I've been healing dungeons for the past week now, and I can honestly say that it is a legitmate challenge. My mana bar is always bearing down on me, hard. My spell choices can either make or break the fight. I took a break from healing and now it has become quite addicting once again. I know there are hundreds, even thousands, of players are crying because of the difficulty which brings me to say one thing.
Healing is an art. It is a different game, and it takes a very special player to be able to heal at an expertise level. I know for a fact that the healers out there who know how the healing game works and know how the healing game feels are greatly appreciative of what has happened for us in the shattered world.
Throughout my runs thus far I've gotten many groups killed, and its teaching me something. Healing is amazing. A healer now has to be completely aware of when a tank is using cooldowns, how much damage the tank is taking, how fast the dps are working, how many mistakes the dps are making (most damage is avoidable in cataclysm). My mana bar is an extension of the health of the raid, and my spells are the tools of their successes. You've given me what I've always wanted for the healing game.
Edited by Boomcan on 12/13/2010 12:28 PM PST
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