Topic healing tips for me plz
I suggest starting out just grabbing a healing addon. You can do without one , but it will be much easier with one and leveling adding a new bind to your mouse each time you get a heal will be easier than getting to max level and trying to rebind everything then. I suggest Vuhdo but there are others that are just as good.
Make a macro that says. "Stop Pulling I need mana please." Tanks at low levels don't look at your blue bar like you look at their green so you have to let them know.
Try and set bosses as your focus. Sometimes they get buffs that your supposed to dispel. doesn't happen often, but it does happen.
If you find a tank that you work well with in LFG stay with them as long as possible.
Vuhdo, Grid, Healbot are some good ones. I prefer Vuhdo myself.
At lower levels its pretty easy. Throw a shield on the tank before he pulls. There USED to be a shield addon that would give you a close reading of how much absorb your shield had left. Dunno if its been updated. Throw a Renew if needed. Save your Penance for O CRAP moments.
O and if DPS is stupid enough to stand in goo that does tons of damage, dont go OOM spamming Flash Heal. LET THEM DIE. And if they yell at ya, tell em to stop being bad and get out of the crap causing it.
When I leveled my 4th Druid I basically just kept Rejuv on before lvl 30 (not heirloomed). After 30 it was an occasional Direct Heal. Once BC hits youll throw out an occasional AOE heal. By then you should have it mastered down pretty good
This is my first healer also. I wish I would have taken the time to think about the spells and where I wanted them to go when I first started.
Your priest will be flash healing the early instances(it is the only spell Blizzard gives you at first). I suggest putting it deeper in your controls. If you are using something like Healbot or Vuhdo make it something like a cntrl click, you will get used to using it so you will not have a problem hitting it in a pinch and it will be easier to bind a more important spell that you will get later on to the straight clicks.
Same thing if you are keyboard healing. If you do not move them around blizzard puts flash heal on I think the 5 button, it is a really easy button to press with your index finger if you are tab selecting with your pinky and using that corner of the keyboard for your strafe keys, I suggest saving the 5 key for something you will be using more often.
I tried healing without addons for a while. In my opinion it is unduly cumbersome.
Vuhdo is my favorite addon. I also love recount and Gearscore. I use recount less and less, but at first it really helped get a grasp on what was going on. Gearscore is great also, because I can quickly tell when I have an overgeared or undergeared tank. It also takes the guessing game out of complaints. A highly undergeared tank may make you go OOM a lot quicker. As I am learning to heal, knowing what is causing a problem is a big help.
Get a healing addon/ui rig you love.
Don't let jerks in PuGs and random battlegrounds get you down.
When you get a new talent or spell read the tool tip and think for a second about how you could use it.
Put fade on your actionbar and use it if you get agro (as soon as you learn fade) because baby tanks don't have a lot to work with yet either.
Come back and talk to us every few levels to let us know how it goes. Good luck doll!
1) get Decursive, removing a debuff is way easier than going OOM trying to heal through it
2) pay attention to what is going on, you are in a position to always notice things when something goes wrong.
3) when idiots die, and they will, don't get discouraged when they blame you
4) positive affirmation, if you believe you can heal through anything then you can.
5) but be honest with yourself if the tank looks squishy and the dps looks a little light tell your group that it may be wise for them to keep their defensive and healing cool downs at the ready.
6) and most importantly keep at stack of water on you even if their is a Mage you can't trust them to hit a button at the start of the instance.
Lots of the best drinks you can get. And you can macro
/use [name of your water]
/p getting mana!
If people pull while you are getting mana, let them die... unless you've gotten enough to heal them up.
If your tank isn't a "tank" (Feral druid in Bear form, Arms warrior, etc.) say something about it.
Turn Group Chat off, you don't need to listen to all that whining about how they stood in bad stuff and you couldn't heal them through it.
Don't listen to Group Chat, don't talk. Just run the dungeon and then leave. That way, trolls won't make you unhappy.
You still have alot of leveling to do...but really learn about your class and your spec.
Manage your mana well and use your CDs.
This is a great thing! I used the hell of our it when leveling.
Edited by Riôt on 9/13/12 11:37 PM (PDT)
Welcome to healing - don't hesitate to come in here and ask more questions in the future. There are really skilled and knowledgeable players of every class here to help you out. Most of us heal on more than one class (in some cases, all of them), so whatever help you might need, it's here.
People that say things like ignoring group members, letting people die, and just leaving groups are part of what is wrong with the LFD system. Only foolish people pass an opportunity to learn from other peoples' mistakes, or laziness. Aggravating as they can be, it's these *bads* in the LFD who will help you really learn how to heal well on the job. Watching them may also make you a better tank or dps as well. You can learn all kinds of academia from people here, but most of what you learn about healing will be in the field.
I will echo the UI suggestions - get yours set up in a way that allows you to see what is going on, see what you need to see quickly, without staring at health bars. In my opinion, this is one of the most important things about being a good healer; being aware of who needs healed/dispelled, and executing those actions, all without being fixated on their health bars. This helps you stay ahead of the game because you will see that the tank pulled too much, or that dps are standing in bad, as opposed to reacting to rapidly dropping health bars. This will also help you stay out of bad too, btw...
Adding on to the UI suggestion, I would also suggest testing both yourself, and your UI, in PvP. You can get good practice (especially in making decisions on the fly in situations that are constantly in flux), without being on the hook for a mistake, like you would be in a dungeon. In my opinion, there really is no better *practice field* than a BG for learning how to heal, dispel, stay alive, use CD's, and get your UI set up the way you want/need it to be set up. I cannot recommend this enough.
Unless you are, or intend to be, a progression raid healer, meters are of no consequence to you. If people aren't dying (often), and you aren't constantly running on fumes, then you are doing just fine. I'm not saying that you shouldn't have/use one, I'm just saying that they really are not necessary, and are only marginally helpful outside of a raid. Others might disagree, in the end, it's up to you. It's a tool that's available, should you choose to use it.
Since you are a priest, I would suggest reading every word you come across on these forums posted by:
A few others that I will add when I remember them (sorry)
I would also recommend reading posts made by:
Tiberria (still here?)
A few others that I will add when I remember them (again, sorry)
You'll learn as you go, Get a ui set up that you like and displays everything the way you want. Don't feel that you're wasting time taking an hour to throughly set it all up :)
Experiment with your spells, see what will and will not work. If somebody is at 50% health and arn't taking any more damage is it better to renew + bubble them or have you got time to hardcast somthing else? It's all situational and to be able to make those SNAP desisions it will take time to learn how to deal with it. It'll all come in time, just remember THINK the whole time and don't tunnel :)