Sorry for the delay in responding, I'm seeing some great advice here, I'll be directing the healers in question to this thread.
Someone asked about our dps makeup
We run a 12 man roster and trade out, here are the dps we have available to us in roughly the order of their dps.
1 ele shaman
1 resto shaman <-- this is ele shaman above, he flips to dps as needed
1 holy pally
1 holy/disc priest
1 warrior (me)
Unfortunately I don't have a WoL parse for our last night in there because I'm a fool who forgot to do it.
Dayani, thanks for that write up, I'll definitely have them go check it out.
Safiyr, your question about how long it takes to get into the spirit world is intriguing. What we've been doing is having the dps run to the outside of the totem ring, having the healer going in run to the center, and then having them call it out, so the dps know they're free to kill the totem. We made it the personal responsibility for the dps that the totem doesn't die until the healer is in place. If they go in without a healer, it's their fault, even if the healer didn't call it out. Less communication necessary that way, less confusion too imo.
It may be that's too slow, but I can't really think of a strategy that's hands down better, however I'm all ears.
Your observation about the cast time being slowed due to the adds attacking is something I hadn't really considered. I *know* the add management is a problem, they're not all dying, but I also know that the healers aren't getting the buff stacked, and since that helps dpsing the adds, I feel like I need to try and solve that issue first. I'm open to any suggestions, I'm just explaining my rationale for looking at the healers first.
The last night, we started using garajalinnervation (http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/garajalinnervation) to track the stacks, and it seemed to work fairly well. There's another addon that calls out who goes in the spirit world, but it didn't really seem to make us more effective, so we stopped using it.
Edited by Rvalue on 11/24/2012 2:50 PM PST