Topic Monks for PvE healing, whats their niche?
I played all healing classes/specs there are except for this one and bracing myself to level a Monk, I do know that due to severe homogenisation all healers can more or less fulfil all the roles buts what’s Monk's angle? Dics - shields, MT healing / Holy - AoE healing n cool downs/ Shaman - brain heals / Paladin - MT healing, CDs, / Druid - more HoTs / Monk - fill the blank
I would also like to know how effective they are at healing overall in PvE as I haven’t exactly seen guilds falling over each other recruit Monk healers. I would appreciate genuine replies from people who do raid or conduct something that could be referred to as hard core PvE. Levelling anecdotes do not really interest me.
In 25m...spin and burst...enjoy the fact that mastery normalization doesn't scale down the lack of target cap on those abilities and remain competitive after the major nerfs
In 10m...hope you don't play with a good disc or you won't do much raid healing...or hope you don't play with a hpal because half of your tank healing will be overhealing, thanks to our "heal" and "greater heal" equivalent being long overtime spells with no burst whatsoever.
In 5.0 our niche was super defined in the "by far best raid healers" even in 10m. Post nerfs, while our aoe healing is still competitive when there are no discs around, our tank healing still just doesn't cut it. In order to be a good tank healer you litterally need to have nobody else heal the tank you are asigned to else your good efficient stuff falls into overhealing and you find yourself running OOM using surging mists (our "flash heal") because it's really the only go-to direct heal.
Healing Spheres are nice to spot heal at the moment (although most monks will tell you they're going to get nerfed shortly) but it doesn't work well at all with heavy movement encounters or for tanks even just because sightly misplaced orbs can lead to a wipe. Regardless though, the droping circle and mousing necessary for proper healing spheres use is a complete mess and I can't believe it has become a primary tool rather than a situationnal drop somewhere in low dmg periods for a later small cd.