Now, this is where the frustration comes in and I need help. I thought I understood monk healing, but I'm doing something wrong. Maybe I'm not geared enough? I don't know, but in LFRs on my Shaman I was used to being top heals and I've been told by a couple of people "Mistweavers are the FILLER healer, so don't expect the top heals". That's completely fine, I'm okay with that, the part the frustrates me is I'm not even close to 3rd heals or 4th, I'm the worst person on LFR except the guy that goes AFK or does DPS instead.
I've been reading like crazy, trying to understand the essay on Noxxic, asking people what they'd do (only if I have proof they're decent at mistweaver) only to find out that...well it's not helping. Alright, now that we have that out of the way I'll try and explain what I do and how I heal. This may be jumbled, I've been trying to swap it up a lot, because I'm doing something wrong.
1. I'd like to say that for some reason, I can't heal anything but bosses, whenever we just have simple mobs unless I spam my mana, I don't heal anything and I'm sure a tank could beat my healing if he tried.
2. When I do LFR boss healing, this is what I try to do, I put my statue down, then I Jab x 5, Tiger Palm x 1, then Black Out Kick x 2. Which usually puts me at top heals for about the first 4 seconds of the fight, then if I continue any of that, I'm left in the dust, so I'm going to assume that's wrong and It's only for very light damage like trash or something.
Then, once I give up on that, I of course make sure to use Chi Wave on C/D and Keep Casting my Renewing mists on different targets just to spread it about, using uplift if quite a few people have taken damage tied with thunder focus tea if possible. I also use enveloping mist to get Mana Tea if possible, because it seems to almost always proc some. I use Surging mist if someone is really hurting, but do my best to use Enveloping on them if they need it instead, because of the mana cost. I use revival when there is a massive amount of Raid damage. During this I occasionally run back and dps a bit, because I feel like I"m supposed to, but it doesn't feel quite right. Also, while all of that is happening, I keep my soothing mists on someone as much as possible.
This doesn't work, I'm always last heals this way.
3. Now, before I was given tips, I did a bit better on healing, usually averaging about 3rd or so on heals rarely doing the best in LFR, but I did manage it once or twice, that could have just been with bad people. Either way, when I did it that way, I wasn't dpsing. I kept my statue down, soothing mists on the tank, chi wave on C/D, renewing mists on as many targets as possible, and used Uplift a LOT, only using Enveloping to pop Mana Tea and Surging to Save someone from death. Using Revival during heavy raid damage.
That worked decently for me, except that I still didn't heal well at all on just regular trash, only bosses. Also, it drained my mana beyond belief. I was OOM half way through the fight it felt even when I was tying to be mana conscious, I suppose that could just be, because of gear, I'm honestly not sure. I glyphed Uplift, because I felt handicapped having to fight for Chi to use on Chi Wave / Enveloping / Uplift.
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