Topic Concerns for raid healing, Resto Sham POV.
Edited by Jemada on 4/12/13 9:18 AM (PDT)
Rather than a list, I will use my guild's first Horridon kill as an instrument to voice my concerns.
We've been working on this kill for weeks and when it finally comes the feeling is bitter sweet. I am happy for my guild but I felt like I didn't contribute to their success in any meaningful way. My healing partners were a disc priest, resto druid, prot paladin and dk tank, yes a prot paladin and dk tank. Upon inspecting my healing numbers on recount after the fight, I realized I was out-healed by our paladin tank by no small amount and the dk tank was also competing with me for MY role. I was destroyed by our disc priest and resto druid too but at least they are healers so I wasn't bothered by this as much.
I've seen the healing tanks are doing since the start of MoP but this has been the first time ever that a tank fulfilled my role as a healer better than I and I've been healing since The Burning Crusade. Healing is not my only concern as tank dps is nothing to shrug off either. Confusion sets in as I wonder why roles are bleeding into each other. I have always been a strong advocate for "roles". I disapproved when the support roles were removed as I really enjoyed classes with unique abilities that amplified other classes. And now, a tank is also a full blown healer. What direction is blizzard heading? Are we moving towards Guildwars 2 where every class is supposedly a tank, healer and dps simultaneously? I play World of Warcraft because it is World of Warcraft. If I wanted to play Guildwars 2 then I'd play Guildwars 2.
This coupled with my inability to effectively heal a mobile, spread or semi spread raid made me feel next to useless as a healer and put a huge damper on my fun and satisfaction. I find myself staving off feelings of uselessness and futility on subsequent kills now. When I raid I always bring my best, there is no "trying harder" or "upping my game" and my best has always been good enough. It would seem now that my best is only good enough if other roles perform more than half of my responsibilities.
This concludes my first ever forum post (maybe 2nd, can't remember). I hope this point of view will be of some use or at the very least be a companion for someone's worries as a healer or resto shaman.
One would probably need to see some logs of the fight to have an image of the fight. For instance, which spells were your main ones, which glyphs do you use, was the tanks healing effective healing or overhealing and all of that.
I have only done Horridon on LFR, as our guild is so absurdly far behind it's embarrassing, but that's the only fight that I'd rather DPS than heal. That said I'm getting better at it, knowing when to AoE heal vs single target etc.
In Horridon, Spiritwalker's Grace is your friend. Use that more or less on cooldown to stay mobile, er, a bit more mobile. Might consider glyph of Riptide as well if you don't already have it, so as to allow more instant HoTs.
I understand the discouragement for sure, but a log would certainly help analyse the fight. Recount isn't exactly a great tool (I don't even run it any more, I find it garbage for a healer).