Reacting healing classes

90 Blood Elf Monk
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Which healing classes/specs are reactive and which ones are not?
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90 Blood Elf Priest
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Everyone has some degree of reactive play. It's not a matter of "reactive vs. not" but "more reactive vs. less reactive."

The healing specs more-or-less in order from most reactive to most proactive:
1. Holy Priest
2. Resto Shaman
3. Resto Druid
4. Holy Paladin
5. Mistweaver Monk
6. Disc Priest

You could dispute those rankings a little bit, but I don't think anyone would move any spec more than one notch up or down.
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90 Tauren Druid
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The way the healing goes out is different, but every class has to proactively line up minor cd's/spells in one way or another to react to damage. Any list in this thread is a matter of opinion as all healers have to be be proactive and reactive equally so.
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90 Gnome Monk
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Everyone has some degree of reactive play. It's not a matter of "reactive vs. not" but "more reactive vs. less reactive."

The healing specs more-or-less in order from most reactive to most proactive:
1. Holy Priest
2. Resto Shaman
3. Resto Druid
4. Holy Paladin
5. Mistweaver Monk
6. Disc Priest

You could dispute those rankings a little bit, but I don't think anyone would move any spec more than one notch up or down.


I'd probably swap 3 & 4, and 5 & 6. Druids have to do a fair amount of pre-HoTing for burst dmage phases because their reactive aoe is woefully lacking, other than making sure they have hp banked for the big aoe pallies are pretty reactive. Discs have to plan ahead somewhat for shields and spirit shell but I think having to plan for damage 30+ seconds out and start preparing for it or fall on your face when it hits is solely a monk thing...
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90 Blood Elf Priest
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For 3&4, it really depends on how you play your holy paladin. The current FoTM style involves a whole lot of 1-holy Power Eternal Flame for Mastery maintenance, and that in addition to saving up Holy Power for burst made me feel like it's less reactive than RDruid.

For 5&6, I was debating for a while, and I think you might be right. But if I'd swapped them, I'm sure there'd be a disc priest arguing to swap them back.

And as for whether it's subjective: To a certain extent, between certain specs, it sort of is. But there is a very clear difference between a holy priest and a monk.
Edited by Kaels on 4/13/2013 5:31 PM PDT
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