I rerolled from Druid to Paladin some weeks ago, mostly because my raid was composed of a Disc Priest and a MW Monk, and we needed a stronger tank healer, and as a Druid that wasn't the most efficient role for me or for the MW Monk, Disc can do that, but his playstyle is mostly raid heal, and hes a good player that way, i'm also the Raid Leader, and i don't want to force him out of his playstyle and maybe even make him lose efficiency, so i took the blow myself and lost my 518ilvl Druid for this Paladin.
I played as paladin both in TBC and WoTLK, and in fact paladin playstyle was the kind of healing i most liked. And in general i love playing my paladin.
But right now i'm having some issues, and i would kindly ask for some advices:
1- Mana problems: Last Maegara kill, (normal 10-m) i was reaching the 6th head almost mana empty.
I stayed at the melee most of the fight for Seal mana proc, i had pretty low overhealing, but i was testing Sacred Shield instead of EF.
I tried to focus on healing the Tanks, Shielding one of then the entire time, and keeping beacon on the other, using WoG when 3 HP and tank with damage, using HS every time there is damage to heal with it, and waiting if there was nothing to heal.
Also did alot of cast cancelling of Divine Light, and used LoD for Aoe when Green damage occured.
On the Rampage phases i used Holy Prism, and a healing or raid damage reduction CD, and used the basic rotation of HR+HS+HR+LoD, and when using Holy Avenger HR+LoD+HS+LoD+HR+LoD+HR+LoD+HS+LoD with some crusader strike in the middle for extra LoD if mana is low.
The fact is that i ended in third on heals, had pretty low overhealing, (18% if i remember well) and was OOM at the 6th head...
What i was doing wrong? Any tip? Advice?
Is not running EF the problem?
2- Also EF related... how should i use it?
I made my own theorycrafting here, i always do the math for my healers when i raid, and it seems that all our heals are pretty inefficient and low HPS if they overheal and you only gain the shield. (As expected)
But people talk about EF blanketing, and i can't see how this is really viable.
I tried it, without much sucess...
I know how to track HoTS, i played a druid with sucess till now, so that is not the problem.
But how to do it? Keep 3HP EF's on both tanks? Should i reapply even if the initial heal will all be overhealing?
Should i 1HP the entire raid? Or just wait for someone to take damage then EF this target with the amount of HP i have at that time?
EF generates around 1750 shield per tick raid buffed, with full mastery reforge, every 2.5sec.
So each HP expended on EF does in fact 700 HPS...
This is in fact pretty low...
If its not overhealing, the ticks heals for 4400 (w/ mastery), that is still 1750 HPS per HP expended.
Even if you keep the entire raid on 1 EF, its only 17.5k of HPS...
The only way to make it worth it, is if you take the initial healing, and even then only if its not an overheal...
So is my math flawed? What should i be doing with EF?
How is the most efficient way to blanket the raid in EF?
3- The problem i found is that between Disc Atonement Smart Healing, and MW Hots, i can only heal the raid with instant single target heals, or during heavy aoe damage.
There is nothing to heal when there is low damage, its impossible to use Holy light to heal the raid on low damage times, and with a Prot Paladin and a DK as the tanks, most of the time i end up just cast cancelling until they take a big hit.
What should i be doing?
I tried staying at melee and using crusader strike when there was nothing to heal, so i could generate HP and EF the raid for shields, but like i demonstrated, without the initial heal, and without actual raid damage to the hots to heal, there is very little HPS happening.
4- I don't have acess to HC t14 gear...
I have read people talking about how t14 set is amazing, and how even Heroic ToT set is worse then HC 2/2 T14 because of set bonus.
There is a topic at Method forum that explained this well.
So, part of my problem is not having t14?
And without T14, will i be able to keep up? Or should i go back to my druid, because i lack such pieces to be really efficient?
Said all this, i don't think that my healing was terrible, i did well, and bosses were killed, but i couldn't justify my change from Druid to Paladin to myself.
I was expecting it to be more efficient to have a Paladin+MW+Disc then Druid+MW+Disc, and i thought that healing the tanks with a Paladin would be better, and all the talk about how paladins are somewhat OP right now, contributed to that belief. ( And i really like my paladin, so changing back to him had some bias too, i only played a druid because of the number of people on Pally/Priest/Lock tier in the core, but it changed now and opened enough space for me to play my paladin, and yes since im the Raid Leader i feel that its my duty to change my character to better suit the raid, in the example, not just the one with power. )
So please, i would be really grateful if people could help me in this.
Any link to good discussions, paladin forums, good topics, guides, anything will help.
And a very dedicated player, and i'm a healer since the start of BC, and a wow player since classic, and i will devote any necessary time to get this working.