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Honestly doing a challenge mode is probably the first time in all of wow where I really felt like my healing toolkit was really holding me back.
Tank damage can be very intense, especially if you aren't CCing as many mobs as you should be, at which point our lack of burst healing hurts bad. It's not uncommon for a tank to go from 100% to dead in less time than it takes to cast a single regrowth. We don't really have any absorbs or instant heals that we can rely on beyond swiftmend and it's long cooldown.
The idea of also being able to do any significant DPS on top of all of that - lol no. Generally healers need to contribute to DPS for gold.
A Paladin is probably more ideal than a Druid, but either are capable of healing CM's.
It's really hardly ever up to the healer to decide if the run will be Gold or not. You need extraordinary DPS, good CC with a tank that doesn't die in a GCD.
I would say Druid is just as strong as Pallidan for CMs. Only priests really seperate themselves as the clear "best" CM healer.
Even then, they are all really capable. Biggest thing is using gear with as many sockets as possible, and gem lots of spirit! Get the Restorative Amber from the Klaxxi vendor for super fast mana regen outside of combat. Don't be afraid to use HOTW on bosses, they are usually the least healing intensive parts anyway. Stampeding Roar is nice! Spec Incarnation.
I've only healed them as a paladin, but we have a druid in the guild that seemed to be able to heal them easy enough. The main benefit to a druid is Heart of the Wild DPSing, which can make or break a gold timer. There are a lot of times where as a holy paladin you are at a lack of things to do since denounce DPS is laughable at best.
There are a couple fights that as a paladin it's just better to switch to ret(Last bosses in Scarlet Halls and Stormstout Brewery come to mind) since almost no healing is even needed and a holy paladin can't contribute much.
Edited by Iudicium on 4/22/2013 10:48 PM PDT
The fact that you missed gold by only 4 seconds seems like you don't need much for advice.
I've only done two golds so far, but the key really seems to be working with your tank and timing cooldowns. Knowing when I can DPS and when he needs healing support makes a big difference in rotation.
Also most challenge mode guides mention these, but in case you're unaware:
help a lot. You recover mana twice as fast as normal food / water, and they'll help if you decide to burn through mana on bigger pulls.
Edited by Stromm on 4/23/2013 4:51 AM PDT
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