Archive for April, 2011

Test of Faith and Deep Healing

So, via Twitter, I was discussing with a few other healers (@Derevka, Oestrus and Sente) regarding healer rankings. But before I delve into the subject, I would like to preface that this isn’t intended to make complaints about either restoration shaman or holy priests, but merely some recent observations regarding healer rankings. It would be ignorant of me to look at average healing as a weighting, just the same as it would be ignorant to look at top healers as a weighting. Of course, this means that one needs to look at things in context as much as possible. In addition, this isn’t a healing meter e-peen contest, either. Consider this a disclaimer that this is merely a post of observation that I think that needs to be looked at for various reasons.

Test of Faith and Deep Healing

One of the things that I’ve made an observation of is that, on average (this is the key word here, on average), over the course of Tier 11 content, both normal and heroic, both 10- and 25-man, the only encounters that restoration shaman and holy priests consistently outshine other healers (discipline priests, holy paladins and restoration druids) is Chimaeron. I understand that there are other circumstances for druids on Chimaeron healing (see, Glyph of Regrowth) that are what make them able to heal the encounter in general, but this is not really the point. I just feel that I need to make it clear that I’m not oblivious to these kinds of things because I want to avoid getting too much flak (as anyone would), and hope to gather some constructive feedback on this. I’m aware the subject as I’m putting it forth is very simplified, but that’s okay. General observations usually are best taken simply.

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Addons and you, part two.

So, a continuation of the previous post, we continue with the discussion regarding addons, and how they can be beneficial to you as a healer, and moreover, as a raider in general. Again, though, as a reminder, this is not a tutorial, and assumes you know about how to install and configure addons. As I said before, I do plan to write some addon tutorials, but this isn’t the post for that.

To start, I’m actually going to continue regarding cooldown timers. However, this is actually regarding cooldowns for your other raid members, and believe it or not, there are actually a number of ways that you can keep track of this. These ones, however, are not as major as the previous post, but still extremely helpful to have for various reasons. Definitely, I would recommend addons of this sort for anyone.

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Addons and you, part one.

One of the biggest things about healing is addon usage. More than any other role, healers rely on addons to be able to do what they do best. But, addons can be overwhelming to the average user. Unfortunately, this isn’t really the post for new users – I may write one of those later on, however. In this post, I’d like to discuss different addons and what capability they have, and why I use them (plus some alternatives and other popular addons). This also is not a tutorial, but that will come soon enough – it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, actually.

Addons

First and foremost, though, the big two things any healer should have are some good raid frames, and a cast bar replacement. I figure that for any raiding healer, boss mods are pretty much a no-brainer and will be installed under most circumstances. But defintely more than anything, I would advise a raid frame replacement, and a cast bar replacement. I will admit, however, the default raid frames for Blizzard’s standard UI have come a long way, and are an excellent improvement over what they used to be prior to Cataclysm, and they’re definitely usable for people that like them. Personally, I do not. In the same regard, however, there are also some other addons that you might consider if you’re raid leading (or even leading your healers, tanks or whatever else) because they make your job that much easier.

I will not lie, I love updating my UI and customizing it. It’s one horrible mess, if you’ve ever watched any of my videos, but the important thing is that it works for me. I have all the information I could possibly need and then some.

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