While many healers agree that healing meters are a poor judge of a healer’s performance, there needs to be some way to assess whether or not a healer is doing his or her job well, and like it or not, meters are probably the tool that’s used to do so. As a new recruit to a raiding guild, I’m very aware of how my performance as a healer is being judged.
Last night’s fresh 25-man Naxx made me feel like that judgment wouldn’t be too favorable. People were dying right and left. We wiped a lot The OT died on trash. And while I’m loathe to utter the “blame the healers” mantra, it really did feel like last night’s healing was weak. And if one looks at the meters, right or wrong, I was the weakest: seventh out of
seven in terms of overall healing done.
Of course, a Discipline healer will typically be low on the healing meters as these tools are not designed to calculate our talent-tree-defining abilities: Grace, Power Word: Shield, and Divine Aegis. During last night’s raid, for example, Grace hit about 800 times, but I get no credit for that reduction in damage. Divine Aegis hit about 470 times. If my heal crits averaged about 5000, that means Divine Aegis absorbed approximately 730,000 damage over the course of the night. But again, no credit on the reports. I cast Power Word: Shield over 300 times, shielding approximately 2 illion damage — again, uncredited. If I add these bubbles to my healing, I’m third for “healing.”
But I’m the one doing the math, and I really doubt anyone else is.
There is, of course, other information to be gleaned from a WWS report other than just “effective healing done.” My focus was the lowest, as a designated MT healer, that’s good, right? My overhealing was higher than I’d like (although admittedly, I’m not sure if overhealing is a good or a bad thing. I have no shortage of mana when raid-buffed, and casting Penance on the tank in order to get the three stacks of Grace seems worthwhile, even if he’s not particularly low on health). I know that I need to be casting Power Infusion more (I did finally make a macro that’d whisper my target to inform them they’d been infused). And I should cast Pain Suppression more as well, not just on the aggro-pulling DPS, but perhaps more frequently on the tanks themselves. And in general, I need to work on improving my spellpower, as I can see my PoMs healed for around 500-700 less than the other two Holy Priests. But other than this very general sense that I need to do better, and after pouring over the WWS reports for a good long while this morning, I’m not really sure if it’s a matter of “Disc — yer doin’ it wrong.”
Oh, and for the record, I fucking hate the Instructor Razuvious fight. WTF taunt? WTF melee? Blah.