Healers know: it’s always their fault when a group wipes. The warlock didn’t get out of the fire? You should’ve healed through it. The rogue pulls aggro and takes a face full o’cleave? “ZOMG, heals!!!1111” Warrior takes a 35K crit? Healer sucks.
I felt the frowns and condemnation last night when we ran Heroic Azjol Nerub. We breezed through the zone — Kaleyen, Khæli, our guild enhancement shaman, an elemental shaman, and an SV hunter — til we got to the end. We were leary off the bat when K- inspected the hunter and saw that despite being specced survival, he didn’t have Hunting Party. But it was midnight on Christmas Eve, so we decided to press on.
Of course, mana typically isn’t much of an issue for me, despite my gear. And although I thought it was a bit silly to take the replendishment spec and not, ya know, take the talent that grants it to the group, I thought we’d be ok. But for the final boss in the zone, I sure could have used it.
Part of the problem was the amount of damage the group was taking. My strength as Disc isn’t in AOE healing, and although I can keep a whole group alive, it’s jolly hard when the DPS is taking exhorbitant amount of damage by not moving away from the spikes and by not focus-firing down adds.
Although, honestly, the adds shouldn’t have been that hard, they were because the DPS was wretched. I was out of mana after the second submersion simply because it took so long for them to kill things.
When the hunter, our non-replendishment-providing hunter, asked “What’s your MP5,” I started to get a little irritated. “I’ll offheal,” said the elemental shaman. And I appreciate the gesture. Wait, no I don’t. “I don’t need help with healing,” I retorted. “I need you guys to kill quicker.” (Folks, not including myself, were averaging 1200 dps through the rest of the zone, but were paralyzed in the end fight with a “get it off me! get it off me!” attitude, and their damage output plummeted.).
We did kill him on the fourth try (sigh) and the wand I wanted dropped (yay). But I was so irritated that the DPS was blaming me for our struggles that it seemed like a very bittersweet victory.
For what it’s worth, here are some things I tried to do to compensate for the lack of AOE heals:
- Mana Infusion + Prayer of Healing: Prayer of Healing takes too much mana to cast a lot during a fight, so using Mana Infusion with it allows for a “free” cast and hopefully some Divine Aegises.
- Holy Nova: It doesn’t heal for a lot, but again, hopefully it’ll crit and proc some bubbles on my group mates.
- Divine Hymn: I actually did use this last night, although I was a bit nervous about using a spell that gave the mobs an exemption from the already pitiful DPS.
- Prayer of Mending on the aggro-pulling DPS: I have noticed that PoM often doesn’t proc on Kaleyen as he’s usually shielded (power word or bone) or bubbled. I’ll cast it on our enhancement shaman for a much better chance for a “bounce.”