I think our fellow guildies used to think it was code for post-raid-hot-sex, but when K- and I say, at the end of a raid, that we’re going to go look over a parse, we really are going to go look over a parse. We tend to pour through combat logs and WWS reports with a pretty fine tooth comb. Ostensibly it’s so we can help improve ourselves; but it’s also, sufficed to say, to analyze how the raid-as-a-whole as performed. While, sure, we like to see where we stand for damage- and healing-done, it’s not simply about that rating. We notice things, such as the shaman didn’t put down a single totem or the druid cast only two spells or the mage is grossly under hit-cap. Of course, one notices these things during the raid as well. It’s not hard to tell when DPS is low or when heals are shoddy. But looking through these reports provides a good, detailed diagnostic, about the individual and the group performance.
One thing I have been puzzling about lately is the amount of overheal that Khaeli consistently racks up. I was once told by a healing lead that I should try to maximize my overheal; as a HoT-casting resto druid at the time, I do believe I scoffed and muttered, “Fool.”
Now granted, overhealing isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And in a raid environment, it’s unavoidable. While the mana wasted on casting unnecessary heals isn’t ideal, as long as healers aren’t OOM and the underhealed aren’t dying, it’s not really a problem.
Unlike their Holy Priest kinfolk, Discipline Priests do not have talents that compensate for overhealing (Serendipity). Rather the mana returns from Rapture come from heals and absorptions. And as Rapture is my most powerful regen tool, I do want to be able to take advantage of it via effective healing. Granted, there are certain things I do as a Disc Priest that are going to lead inevitably to overhealing. Penance, for example, with its three heal “hits,” provides three stacks of Grace on the target, providing a 3% damage reduction. A Graceless tank will feel my laser heals, whether their health is low enough for a big heal like Penance or not. And crit heals, whether they provide effective healing or not, create the beautiful bubble — another reason, as I sit close to 40% crit when raid-buffed, to just not worry about overhealing.
OK, so maybe it’s not the overhealing that irks me.
Typically, our 25man raids will be comprised of 2-3 Holy Paladins, 1 Disc Priest, and 2-3 Holy Priests. Substitute a Resto Druid on occasion. Clearly, that’s a lot of single target healing. And that is, I think, where my substantial overhealing arises. I’m always assigned to MT heals, and the WWS reports reflect this in consistently the lowest “focus” of the healers. While the paladins are likely on the same target as me, their focus is skewed in these reports due to the Glyph of Holy Light healing the melee nearby the tanks. But even those assigned to raid heals are healing primarily the tanks, and healing bigger and faster to boot.
What’s troubling to me when looking at the WWS reports is only partially, then, that Khaeli is overhealing. Engaged to one of the woefully underhealed (poor dead Kaleyen. and all you wanted was to be at over 80% health for your nice
Blood-spec boost), I see a lot of raid members dying. And when the DPS die from zero heals, the cushions of overheals on the tank do no damn good. With the impending nerfs to mana regen and with some of the healers already clamoring for innervates, I am pretty concerned.
I’m also still a recruit.