Decision: Leveling the shaman. I have no intention
of abandoning Khaeli as my main, nor will I respec her to Holy. But
damn, someone has to heal the fucking raid. At least, given a week or
so of leveling, I will have an alt that can try.
After reading Dueg's post on Fail Sauce raiders this morning, I must
say, I'm reliving the massive failure that was Saturday night's heal
team. This wasn't just fail sauce; this was fail marinade, something
that's been soaking and stewing and seeping for quite some time til the
flavors of failure permeate the whole damn raid.
Now, of course, K- and I were already pissed off that Wednesday night's
25man Naxx was halted after three wings because we'd taken far too many
alts and second-string players along to progress quickly. And rather
than finish up the raid on Friday, the guild leaders opted to do an
"alt run," which ironically as it was comprised of mostly mains, cleared Naxx
in record time. Grrr. We were left with Wednesday night's group, with
some variation, to finish things up on Saturday.
The Healing Cast
Holy Priest (with weird spec)
Holy Priest Alt
Holy Priest Alt (with weird spec)
Holy Paladin Recruit (who wants to go Ret but cannot DPS more than 800
and, despite the abundance of paladin drops, still wears some 70 PVP
gear and seems to gem for stamina. WTF)
The Tanking Cast
New-to-80 Feral Druid
Prot Paladin Alt
Only 3 above 3K. Partly this was because there were so many alts.
Partly this was because there were so many dead. Kaleyen had the
dubious distinction of the most deaths of the night, not just because
the new tanks weren't keeping the wtfpwning trash mobs from wtfpwning
the melee, but because he was getting zero heals.
Now I've written before about my concerns with the my fellow priests.
Despite being brought along for raid heals, they do not, in fact, do
so. One of the priests — and sadly, this is a main, not an alt —
cast the same percentage of heals on herself as she did on the tanks —
so, like, 15% of her heals were on the MT, 30% on the OTs, and 15% on
herself. So (/math), 40% of her healing, then, went to the other 85%
of the raid. The wannabe Ret Paladin healed less than Khaeli — and
that's saying a lot, not only because healing meters really do not
reflect what a discipline priest does best, but because for one entire
fight (Instructor Razuvious), I was "tanking" and not healing at all.
The other Holy Paladin, who is, I would contend, one of othe guild's
strongest healers, did a third of the healing for the night. A third
of the healing. He did almost double the amount of effective healing
as the #2 healer.
But sadly, despite the raid leader yelling at the healers for slacking,
it's not that they were failing more than usual. They were performing
as they usually do: only healing the tanks and themselves, DPSing,
unaware of cures, oblivious to Frost Blasts, standing in the void
zones. But typically, we bring two-three holy paladins, and I think
their glyph of Holy Light and their Beacon of Light compensates for the
lack of group- and raid-healing that's done by the priests. Without
that cushion, we were fucked.
As fun as griping about my fellow healers is, I have to find some
tactic to address this. I'm going to subtly ask one of the guild
officer what they think might be the best tactic for helping some of
these priests. Perhaps he'll just concur with me and say, "Level the
resto shaman." I dunno.