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How did I get here?

Posted by whatheals on May 22, 2008

Less than a year ago I was a newly 70 shadow priest looking forward to getting into Kara. I had done some research on where to get the best pre-kara gear and I was working hard on obtaining that so I could get into kara and dps my little heart out.  And I got into kara, it was lots of fun. Then week two came and we were short a healer and the question came, ” Can you heal tonight? you don’t have to respec just heal shadow spec”. Okay I thought I’ll heal no biggie. I was miserable, I was oom all the time, I let people die. My first thought was that I was not going to ever heal again. I sucked at healing why would I try it again.  Back to dpsing I went continuing to gather the best shadow gear I could get at that time. Then again we were faced with the healer shortage and the request from the guild leader came, “can you respec and heal tonight please?”. With a huge sigh I gave in, got a port to SW and quickly found a spec to use on WoWWiki and paid my 5g respec fee, learned my new talents and set up my hot keys. Off to Kara as a healer I went in my dps gear because I had no healing gear. It was a better experience this time around, I was able to keep people alive but I was still such a noob. I did find out something during that run though, I kinda liked healing. I haven’t been shadow spec since that day.

In the days that followed I began to look for healing gear  and a better spec (that quickly found spec was strange) and luckily had 4 other people willing to run 5 mans with me so that I could get some gear. I also learned alot about healing in that time as the group I was with wanted to test my skills and did crazy things pretty often. I have to thank them for that. I learned a great deal about healing priority and situational awareness during that time.  My gear improved (power leveled tailoring and got my PMC set) and I changed guilds. I continued to learn  about healing and improve my gear with the new  guild. Then drama happened and that guild went up in smoke. Sadly this is while I was taking a short hiatus to pack and move because my fiance and I had bought a house. He continued to play and was invited to a new guild. I also was invited to the same guild.

So here I was in okay gear in a new guild, one that had no clue of my history. They didn’t know that I had only been a healer for 4 months. The first kara run I attended was a challenge I was one of only two healers for the run. I was scared to death. But….we were at the back door in 1 1/2 hours and I had done a pretty darn good job. I got new bracers and gloves and shoulders and helm. Price nor Maiden dropped a weapon for me and still to this day I have never seen either drop, but I digress. So I finish my first Kara run with the new guild and I get compliments from the other healer. It motivated me to make sure that I was the best that I could be. I didn’t want to let the new friends I had made down.

Not long after that first kara run I was running Gruul with the guild, then ZA and in SSC and TK. There have been some people that have really pushed me since I have joined the guild (there was a ZA run that changed alot for me but another story for another time). I have begun to read as much information and theory about priest healing as I can to better my healing. I have gotten upgrades and improved my gear but it wasn’t enough. I would go to raids and the raid leaders would set up healing. I would do my job but I wanted to do more.  I began to read about the other healing classes. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each class and what they were best equipped to do in a raid setting.  I am not sure when it happened exactly but I began to give input about healing and who should be healing what. I was encouraged to take over the healing by a friend who also plays a priest….he thought I could do it. So after much worry and doubt I told one of the raid leaders that maybe I might just wanna take over the job as Healing Class Leader/Raid healing leader if he maybe thought I could do it and the officers maybe thought that I was capable of doing it but It would be okay if they didn’t think so I was just offering. Yes that is almost exactly what I said. I was scared that I was getting in over my head but ready to take on the challenge. The officers and raid leaders in the guild also thought that I was ready as well. So 2 months ago I started taking charge of the healing and was given the permanent position a few weeks after that.  It has had ups and downs and I am still learning. I enjoy it so much and it also motivates me to continue to not only improve my healing and play style but to learn more about the other healing classes.

So that is my story of shadow to holy spec healing class leader and how it happened in 1 year or less.

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Holy Mana Regen Batman!!

Posted by whatheals on May 9, 2008

So I was in the guild MH run on Wed night and if the 100% spirit aura isn’t wonderful enough I played with my Earring of Soulful Meditation and my mana regen was crazy. I was at 850ish mp5 while casting and 1200ish when not. Woot for only having to use one mana pot the whole night!!

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