With Timewalking dngs ending last night (and starting tonight! We have 3 weeks of straight TW dgns) I thought I should at least take a couple of my healers through to get the quest for 500tokens. I had already run Z, Merrah and my hunter through quite a few each so I’ve seen a lot of TW dgns this week but I hadn’t sorted out my healers yet.
I should say a big thanks to my guildies Hip, Twice and BT who came and suffered through various healer and dgn combinations with varying degrees of success. Their patience while I play around with new classes and roles (and yep.. wipe us all at times) the last few weeks has been the stuff of legends ;p
I started with Totzie, my shammy and about 3 pulls into the first dgn I was already whispering Cinder that I wanted to be a shaman. My healing spells really didn’t seem to be too unchanged. It took next to no time to put what I needed onto my bars and most of my Vuhdo keybinds were still there. But going through the dgns her heals felt more than strong enough and even though I hit Hip up for mage cake the minute we got in there, like I do on Z (she has a mana-cake guzzling adiction), Totz hardly needed it. Her mana efficiency is awesome.
She has had a few changes to her totems and I’m in love with the one that I can drop and everyone gets a fast run speed for a few secs and there’s a lightning one (such use of proper names there) that you drop and it does a small stun.
I ended up terrorizing Hip throughout the run, telling him I was going to be a shaman next expansion rather than a druid. As our raid leader/gm, I think he’s had enough of people wanting to swap mains at the last minute. While I don’t think I’ll really go that far and it’s not really feasible to choose based on a few dgns, I think she’ll definitely be my main healing alt (I said that for this expac too.. and never actually played her) just because she was so much fun and it was instantly comfortable healing on her .
Next up was my priest. She’s been played pretty exclusively as disc for a few expansions now, so I was excited to put her back to Holy. My first impression was holy hell.. so many heals. It was overwhelming how many various options she had, and being a new spec I started with nothing on her bars so there was a bit of fiddling around renaming mouseover macros and putting things onto vuhdo.
Overall, I wasn’t that keen on her. A lot of it would come down to lack of familiarity with the spec but also little things, like I was spamming flash heal at one point on the tank and I was amazed at its mana efficiency but also by how little healing it actually did. I was finding it wasn’t enough to hold a tank through sustained damage until I could start casting a bigger, slower heal. I’ve always liked priest healing, they’re a pretty healer, so I’ll play her a bit more but tbh there’s a chance I’ll be putting her to shadow and just keeping her a dps toon.
The last (and worst for deaths in a dgn) was my Pally. Let’s be upfront.. I don’t think it’s got anything to do with the class and everything to do with the fact that Pally’s are and have always been the most confusing healer class for me. Oh and the fact that I didn’t notice until the 3rd boss she was in strength neck, weapon and trinkets /blush. But the whole way through the dungeon I was searching for a decent aoe heal. I still didn’t find it. I like the changes that holy power is gone and spells are powered by mana only now and their mastery is really interesting that their heals are stronger the closer they are to target but it just didn’t grab me that much.
I did find this interesting run down of healers for Legion. Given how high they rate pallys it would be good to get a decent understanding of her but it’s more likely I’ll still go to Shammy for the pure fun factor of my little goblin.
Timewalking dgns are starting again tonight (yay Z’s going to get her pony) so I have another week to sort out the pally and priest and have a better go at playing them.