The title says it all. Last night was the first night raiding with my new home on Elune. We ran a 10-man team to do some farm content so our 25-man can tackle the progression content the next day. This was my moment to make a good first impression. This was also the first time I have raided as Discipline in Cataclysm. I’ve been mainly Holy through all of Cataclysm and haven’t played Discipline since ICC, and Discipline has a different play-style than what Holy offers.
So here’s the math:
New Guild + New Spec + First Impression= One Freaked-Out Priest
It basically felt like a PuG run to me. I had no idea how durable the tanks were. I had no clue how reactive my fellow healers were to incoming damage. I had no clue how raid aware anyone was. I felt completely blind-folded. I felt like a virgin getting ready for his first one-night stand.
And it was completely exhilarating.
All these things take time to get a feel for. Over time, I’ll feel more comfortable and more confident with my raid team. I’ll learn to trust my tanks and other healers to get us through the encounter. I’ll trust my dps to manage adds and be aware of their surroundings.
Overall, I think the night went really well. I even experienced a boss I had never done before, Chimeron, and we 2-shotted it. I have to say that Chimeron is the absolute worst fight I’ve ever encountered as a healer. Seeing raider healthbars at 10% and trying NOT to heal them is a nightmare. It goes against the Healing Code of Conduct.
Tonight we will be doing our 25-man and I’m assuming we will start on Atramedes and work our way to Nefarian. I’ll have to brush up on my Nefarian fight because I’ve never attempted it before. I’ll also have to talk to the raid leader on the “Crackle” cooldown rotation that they use.
Keep those health bars high!