I don’t believe WTS Heals has been around long enough to participate in the last round of Circle of Healers, courtesy of Miss Medicina. Saunder over at Non-Squishy Heals has decided to resurrect this questionnaire and I have been tagged by the talented Jasyla whom I can always turn to for my Restoration Druid questions. Circle of Healers is a fun questionnaire for healing bloggers to answer.
What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Lunarsôul – Priest – Discipline
What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
I do everything. Our main progression is focused around 25-man raids, but we do take a smaller team in to work on other fights to gain experience and knowledge for our 25-man attempts. We also use these 10’s to gear up our new or more casual player base. I haven’t been doing heroics again since very recently. The Valor grind hasn’t been as brutal as it use to be back in 4.0 for me. I do occasionally PvP, but I’m a big chicken when it comes to Arena.
What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
Priests have the widest healing toolbox in the game. There are many spells that make us unique. If I had to choose one spell, it would have to be Prayer of Mending. I love this spell. Why? There is nothing that makes me happier than hearing that ding-ding-ding-ding noise multiple times in raids. No other healer in the game has a spell like it. The graphic is awesome. The throughput is awesome. The noise is awesome. The spell is awesome.
What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
Holy Nova. I have yet to find a proper use for this spell other than for fishing out a Rogue in PvP. It’s underpowered and expensive.
What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
Damage Prevention. It pretty much defines what Discipline is about. Between Divine Aegis, Power Word: Shield, Pain Suppression, and Power Word: Barrier, we take home the prize for being damage prevention specialists.
What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?
The lack of an instant cast AoE raid heal. It’s something the Disc community has asked for and we have pretty much accepted that it’s not going to happen, at least not anytime soon. We can raid heal to a point, but we are more effective at pre-shielding with Divine Aegis and PW:S.
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?
With the release of 4.2, I don’t struggle at all with tank healing. It was a little iffy through T11 content, but was manageable. Now I feel tank healing might be borderline OP for Discipline.
We can also be used for utility. Not necessarily exclusively raid or tank healing, but just preventing incoming damage. Damage prevention is extremely powerful and should not be underestimated.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
As a Disc Priest, my favorite healers to work with are usually Restoration Shamans and Restoration Druids. Why? Because they love me too. There is a special synergy between our specs. Preventing future damage instead of healing it lets Druid and Shaman HoTs tick for their full amount, reducing overhealing. It’s a pretty sick combo. I’d also fit Holy Priests in their as well, since they have some HoT-based spells too.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
Other Disc Priests. I haven’t had to deal with it for a long time, but I hated it back in Wrath. WHY U BUBBLIN’ MY TANK BRO??
What is your worst habit as a healer?
I have to say getting “tunnel-visioned” as a healer. We are basically playing whack-a-mole with health bars and stare at them a lot. Thus we tend to forget about certain boss mechanics.
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
I hate Recount whores. Healers really can’t be judged solely on their HpS. You really need to dig into WoL to properly judge a healer’s capability. Many things are taken into consideration. Did they pop a CD at the right time? Are they keeping their buffs at the appropriate up-times? It’s all taken into account.
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
Many people would argue that Discipline has been overhauled for the worse. I disagree. We can’t bubble-spam anymore, but that doesn’t mean our spec is broken. In fact, according to WoL we usually top the charts next to Restoration Druids. Yes, I would like to see an instant-cast raid heal/bubble, but it’s not gonna happen anytime soon. Overall, we are very competitive and borderline OP in some situations.
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?
I do use Recount, mainly so I can see what my top heals are for that particular fight. If something is off, I try to figure out what I’ve been doing wrong or try to adjust my healing strategy. WoL is also a helpful tool.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
That Discipline Priests can’t raid heal. What we lack in burst, we make up for with smart damage prevention.
What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
Getting use to a Preventative healing style versus a Reactive one. To get the full benefit of Disc throughput, you must know your fight completely and prepare for big damage. Disc doesn’t excel at healing the raid AFTER it’s damaged. It’s BEFORE the raid takes damage that Disc really shines.
If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?
High healing output with low overhealing. This is usually the trend with Disc because absorbs are taken into account before any type of reactive healing can be implemented. It’s what makes us shine on Recount. You will usually find us near the top of the charts with Druids.
Haste or Crit or Mastery and why?
Haste is something that raid healing Disc Priests favor, due to a lot of Prayer of Healing casts to get Divine Aegis on the raid quickly. However, tank healing seems to favor more Crit since 4.2 due to the way DA scales with the 200% Crit bonus now. Mastery is a very good stat in general as it increases the absorb amount of our shields. All in all, go for Haste/Mastery for raid healing and Crit/Mastery for tank healing.
What healing class do you feel you understand least?
Probably Shamans. I haven’t really played one since Wrath. With the changes in healing and their Mastery I’m not really use to their healing style yet.
What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
I’m a Power Auras whore. I have a PA for pretty much every CD I have, even for my Rapture proc. I also use X-Perl and I’m a big fan of Healbot (never was impressed with Grid).
Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
Intellect is our top priority, followed by Spirit. For other secondary stats, currently I have enough Haste (9.5%) and Crit (29%) fully raid buffed that I’m comfortable enough to start stacking Mastery (42% absorb bonus).
Now I would like to challenge the following bloggers:
Lissanna over at Restokin for Restoration Druids.
Gina over at Healbot for Holy Paladins.
And of course the lovely Oestrus over at The Stories of O for Holy Priests. Yes I know I’m supposed to pick a different class, but I feel the healing styles of Disc and Holy are different enough to warrant input from a very good source.