You can have the gear, you can have the spec, but with it all, you have nothing if you don’t have the mindset to heal in this patch. Adapting your previous healadin frame of mind is what surviving 4.0.1 is all about.
In a span of less than 24 hours, everything you ever knew about paladin healing changed. We’ve got buttons to push, spells that do the same thing at different speeds and costs, fun spell effects (okay, just one of these), and they even took the bubble hearth away.
So how do we fix this?
First, you have to acknowledge that there is no more Holy Light/Flash of Light spec. Neither one of these spells are what you want to find yourself spamming. Holy Light has been whacked for more than half of what it was capable of in Wrath and Flash of Light, while still decent in output, is horrible in the mana department. What may or may not have been a staple in your previous rotations, Holy Shock is now the go to, the use every CD, the important heal. The only way to get into the frame of mind is for you to work on it. I can’t hypnotize you, I can’t say anything that will make it all better, I can only tell you I am here too and hand you a tissue as I weep for my place on top of the healing charts.
Fix your keybindings, macros, add-ons, whatever it is you use, fix it. If you find yourself FoL spamming and drained of that precious blue bar, or even the yellow runic bar!, move it, re-bind it. Whether you are trying to cast the wrong spell or the right spell, you may find your fingers moving to their old beat so it can help to utilize this when training yourself to use these new spells.
Don’t shy away from add-ons. I am a big supporter of not using add-ons. But if you need help watching for HS every CD, find an add-on to help. If you need a Beacon Timer because you’re not solely on tanks, find one.
Be familiar with the base output of each spell against its mana cost. This is a good thing to know before going in blind to a heroic or raid. Train yourself to know how much healing really comes from HS/WoG or Divine Light and Flash of Light. And don’t forget Light of Dawn. Its capability to hit that many people for a moderate amount is something you don’t want to forget. When you are familiar and comfortable with what each spell is capable of YOU ARE CONFIDENT! And that is the key factor in this whole situation.
Right now, I haven’t seen a person use the same spec as someone else. Granted, I haven’t inspected every healadin blogger nor every healadin on my server, but every single one of us…we’re just trying to find our groove…our place in the world now. The Holy build has access to a lot of utility spells but without all of our talent points available, we have to find what works best now as we adapt and in time, we will grow to that cookie cutter spec, someday we may have it, maybe we won’t.
But for now, don’t give up. Don’t think that crazy mage dps (*cough*) is looking better and better, don’t think that ret has more fun, don’t think these things! They only hurt the frame of mind you’re trying to fix. It isn’t a same spell spamfest (though it might be a spamfest of sorts, this is yet to be determined), it takes thought and awareness!
Good luck, healadins friends.