The bottom of the chart is more like it…
I know that judging how good (or bad) of a healer you are is inaccurate, there is much more too it than that, but for now we’re going to accept it as a factor of measurement and admit that when you see yourself fall from #1 to #4 it is disheartening. I will try my best not to QQ, whine, bitch, moan or rant, but I’m upset. I’m sad. I’m mournful. Let me tell you why.
After the patch, I went to run with my normal ICC25 group. While it is essentially a PuG, many of the core raiders are the same and the raider leader does it at a set time. The history to this group is that I got my first Rotface kill, 1-4+Fester were on “farm” status, and our first and only attempt at the Princes had them at ~2% before a wipe. I enjoy the casualness of this group, the structure, not so much the loot rules but I handle it, and I really love the way they handled the ball of WayToFail that was that Saturday (ps. Everyone was a little fail).
Now it could have been that it was still too new to me; that I didn’t know the full capacity and capability of each spell, or it could be that my muscle memory had me casting wrong spells. Either way, it is supposed to be getting better but I still feel unconfident, still find myself back when I first started healing…PETRIFIED.
Tank healing to me isn’t a niche. It is an honor. It is something that I worked my ass off to achieve and be good at. I had to learn the damage outputs to know how to be PROACTIVE, being a reactive tank healer probably means your tank is dead. It was never something I took lightly, and was never something that I took for granted. I know, without a doubt, that pre-patch, druids could tank heal, shamans could tank heal…I’ve seen it. It has happened. Our Beacon was over-powered and we could heal two tanks at the same time, meaning that it probably limited us to our options of tank healing, but wise up, I’ve raid healed as a paladin. It took tweaks to the spec and trinket but I did it. Yet why is it NOW, I don’t feel I can raid heal…and I don’t feel I can tank heal.
I’ve tried a couple “rotations” because now a rotation is something we have to have when we’re dependant on cooldowns or long cast times or procs. I can’t tell you what I feel is the best but I can tell you the one I keep coming back to.
(Beacon Target) HS+HL(B)+HL(B)+WoG
Depending on how much HP I have, if a Daybreak procs, I may cast WoG before, in between or after to maximize HP.
What does this rotation do? Well for one, and my main problem with it, is that is completely removes the utility of Beacon of Light. Yes, previously, I Beaconed my tank so that no matter who I may have needed to spot heal, my tank was taken care of with 30k heals or whatnot. That was my style but I was always adaptable. But I struggle now. The ways in which a holy paladin can generate holy power is ridiculous. Holy Shock grants 1 charge…..if you took Tower of Radiance, healing your beacon grants 1 charge per heal (but again removing its utility)…and if you took Blessed Life and take direct damage, you generate holy power.
So we can choose to have 1 charge/6 secs or remove the utility of one of our staple abilities?
Did you know that Ret gets to talent the option for ANY of their attacks, instead of just Crusader Strike (ps. We can dps to generate as holy!! -.-) to generate a charge, even the ones that use charges. Tell me, why can’t we have a talent like that?
When confronted about this situation regarding the ability to heal at this level, Blizzard has increased our output for the 5 direct healing spells twice. First they receieved 10% buffs in Build 13536 and then again in a hotfix. That is great, it helps our output, and yes, I have noticed higher numbers, and no I haven’t been to ICC, but it doesn’t change the lack of utility. Our raid utility relies on things like Light of Dawn, WoG, and HS. Our tank utility relies of things like Beacon, Divine or Holy Light (or even Flash of Light). Our mana depends on things like HL, HS, WoG. Things like LoD, WoG, HS rely on cooldowns or procs. Our HP depends on things like HS and Beacon.
Too much depends on too many OTHER things. I am not sure of another class that relies SO heavily on procs and cooldowns. I know priests have cooldowns and bubbles but they have ways to conteract the negative time with other abilities.
When it boils down to it, Blizzard admits, in a sense, that at Level 80 (end-game raiding atm), healadins are broken…
Unfortunately, many of these strengths don’t show up at 80. Missing Holy Radiance is huge. Mana isn’t much of a problem on live today…
The full source of the statement on the past, present, and future of healadins is given by Ghostcrawler in response to outcry and demand for design details.
What does that say about the next two months of holy paladins?
But back to my statement about healing ICC25, there were 3 of us (holy paladins I mean) and a whole slew of 4 other types of healers including priests and druids…and we wiped on Festergut. Over and over we wiped. Once wasn’t an issue of tank healing, rather raid healing when a whole group of ranged outside died and he enraged. Once may have not been the fault of anyone but the dudes with the spores and the fact that they didn’t get the buff. Maybe the other times were all healing related when the tank died. That the missing second of a Holy Shock cooldown could have saved it all? Ghostcrawler says:
We haven’t seen too much evidence yet that paladins are much poorer tank healers than other classes, though I understand many of you feel that to be the case. If we do decide Holy can’t competitively tank heal any longer, then we will buff them. This is tricky though.
And right now, I just believe this to be the case. Maybe everyone doesn’t agree with me. I am not asking them to, but for once, this is simply opinionated. This is a lament.
The effect (or affect, I don’t know right now!) that 4.0.1 has had on raiding for healadins, in my eyes, has been pretty destructive. Healing 5-Mans is virtually unbothered, minus the new “rotation” type of healing. And for PVP, these mechanics are rocking socks. I’ve contemplated waiting until 85 to continue PVE end-game healing, but I can’t. I want to do it now, healing is who Tarinae is, being a healadin is something I enjoy.
So even though I am unconfident and depressed and struggling for buttons and keybindings and cooldowns, I will preserver and come out…back on top.
Or so I hope.