Cata Heroic Healing Review!
I have now had the chance to run a few more Heroics with the guildees, and I have to admit kudos to Blizzard on the difficulty and challenge of healing them.
To date I have run Grim Batol, Stonecore, Throne of Tides, Deadmines, and Vortex Pinnacle (a portion of it). the LFD tool only seems to like these Heroics lol.
I have to say Heroic Grim Batol can be brutal on a new group, and a new healer.
The “gauntlets” in Throne of Tides can quickly sap a healer’s mana pool.
Deadmines….actually is not too bad. Trash/bosses are easier than the other Heroics in my opinion, but Deadmines hands down is probably the funnest one. Great RP, setting, and characters.
(Now I have only run these as a guild group, so I cannot speak of the horrors or pain that it is dealing with PuGs. Also I am a holy priest now, I have turned away from the cult of the bubble and have seen the light(well))
All I can say is mana regen helps a lot! Many of these fights will last sometime, so having as much mana regen as you can help out, but make sure you still have the stats to throw out worth while healing.
Also make sure to use all tools available to you to help out with incidental dmg, the days of just topping people off are gone.
I will admit, I was did laugh at the idea of the Lightwell, but now it is an invaluable tool in my healing tool set. My guildees have learned to use it and watch for it. Precast it before a fight, it doesn’t pull aggro. This will help people see where you have placed it! Make sure to have a macro for it as well, to announce that you are placing it down.
Learn the fight and expect when heavy dmg is incoming. People having a hard time getting to a safe spot. Cast a bubble on them for the speed boost from Body and Soul. Or hell Life grip em errr Leap of Faith. (I was a real hater on this…but I admit, in certain situations it has been useful as hell!) Heavy tank dmg, get some serendipity stacks ready. Cast your Greater Heal after the Holy Word: Serenity for that extra crit chance. Also remember you LOCK imp poop…errr LOCK CANDY. Saved my butt more than once.
Don’t be cheap, enchant, reforge, gem. A.K.A. E-R-G
If you are having a hard time with a heroic, maybe its time to look into ERG. Or perhaps stop hoarding that JP and buy some gear, or look into Reputation vendors.
But foremost to remember is: knowledge is power, use it. There are many sources out there to get info from, no excuse not to use it.
Also remember to have FUN!