Tatia is my level 70 Draenei Paladin. She started life as Protection. I found that tanking was more stressful (particularlly because I wasn’t doing well at it) so I switched her to healing. At the time Retribution was still a joke.
Tatia was my sole 70 for a very long time.. until West Kingdom had a glut of healers. That was when I decided I wanted a DPS toon. I started playing Lilac and found Warlocking very fun. Lilac is now my main.
I think I firmly fall in the “burnt out from healing” group of healers. It’s not even the fact that every time I logged in I was expected to play Tatia and to heal whatever group was going where ever.. regardless of how little I needed the gear/badges or how much I hated the instance. After a while it really just became all the same thing. Every fight was little heal, little heal, big heal, little heal, little heal, cleanse. All the cool artwork or boss fights in all the instances were reduced to staring at GRID. Add to that, I started doing instances with Shadow Warlords.. and I was no longer topping the heal charts (I was below their gear level.. and had a different theory of healing). I’m not saying I -have- to be number one.. but it’s nice to be there occasionally.
DPS is easy to measure.. if I’m doing the most damage I can do, without pulling aggro, I win. If I want to improve, I need to do more damage.
Healing is hard to measure… it’s just not satisfying to say “if my healing target doesn’t die, I win”. That doesn’t address the right heal at the right time.. minimizing overheal while maximizing the value of every bit of my mana. There’s alot of difference between: “The tank didn’t die, but I was chewing nails since I ran out of mana at 40% and ran on fumes for the rest of the fight” and “The tank didn’t die and I maintained 40% mana through most of the fight”.
Someday I actually want to level Tatia. I’m bothered that Blizzard’s answer to “Holy is hard to level” is “well spec Retribution instead”. It doesn’t make me hopeful about Holy’s soloing/farming ability after leveling.
For a while because of the Ret nerf I’ve been feeling as if Tatia had the stuffing knocked out of her. Going back to Holy Paladin DPS from Warlock DPS just makes me frustrated. Well it’s not just that. None of the new Holy talents really thrilled me. Frankly, until you start running 10-25 mans I’m not sure I see the benefit of specing deep Holy. Also, specing Holy/Ret gives you access to a godly amount of crit chance.. and if you have the excess points to spend, a CC and possibly a mana return. I just don’t see anything as good as that in Holy.
It makes me sad and frustrated to say that it looks like Ret is a better healer than Holy. And I’m a little bit anxious about fully committing and leveling as Ret. I don’t -get- Ret. I guess I’m just in a full state of confusion.
Do I go hybrid Holy/Ret and gear Ret for leveling and Holy for instancing?
Do I go deep Ret and just thumb my nose at healing for a while?
Do I go deep holy and just pray that the incoming buff to Holy DPS will be enough?
Or do I skip it all and just play a nice easy class.. something like.. my hunter (though I have this tingly feeling telling me Hunters are headed for a hard nerf).