Turn away from the Light!

Since I (take your pick of the options below):

  1. Have discovered a new love of Warcraft and gotten over my burnout
  2. Currently have no other MMOs that I’m playing since I stopped playing STO and Allods
  3. Am a sucker for pain. Hit me, hard!

…I’ve started to feel a bit nostalgic for my raiding days. I know, I know – insanity. I love having a life, I love free time, I love being able to say “I’m just going to read and drink wine by the fire tonight” rather than bolt some food so I can be at the PC within a half hour of getting home from work. It would be crazy to think about raiding again.

And yet…and yet…what else am I preparing for? Kitsune is sitting there, languishing unplayed and with last season’s gear, used only for the occasional Borean leather AOE farming session. Kestraal, my horde pally, is 80 and dual-specced for healing and retribution for grinding. The thought of just jumping in and healing a pug for my very first experience as healer makes me think that perhaps I’d be better off doing something more positive and fun, like sticking a pencil in my eye. I’m levelling my first character, my original raid main, Ravven the warlock – she’s in the high 70s. There’s a priest in Borean Tundra, kicking her heels in boredom, and a baby hunter that I’ve been levelling. For what, unless I raid?

Someone slap me quick so I can come to my senses. :)

5 thoughts on “Turn away from the Light!”

  1. I want MY burnout over!!! *envy*

    I can only offer healing advice: with current PUG tanks gear level, healing heroics is easy to the point of mind numbing.

    If you are undergeared simply:

    – slap and keep Beacon on tank
    – slap and keep Sacred Shield on tank
    – remember to judge Light to keep haste up

    then cast Flash of Light on anyone getting hurt, Holy light if higher hps is needed. If you are in danger, you can even avoid moving by bubbling yourself.

    Thats all. No one will die of anything but stupid, and you can’t heal stupid anyway:-)

  2. I level just to do it, I enjoy the journey and collecting things as I go. I might gear them or something at 80, but really it’s just nice to try different classes.

  3. Good basic healing guide, thank you. But I fear it may be more difficult than that. :D I so fear being responsible for everyone, and they all die, and it’s ALL MY FAULT! But seriously, I need to take the leap sooner or later.

    And Jaedia, I totally agree – although I do have this Type-A mentality that tends to take over at some point. :)

  4. Take the leap. Seriously. It’s very easy yet very satisfying role to play. And nowadays in heroics, you just need to macro “Heya, I am undergeared and new to healing, so please play nice” and enjoy reading Dilbert on second screen, while patching up occasional damage to the group:)

    Two more helpful tips – you want some sort of timer addon (to keep eye on Beacon and SS) and Grid (I never figured out Healbot:). They help alot.

    Above changes a bit when you try raiding. You will be expected to heal MT and need to survive alot of pressure, especially, as “entry raids” are ToC and Toravon nowadays, which are much less forgiving that Naxx/OS/Archavon. But it’s distant future for you.

  5. Very distant future. :D Yes, I need to do addons (aside from sorting out my gear). You know what the main drawback healing has for me? Aside from my fear of letting everyone die? I hate playing whack-a-mole on coloured squares as my main view of the game.

    But the whole reason for doing this was to experience something very different, and healing definitely fits the bill!

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