“Hey I just met you
And this is crazy
But Monks are OP
So Shadow maybe.”
The world is officially ending.
Seriously, this is the year. Volcanoes are erupting ash into the atmosphere. Earthquakes are shattering continents. Storms are tearing up landscapes.
Why? Because the two most unlikeliest things have occurred.
I have a Horde Priest at max level. Never thought I’d get a character that high and routinely doing stuff. My friends ask me why didn’t I try a different class. It’s because I don’t feel comfortable playing another class. I just have an affinity and love for playing a Priest. However, I did decide to take her Shadow instead though she’s still quite capable of healing.
That’s the first bit of news.
It’s been clear to me after the first few weeks of raids that Holy Priests just can’t seem to match the level of other healing classes right now – Well, either that, or I can’t match the level of the other healers. That’s potentially true. The officers in my guild asked me to give Shadow a try. Since I’ve been predominantly Shadow on my Horde priest, I’ve had some practice. They were curious to see how I’d do in raids. I wasn’t the greatest Shadow player in Cataclysm but that’s largely due to my inability to maintain uptimes on DoTs (among other things).
But the Mist changes have made it a little easier for a newer Shadow player like me.
It’s fun, but I still feel wary. After playing a healer for 8 years, you still have assorted muscle memory from healing for so long. I find myself not only watching my DoTs on bosses, my timers, and my cooldowns, but I’m constantly scanning my raid frames. Burning Mana Hymns when I spot healer mana fairly low. I’m not quite sure what I’m looking for. My Resto Druid has been giving me her Symbiosis for Tranquility (which is fairly weaksauce, but not meant to stand on it’s own as a true healing CD).
I don’t know if I’ll ever play at full DPS capacity because I’m worried that something bad is going to happen.
It’s not that I don’t trust the team, but I can read the play and “see” what’s going on.
Anyway, I apparently passed my trial so I’ll be doubleshifting as Shadow and Holy.
Things I need to work on:
Lining up cooldowns
Decision making (on spells)
Acquiring additional shadow gear (because I really don’t want to touch my healing gear)
Figuring out how to properly burst down orbs on Elegon