This is a guest post by Adgamorix, whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s launched his own blog: Divine Plea.
So last week I wrote a post talking about Paladin healing in Heroic Ulduar, and voicing my opinion that I thought Paladin healing was spot on. I was open about my lack of 10 man Ulduar experience, and was told to come back when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d experienced that pain Ã¢â‚¬â€œ with the expectation that my opinion would change.
Taking that to heart, the next day I rounded up nine of my fellow guild mates and began my assault. This week has been an absolute blood-bath of raiding, seeing me log six days of straight raiding (no less than three hours a day) when I normally log two or three. Why did I throw my schedule to the side and perform this atrocious attack on my sanity you ask? Simple. I thought maybe I was missing something.
So 9 hours of 10 man raiding later and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re staring at General Vezax and laughing at how the trash was essentially mini-bosses. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re now one boss away from Yarg himself, and of course a whole slew of bosses on hard mode to go. I believe that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve tasted the cool-aid, and I have a response for those who still say Paladin healing is broken.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the fuss?
Yeah, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a real adult reaction, but it fits in my opinion. Our raid makeup was fairly balanced, with a Resto shaman, and the Holy/Disc priest from my 25 man group. We used a Druid/DK tanking combo, two rogues (our hunter is suffering from severe wife agro), ret paladin, a shadow priest, and a balance druid. Yes, we could have had a better raid makeup for buff purposes, but this group is a solid core of players and we did our 10 man Naxx together.
We had our share of wipes and pain (Mimiron alone took 2 or 3 hours), but the overall experience was enjoyable. We learned new bosses, we got to hear the Ã¢â‚¬Å“I thought the button started the encounter!Ã¢â‚¬Â cry from a curious rogue, and we learned some things to help with our 25 man raid. I learned that more than ever, I have to trust my fellow healers, and trust my raid mates to know when to use cool-downs and consumables. I felt the agony of no mana return with Illumination on Vezax, and I may have actually shed a tear the first time I tried casting a Holy Light while under the effects of ThorimÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Defaning Thunder (75% increased cast time). Overall though I felt like the raid was tuned beautifully, and it was a lot of fun actually being challenged.
So whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s different between me and those that think weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re broken?
I will concede that our group is the x factor in this equation. Are the healing problems coming from Paladins in unbalanced groups? Are they trying to two heal, or heal content beyond their gear/experience level? Maybe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the synergy between the healers, in that we know the role we play, and can accurately predict the actions of our fellow healers. For example, I know that on Mimiron while IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m healing the MT through the Plasma Blast, if someone gets Napalm Shelled I can toss them a quick Holy Shock to absorb the base damage while the tree HoTs them up and the Disc priest keeps the MT alive. We donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to talk about it, it just happens. Would it be awesome if I could still throw a Sacred Shield on them to help with the damage absorption? Of course it would, but we seem to be making it through ok as it is.
Canceling out the X factor
So after healing a lot of 10 man (and more 25 man), I decided to take the x factor out of the equation. I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t down rank my gear (short of taking a piece off) to simulate healing in blues , but I could put myself in the LFG channel and heal any PUG that came along. I tossed aside any gear/instance standards I had, and went willy-nilly into the groups. After getting through GunÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Drak, VH, UK, and UP Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I decided Paladin healing still isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t broken. Yes itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s slightly tougher, the lack of multiple SS and Glyph crits huts some, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still doable (and fun).
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to stick by original statement that Holy Paladins are in great shape right now, and while we could use another tool in our kit, or maybe some kind of decent raid heal, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still really strong.