Thursday, January 21, 2010

Swing Man

After the raid, Boston talked to me about filling in for Lakini as a swing man and being the 3rd healer. Blueshield is our DPS Warrior, I think he’s Fury this week but he changes specs often. On nights that Lakini wasn’t available, Blue would switch to Tank and I would heal on fights that needed 3 healers. It was made clear to me that the decision was mine alone. But as we saw on Tuesday night, the lack of a third healer makes it really tough to kill certain Bosses.
I’m actually sort of excited about doing this. I’ve got tanking on my Paladin down pat. I could do 969 with my eyes closed. I know exactly what to do in every situation a Tank faces. I know how to gear for threat, avoidance, and effective health. I know how to balance the three in a set.
Healing is a new challenge. I’m learning about completely different stats, and seeing fights from a completely different perspective. It’s new and I’m both nervous and excited about it. I'm still primarily a Tank for our group and it doesn’t sound like I’ll be needed often. Basically I'll only be healing when Lakini can’t make it to fill in the role, and the fight needs 3 healers. So right now we're only talking about Blood Princes and Festergut.
I’ve got some gear, mostly spell power plate and mail that was headed for sharding. In my Holy gear, I’ve got about 30k mana, and around 2.2k spell power. The ‘shared’ slots like Neck, Back, Rings, and Trinkets are really weak.
I do have concerns about doing this.
The main concern is that I haven’t healed on my Paladin for the entirety of the expansion. Well, I healed a couple of Heroics when I was bored tanking them. The Tanks barely needed any heals. I have picked up healing on my Druid alt and I’m really enjoying it. He should hit 80 sometime this week. So I have a basic concept of how to be a healer, but I really don’t know how to play a Holy Paladin. There is no muscle memory, no innate sense of what button to push when things go squirrely. I’m going to make mistakes. I'm going to get Tanks killed.
I’ve read some guides online, but most seem to just go over what the different spells do. There isn’t a lot of what I would call a game plan.
So this is what I’ve come up with. Beacon Tank, Sacred Shield tank, Flash of Light tank to get HoT going. Then it gets a little fuzzy, but it's basically heal everyone tanking damage as needed.
We’re going to wipe, and it’s going to be my fault. Man, I don’t want to let my teammates down.
It doesn’t really matter to me anymore if I Main Tank, Off tank, or heal for a boss fight. Well that isn't entirely true. There is one fight were it actually does matter to me. That fight is Arthas. I want to tank that guy something fierce.
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