Wingood answers the survey
Miss Medicina has create a survey for all healers to complete (http://missmedicina.blogspot.com/2009/10/its-webring-of-healings.html). This survey seems to be making the rounds pretty quickly among the healing blogs, I first saw it on Gnomeaggedons site. My still levelling druids answers:
What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Wingood, Druid, Restoration (Tree form)
What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
Currently 5 mans due to levelling.
What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
Previously Regrowth for tank heals and Rejuvenation for dps heals (hey, if they need more then that it’s their own fault), but now both are being replaced by Lifebloom.
What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
Healing Touch due to the long cast time and lack of HoT compared to Lifebloom, Tranquility because I keep forgetting it (literally have never cast it).
What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
Ability to sleep between casting HoTs. Literally, when doing 5 mans well above my level all I have ever had to do is cast a Regrowth on the tank, with a Regrowth if he reaches 90% health, and generally they never drop down to 80%. If they do drop to 80%, a quick Swiftmend (glyphed of course) followed by Nature Swiftness->Healing Touch if down to 50%ish will normally top them up while I start casting Healing Touch in full (or refresh the HoTs if I fell asleep …). If a dps takes damage all they need is an instant cast Rejuvenation which will normally top them back up if the tank has aggro again.
What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?
Lack of emergency panic heals for if whole group takes large aoe damage (has happened a few times with melee all dying pretty quickly simultaneously) without any warning. This is likely a matter of my lack of understanding for aoe heals on druid though, and possibly will be helped by the new Lifebloom spell.
That or boredom.
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?
Raid healing is definitely resto druids forte, as the HoTs are very good at keeping people alive if applied when they first receive damage. Raid healing also works best with the Lifebloom spells mana refund as the raid is likely to only need the one to three Lifeblooms whereas the tank requires these to be up constantly. I can help with tank healing to try to absorb some spike damage, but raid healing should be my primarily responsibility.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
Holy Paladin – Is there any better tank healer? If the tank is being kept up by a pally I can generally ignore the tanks (constantly full) health bar.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
Holy Pally or Disc priest that are healing the raid, Shamans that use chain heals and holy priests. Basically, any class that can waste my heals and send everything into overheals, but only when they are played badly.
What is your worst habit as a healer?
Not using my AoE heals when multiple people require a heal.
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
When a ret pally or ele shaman feels it is his responsibility to heal the tank (or himself) during normal fights. I’m all for a little assistance if the whole group is going to hell from tank losing aggro or an aoe, but other than that I expect to be the only one healing in a five man and get pissed off if you waste my heals or even out heal me on the meters when you should be burning the boss.
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
Like holy priests, druids seem to be an extremely well balanced class, and for raid healing seem to be near unstoppable. If a few dps are getting beat on by adds that the OT has missed, we can keep them up, Anub-arak in TOC is no challenge for us, someone who gets hit by a wrong colour orb on Twins just requires a quick HoT, we can HoT everyone up for Faction Champs, etc.
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?
Did anyone die? No? I win!
In regards to checking my gear, I check my healing output against the other healers doing the same role (MT healing if I’m on it, raid healers, etc) and see what my healing was like relative to them.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
People thinking a druid can’t MT heal. We are brilliant at main tank healing, if we keep Regrowth, Rejuvenation, Lifebloom and Nourish up, nothing will be able to stop us. We can even through in some raid healing every few GCDs to help keep the rest up as well. Course, disc priests and holy pallies are more refined for tank healing, so if there is one in the group they can gladly take that responsibility.
What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
Well, the flinch reaction when someone takes damage as a lower level druid is to cast Rejuvenation to give a bit of heals while casting the next Regrowth and then Healing Touch if needed, but if the tank has just taken major damage (a crit?) that has decreased his health considerably the correct response is to cast a Regrowth (if not up) followed by a Swiftmend and an NSed Healing Touch, and then a Regrowth to top out the tank at this point. If the tank can’t wait the 1 GCD of Lifebloom before getting the NS HT then either the druid wasn’t paying attention or the tank turned his back on the mob.
At level 64 this all changes and Lifebloom becomes the primary HoT and the primary “Hail Mary” response to large damage before getting off the NSed Healing Touch. And of course at 80 this all changes again with Nourish.
If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?
Lots of overhealing from applying HoTs to the raid in excess of what is required (for example, casting Rejuvenation on someone who has only taken 1% damage, which is in preperation for if that 1% damage actually meant he was about to take heavy damage). Also from keeping Rejuv up on the tank at all times (and Lifebloom in future) and Regrowth most of the time as well.
Haste or Crit and why?
Haste. Much more important to get the heal off with consistent numbers then to *hope* that RNG favours you and you pull off a crit that will save the game. Same thing applies to dps, which is why Arcane Mages are currently doing so well in raids.
A bit of Crit is still required, but I prefer to stack haste when given the choice between the two.
What healing class do you feel you understand least?
Priests. Easy answer. My brother plays a Resto shaman, and they seem simple enough (get totems down, chain heal or lesser healing wave for raid heals, assist dps with BLUST and totems as possible to shorten the fight and therefore shorten the time available for a healer to screw up a heal). A large number of people I know play Paladins, and they seems extremely simple (Flash of Light, Lay on Hands, spam heals on the tank). Druids are complex but go well with how my mind works (I also like Feral Cat and Warlock which are about keeping the DoTs up). Priests … They’re the best healing class, but how? Disc Priest have some sort of shields and mitigate damage? Holy priest are good at raid heals how?
What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
Currently XPerl with Clique. I have quite liked XPerl for my mage, and it has helped quite a lot in various ways over the stock unitframes I was using previously (with various addons, but no unitframes mod).
I am looking to move to Grid soon though.
Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
Haste and mana regen (especially spirit and intellect) will be my stacked stats for now, but once int and spirit are high enough that mana regen is not an issue this will convert to haste and crit.
Now, who should I tag?
*searches through pokeballs*
Myrhani, I choose you!
Edit: Turns out she beat me to it … http://www.isheepthings.com/blog/in-celebration-of-my-second-80/#idc-container