Ah, the ever-popular Circle of Healers. The rules say I’m supposed to link whoever tagged me, but of course, I’m brand new to blogging, so no one has tagged me. Still, I’m pretty sure that at this point, it’s actually WoW blogging law for healers to answer the questionnaire, so I presume (and hope!) that I don’t have to actually be invited to this party. Of course, the whole thing started with the fabulous Miss Medicina, so I’ll just link to her.

  • What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer? Sindei, Discipline priest (with Holy tendencies)
  • What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans) 10-man raiding
  • What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why? Penance, for sure. It’s my go-to big heal. It’s immediate, for one thing, so it gets someone out of danger fast. It hits three times: that’s three good doses of healing, three chances to proc pretty bubbles and Inspiration, and a full stack of Grace. Plus, have you seen it?? It’s awesome! I also love Binding Heal, because it means I don’t have to choose between my own life and someone else’s.
  • What healing spell do you use least for your class and why? Greater Heal. It’s too. damn. slow. Besides, I have Penance!
  • What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why? I don’t mean to be obvious, but I’m going to have to say mitigation. Power Word: Shield, Divine Aegis, Pain Suppression… it’s all about reducing or stopping incoming damage. Not to say I’m not actually healing, of course — I do plenty of that. I can heal a single target very well, but I also am good at spamming bubbles across the raid.
  • What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why? Again with the obvious:  instant and group heals. I have Prayer of Healing, but even with Borrowed Time, it’s kinda slow. And I wish I could do something more than Shield and Renew on the run. Particularly since Renew is not that strong for Disc.
  • In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you? Well, I don’t 25-man raid, but I would love a chance to try out this tank healing we are supposed to be so good at. Just focus on the one guy taking all the hits. Sounds fun. In reality, I raid 10s, and we generally 2-heal. We don’t do assignments; we just work together to keep the raid up.
  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why? Druid healers are teh awesome! (Disclaimer: This reply has nothing to do with the fact that my main raid co-healer is a tree.) Seriously, though, I think a druid and a disc priest are great together. I can bubble folks my partner has HoTs on, protecting them from further damage while his HoTs heal them up. The battle rez is awesome, too, since sometimes I die. Plus they’re so cute, running around flailing their branches!
  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why? Other Disc priests. I’ve healed with several, and it’s fine and all, but it’s so much better to have a variety of abilities. I also find myself to be too judgey about the way they’re healing.
  • What is your worst habit as a healer? Sniping my druid partner’s heals, because I can’t handle seeing the low health bars on VuhDo while his HoTs are working. This leads to wasted mana and overhealing for him. It’s clearly a trust issue, but it’s not him — it’s me.
  • What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing? Dear DPS: Please don’t try to rush the instance. The tank does not need to pull faster in the CoS gauntlet. If he can’t hold the mobs, or I can’t keep him up, you will be a smear on the floor. Let us set the pace. Also, if you get aggro, please run to the tank. If you run away, he can’t peel the mob and I can’t keep you up. Furthermore, please don’t tell me how to do my freaking job! What you think is a mistake may not be, and if I did make a mistake, believe me, I’m already cursing myself out about it. Finally, my toon has a name, and it is not “Healer!” Love, Sin
  • Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing? Absolutely. I love my priest.
  • What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer? Is everyone alive at the end? This is the only yardstick that matters. Meters are evil, but I used to play DPS, so sometimes I can’t help myself. I do log our raid nights to World of Logs and I like to see what spells I’m using the most, and where I’m overhealing.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class? That bubbles are going to interfere with rage generation (yes, still); that I can’t raid heal in Disc.
  • What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn? Use Binding Heal. It’s ftw. Oddly, I sometimes see new Disc priests being stingy with bubbles, too. Give them away! Give them to everyone! And don’t forget to use Pain Suppression and Power Infusion. Your group will love you.
  • 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)? They would see my itchy Renew finger. I know Disc renew is fairly weak, but I just can’t stop myself. And my Renews are mainly overheals too. In part because of the nature of HoTs, and in part because I get too nervous to give them time to work. They would also see lots of bubbles. On everyone. All the time.
  • Haste or Crit and why? Haste to a point, then Crit, Crit, Crit. My stats are fairly well balance, I think. I’d love a little bit more Crit for my Disc spec, for the bigger heals and the lovely Divine Aegis procs. I’m good on Haste for Disc, but would really like more Haste for my Holy spec.
  • What healing class do you feel you understand least? Tree healing is a little mysterious to me, but I heal with a druid, so I understand it better than I used to. I’m leveling a shaman, so I understand what they’re doing more too. I guess that leaves Paladin — I hear their Bacon of Light is delicious, though!
  • What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing? VuhDo, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…. As for macros, I keep Inner Focus macro’d to Divine Hymn — and yes, I use it. It took some practice to remember to use it, but it’s a great big free group heal. Definitely worth using. I also keep my trinkets and Berserking macro’d to Prayer of Healing to give it extra Haste and power.
  • Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why? In general, I go for a more balanced approach. I am focused on getting more spellpower at this point though, because I’d really love stronger throughput.

Now the rules say I have to tag someone, so I pick Talfrund of Leveling Resto, who was kind enough to leave a comment on my humble little beginner blog. I know you’re still leveling, Talfrund, but even so… tag!