Ah, another fine week for the Fist in first kills. Azgalor in Mount Hyjal and Naj’entus in Black Temple fell on consecutive raid nights. Naj’entus was particularly hard on the healers. We’d heard it was so, and that many guilds take 8-9 healers on their first attempts. Some of My healers are still a little green, a little undergeared, or both; last night they overcame those obstacles and pulled out a wonderful performance on our final attempt. Truthfully, the Frost Resist potions helped us a good deal, reducing our workload by a fair amount. But by the same token, a healing assignment shift was made before the last attempt and I think it made a significant difference.
Normally I am on board the flexibility train when it comes to healing assignments. I like to assign people to tasks which I think suit their talents. That is to say, individually rather than based on class. But lately I’ve been experimenting with class-based assignments which has admittedly worked out rather well in many circumstances. Traditional WoW wisdom like, Shaman are excellent raid healers, Druids are excellent tank stabilizers, Paladins are excellent single-target healers, etc. That’s all well and good, and yes I can and do shatter the Recount meters on Hyjal trash, spamming Lifebloom non-stop to great effect; thus proving that Druids performing this task are exceptionally suited. But this sort of rigid application of healing classes, I must remind Myself, is to be tempered by knowledge of your guild and its people. My healing all night in BT was nothing more than above average, output wise, but I think I mismanaged the assignments a bit, misusing strengths in favor of the “common wisdom” approach.
Once I swapped Myself off the MT and on to raid healing and began spamming rank 8 Regrowths on the raid the whole setup seemed to click better. The reason for this became obvious, in hindsight. Raid healing is more intensive on Naj’entus than MT healing, and required more of the seasoned, quick-response healers than Main Tank duty.
It hadn’t occured to Me to try it because, well, I’m not in the habit. The 2.4 patch has made this sort of tactic far, far more viable for Tree Druids than it ever was. Being high-Spirit oriented (rather than +healing, which many LB spammers are), utilizing the Idol of the Crescent Goddess I had no mana issues keeping the raid alive and ticking with dozens of little Regrowth crits. Sure, other classes might theoretically be suited better for playing whack-a-mole with Grid but again I’d forgotten My own rule: play to your strengths.
Now while all this may come off a little self-congratulatory, My point is not to declare My superiority or knock the abilities of the other healers in My crew. Rather, I think the message I would rather convey is to know your healers… know their strengths and weaknesses… know their personality, know their gear, and know yourself. Don’t trust wholesale in the wisdom of EJ or its collection of theorists and practitioners. It’s far more impressive (and in My view, fulfilling) to know how to succeed with a non-optimal arrangement of people you like than it is to suffer the torturous process of wrangling a bunch of well-geared, fast-clicking whiners and egomaniacs.
ToL Druids: 3
Holy Priests: 1
Resto Shaman: 2
Holy Paladins: 2
On an unrelated note, what is with all the apostrophe bosses? Buy a vowel, Blizzard. Yeesh.