These days I'm spending a lot of time leveling my Priest through dungeons. This is my first time as a healer in all my 4 years of WoW so it's understandable that I had some trepidations during my first couple of times healing.
I'm sure this has been discussed to death before but I've re-discovered it, if I can put it like that. Basically, when I'm the healer in an instance, I also DPS when I can. I do this in two ways, with almost zero impact to my efficiency as a healer but with a few added benefits. To be honest, I don't know if the same tactic will continue to function in later dungeons where the action is more frantic, but for now I can handle both duties easily.
My addon of choice for healing is Healbot. It works just fine for me and it allows me to use a combination of mouse clicks directly on the healthbars of my group mates. Healing is usually a simple matter of just left-clicking on the tank's bar.
1) Usually I don't heal the tank until he's at half health. My Flash Heal is powerful enough to heal him to 100% so I have a lot of "spare" time while I'm waiting for the tank to take sufficient damage so that I don't overheal and thus waste mana. During these dead periods I will wand the tank's target. Not only is this a very low threat attack, but in the long run it adds an extra bit of DPS which is never a bad thing.
2) Since I currently heal as a Shadow Priest, whenever the target is about to die, I will channel a Mind Flay. This is a very low cost spell so it doesn't affect my mana. More importantly, if it becomes the killing blow (fairly high chance for a quick ticking DoT), Spirit Tap will proc, which allows me to regenerate a lot of my mana. This means less downtime after fights since I don't need to stop and drink. As an added bonus, if we are fighting humanoids who have a tendency to run when they are about to die, this slows them down, preventing them to run and bring back all their friends.
So that's how a healer can do a great job healing but also add some DPS and utility to a fight. I will continue to use my wand during fights but my second tactic will pass the way of the dodo when I hit 40 and I can Dual Spec for a proper Discipline healing spec.
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4 years ago