I've been neglecting my priest since I started the paladin project and he's still level 55. Today I decided to try some more healing with the priest and it made me change my strategy for the time being. There are things that frustrate me as a healer.
So I got into this BRD group and I had my shadow spec active. As soon as I got inside I told everyone to give me a minute until I can buff everyone, change specs and drink some mana. Apparently no one was listening and they started moving forward. I repeated my request. They pulled a bunch of mobs while I was changing my spec and drinking mana. Because they didn't give a shit, I didn't either and of course they all died. I was far enough that I didn't get any aggro.
The tank made a remark about what a shitty healer I am and I explained that I asked them to wait and they didn't listen. We proceeded onward and killed stuff successfully for about 10 minutes during which I gave them ample proof as to how good a healer I am. Then, without a word, the tank and one dps dropped group. And that was it.
This isn't really the first time that stuff like this happens. Many people don't realize that a healer needs to be ready and if he's out of mana, it's game over.
Considering all this and also the fact that classic dungeons are long, tedious and often crappy affairs, I've decided to give up healing until I hit level 60 and Outland. I will continue to run dungeons but as shadow dps only. It so happens that I love shadow and I would like more chances to act as dps in dungeons. This way there won't be undue pressure on me. In Outland, dungeons are more streamlined and to-the-point and also drops are of much higher quality.
So see y'all in Outland!
Patch 1.0.5 commentary
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