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Is the new resto shaman on your healing team “that” guy?

March 3, 2011
shenanigans outside of BWD

Hail to the king, baby!

Ever had a new recruit join your healing team just to end up on the floor of the healing meters fight after fight or end each fight literally on the floor?

If you raid in a casual, friendly guild like like I do – You’ve had that guy join your healing ranks.  We talked about this guy last post, he was the guy drawn to the fire on the ground like a moth to a flame.

That’s the guy you want to help but don’t really know how to approach them.

Here’s the advice I wrote up for my old healing team leader, Arkkangel, as a reference to help those guys.

I’m sharing it with you here.  (adapted for Cataclysm)

1.) Plan your upgrades.
You are joining the guild at 0dkp. Don’t go -600dkp bidding full bids on gear slots that you can replace with otherwise obtainable gear.  Valor points, faction rep, archaeology, crafted boe’s or world boe’s are great options.  Spend your DKP in a way that will help your overall ilevel the most.

2.) Put in extra effort for gear & experience.


The extra effort is part of number 1.  If you are undergeared do something about it.  Always make sure you have max professions, the best gear money can buy – including the best gear enhancements.


There are some things you can’t learn from watching videos. (Damage patterns/timing, what spells to use when, positioning, mana-management/gear, how to work with you heal team, etc.)  Actively spend some time to think and reflect how you can do better.  The goal is to always learn, always improve.

Run pugs and pvp to push your toon performance to its limit.

3.) Study up!
Sorry but you can’t be a raider without being an expert in your class/role. Well you could be, but I wouldn’t want to raid with you. Be a sponge for information, it’s out there and easy to find on WoW websites or with a Google search. Learn how to process incoming information with a clean UI set up, learn to key-bind (stop clicking!), and learn to move your character without keyboard turning.

4.) Use your whole toolbox.
Nobody wants a chain heal spamming robot on their healing team anymore. Figure out what spells work the best to address different situations.  Keep the riptides rolling, tidal waves flowing, and use your AoE / expensive heals where they make sense.

Our talents and set bonuses all encourage us to synergize our spells. Some fights and some situations will require you to use all of your different spells – learn them and love them.

How do you address underperforming healers in your guild?  What advice would you give them?  I’d like to know, leave a comment.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2011 3:46 am

    # 2 is very important and applies to everyone, not just us healers. Nice list! I also agree with # 3 a lot. People who flip flop characters too often will only be “okay” at a bunch, but never AMAZING at one.

    • March 9, 2011 2:32 pm

      In Wrath, I had a lot of alts. The two alts I got a decent pvp set on, the warrior and warlock, I struggled with in Arena. I played these two alts in ICC and did a very passable job. Actually getting the keybinds, UI, and class abilities to be as good as my shaman in PVP never happened.

      So, I agree with you. It’s more than just studying EJ. There is a lot of work involved and it takes a lot of practice to become amazing. I have a lot of respect for those guys that play at top level of PVP. They helped me to realize I still had room to improve.


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