Battered and abused I decided to give my ex, WoW, another chance. Yes, I was clingy but that doesn’t mean he had to make fun of me and kick me when I was down. I have decided to make a change that I can easily rationalize to myself. I’m going to switch to healing with my shaman for a bit, giving the good ole’ priest a break.
That song doesn’t have much to do with this but I love it! Anyway, let me proceed to rationalize for you this change.
First, the changes in our healing team has switched us to holy priest x2, paladin, and druid x2. I’m always a big fan of diversification amongst the healers. I’ve been in the situation of using 5 priests and a druid and they can get the job done, but just switching that up can do HUGE things. It’s like in Starcraft 2. You don’t mass one unit and win (unless your opponent is the definition of fail). You mesh together an army of different units that help to close up the weaknesses of another class, paladin big heals + druid hot’s for example.
Second, if I switch to my shaman it gives us a second one in the raid and also gives us a few extra buffs we don’t normally have. Things like windfury (even if its not improved) and earth shield on the main tank.
Third, but least important, it is nice to change things up a bit since I’m working on playing yet still combating potential burn out.
The downside though is that my shaman looks woefully under geared. In fact her gear score might be a 3 digit number. The thing is, I know I can get the job done with her though.
(Note: Incoming argument inducing sentence(s)!)
It is also about a billion times easier to heal on a shaman than a priest. I don’t care what shamans tell you, their job is based in a fictitious land of difficulty. They might say its hard and that they have a lot of choices… they don’t.
Several people need a heal? CHAIN HEAL!
One person needs a heal? CHAIN HEAL!
Someone is about to die? CHAIN HEAL! Trick question! Swiftmend + Healing Wave or Riptide
No one needs a heal? CHAIN HEAL!
My major concern is that the raid group I lead will see it as an abuse of power. Regardless of rationalization (I’m not even sure if I’ve convinced myself) some people (I would!) will think I’m just trying to gear up an alt. In actuality I love my shaman so much that she was a major factor in my burn out. I was raiding LITERALLY 40 some odd hours a week between my priest and shaman. 15-20 of those hours were for the shaman exclusively. This doesn’t count all the work put into doing dailies and weeklies on both toons.
I think I’m gonna try it out anyway, see how many people I can piss off and go from there. It’ll take a week or so for the grapevine to get back to me and let me know if and how much people are pissed at seeing me on an… *gasp* alt.
I certainly won’t abuse this privilege though. If the numbers don’t support my ability to play the shaman then I’ll drop her like a bad romance habit. I didn’t cut people just so I could introduce a weakness called me.