In this post over at Righteous Orbs, Chastity rightfully lambasts people who are blithely not trying in the current heroics and raids because their gear is so good, they don’t “need” to try. Which is how, when last week’s raid weekly was Instructor Razuvious, most groups I went in with had half-assed-to-nearly-fail attempts because everyone was of the “whatever-it’s-Razuvious-I-could-do-this-with-one-hand-behind-my-back” mentality. As a result, it was some of the sloppiest raiding I’d ever seen. People ran all over, lost the bosses, and died left and right as I vainly tried to heal them through the insanity. So, bravo, Chastity, for demanding that we do better.
That said, this post is actually about Taz and heroics. Taz is geared to the nines and can heal most heroics pretty easily at this point. She runs them to (a) earn frost badges and (b) help out guildies who need more badges. And she often runs them in her regular Night Elf state, rather than tree form. In Chastity’s post, the main example of “whatever” attitude was a Resto Druid who didn’t bother to heal in tree form and was proud of it simply because they “don’t need to.” It made me think about why I heal in Taz form all too often in heroics (unless it’s Halls of Reflection) instead of gussied up like a tree, as nature and Blizzard intended.
It started simply enough – I ran with guildies and friends, many of whom are also rocking high-level gear and didn’t need much in the way of heals. Often the pulls would be multiple mobs. So, when I was sure the situation was solid enough, I would throw a Hurricane down over the whole group, doing my own little helpful AoE damage. The problem was, if I was in tree form, the Hurricane would fail and pop me out of tree form at the same time. Solution: start healing less in tree form.
In a way, when healing heroics in Taz form, tree form has become the savior I once posited it could be (back when Blizzard hinted that they might be changing the form from a constant) – an “oh-shit!” thing I use when things get out of hand.
And while healing outside of tree form has the obvious benefits of allowing you to DPS (aiding your group in downing trash) and see your actual toon, it also means that you need to be super-attentive. If you’re going to cut your heals by choosing to heal outside of tree form, you should be adding to the group in other ways (Faerie Fire, DPS, etc) and that means trying to do two jobs at once. So it can add an interesting challenge to dungeons that are continually having their challenges cut in half.
This is why I don’t recommend doing this maneuver with PuGs until you feel confident in their ability to do their job. If your tank keeps getting pounded to within a millimeter of his life, if your DPS-ers are running around trying to tank every new mob because they’re so leet, then stick to your tree form and don’t add to the group’s difficulties. On the other hand, if the group knows its business and you know yours, finding other ways to help your group can be a big plus. Just don’t forget that either way, you are not running the heroic alone. And, as a healer, your group depends on you to heal, first and foremost.