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Just did my first ever instance with my Rogue toon and really enjoyed it. Now I want to do some instances with my Priest. I have a level 20 priest (spec'd shadow but I suspect I'll end up as a healer in the instances) and don't want to look to amateurish if I go with a group to heal.
Can anyone give me a few pointers and/or a link that will help me.
Great forum btw but could do with a forum search :)
Pay close attention to your parties health bars.
Try to anticipate needed heals. Don't react, plan ahead.
Try not to get stuck in the situation of having 2 people in desperate need of healing at once. That is, if two people are taking damage, try to get one early, even thought hey may not need it immedidately.
Don't draw aggro if you can help it.
use you fade to "kite" the mobs
Conserve mana, trying to bunch heals together, so you can get as much mana regen outside the 5 second rule.
Let someone die if it saves the group. That is, if the tank goes down, the entire group will probably go down. Save the tank.
I have a shadow priest and do fine healing in instances. I do have seperate gear for instance healing vs. pve, however, and I recommend the same. If you main job is healing, keep that in mind and don't get sucked in to spell DPS that drains your mana. A nice wand can be effective help for the party but remember that if you are the healer, that is job #1 IMO.
Read up on the instances you are thinking of running. This will help you anticipate better those 'trouble spots' based on the comments other users have previously posted. Seaofholes was right, good healers are proactive vs. reactive. There will always be times when you have no choice but to 'panic heal', but they can minimized greatly by a proactive healer.
Hardest thing to learn in instance healing, I think, is that it is not the end of the world if you sacrifice one to save the rest...that is, it's about the group, not one individual. If the off tank needs to be sacrificed to keep the main tank up and hammering, then that's what needs to happen.
Lastly...communication. A good group will do everything they can to keep the mobs off the healer, you need to do everything you can to keep your tank up and running. If you're healing, let him/her know it...if you need help because you pulled aggro, let them know. And if you do pull aggro, as crazy as it sounds, don't run away from the group!! It will take them longer to save you, if you don't end up wiping because they can't get to you in time. I've seen dps classes wipe pulling aggro off of the healer, knowing that if the healer lives they are a rez away from rejoining the group.
My 2 cents....flame away if needed lol
All relevant advice posted previously. One other thing I want to bring up is keeping heals "in the hole". By that I mean start casting your most efficient heal even when the tank isn't taking any damage. Cancel the heal before it goes off if its unnecessary, and recast it over and over again. If the tank has taken damage by the time your heal is 1.5s to go, let it finish.
Canceling heals midcast doesn't trigger the 5 second rule and can allow your mana to keep regenerating. It also provides you with an on demand heal in case the tank takes some unexpected spike damage.
You may want to employ a /stopcasting macro to make this more seemless. Alternatively, you can just move slightly to the left or right with the strafe keys to cancel. Just never jump to cancel a spell cast, it creates unnecessary delay.
I(since i got a spellthread on meh low level priest) just use rank 1,2,3 lesser heal, flash heal in a pinch, and if im bored, i let my troll tank bud get low to go berzerking, then i charge up a heal( the 3 sec cast one)
i do it as shadow, mainly cuz i got 50+ heal from gear and spellthread
Ionohealer, is priest's name
Ionovarcis is mage's name(see the creativity :P)
my alt guild im in with the guys i run with(all trolls, on realm Arathor)
we iss the bomb, though the other priest and shammy are same irl person, we got another-nother person in the works
Much of the advice already posted by others here will help greatly. The best teacher is experience, though, especially in healing; everyone looks a bit clueless at first. To be honest, if you are completely new to healing, I would actually recommend using a Holy/Discipline healing build even whilst leveling in order to become accustomed to the 'feel' of it and understand what to do, especially if you plan on respecialising to a full-time healing build once you reach maximum level.
Here is another tip, a very important one: use Greater Heal most of the time! Flash Heal should be cast sparingly and only in specific situations. Greater Heal is far more mana efficient and the most foolish thing one can do (which I see many former Shadow Priests doing at 70 much to their team's dismay) is spam Flash Heal frantically and subsequently run out of mana.
Also, I highly recommend using some nice healing add-ons. There are a variety from which to choose, but personally my favourite is Healbot. It will require a bit of tinkering to become truly useful, but with a little bit of experience with it, you'll love it! X-Perl UnitFrames is quite nice, too.
Lastly, make various healing macros with modifiers, such as the following:
/cast Greater Heal 1
/cast Greater Heal 7
...or something similar, whatever you feel most comfortable using.
Good luck, and do not be discouraged---practise really does make perfect!
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