After healing a VoA 10 on my disc priest – I realized that there are some things we as tanks don’t see from the healing perspective [or even the dps perspective]. We succeeded marvelously with a pug group. The tanks – a paladin and a dk – who reminded me so much of my husband and I, it wasn’t funny.
1. Fire is bad – whether it’s blue, red, orange, pink, or polka dotted. Fire is bad. Healers can on occasion heal someone through it, but seriously, don’t count on it. It makes healers mad and mad healers = no more heals for you!
2. Healers are human [even if they're another race :P]. We screw up. We heal a second early or a second late on occasion. It’s an art form – much like knowing how to pop cooldowns in your tanking and it requires a certain combination of experience, knowledge, skill and some luck. It requires anticipating damage – for example a paladin will take steady damage where a death knight is more bursty in what they get.
3. All healers heal differently. Druids are all about the hots. Disc priests are about bubbles and preventing damage. If your group is succeeding, don’t fuss because the disc priest is low on the meters – or know enough about them to know it’s normal [as the RL did in this case]. I have seen so many disc priests lately saying they keep getting kicked from groups for being low on the meters and they’re considering respeccing as a result. To them I say, if you want to be disc – BE DISC. Don’t let some jerks who don’t want to even gain a basic understanding of other classes and specs push you out of your favorite spec! The healing lead in our guild atm would KILL for a raiding disc priest simply because of the flat 3% damage reduction you bring!
4. As a tank – if I die and I can’t immediately figure out what happened, I will ask my healer [and consult my combat log]- “What happened?”. Sometimes stuff happens – seriously. I get out of range and they get punted the other direction. Just ask. Sometimes it’s you, sometimes it’s them, sometimes it’s just plain bad luck. The point is NOT to blame the healer or anyone else but to find out the problem, correct it and move on. I’ve gotten the response from my healer in a whisper “I screwed up, I’m sorry.” Okay, thats good, let’s move on and get it done! We’re all in it together and hey, it really is a game. Deaths I don’t mind on occasion. What I hate is repeated stupid deaths making the same mistakes.
I may to have more to add later, but eh, this is what I had on my mind. Feel free to respond and add to it if you’re a healer!