This week marked my return to raiding after a week absence due to moving and other shenanigans. I suppose it’s not that odd, after having not logged in hardly at all in the month of March, that I find my gears a little sluggish and my responses a little hesitant. Not that my healing abilities are diminished, or that I’ve “forgotten” – but that it took me quite awhile Thursday night to find my “groove” again.
To find that balance between throughput and overheal, between mana sustainability and mana expenditure, between the life of the tank and my own survival – the essential balance that every healer juggles at some level (though usually subconsciously once we get used to it). All that came back to the forefront after taking awhile off from doing anything at all in WoW.
Even though last week was the only pair of raids I’ve missed, we’ve not been able to push to the edges of our ability due to other roster issues, so it’s been easy to coast. This week? Not so much, and the stress felt rather unusual – and it was harder to deal with than usual, though it likely didn’t help that we had a number of problems with random deaths that were precipitated by people standing in stuff.
Still, it was a good week, and I’m feeling much more like myself as a healer. And looking forward to having a day off to goof around and play video games again! While I love all the work we’ve done on the house, it’s also quite draining.
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