So yesterday I let you all meet my new “leveling” hybrid spec. And then last night I healed Utgarde Keep and The Nexus, both with a level 72 tank and mostly level 72 DPS.
Definitely doable, though both Keristrasza and Ingvar were tough, both on my mana and my ability to keep up with group damage.
Without the buffs to Chain Heal and without Riptide (I miss it so…) and Earthshield, I found myself relying a lot more on full force Healing Wave spells, which is to be expected, given that it’s a 5 man and not a 25 man group. I had the most trouble with Keristrasza – but that was more a positioning issue than anything else. (Tail sweep = ow!)
I really think it’ll work out though, especially as I get my legs back under me for 5 man healing – and hopefully I won’t get too terribly frustrated. My current points in healing are not unlike the healing spec I had in Burning Crusade when I was trying to heal 5 mans, and not having the synergy of the bottom of the Resto tree – well, we’ll see how it goes, especially as my levels catch up with my gear.
Having a tier 6 geared protection paladin tank doesn’t hurt anything, but it’s not necessarily the most reliable way to gauge how effective a healing spec is, even if you are doing an appropriately leveled instance.
Oh – and one other, unrelated thing. Aely hit 72 last night – do I want to go straight for Dragonblight, or go do some of the Borean Tundra to get ahead before I move on?
(I know, I know – Wrathgate – but I’m seriously considering waiting on some guildmates to do that particular questline, since the poor girl’s mentally exhausted already from all of the Arthas stuff. I don’t think she realized just how bad it would be in Northrend, and it’s wearing her down)
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