Of course, before we get to that… I’ve hit 85, muthafuckers! Now to do more normal instances for those last 3 iLevels. >_>;;
Okay, I’ve been doing lots of Normal 5-mans, trying to get geared for Heroics and raids. And during the course of them, I have been picking up a few tips on keeping your mana pools full and happy.
Firstly, Judge every cooldown, you can afford it (time wise), and it will return (at 85) ~3500 mana. To put that in perspective, in 15 seconds with Divine Plea, I will get ~6k mana (unglyphed), in a similar amount of Judges (2, or 16 seconds worth) I get 7k mana, no 50% healing super MS, at the cost of 2 GCDs. Totally worth it.
Secondly, make sure you (or your group) are marking pulls, and using CC effectively. Lets take Halls of Origination for example. Most of the trash in the instance are 4 or 5 man pulls of 4 different enemy types.
- Temple Swiftstalkers : Hunter type mobs, low damage, occasionally use an aimed shot that deals moderate damage. No need to CC them.
- Temple Shadowlancers : Melee/AoE mobs, moderate damage, often use a powerful channeled AoE that can quickly eat through groups. CC or Focus them first.
- Temple Runecasters : Melee type mobs that have a curse that adds 5 seconds to your cooldowns, and a cleave. CC where possible.
- Temple Fireshapers : Caster type mob, with a strong shield against melee characters, which you need to dispell or spellsteal. I personally leave them up, and kill them last (before any long CCed mobs, anyway).
Now, with a little bit of CC or forethought, these groups are fairly simple, even the ones with several Shadowlancers, but they can catch an unprepared healer out.
Three: Keep running instances, and learn the damn mechanics. Even now, a half-decent healer can carry a group through a fair chunk of an instance, as long as they know when to use their cooldowns, when damage spikes are going to pop up, and whatnot.
And finally, please, for goodness sake, don’t be afraid to use the occasional Flash of Light or Divine Light (try to only use them on the tank though, for extra Holy Power from Tower of Radiance to channel back into more Words of Glory), as they are good heals, and with a solid usage of Judgement, you can afford them quite easily.
Now, one last thing. I sadly, have to go to a hell where I will have little to no Internet access, and will have to go on mini-hiatus for ~ two weeks (should be back by new years eve), in the meanwhile, I guess I would hope you have fun and shit. I will probably have Twitter access, but I am unsure.