I have this level 70 priest that’s been gathering dust on Scarlet Crusade. She may not have been THE first Draenei I made when BC came out, but she was the first I did anything with. I made her shadow, theorizing that I had a healer I loved and a melee DPS’er in the form of my rogue, so I needed a ranged DPS to have one of every kind of toon I wanted to be able to offer up to folks (never have I desired to tank). Thus Marinka was leveled. I got her to 70 and eventually managed to deck her out in Karazhan purples, but I don’t know if I ever really *got* shadow. I didn’t have Recount back then, but I can only guess my numbers weren’t like WOAH. I probably sucked. When WoLK came out, I leveled my gal Endy first. When the time came to decide which toon to level next, my brand spanking new DK got picked and I never really did much with Marinka after that.
Fast forward a year and a half-ish. I’m now on Thorium Brotherhood and have my pally and DK (I do like that combination, it seems). I’d made a druid alt, intending on making her a second healer…to see how the other side lived. You know, those with HoT’s and fancy healing spells of all sorts. More than the measly 2 (3 if you’re feeling generous and count Holy Shock) Endy has. The poor druid hasn’t managed to make it past level 23 in the months I’ve had her. I hate leveling and I’m already working on Endy 2.0 on Scarlet Crusade, so the druid’s gotten no attention.
My guildie Askevar has a Discipline priest and LOVES it. She thinks it’s the cats meow and has often spoken glowingly of it and how it’s so different because it mitigates damage and you have to predict what’s coming vs just reacting to damage after it happens. I thought, “Man, if I ever take up my priest again, maybe I could give healing a go, since shadow wasn’t a good fit.” Course, she’s on my old server and I’m already working on Endy 2.0. If I started working on Marinka, that’d be another character taking time away from ThoBro (which I consider my main server). Oh well. Then, just last week, I was talking to a priest in my guild, and she was telling me about how she was mentoring another shadow priest.
“Yeah, I had a shadow priest once upon a time,” says I. “But she’s getting all dusty..haven’t played her in so long she’s got no spec from the last time they got reset, whenever that was.”
/transfer priest to ThoBro (and rename her, because appearantly Marinka’s already taken)
With a new name and new spec, I’m ready to rock the bubbles! But omigosh, it’s SO WIERD. I’ve been reading disc priest blogs, watching video’s on YouTube and grilling Askevar, but all that just cannot prepare you for the complete and utter change in healing styles. I counted no less than 12 healing spells (there may be more) I have at my disposal. TWELVE. I’m kinda overwhelmed. Maybe it’s because I’ve been healing more or less for 5 years on Endy and unless it’s progression content, I am not prone to getting super flustered while healing on her. When things are going downhill fast, I know which buttons to hit, what abilities I have at my fingertips to pull things out of the fire. I’ve never healed on anything other than a paladin (unless you count the one trip my druid made to the Deadmines or the one occasion where my priest healed an Auchindoun instance and I got the crap scared out of me). On my priest, I quickly get overwhelmed if things aren’t fairly calm. I’ve only done like, 3 instances so far (mostly with guildies) and I know the thing to do is just keep throwing myself into instances, but it’s scaaaaaary! I’ll keep pestering Askevar and looking for nifty blogs to help newbs like me. I certainly look forward to leveling the priest again and learning how to be something other than a pally healer.
Hugs n bubbles!