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Minimum Stats for Paladin Healing (and a note about 25 mans)

I’ve had several people find my site by searching for ‘minimum heals for pally’ and other similar searches. I haven’t done any math behind my reasoning, but this is what I found for myself when I started running heroics and 10 man raids. Stats are unbuffed.

Heroics

    Spellpower: 1200-1300
    Crit: 23% (excluding the +6% for Sanctified Light)

10 Man Naxx

    Spellpower: 1400-1500
    Crit: 30% (again excluding Sanctified Light)

Having more is always beneficial, but having less is probably still doable. Again this is just where I was at and I found it to work for me by my being able to maintain mana. If you need help with that, please read my Pally Healing posts which go into a few tricks on how to maintain your mana pool. Last night running heroic Nexus, my tank commented on how my mana pool was always up and we didn’t have to stop to drink. I don’t think my mana dropped below 65% that whole run.

Everything sorta depends on your group as well. Even with those stats I never tried Halls of Lightning (and unfortunately still haven’t) and a run at Culling of Stratholme didn’t fair so well. Have a great tank and DPS that know how to avoid taking damage and everything’s easier. If nothing else go with something close to this and give it a try. The rest comes naturally. Good luck!

Oh by the way, last night we downed 25-man Obsidian Sanctum and the first two bosses in 25-man Naxx! We had to pug a few people in to make this happen, but it went extremely well. If you’re able to do 10-man Obsidian, I think you’re capable of 25-man and the loot is tons better! The fight is the exact same, you just need to down the adds fast! They get out of control rather quickly.

Oh and let your loot master know that when the Large Satchel of Spoils drops to let people roll for it. I assumed it was like Mag’s and held a bunch of gems so I announced on vent I’d open it up and distribute whatever was in it, but NOOOOO! It had gold and 5 Emblems of Valor! I FREAKING NINJA’D!!! MOTHER$#%!@#!!!!! People were laughing at me, but I was pretty pissed. If you know anything about me I hate ninjas. I told everyone that hadn’t gotten something to roll. Our GM tank won and I told him I’d give him 500g, but he declined and laughed at me.

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Pally Healing 320* – Macros

All right!  You’ve made it this far.  You’ve learned all you can about actual healing, right? Good you’ve learned that you’ll always be learning and that you’ll never know everything. But you do know the basics and some advanced tricks you’ve picked up along the way, so you might be asking yourself “What else can I do to improve?”

This time we’re gonna talk macros. Let me first point out that I am no expert at macros by any stretch of the imagination.  I’ve tested these macros to the best of my ability, but there could be problems with them.

What is a macro?

For a detailed explanation about macros, I highly recommend visiting WoWWiki.  There’s also quite a bit of information regarding making a macro as well. In fact some of the macros here come directly from this site. Think of a macro as a command or set of commands to perform actions in game.

A macro can be as simple as:

    /cast Holy Light
    or
    /dance

The game is full of macros; you normally just don’t see them that way.

Mouseover Macros

My favorite macros for healing are mouseover macros. I’ve been utilizing these for about a year. For anyone familiar with the addon HealBot you already know what a mouseover macro is even if you don’t know you know. But you do know, you know?

A mouseover macro allows you to “mouseover” a target and perform an action affecting that target. For example, if I hover my mouse over the tank and cast Holy Light, the spell will heal the tank if I have a mouseover command associated with it. The beauty of this is that I can also hover over my UnitFrames and the mouseover command works there as well. So here’s how you set that up:

    #showtooltip Holy Light
    /cast [target=mouseover, exists] Holy Light; Holy Light

OK, what does this mean?

#showtooltip [insert spell name] means when you put your macro onto your action bar the popup description of that spell will appear when you hover over the icon just as it does for any of your normal spells. Yes, you can assign the wrong spell descriptions to other spells or actions.  (If you were really cruel and had access to a friend’s account you could potentially have a lot of fun with this.  LOL!)

/cast [target=mouseover, exists] Holy Light means that Holy Light will be cast whenever a mouseover target exists. If no target exists then the spell won’t cast.

Well what good is that?

That’s where the next part after the semi-colon comes in. You see the Holy Light after the semi-colon? That is the next part of the command. If the first part of the macro is invalid it moves to the next. In this case there is no target specified and Holy Light will cast. Now based on how you have your options set up this will do one of three things. First, it will heal your actual target you have selected. If you have no target selected, but you have your options set to cast beneficial spells on yourself, then it will cast the spell on you. If you do not have the option selected, it will error out and not cast.

Complicated? First time I ever tried to understand this I thought so. If you’re not sure you understand go back and re-read that until you do. Once you see it you’ll see that it’s very simplistic. It’s an IF…THEN statement. IF the mouseover target exists, cast the spell on the target. IF the mouseover target does not exist, THEN move to the next option. The next option in this case says to just cast Holy Light. Default parameters of the game say that is the target and to not cast when no target is selected. The combat options allow for beneficial spells to affect yourself whenever no target or no friendly target is selected if you so choose. As long as you can fit it in the space of the macro, you can keep putting in parameters to make it an IF…THEN…ELSE…ELSE…ELSE… You get the idea.

So what are the healing macros, you ask?

    #showtooltip Holy Light
    /stopcasting
    /cast [target=mouseover,exists]Holy Light; Holy Light
    #showtooltip Flash of Light
    /stopcasting
    /cast [target=mouseover,exists]Flash of Light Light; Flash of Light
    #showtooltip Holy Shock
    /stopcasting
    /cast [target=mouseover,exists]Holy Shock; Holy Shock
    #showtooltip Cleanse
    /stopcasting
    /cast [target=mouseover,exists]Cleanse; Cleanse

/stopcasting?! What’s that? It’s a command that interrupts whatever you are currently casting and begins to cast this spell. Basically this command takes away the need for you to move to stop your casts. Convenient, ain’t it? 🙂

These are the four mouseover macros I use.  Make more as you see fit. You’ll probably notice that I don’t have one for Lay on Hands.  I’m not sure why, but for some reason I’m more comfortable keeping that one as a forced target spell. It’d definitely be easier with a mouseover macro, but I’m having a hard time changing my own way of thinking around that spell right now.

Focus Macros

/focus target is a handy macro to remember and I have an icon on my action bar for it. Most healers use this to make sure they keep the tank readily accessible in raids so they aren’t looking all over their raid UIs to find him/her as they heal others. I use /focus to target the boss instead. The reason is so I can watch the boss’ health. Using X-Perl, my target of target frame doesn’t really stand out and catch  my eye. This makes is a little tougher for me to watch it out of the corner of my eye. How you use it is up to you, but knowing how much health the boss has determines how much mana I need to conserve and when I can afford to go all out. Imagine being at 20% mana with the boss at 30% health and knowing you cannot afford to spam Holy Light.

What can you do with focus macros? There’s a lot. You’ll see a lot of healers making the main tank or their primary healing assignment their focus. Doing so allows one to set up their spells to heal their focus without resorting to manual targeting or mouseovers. Take this for example:

    #showtooltip Holy Light
    /stopcasting
    /cast [target=mouseover,exists]Holy Light; Holy Light

Now let’s add…

    #showtooltip Holy Light
    /stopcasting
    /cast [target=mouseover,exists]Holy Light; [target=focus,exists]Holy Light; Holy Light

What did we do? We added another condition to our spell. The first part tells us if there exists a mouseover target cast Holy Light, if not proceed to the next condition which is our focus target. If the focus target does not exist, it then moves to the actual target or yourself if you have no target and have that combat option enabled.

You can see the immense power you’ve got with setting up your spells utilizing macros. But remember you only have 255 characters worth of space in a macro so condensing it really helps. A shorter way to write this macro would be:

    #showtooltip Holy Light
    /stopcasting
    /cast [target=mouseover,exists][target=focus,exists]Holy Light; Holy Light

What we’ve done here is stack the different targets together before the actual spell is cast. It does not switch targets as it goes through, it will select the first valid target for that spell before moving on. The reason to put your focus target behind the mouseover target is if the focus target is first and it exists you’ll always heal that target until it dies before you can ever heal a mouseover. When building macros keep in mind the logic order you need to have or you can seriously hurt yourself and the raid.

Judgement Macros

Judgements can be a pain to utilize while healing. You’re almost always watching your raid frames to make sure the raid is staying alive. Next you’re trying to stay aware of your surroundings so you don’t die while standing in a blizzard. Then to top it off you’re trying to monitor the boss’ health, listen to direction on vent, watch stray mobs that may try to one-shot a clothie, potentially crowd control**, among a hundred other things.  The last thing we need is to keep an eye on a particular mob so we can judge it!

The thing is I’m a firm believer in using Judgement of Light during a raid. Ok, it doesn’t heal for a lot (personally seen it around 300) or even on every successful hit, but it does seem to work often and it affects everyone that hits the judged mob. That includes spellcasters as well as melee. The heal can really add up on overall raid and be significant for some of the DPS.

Ah who cares, we’ll survive.

Probably, but why not get the bonuses?

What bonuses?

Judgements of the Pure, which you should have maxed to get Beacon of Light, increases your haste by 15% for 60 sec. Sweeeeet!!!  Quicker heals!

Also if you went into the Ret tree to get the extra crit there, hopefuly you picked up Heart of the Crusader which increases the crit chance of anyone attacking that target by 3%. This hopefully translates into burning bosses down quicker which in turn conserves your mana!

OK Ky, just give it to me already.

Well here it is:

    /assist %t
    /cast [harm] Judgement of Light

You could use a /focus target macro here istead of the /assist %t, but I like the flexibility of moving the target of my judgement around based on different raid members and not necessarily just based on the tank. Oh if you don’t know the %t is a shortcut for whatever your current target is and assist basically targets their target. The [harm] clause only casts if your target’s target is an enemy. Don’t forget if you want to set this up for other judgements you can.

Resurrection Macro

I like to use this macro:

    #showtooltip Redemption
    /cast Redemption
    /stopmacro [nodead]
    /script local C; if(GetNumRaidMembers()>0) then C = “RAID” elseif(GetNumPartyMembers()>0) then C = “PARTY” else C = “SAY” end SendChatMessage(“Resurrecting %t.”, C)

Wow what’s all that mean? Remember how I said I wasn’t an expert? Yeah I didn’t come up with this one.  I got it from somewhere and I can’t remember where. But it doesn’t cast if my target is not dead. It first looks to see if I’m in raid and if I am it sends a message in raid chat that I’m resurrecting my target (%t). If I’m not in raid it looks to see if I’m in party. If I am in party it sends a message in party chat same as it would have in raid. If I’m in neither and going solo it sends the message using /say.

If you like something simpler, you could go with:

    #showtooltip Redemption
    /cast Redemption
    /stopmacro [nodead]
    /say Resurrecting %t. Tips appreciated.

Our Friend the Macro

There’s a lot that can be done with macros, even by those who don’t completely understand how to make them. As long as you can understand what they do, you can utilize them. There are experts out there giving us the macros and then adapting them as Blizzard changes the rules, so stay alert and watch for what changes.

Good luck and have fun healing!

*Why 320? I had a German 320 class I had to take that I think was a pre-req for all other 300 and 400 level classes or at least most of them. No idea why. Don’t think there was a 301 class come to think of it.
**We don’t normally think of ourselves being crowd control, but if no other pallies are available we can Turn Evil. I was caught off guard by this when a tank asked me to do so the other day. Fortunately it was on my bar and easy to do.

Happy Holidays Update

Happy Holidays everyone! I’ve been away from playing for about a week now, but last night I logged in and my guild was able to clear all Naxx wings. We really didn’t think we’d get the Military wing at all, but we ran through with very few problems. Just the last two bosses left. Now if we could just get into 25-mans…

Mr. Pinchy’s Magical Crawdad Box

A couple of days ago I finally caught Mr. Pinchy. I made my first wish and I received potions. Wait for the 2 day cooldown and today…

I get Mr. Pinchy’s Magical Crawdad Box!!!

Can You Spell Steal Beacon of Light?

I’ve been busy.  I’m swamped at work with contracts and a bid date on Monday.  Holidays are upon us and with shopping, visiting Santa, and playing WoW I haven’t had a lot of time for posts.  I promise I’m working on that macro post for pally healing.

In the meantime, I looked at my Blog Stats and yesterday someone found my site by searching for:

    can you spell steal beacon of light

That search struck me as so odd that it got me thinking. Even if you could why would you want to?

First, this must be a PvP player. Second, s/he must be looking for a way to hinder pally healing in a PvP environment.

What little I do know about PvP tells me that you always kill the healers first, unless you’re Horde because then you know that Alliance has few healers and what few they have usually run around like chickens with their heads cut off (at least in my battlegroup).

So why would you want to spell steal Beacon of Light? Just kill the pally that cast it. If you’re concentrating on killing the target of the heal, you aren’t doing your job. Kill the healer first.

Also, read the spell description. Only the heals from the caster of Beacon of Light can affect the beacon. No other heals from any other healer benefits from this spell. Man I wish! So why spell steal? You can’t use it.

If anyone knows of another argument as to why you would want to spell steal Beacon of Light, please let me know. I may not like PvP, but I like knowing stuff.

Do Not Enter!

600px-do_not_enter_sign_svgThe other night when I bought my shield and then got the upgrade we were running heroics and then decided to go back into Naxx. We all entered and sat down to drink. Our tank ran down the ramp to head towards Maexxna. We had already cleared two of the bosses previously in the Spiderwing section. We were surprised to see a horde of monsters running towards our little picnic! We didn’t expect respawns!

    WTH?!
    Who pulled?!
    RRRRUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNN!!!!
    /major wipe fest

Everyone laughed and we went back in. We buffed up. We ran down the ramp to take care of those who dared kill us. The tank went down in about 4 hits!!!

    Wow!!
    What happened?
    We never had trouble with trash before!
    Is it on heroic?

Pally Healing 202 – Think It Through & Plan Ahead

ade-7916_150Construction is a dangerous industry and there’s a lot of risk. People face dangers every day that could potentially lead to their deaths. Anyone in the United States that has followed construction news knows that this last year was an especially dangerous year to be working in Las Vegas as the fatalities added up. The pressure to make deadlines led to some serious safety issues.

I work in Purchasing for a large international construction company. One of my responsibilities in negotiating contracts is to mitigate risk. So my days are spent reviewing plans, specifications, RFIs (Request for Information – a request for an Architect or Owner to elaborate on something that is unclear), RFPs (Request for Proposal – the item that comes from the Owner requesting a product, i.e. the building, with certain requirements), and subcontractor proposals all in hopes of being able to make deals with subcontractors to provide a service to our customer the Owner.

Risk in construction involves more than just lives, although I don’t think too many would argue that it isn’t the most important. Risk also involves controlling budgets and making sure that all contracts are upheld to prevent any party involved in the construction from bringing things to litigation which is costly for all. But in order to minimize this risk I need to make sure I put a qualified, competent subcontractor on the job that will provide the correct product in a timely fashion.

In order to negotiate the “best” deal which generally means the deal with the least risk, I have to prepare. This means knowing everything I possibly can about every potential scenario the job entails to try and minimize the risk of being overbudget, scheduling overruns, and safety issues.

Guess what? You guessed it! Healing is no different.

As a healer you should know everything you possibly can about every potential scenario the raid entails to try and minimize the risk of wipes and individual deaths.

I felt that the last healing topic of Knowing When To Use What & Mana Conservation was so important that it deserves another semester’s worth of practice, or at least some further discussion. Now we need to take what we know, think it through, and plan ahead. This is where we separate the good healers from the bad. This is where ability begins to outweigh gear.

We all know and accept the fact that gear is only as good as the person wearing it. Ability is what finishes the job. Fortunately, there IS one person that can improve your ability and that is you!

6a00d83451d87169e200e54f6d2f0b8834-800wiHow do you improve your ability? By preparing. I’ve already talked about how you need to research your class. Find out what others do and then adapt their styles to yours. Each instance, each encounter, each group is different. Think it through. Plan ahead. What do I need to do to prepare? What heals should be used at what time? On what person? If things start to go south, who in this group gets saved and in what priority?  For this fight is it better to use X buff or Y buff?  Where do I stand?  Will I have to move?  Where to?

If you already know what you’re going to do and how you’re going to react before the situation arises, you won’t find yourself scrambling to figure it out when it’s too late.

So to help you out and give you an idea of what I mean, here’s a flowchart of my normal thought process when it comes to healing. This chart is based on the items discussed in the previous Pally Healing posts. Take it.  Adapt it. Make it your own.

healing-flowchart