Tips for Transitioning to a Different Healing ClassPosted: May 14, 2012
Many people who decide they are main spec healers, wind up having several healing classes to choose from in their day to day play. This can get confusing, particularly if you play one healing class more than the rest…I still try to fade on my druid! With the overall current feel of the classes, this isn’t as hard as it could be, but may take some work. How you set up your keybinds and UI can play a big part in this.
Compare your Skills
Each class has a cheap slow heal, an expensive quick heal, and a long cast big heal. It is called different things for each class, but everyone has it. There are other comparisons, such as a druid’s rejuvenation to a priest’s renew to a shaman’s riptide. Once you’ve compared your skills, and get a real feel for what is the same, then you can focus on what is different. What has really helped me, is to then key-bind the similar spells first. If my right-click is always my long cast big heal, then that is what I bind it as on every healer I have. My mouse-wheel is always a quick instant heal (Prayer of Mending, Swiftmend, ect). I use shift right-click for my magic dispel on every healer. (or decursive, I still use decursive!) This makes your key-bindings become less of an issue and second nature no matter which class you are playing.
Compare your Cooldowns
I generally try to compare my cooldowns. My go-to spell when the poop hits the fan? Yep, always on my action bar, but really close to my healing frames! My mana regen? Macro’d by the oh poop spell…macro’d because of all the times I’ve cast it on the mage by accident….! I tend to fat finger sometimes…so they were taken off my mouse, your mileage may vary. On my paladin all of my “hand of” spells are used with the mouse-over macro from last week.
Sort out the rest
Once you’ve figured out what is comparable and what is not, you can work on building each healer’s ui in a way that is the most useful to your own individual style. Some people need more information at their disposal to heal well and others don’t need so much. Since I am the raid leader when Kurby isn’t available, I tend to err on the side of lots of information. What is most important for transitioning is that it is smooth. Though two years later I do still wonder why my shadowmeld doesn’t sound like fade.
For my fellow altoholics, how do you transition? Do you keep with a plan or play each character differently?