Pictures are worth 1,000 words, right? Or so they say (who is they? I still haven’t figured this out… hmm). Anyway, here’s my healing breakdown from tonight’s Heroic Butcher kill. In picture form. Because pictures are awesome.
Talent and Glyphs
For Heroic Butcher, I ran the following build:
with Glyph of Hand of Sacrifice, Glyph of Flash of Light, and Glyph of Divinity.
The HPS Chart
Defensive and Healing Buffs
Holy Power Gain/Waste
I heal with a disc priest who regularly hits the 97th percentile, so it can be incredibly difficult to pull large numbers. Luckily, the point of healing isn’t to see how much HPS you can pull, but how well you can keep people alive.
And it just so happens that Heroic Butcher is a fight that is made for a Holy Paladin. Double beacon is incredible.
Now, you’ll notice the second picture I linked was the actual healing I did – that’s pretty self-explanatory. The chart shows which spells did the most healing. One of the first things you might notice is that Holy Prism, rather than Light’s Hammer, is on the list. The reason for this is quite simple – I don’t have the spirit to run Light’s Hammer without going oom. Seriously – I don’t have a spirit trinket and I only have 1,077 spirit. Which is also the reason I chose to run the Glyph of Divinity rather than the Glyph of Beacon of Light.
Especially since I was utilizing the Glyph of Flash of Light quite a bit – I needed the extra mana regen. We hit the soft enrage too, so there was a lot more healing required than usual (we didn’t have all our usual players – holiday raiding is rough).
The next chart shows my Heals Cast which is, again, self-explanatory. As you can see, Holy Shock, Eternal Flame, Holy Light, Flash of Light, and Holy Prism were the top 5 spells I cast. Beacon of Light and Beacon of Faith, of course, were applied pre-pull.
Next, you see the Important Uptimes which deals with Illuminated Healing (the absorb shield applied by hpally mastery) and Eternal Flame. Both are above 95% – which is, of course, ideal. As a note, the second Eternal Flame you see on the original healing chart is the one applied to myself – which is something I need to work on remembering to do, as the HoT from EF does quite a bit more healing when I cast it on myself. That’s why the uptime on that (if you look at the actual healing chart and not important uptimes) is at around 40% rather than 95+ (which is where it should be ideally). Like most healers, I forget to heal myself until I am about to die. And it’s always good to be able to find an area to improve – when we can’t improve, we can’t progress, and if we can’t progress, we die (dramatic, but you get the idea!)
The next chart of defensive and healing buffs shows you when I used my cooldowns. As you can see, I popped Holy Avenger 3 times during the fight and Avenging Wrath twice – in a 5 minute fight, that is exactly how many times I should have used them. Now, I could have perhaps chosen a better time to pop them – say, during the cleaves – but I was more concerned about keeping the tanks alive than optimizing my cd usage for ranks. Besides, I trust my other healers to handle the raid damage – on Heroic Butcher, on a hpally, it’s 100% about the tanks.
The very last chart is the Holy Power Gain/Waste – you’ll notice I gained 75 Holy Power from Holy Shock but wasted 2 of those Holy Power – which I actually remember, because I cast two Holy Power generating abilities back-to-back after activating Holy Avenger twice during the fact, and each time you do that, you automatically waste 1 Holy Power since you can’t store more than 5. I prefer wasting zero Holy Power, of course, since it’s such a pain in the ass to gain, but only losing 2 of 75 total – pretty good.
So this is one of my more solid logs from recent raids, although I definitely need to work on remembering to keep Eternal Flame up on myself and not casting Holy Shock generators back-to-back when Holy Avenger is active. But I can say that I Holy Shock’d as much as I should have (on cooldown!), I was proactive with mitigating damage (check out the Divine Protection, Divine Shield, and Healthstone usage!), my uptimes (aside from self-cast EFs) are exactly where they should be, and, most importantly? I kept the tanks alive. So, all in all, I’d say it was a good night.