Who am I?

Hi, let me introduce myself. My ingame name is Docatron and I am currently playing a Discipline priest with Holy tendencies in the guild Ragnarok on Aszune-EU, where I am also our class advisor. I have been playing World of Warcraft since launch and my main has always been my priest.

The main objective for me in-game is to experience PvE end-game content in a relaxed but somewhat serious environment. Our guild is Scandinavian only which means we keep our guild chat in our native tongues. The guild is very tight knit and for more info please visit this link.

My first MMO was Anarchy Online where I first found me passion for playing a healing class. After retiring from AO I did not play much but was involved in managing one of the top Counter-Strike teams at the time: The Titans. When I picked up World of Warcraft I went looking for my old AO guild which had branched off into the game as well. I have been in the same guild since. I’m kinda a one-guild-guy I guess.

Early in The Burning Crusade I had a break from the game during which i picked up Age of Conan with the expectation of a more complex game play. Unfortunately AoC did not live up to the expectations and after another break from MMOs I found myself back in WoW in the winter of 2009. As a result I don’t have any experience with end-game raiding in The Burning Crusade, but from what I have heard I don’t feel I have missed much worth while anyway.

I picked the below questionnaire up from here. Check out the link if you want to take part in the fun.

  • What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer? Docatron, priest, Disc & Holy depending on the circumstances.
  • What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans) Mostly 25 man, but with the pace of raiding coming to almost a standstill before Cataclysm 10 man is the only thing we can get going in my guild.
  • What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why? There are so many, but if I have to choose I would go with Prayer of Mending. It’s pseudo-instant, it’s somewhat intelligent, it’s effective and one of those lovely click-and-forget spells we holy priests have gotten used to. Honourable mention: Guardian Spirit – technically not a healing spell, but I need it in there as one of my favourites.
  • What healing spell do you use least for your class and why? Binding Heal – I feel that in most situations there are better alternatives than this spell. I use it more when disc specced though.
  • What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why? As holy: Instant and “clever” heals. CoH and PoM are what defines the holy priest. As disc: Damage prevention. Knowing that the other healers in the raid have to work less hard because you are there, makes it worth while.
  • What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why? Raw single target healing output. We are on the back bench when it comes to keeping the tanks health at maximum (we can cheat though: Guardian Spirit, Pain Suppression and other goodies)
  • In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you? Raid healing mostly, but anything that requires more than just pushing buttons until boss is dead or out of mana.
  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why? Paladins. Knowing that someone else can fill in the gaps that my class are lacking is great.
  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why? Priests especially with the same spec as me. Overwriting PoMs or shield-spamming “my” targets drives me CRAZY!
  • What is your worst habit as a healer? Underestimating the value of a (sometimes free) Flash Heal. With all the other cool spells available I tend to overlook the good old trustworthy.
  • What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing? Not healing in order to not overheal. It’s stupid, it vain and it gets people killed. Oh, and levitating people, especially gnomes.
  • Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing? I think priests is the best overall rounded healer, that can fill any gap that there might be in a healing set up. We are not masters of any type of healing, but we are capable in every one.
  • What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer? Our primary objective is to make sure people don’t die so evaluating the cause of dead people is my first priority. Then I use log parses such as WorldOf Raids to look at spell usage, overall output and most importantly over-heals. I have removed my in-game healing meter as it served me no use other than play to my ego. The only thing I really need the meter for is evaluating trial priests to give them tips on the fly.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class? That we are able to handle everything. Even though priest is a very versatile healing class there we have a few shortcomings.
  • What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn? To use the cool downs often and effectively. Knowing when to pop a Guardian Spirit or Pain Suppression is a skill that is acquired through experience. Also making sure PoM is never on a player that will not take damage. Not (re)applying PoM when it is needed seem to be the biggest thing new priests forget.
  • If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)? Lots of non-casting time. I love instant spells and I don’t see a need to be casting all the time (unless something has hit the fan). Also that I don’t cast Flash Heal enough when Surge of Light has proc’ed.
  • Haste or Crit and why? I like haste more at the stat makes the healing job more challenging. The more spells you can cast the more decisions you will need to make and good decision-makers make good healers.
  • What healing class do you feel you understand least? I have very little knowledge of other healing classes in general apart from the preconceived stereotypes (Druids are HoT healers, Palas tank healers and Shammies … I’m even drawing a blank on the stereotypical shammy).
  • What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing? After being a sceptic for a long while I finally tried Grid and I never looked back. I recently changed my UI to a very minimalistic pack named TukUI and I’m very happy with that. The only other addon I use for healing is PoM Tracker. I only have a few macros for preselected targets (typically highest DPSer) for spells such as Power Infusion.
  • Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why? I have tried to strike a balance, but to be honest I don’t feel stacking a specific stat influences my play style significantly. My philosophy is to choose a certain play style and then go for a balance with a slight favour to the stats that benefit my particular style.

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