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New Healer-What class for noob healers?
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Hey there folks!
I am currently trying to get some advice on what would be a good class to start healing with. I have a shaman and a priest and I havent started a pally but either way I'm thinking of making one of these my healers. I was wondering which one is noob friendly. I haven't played them as healers yet but mostly as dps. Thanks for your advice and wisdom!
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Paladin is the most user friendly class to new healers. You've your buffs, your small handful of heal spells, and your cooldown spells. That's it.
85 Shaman/Priest/Paladin/Druid. Without question, pally is the most basic to heal with.
Shamans are also quite easy to heal with. They only have a few spells to use as well. Chain Heal and Healing Rain are quite good at group healing, and Riptide and Greater Healing Wave are also great solo heals.
Honestly, if you already have a shaman and a priest, I'd dual spec into one of those as a healer to try it out... unless they're only lower level. Then, as Yester said, it's hard to go wrong with a paladin. But you'll still want to dual spec into ret or prot to help with leveling. Leveling exclusively as holy is
Disc Priest - They're mad OP.
To be honest, they're all equally easy once you get the hang of it (I've healed with all available healing classes). I find my priest to be the most versatile though, having some strong cooldowns for both the raid and single target, as well as able to pull great numbers in both specs. I'd give priest a go.
Thanks for the response. I have an 85 priest and a 76 shaman. I have a played disc priest but I feel clunky but I will give it more of a try. My paladin is lvl 1 so I was thinking of making him into ret/holy or prot/holy. Thanks for the advice. I will try and check them out.
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I agree on leaving the druid for now; tracking HoTs and preemptive healing can be a tad tricky to start with. I would personally leave the holy priest aside for the moment too. They can be very strong and versatile, but have a whole lot of spells.
I'd personally suggest shammy (probably the fewest spells to learn and master), but pallies and disc priests would both work well too. I'm tempted to list the pally as third preference in that list, mainly because they lack a buffer (earth shield/PW:Shield) and HoT (renew/riptide), which can make healing the tank a lot more forgiving.
One thing I would recommend is finding an addon (or set of addons) that you like the look of for healing with. It's a bit outside the scope of your original question, but definitely worth looking into once you get into the healing lifestyle. If you have healer friends or guildies, ask around for what they use, maybe try some out to see how you like them. Most are extremely customisable, so you can make them look however you want them to.
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None. Horrible healers are the second worst addition to a group, after horrible tanks.
Pick one which seems like you would enjoy it and get good at it instead.
I agree with taking your 85 priest and speccing healing.
I started out healing with my pally at 80 after leveling tank from 60 on up.
I was nervous as heck, but it was a guild run on content they already knew (and I had off-tanked it before, so it wasn't unfamiliar territory). I did fine. Better than fine, actually. And that was without any healer add-ons, once I got a healer UI set up, I went from "better than fine" to awesome.
Spec into healing, read up on Healing on the class forums/elitist jerks and get some type of mouseover click-to-heal addon. Healbot, VuhDo, and Grid+Clique are the most popular, and they offer all the tools you need to heal efficiently. You CAN heal without any addons, but you will be faster and more effective if you use some means of being able to target+heal in one click.
Is your Priest geared enough for LFR? That would be a less-intimidating way of trying out healing, and if you decide you need more practice, it's not as big of a deal. Healing in BGs can also be fun, especially if you have friends in the group. Yes, you do get targeted as heals, but hey, no repair bills. :P
Partial to priestly healing. Practiced doing guild runs on low-end instances to get a system in place on what to drop when and where. Did first raid as the off-healer and was promoted to main healer after first run.
Never had any desire to try the other classes. I'm sure they have their ups and downs as far as abilities.
Paladin and Resto Shaman are probably the least complicated, although I find myself much more "busy" with Paladin, requiring much more casting.
The best thing you can do? Master Healbot or a similar program. Unless you play heavily with hotkeying, targeting the right person and hitting the right ability at the right time is where the difficulty lies.
More important what you want to heal in my opinion.
My personal preference:
PvP - Holy Pld
5 man Heroics - Holy Priest (can't stand Disc for some reason)
Raiding - Resto Shaman
Good luck and don't get frustrated. Contrary to popular belief, every death is not your fault.
I think certain classes are more fun depending on you and your playstyle, not the class itself. Most people have favorites and least-favorites. Even if everyone here tells you to play Shaman, you might try it and hate it. Nobody is right or wrong when they prefer one over another. And no healing class is easier than another. You just have to try it yourself. Since you already have a level 85 priest, maybe try some normal-mode dungeons in Holy or Disc spec and see how you fare. After some go-arounds, you should become comfortable with the mechanics of the specs and hopefully start enjoying yourself. Good luck.
Thank you all! I do enjoy my shaman, I think it is one of the most awesome classes out there that is under represented or at least that is how I feel. I will try out my priest healing both as disc and holy and see how it goes. I will try rest and see which one comes on top. I will also give Holy Paladin a try! Thank you all!
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