Discipline Healing in 25 Mans (A Rant)

My main is a Discipline Priest, and I don’t think I’m a horrible one, but I seem to always run into trouble when I’m asked to Main Tank heal anything that is not with my guild.

This morning I ran an ICC 25 half-pug with my friend’s guild, and I ended up rage quitting. This was just about the worst thing I could have done, but I did it. Emotional priest is emotional and erratic. Sorry.

Here’s the thing, I am a Discipline Priest. While we are designed as Single Target healers, we are not designed to solo Main Tank heal. At least this is my understanding of my class. Please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong and call me a baddie.

Since I started raiding as Disc during this expansion I have tried desperately to be a Main Tank healer, and I always fail (unless I overpower the raid dungeon through gear). Maybe I’m doing it wrong. Maybe my rotation is wrong. Maybe my gear is wrong. I don’t know. I do tend to be OCD about getting my slot bonus for gems even when I don’t really need it, so my gemming is probably a bit wonky. I’m fairly confident that my spec is good.

I can’t solo heal a single tank through the Festergut fight on 25 man regular. Is this wrong? Should I be able to do this? I don’t know.

This is not a new issue for me. This is part of the reason I left Resolution and quit raiding so long ago. This is the main reason I rarely do 25 man raids. This is the reason I am always hesitant to 2 heal a 10 man dungeon. This is THE reason I don’t do VoA EVER. I’m a fail tank healer that needs back up. You’re better off bringing a Holy Paladin than bringing me into your raid. I will only disappoint you, and in turn end up disappointing myself.

I’m awesome at being a support healer. I can balance any group by helping with tanks or with raid healing. I am awesome on fights with AoE damage because I can mitigate this with bubble spam. Put me as the Main Tank healer on any fight and expect me to be able to pull it off without any help from other healers, you’re asking for a dead tank.

I know there’s a ton of Discipline Priests out there in the Blogosphere. Help me out here. What am I doing wrong? How do you tank heal? Am I really as fail as I’m feeling? Time to roll a Paladin?

TLDR: Disc Priest fails to keep tank alive in ICC 25.


4 Responses to Discipline Healing in 25 Mans (A Rant)

  1. Tam says:

    I don’t main tank heal either – I support heal and raid heal. I can do it in conjuction with another healing class (like I can 2 heal 10-mans with a druid or a resto shammy) but basically main tank healing does not strike me as the optimum use of a disc priest currently – I mean a couple of hits and that bubble is down, and then what are you going to do, penance and flash heal spam, and hope to proc divine aegis. Possibly I’m just a fail!priest as well but I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with needing back up. Ultimately our paladin healer needs the back of *me* for some of the tougher fights – all healers support each other, it’s how it works, or so I thought!

    • That’s what I thought too, until I got zero assistance. And this is obviously not the first time this has happened to me. Perhaps I’m just too thin-skinned to PuG raids.

      Thanks for commenting, Tam. You really cheered me up.

  2. Saga says:

    I admittedly don’t heal in raids, but I tank.. and I can tell you for certain that on Festergut there is not just one healer healing me. Or on any fight really. But I’d say especially Festergut is a bad fight for a single healer since he hits so incredibly hard. Our healers are generally healing the tanks, and someone just breaks off to raid heal when it’s needed (like when he does his big damage). I could be wrong but I’d say it’s nearly physically impossible to solo heal a tank through that fight.

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