Getting up to speed, part IV
Since my last update I’ve
- Helped down Ragnaros.
- Stepped into Dire Maul (but been pulled out to help down Ragnaros).
- Made it through to the big boss with all the eggs in AQ20.
- Run the arena in Blackrock Depths so many times and so quickly that we hit the hourly instance limit.
For all of these activities I’ve been a healer and I’ve observed one key thing that you just don’t notice in earlier instances; Boss battles are long and if you’re not very careful, to the point of needing to prep beforehand, you will run out of mana.
More details follow.
Priests, and indeed tanks, know how badly a battle can go if the main healer runs out of mana. But early instances, such as Scarlet Monastery, are mostly trash mob grinding where you’re unlikely to hear “out of mana”. Even during the boss battles, it doesn’t happen that much.
However, once you hit the end level instances, the nasty battles are closer together and much longer. Moreover, many of the things you can do to address this are best started early. Here are a collection of tips for maximising your mana if you’re a healer followed by one item for almost everyone.
- Leather wearing healers should not be afraid to wear the odd bit of cloth. I have a nice hat.
- Once you’ve got a heap of “+ to healing” items, casting lower level healing spells can be more mana efficient.
- Learn to fish. You want to be able to fish up Nightfin Snapper, because….
- Learn to cook. You want to be able to make Nightfin Soup — Both the Sagefish recipies help too, but really, they’re not that useful until well after you should be able to produce Nightfin Soup.
- Find a source for Mana Oil.
(At this point, I’d like to ask anyone who knows what food, potion and oil mana regen buffs stack to please post details or a link in the comments. Anyone that wants to discuss mana regen buffs/items vs + to Spirit is welcome too.)
This last suggestion applies to everyone who isn’t tanking.
- Learn First Aid!
Do it while you still have ready access to all the various cloth scraps necessary. During boss encounters there are lots of effects and mob behaviours that will cause you to take damage every so often, even if you aren’t involved in the main melee battle. The healers do not have enough mana to heal anyone but the tanks, as tanks last about four seconds without a heal. Healers don’t really even have enough mana to heal themselves, so even they need to learn how to bandage — and they need to know the best bandages because they don’t have time to channel for the full eight seconds. I’ve been casting Innervate on myself (I’m not proud) so my major aim in this Friday evening’s ZG run is to only cast Innervate on the Priests. Hopefully with three or four times the amount of + to healing that I had last Friday, and the odd mana regen buff I should be able to be much more helpful. We might even down Gahz’ranka this time.
Oh, and while you’re levelling First Aid, try to keep a stash of Heavy Silk, Heavy Mageweave and Heavy Runecloth bandages — there’s a quest in Silithus that needs 30 of each of those that’s a PITA if you’ve just vendored a whole heap.