The Lament of the Healer DPS
Let me preface this post by first stating: I love my guild and my guildies and I respect my GM and his officers and all their decisions on raid composition.
Now that I have that out: I hate DPS’ing in healer gear!
My Shaman has always been my main and my main raider on WoW, and she has always been Resto.
As a tier ages and progresses, she inevitably begins collecting offspec gear at some point – Elemental offspec gear, since this is easiest to fudge if I do not have a full set (hard to fudge Intellect to Agility). Add to this the Spirit-to-Hit conversion for hybrids, and I can DPS the occasional dungeon or farm and do dailies solo with little issue. Even the current primary stats between Resto and Ele mostly work in my favor.
The only thing I cannot fudge between healer and DPS? Trinkets and Tier Token pieces.
Trinkets specific to healing spells – not so helpful while casting all damaging spells.
I am currently using Windward Heart (wow, I really need to upgrade that thing! lol) and Seal of the Seven Signs. Yah, the Intellect is great, but the Equip value on both is useless to DPS’ing. Add to this, I am pretty sure I vendored my Foul Gift. <sigh>
Resto spec Tier Token pieces and set bonuses – laughable while in Ele spec.
The only saving grace is that I have recently acquired three Tier Tokens that were destined for the vendor otherwise. Though, I am still looking pretty nub sporting my Resto chestpiece.
Why I am Torturing Myself About DPS Gear?
Raid healers are usually a pretty stable lot and I am used to seeing healer groups that seldom vary in composition, in my personal raiding experience, and therefore it is very uncommon for me to see healers asked to DPS. I find it more common to see the occasional DPS switch to heals, especially when there is a progressive and/or Heroic boss involved.
Enter the recent oddity – attendance fluctuations in our healing core and the addition of some new blood to the team. So lately it seems a delicate dance between too many and too few healers.
Yah yah, getting on to the end of the expansion and all that, but we are still progressing. 4/8 Heroic – woot! Quite an accomplishment for a 25man these days… and still progressing!
So lately, there has been the need for healers and DPS to step up and offer to assist in positions they are less familiar with – and less geared for.
Lately, this healer turned DPS is usually me.
Thankfully the officers of Undying Resolution have a specific term for someone switching from heals to DPS in a crunch – the Healer DPS. And thankfully there is a very minimal amount of expectation to fill the requirements of this position. (Thank goodness! Since I am way over Hit Cap and still using mostly Resto gear!)
Depressingly enough, staying alive and managing 20k DPS is apparently about the limit of this expectation, since this is where I generally sit of late.
So. Utterly. Embarrassing.
How disorienting to suddenly change my point of view and expected duties at this point in the content. I am lucky to not screw up the Fading Twilight. >< I have never even seen this warning/debuff flash on me as a healer!
But as uncomfortable as the whole thing makes me, I will do my duty, and ultimately lament to you all.
Well, and research where I can improve, as well as try and upgrade some of my lacking pieces – though with the number of Heroics we are doing lately, this is becoming increasingly more difficult.