This BA shared topic caught my eye immediately. As tank, we have a near symbiotic relationship with our healers. With a healer behind you, you become an unstoppable force, ready to fling insults at ginormous bosses and have them whack on you. Without a healer, you are squished in mere seconds, in most cases. I love healers, as a tank, and when I am playing my shaman, I hope my tank loves me just as much when I keep them alive. I am very grateful about the opportunity to play both in heroics and raids.
Nigiri from Adventures of a Priest asked for views of non-healers what kind of healing they prefer.
Now me, I am a non-discerning tank. Any heals: awesome in my book. Of course we have preferences. All through TBC I felt safest in the hands of a holy priest. I just got awesome heals from them. Tasty Greater Heals, Renews, few scary moments. In WotLK the whole healing scene shifted a bit. There are very few moments that the glowy white ring of a Greater Heal is around me. Now glowy laser heals are coming my way. It’s the time of the fast spells, be it Flash Heal, Flash of Light or Lesser Healing Wave. My personal preference is for Discipline Priests, followed by Paladins. They’re made for tank healing, and you can tell. 5-mans or 10-man raids, I assign one of those to the tanks, and I feel safe. My least favorite healer for 5-mans would be druids. I know some awesome druids, but at times I feel my health drops way lower with a druid as healer than with any other healing class. HoTs do not make me feel as safe as big numbers do coming in on the left side of my screen.
As a raid leader for 10-mans, I care about healer balance. We have had two paladins, our wonder twins, heal Naxxramas, but in Ulduar I am looking for a balance. Great tank healing, solid raid-healing, versatility. Here I feel all healing classes as solid, as long as they’re the right mix. I am sure you can do Ulduar-10 with three druids or three shamans, but would I feel as good about such a combo as I feel about priest, druid, paladin team? Probably not.
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So what about you other tanks out there? Any preferences! As always you are more than welcome to share.