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I've been getting into raiding recently and have been gearing my Paladin towards healing. I've healed many dungeons and Heroics with great success. Unfortunately, this has mostly trained me for single-target healing for relatively short boss fights, and raid healing seems to be quite different. I know I'm doing something wrong, because no matter what I try I can't seem to approach the upper echelon of healers (top 3 on Recount) at all.

I realize that the way you heal can change drastically based on the boss your group is fighting, but my question is about the "general standard".

Here is the strategy I use:

  1. Beacon of Light the off tank.
  2. Spam Holy Light on the main tank. This gives him the Illuminated Healing buff (damage absorption) and heals the off tank for the equivalent amount.
  3. Use Holy Shock to generate holy power and keep Eternal Flame on both the main tank and the off tank.
  4. If the entire raid needs healing: spam Holy Radiance -> Holy Shock -> Light of Dawn.

There are two big problems with this. First is the fact that, as I've said, my healing numbers are way, way too low. Clearly something is wrong. I have a lot of "overheal" using this method. The second big issue is that I tend to run out of mana about halfway through any reasonable boss fight. Even using Divine Plea doesn't really help much.

What am I doing wrong? How can I heal my raids better?

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What is your Spell power at? Also, do you have the game set to display everyone's health in Numbers not % ? That way you can estimate the heals a lot better IMO –  Zero Stack Dec 11 '13 at 16:20
    
@ZeroStack I have all that information and will try to post it when I get home. At work at the moment. :) –  asteri Dec 11 '13 at 16:32
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So its been a LONG time since I played WoW. And things might have changed. But I remember in most raids specific healers were given specific targets. So if you are the tank healer you should be focused on keeping the tanks up. Spot healing the party only if absolutely necessary since you should have another healer focused on party healing. If you know a big hit is coming try to time your big heal to go off right after the big hit. This way you don't have to scramble to keep the tank's hp up. Don't waste mana (overheal) and make sure to keep your judgments up to keep you with mana. –  AdamP Dec 11 '13 at 17:37
    
Though of course this is just general advice, and may require finer tuning on a fight by fight basis. –  AdamP Dec 11 '13 at 17:37
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Reason I ask is because it doesn't sound like you're doing an awful lot wrong. A large difference in ilvl between a set of healers and you'll see an awful big difference in healing throughput. –  Lyrical Dec 12 '13 at 9:23

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Introduction

I don't play holy paladin, but I have a reasonable understanding of their rotation and of the game in general.

As others have said, more information is required to be able to answer this question fully. A link to your character's profile would be a good start. The most likely reason for your healing being lower than others and running out of mana is gear.

It is also not clear whether you are raiding in 25 man rf, flex, norm or hc. I assume 25 man from the mention of being below the top three healers on recount.

Strategy (or rotation)

This is commonly called rotation to differentiate it from the overall plan of the raid group.

  1. putting beacon of light on the off-tank is situational and should not be done without thought. Particularly in RF, one tank may end up tanking the boss throughout, if there is not a mechanic that forces a switch. In all difficulties, though, there are fights where there is a significant time period between each tank switch, the current off-tank takes negligible damage and the current tank takes heavy damage. In such cases, put your beacon on the current tank in addition to healing him to maximise throughput.

  2. rather than spamming your cheap heal, focus instead on performing a full rotation. Holy Light is a filler, not a priority (I think you understand this, but it's worth emphasising).

  3. the previous points apply here also.

  4. it may be worth choosing Light's Hammer from your final tier and using that in AoE situations.

Look at http://www.noxxic.com/wow/pve/paladin/holy/heal-rotation-and-cooldowns for an easily-understandable introduction to playing holy paladin at a raiding level. Reading and enacting Noxxic's advice is likely to solve or significantly reduce the difficulties you are having (dependent on your gear).

If you want more details, there are plenty of sites such as http://forums.elitistjerks.com/index.php?/forum/141-paladins/ with existing advanced discussions of the class.

Overhealing

This is probably partly a consequence of leaving your beacon on the current off-tank. It's probably also partly due to the fact your focus is healing the tank in 25 man, where there will typically be large amounts of overhealing occurring (as opposed to AoE-oriented healers).

Position on meters

One thing to check is that you are looking for healing and absorbs on the meters. Looking just for healing will heavily bias it away from holy paladins and disc priests.

Meters don't tell the whole story, even if they are showing what you're expecting.

You're right to conclude that being significantly below the top three healers in the raids you join is something to work on, though.

Running out of mana (OoMing):

This is likely to be a matter of playing your rotation better, but it's also likely to be related to gear (spirit really makes a significant difference).

  • Be careful when casting holy radiance as this consumes a significant portion of your mana.

  • Although you don't mention it, I imagine you already make sure that you are fully self-buffed, especially with seal of insight.

  • Divine Plea has been changed so that it no longer reduces the healing you do. Depending on the fight, it may be sensible to use it first at 80% mana and thereafter as soon as it comes off cooldown.

  • If possible, ask druids to Innervate you (if they don't need it themselves) and make sure you stay within 40 yards of a shaman's Mana Tide Totem or a priest singing Hymn of Hope.

  • If you continue having mana issues, a last resort can be casting only when it is vital do so to stay keep a raid member alive or you have Holy Shock/Eternal Flame available. This is clearly not a long term solution, but may be necessary if you are very undergeared.

  • Consider using the Glyph of Lay on Hands for an additional emergency mana regen.

  • Also, keep both Master Mana Potions and Potions of Focus on hand and use each as appropriate.

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