Is there such a thing as too much mana?06/11/2010
After reading a blog entry by a healadin who says that she doesn’t like using glyphed Seal of Wisdom, I felt I should touch on this subject. It’s a bit funny, how Blizzard claims that mana regen is currently not something that healers take into account, yet I always seem to be bringing it up on my blog. Sure, I’m not biting my nails during every fight to make sure I don’t waste a single drop of my blue bar, but all healers who are trying to progress should be thinking about just how much regen they need before going into the raid.
The question “is there such a thing as too much mana?” is an interesting one to me, as there is only one healing class right now that currently gems and enchants strictly for regen. Some may view it as a necessary evil for keeping up in HPS, but I find it is actually more a case than gemming for anything except INT just doesn’t give the returns I’d like. Priests and druids get to gem all those reds to see their healing go up across the board as they blanket the raid. Shaman have that really run time gemming into haste and more haste, letting them spam those slow casting Chain Heals faster, faster, faster. Those classes get to see a direct increase to their healing with their gem choices.
Healadins don’t get to have that. By gemming any sort of throughput, we generate quite a bit of “waste.” Spellpower will simply up the overhealing. Haste would drop us below the 1 second mark and cost us way too much mana to sustain. Crit is laughable with how little it gives us, especially with the amount we have with proper gearing. All of these stats just produce a very “meh” feeling, in that in the end we get very little out of them. But INT? That stat gives us exactly what we need. More casts mean more healing. Being able to sustain Holy Light for longer will up your HPS far more than gemming any sort of throughput.
Let’s just be honest: If you have too much mana when you are gemmed/geared correctly, the problem lies with how you are healing.
People hate to hear that. We all hate to be told “you are doing it wrong” and we like to scowl at those doing it, trying to make the person saying it sound like the villain. That doesn’t mean it isn’t -true,- however. If you are considering switching from glyphed Seal of Wisdom to glyphed Seal of Light as a healadin, you are, in fact, “doing it wrong.” (Dreamwalker and PvP excluded, of course.) What I mean by that is that you are doing a huge disservice to yourself, your raid and the other healers. You are not holding up your end of the bargain and trying your hardest to keep people alive by using every ounce you have.
Cast more. I keep trying to drill this into people’s heads, but it is absolutely true. Cast more, cast more, cast more. If you’re gemmed/enchanted/geared correctly, you must cast more. Even if you’re -not- maximized in your gear, just cast more. (And then go fix your gear after the raid…) Never stop casting! Every GCD used is one less thing you’re putting on the shoulders of your compatriots. This isn’t about “I don’t want to step on the other healers’ toes,” it is about “what can I do to make things easier for everyone else.” The answer? -Cast more!- Mana problem solved.