My last self important ramble focused on what you can do to gather up the courage, and fortitude to heal a party. This one is going to focus on your fellow party members, and how you can bridge the gap, when they still haven’t sought help for that horrible aggro addiction they have. There’s a bit you can do, as the disc priest, to keep everyone up and to avoid multiple wipes. You can even do it without bruising egos! It’s true!
First Issue: My Tank can’t keep aggro! If the mob jumps on you after it’s engaged, you can do a few things to minimize your attractiveness to the mobs.
- Save Prayer of Mending for after the first few hits. When it procs, it can attract undue attention to you, especially if your Tank is new, under geared, or under whelming.
- Wait until your Tank is at 80% health before you cast that first heal. It gives your Tank time to get the mobs attention, and keep it.
- Fade. Enough said.
- Pain Suppression for yourself! It reduces threat, as well as giving you the ability to survive a little longer if the mob turns it’s tender affections on to you.
Small note: If your Tank is inexperienced, under geared, or under whelming, don’t use Pain Suppression on them. They’re scraping for all the threat they can get, don’t make it hard for them.
Second Issue: My DPS keeps dying! Let them die. That’ll learn ’em!
I’m kidding! Shields, renews, and PoM can help keep them up, but also, Pain Suppression. It’ll pull their threat down a hair, and perhaps send a message that they might want to pull it back in a little.
Your go to tools for instances and parties like these are always going to be Fade, Pain Suppression, PW:S, PoM, and Renew. If there’s no CC going on, a glyphed Holy Nova is a Godsend. You probably won’t have enough time to devote to bandaging your dps if you’ve got a really hairy fight going on, but if you do have the time but don’t feel you can waste the mana, go for it. But above all of these things, the best tool you’ll have is a positive attitude. Keep pressing on, never say die, Keep Calm and Carry On, and all that jazz. Your group will be getting coarse and unhappy by the third or fourth wipe, if you can keep positive, and not reduce yourself to frothing at the mouth and swearing, you just may be able to turn the whole thing around.
In the end, you can only control what you do, and how you react to a miserable situation. If it becomes too much to bear, try and be kind, excuse yourself (for whatever reason) apologize profusely and leave quickly. Your reputation will be your best tool, and being kind, calm, and courteous will go a long way. In WoW, unlike the real world, your good name means something, make sure you cultivate it.