Today we get into the gritty bits of tanking and healing and specifically, I want to talk about lightwell. Now, I know all of you holy healers got this awesome spell that’s incredibly efficient in terms of mana/healing and that you love us when we click it to heal ourselves. Blizzard even put a tip in the loading screens telling us to use lightwell… must be one awesome spell right?
Well no… or rather not all the time and especially not for a tank. Even if some of you I’ve met in Pugs insist on it I will not as a tank rely on clicking a well to heal myself. It’s not to spite you or because I’m lazy, but because of well tought reasons. So why would clicking a well to heal myself be such a bad idea?
There’s a huge probability that in order to use a lightwell I will have to move to it when I need it. Even if I start out the fight right on top of the lightwell and try to stay there, the realities of a fight will probably require me to move during it. Any tank worth his salt will tell you that you want to minimise movement as much as possible during a fight and that for numerous reasons. Every time you move a boss you lower the overall dps of the group, you risk an AoE boss ability to be badly placed and thus hit people you didn’t want to. You risk being out of LoS or range of the healers. Plus, if you make a mistake while moving you can end up taking a lot more damage or even wiping the fight. Good tanks move only when they have to.
Obviously, this mean that the benifits of moving to have the lightwell versus the risk of moving are not worth it. Risking a group wipe or an enrage timer to save the healer trouble is not a good tradeoff.
2. Being able to click
The second reason is a bit more practical and revolves around my ability to click on a lightwell at the right moment. Because of threat, cooldowns and numerous other little factors its possible I might not be able to spare the 2 seconds needed to click at the right time. 2 seconds can be the difference between life and death in a fight. This all make the Lightwell unreliable when it comes to tank healing simply because I might not be able to click it when needed.
Ligthwell has been debated to death in previous expansions and it’s been generally agreed upon as being a bad talent, or a situational one at best, it’s unreliable for tanks and often make dps lose a lot of dps. While one might argue about being meter focused, I’ve seen enough dps be pressured to top the meters to understand them not wanting to lose a precious few seconds on very tight rotations. I haven’t seen significant changes to it so it would stand to reason that the usefulness of the talent has not changed.
However, with the recent changes to healing, priests are desperate for mana and I understand their want for us to use Lightwell wich is very mana efficient. And I will use it.
When the situation allows.
That is the main point I want to get across. If I’m able to I will use lightwell but only if it doesn’t affect negatively my tanking. That means I should not have to move to go reach it and it’s going to be when I have a moment for it. I am truly sorry for you priests that Blizzard is ramming down your throat such a crappy talent.