Last night, my guild called
the Nefarian wipes the raid about twenty minutes early and our raid leader/GM gave us a brief pep talk which included the news that more guild audits were on the way and stressing the need to get Nefarian down before 4.2 hits. One of our officers chimed in about a Heroic Conclave run that she was forming on an off night, if anyone was interested and while that was happening, an interesting conversation began in healer chat about pre-potting or more specifically, why none of the healers appeared to be doing it.
For those who don’t know, “pre-potting” is the term used for working around the usual cooldown on potions by drinking a potion shortly before a fight starts, so that you can use a second potion later on during the fight. Typically, this is something that tanks and DPS are asked to do, but this will be the second guild that I have been in so far that has asked me to consider doing it as a healer.
The only advantages that I can see to pre-potting as a healer are as follows:
– If you know that you’re going to be dropping a Lightwell before the pull, drink a potion to increase your spellpower and then drop it. Make sure you have Inner Fire up before you do, if you don’t already.
– If you anticipate heavy damage coming out from the onset of the pull, drink a potion beforehand to start the fight off with a slightly larger mana pool and more spellpower, so you can throw out bigger heals to those who need it with less strain on your resources.
Being that this is Heroic Nefarian we’re talking about, neither of these situations really applies to me. It may apply to those healing the tanks, because they can take heavy amounts of damage on this fight. But I’m typically assigned to pure raid healing and I can honestly say that P1 doesn’t start to pick up for me until Electrocute happens. I make sure to keep Prayer of Mending going and a Renew on each tank in range. I heal people after Tail Swipe happens.
I can’t say that using a Volcanic Potion before the fight starts would do anything other than save me mana when I activate my Chakra and cast Levitate on myself before I jump off the platform. Don’t laugh, it works like a charm.
Don’t get me wrong, there are fights where pre-potting can come in handy.
Once the fight starts, Magmaw doesn’t hesitate to start unleashing Magma Spew on most of the raid and remember that it hits twice as hard on Heroic mode. Surviving those initial rounds of burst damage is important and helps you get comfortable with how the damage will be distributed, because it remains pretty consistent throughout.
On Heroic mode, the first minute or two of the encounter are the most healing intensive and stressful. Once you make it through the initial salvo and blow most of your cooldowns, you can resort to your usual means of keeping the raid or your tank up.
Healers in charge of watching the tank (or other plate wearer) responsible for waking up Chimaeron are in for a lot of incoming damage to have to heal through. Most of the other healers will help you out with this, but it’s not uncommon for that person to die accidentally, due to unpredictable damage that people weren’t prepared for.
I took to Twitter, to see if anyone else felt the way I did about pre-potting and I was surprised to find that nobody that I Follow or who Follows me makes a habit of doing this and I tend to keep in touch with a wide variety of people, ranging from those in the top tiers of progression to those just getting their feet wet.
Some admitted that it may be a good idea for future content, such as Firelands, but that nothing in the current tier of content would really be worth the trouble of pre-potting. Others had flat out never heard of such a thing and were quick to dismiss it as being wasteful or gold better spent elsewhere.
What do you think about pre-potting as a healer? Do you do it? Would you do it, if asked? Are you a tank or a DPS who pre-pots? Let’s talk about it!