So, my AST just hit level 60, and I have a little bit more experience healing so far. Aria was very kind, and made me a set of ilvl 115 clothes for me to start 50-60. Thanks Aria!
Things got a lot more interesting after level 50, and it has been unexpectedly fun. I did all the HW leveling dungeons, and I also healed some trials such as Chrysalis, Thornmarch and Ramuh. I read that Diurnal Sect is more MP-efficient, so I mostly used that. In trials, Aspected Helios deals with most of the area damage, and I can just put Aspected Benefic on the tank, cast Malefics, and heal people who get hit by mechanics.
When the tank does a huge pull, I just use Aspected Benefic when they stop to regen them, then either cast Benefic 2 if they are taking heavy damage, or Gravity and Malefic to kill the monsters if they are not.
To heal large pulls, I found it important to use cooldowns. Firstly, use Lightspeed
, which makes all GCD heals instant for 15 seconds. You can use it to heal the tank on the move if they are taking heavy damage while pulling, or to spam gravity if they are not taking much damage. It halves MP cost, so you can spam Benefic 2 a lot without running out of MP.
Secondly, use Synastry
on the tank. The player with Synastry receives an extra 40% of the healing whenever you cast a single-target GCD heal on someone, and it works if both are the same player. Basically, you can think of this as a +40% buff to single-target heals when used on the tank. However, it does not work with Essential Dignity.
Both Lightspeed and Synastry have 120s cooldown, so you can alternate them, using Lightspeed on 1 pull and Synastry on another.
Thirdly, you have Collective Unconscious
. This is a bubble that gives damage reduction and regen around you for as long as you maintain it, however, it turns off the moment you move or use an ability. The way to use this is like PLD's Passage of Arms: you do not want to keep maintaining it, because that prevents you from casting. Rather, just turn it on and off immediately (by casting or moving), because the regen lingers for 15 seconds after it is turned off! It has a short cooldown of 60s, so you can use this every pull. The double regen of Aspected Benefic + Collective Unconscious heals for a lot and allows you to dps even in the middle of large pulls.
Lastly, use Essential Dignity
! It has a short cooldown (only 40s!), so do not save this for emergencies. Use it if you think you are beginning to struggle, and try to use it every pull, this will help prevent the situation from going out of control.
You know, I think I am becoming more elitist. I did not feel much difficulty so far, even in dungeons considered challenging for healers, such as Aurum Vale and the Vault.
There were a few moments where I made some mistakes, and felt a little panicked as the tank's HP got very low. There was one such case in Aurum Vale. The BRD actually played very well, but I allowed her to die to stray enemies in the 1st room, as the tank was taking heavy damage and I was not sure if I could spare any spells to heal the BRD.
I let my tank die twice so far, once in Stone Vigil when I was not paying attention, and once in the Vault because I accidentally pressed the wrong button, and these were entirely careless mistakes on my part. But surprisingly, we were able to stabilize and not wipe. Speaking of wipes, I have wiped 2 times since I started healing: one on Great Gubal Library (the party did not know how to do the platforms) and another in Haukke Manor hard (party did not kill the adds in time). Well, I guess not all mechanics can be healed through, haha.
The Gubal wipe caught me off guard, because I felt I had the situation under control even though the party had several vuln ups from being hit by mechanics. Then suddenly the tank died to aoes, then both the DPS died, and I died while I was realizing that I did not have swiftcast and figuring out what to do. It was a 0.1% wipe... I thought such things happen only in Savage!
Most healing guides are targeted at players in high-end content, and they advise to heal as little as possible in order to maximize DPS. I push DPS as much as I can, but I also found that in casual content people make a lot of mistakes. I play a little safer and top up people (especially the tank), because I don't trust them to avoid mistakes. Lol!
I'm looking forward to the SB dungeons!