I have always considered myself, first and foremost, a tank healer. I’ve been a little slow to catch on to the prevelance of “raid bubblers” lately, and I must admit it bemuses me.
Oh, I raid bubble. I raid bubble because I work with a holy paladin, and it’s easier for me to raid heal than the paladin…but I consider that something else I can do, rather like a druid can tank heal. I don’t gear for it. I don’t gem for it. If you told me I was never to heal a tank again I’d shank you in the face. It seems like the tank healing disc priest is becoming the more rare of the two, however.
I blame fights like LK. If you feel that you “need” bubbles on the raid, and you only have 1 disc priest (and really, who has multiple disc priests? We never have regular ones that attend all the time for very long), you’re not going to have them on your tank. Chances are, this means you found a holy paladin and they’re almost always on your tank.
I appreciate being useful…but I’d rather not be SO useful in certain situations that they yank me away from what I consider my main job. Hi, Blizz? I’m a tank healer, remember? Not a raid mitigatior who sometimes throws Pain Suppression on the tank.
Here’s a strange concept: give paladins some more raid healing toys to play with so I can make them the raid bitch sometimes! Gasp!