The other day I went against my “I’m tanking to save myself from their fail” mantra and…well, healed for one of THOSE tanks. By THOSE tanks I mean the ones who are slightly undergeared (the switch from Outlands instances to UK is not a very gentle one) and don’t seem aware of this fact.
Now, spells are broken down into various categories in my head. I like categories. My UI is neatly divided up into sections, with each spell or item neatly in its place. Some of these buttons are internally labeled as “buffs” and can get tossed around whenever. These include things like Power Infusion. The spell is nice to have having it on cooldown will never end the world. It’s usually saved for bosses though because…well…I’m lazy on trash and probably casting Mind Sear anyway.
Other buttons are “oh shit buttons”. These include my “AMG WE’RE ALL DYING HEAL EVERYONE OMG” Hymn, and even to a lesser extent…my shadow fiend. My druid’s innervate is conserved the same way.
Why are fiend and innervate considered oh shit buttons? Because sometimes bad pulls happen at bad times. Not having Power Infusion will never matter, but there’s a slim chance that not having my OMNOMNOM MANA ability could be bad. On my priest this would almost never happen, by my level 70 druid is another story. I r nub drood. Plus, between trash pulls I can sit and drink. This means that I will sit and drink rather than blowing a cool down.
So if I sit and drink, and you run ahead and pull, I will continue to sit and drink and let you die. If you yell at me for not using my innervate so I could keep up, I will just eyebrow quirk. For one thing, if I have to sit and drink 4 pulls into UK, then your tank gear is questionable and I might well ACTUALLY need that innervate when someone blunders into that pat on the stairs, again. For another, you should have learned to watch your healer’s mana by now.
Am I strange in my habit of “reserving” cooldowns like innervate, even though it has a short cooldown? Should I be using it even on trash because heaven forbid an instance take 5 minutes longer?