Last night I decided it was time to see if my healing skills had deteriorated at all during my hiatus. I grabbed Tum and hit the old LFG button. We ended up in some glorious bee hive. Oh, wait. Upon some research on my part it turns out it was Siege of Niuzao Temple.
I think I was just more focused on not screwing things up that I missed the name. I’ve always been a confident Priest, but after nine months you never know if too much has changed. The only thing I really noticed was that my spells weren’t healing for quite as much as I remember. That likely means folk just have much more stamina than before, but either way I adjusted fine. Of course, the first thing I made sure to mention was that I had never been in the place before. I do that regardless of when I last healed. It increases the chance of an explanation and reduces the chance of people just taking for granted the healer (or tank) has been there and does stuff we’re supposed to just expect.
So we rolled through the first boss easy enough and I got a great explanation on the second one so that was pretty easy as well. Of course, the only person’s health bar I wasn’t watching was my own and I died just as the fight ended. Boss three was a little bit harder. We actually wiped because I didn’t quite understand how the adds worked. Once I realized they loved my cologne, it was much easier. No deaths and the final boss was a breeze.
All in all, I had a great group and the tank gave concise info on the boss fights. I even picked up a solid upgrade in the Breezeswept Hood.. We talked briefly afterwards about the enjoyable and friendly run. After mentioning it was my first dungeon run in over nine months, the tank informed us he just came back on Wednesday and one of the dps just came back from a year away! Small world, so to speak.
The good news is that it seems I’m right where I was when I left. At least as a healer. We’ll have to see what my tanking and dps skills are like. I don’t expect the term “good” for either as I couldn’t play the other classes all that well when I came back. At least not the high end ones that I have. Lowbies will never be hard., save for probably my Monk. But, all that aside, it was nice to get the proverbial monkey off my back last night.