I’ve never been a full-time healer but 99% of the time I healed coming into Shadowlands, it was as a Disc priest. I’m sitting about 220 ilvl right now because I really don’t feel confident running the content I need to get the gear I need to level up more. I feel like I’m gimping my groups.
I am fortunate, on the raid team I DPS for, to have a player who really should be raiding with much more talented teams, but he’d rather play with friends (meaning the rest of us). He has a healer of every spec, and if he doesn’t parse pink/orange/tan on all of them, it’s a rare night for him.
He’s given up on Disc, too, because in his words, “you do five times the work for one-half the output.”
He encouraged me to try out Resto shaman to compare. I healed briefly as a Resto sham in Legion and hated it. I was terrible at it and it felt clunky. But I did as he said, tried Resto sham, and … I can get twice the output for about one-fifth the effort. He wasn’t kidding.
Problem is, I’d rather play Disc. Something about the spec really speaks to me. But I’m obviously doing things wrong (and I may be geared wrong, because I can’t find a way to sim healing specs so I just have to kind of go with trial and error, or ask other priests). I am very fortunate to break 3500 hps on any encounter (roughly impossible unless it’s AoE and I can uncork Unholy Nova), or unless I just say “screw it” to mana or the encounter and blow all cooldowns and trinkets, etc… I really feel like I struggle to heal people in the 0%-20% health range (i.e., rapid recovery healing) and I have problems working with most of the fast-pulling tanks out there.
I’m not sure what help I’m even asking for at this point, but it’s clear that this iteration of Disc priest has eluded me.