Hi. Jumping onto this thread instead of creating another with the same concerns. I made a new panda priest with Mists and took her disc. She's my first ever healer. I'd heard of this site from the WoW Insider article and thought I'd come check you out. I read the beginner priest guide as well as the Disc guide and the 5 man dungeon guide. All were very helpful. Unfortunately, a lot of it went over my head because my priest isn't high enough level yet to have learned certain spells.
I've been leveling my new priest through dungeons almost exclusively alongside a guildie monk tank. We hit level 60 this weekend. I've yet to have anything close to a mana issue, so I'm worried that I'm forming bad habits. In fact, I had the dps call me out for making the tank "go slow" when I had plenty of mana because I wasn't comfortable healing through crazy pulls.
As the new spells trickle in, I see that they're dependent on the priest casting harmful spells instead of just healing/shielding the tank/group. In my experience, whenever I take the time to switch off the tank and cast Smite/Holy Fire/Penance, the tank gets in a rough spot and has to burn his cooldowns to keep himself alive while I struggle to switch back to him and restore his health. I like Penance for that instant, channeled heal, but when I've used it to dps for Evangelism/AA, things tend to get hairy. Are there tips on how to weave in those damage spells to get and maintain Evangelism stacks, without sacrificing tank health? Should I not be using Penance to dps at all and only be casting Smite/Holy Fire?
For the dps in the group, I usually just throw a Renew on them and figure that'll be sufficient unless there's a reason they'll start taking damage. Then I'll use Prayer of Healing if it's everyone, or a Greater Heal if it's just them. I don't have Prayer of Mending yet.
I'm also having a horrible time remembering I have things like Inner Will and my shadowfiend and all those other spells that aren't heals. Unless the spell icon flashes at me (like Archangel does), I forget to use it. Any tips for how to remember they exist and use them would be much appreciated.