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#1 Jul 18 2011 at 12:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi all,

I have been playing off and on for a number of years and have recently come back and started playing as a Holy Priest.

When I got to level 15 I clicked on the dungeon finder tool and proceeded to heal my first instance, then another, then another and then another, one after the other, without pause as the group I was with changed but I stayed constant. After the final instance, and back outside, I looked about the area I was in and saw all mobs were greyed. I then realised I had gone up 5 levels and most of my equipment slots had blue items.

Since then, I have struggled to find the motivation to quest outside of instances and have just reached level 30 rather quickly. I also think I'm addicted to healing: that rush of saving an idiot dps or tank on auto pilot is hard to beat.

My questions are:

Is healing my way through levels a viable way of levelling?

Will I reach a point where doing so becomes a lot slower?

Has anyone else done this?

I don't mind questing, but I am interested in other holy priests opinions. I also know Holy is not the quickest way to level but I really want to heal well even in lower level dungeons.
#2 Jul 18 2011 at 2:11 PM Rating: Excellent
reddave wrote:
Is healing my way through levels a viable way of levelling?

Yes. It is a very fast way to level. You just miss out on doing quests. If you're ok with that, then there is nothing wrong with it.

reddave wrote:
Will I reach a point where doing so becomes a lot slower?

Leveling gets a bit slower as you go higher. That's normal whether you are questing or doing instances. I personally believe you could do instances only, and level at least as fast as questing. The reason more people don't do that only, is that they enjoy doing some questing as well.

reddave wrote:
Has anyone else done this?

I'm sure they have. People have leveled all manner of ways. One person even leveled all the way to 85 by gathering only. No questing, instances, or killing of anything.

Leveling is fast now, no matter how you go about it. If you are learning and having fun, that's what counts.

Also, at some point in your healing career, you should become familiar with disc as well. Both specs work well for healing instances.

Edited, Jul 18th 2011 4:13pm by dadanox
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#3 Jul 18 2011 at 7:39 PM Rating: Good
Once you get to level 60 or so it'll become slower. The reason for this is there are fewer dungeons you can spam, and also because most of the dungeon quests have pre-requisites. The fastest way to level is to do dungeons with dungeon quests. However, if you prefer to level via dungeoning, then do that.
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#4 Jul 19 2011 at 1:53 AM Rating: Good
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The queues slow down and the gear from quests gets better once you start to get into Outland and beyond.
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#5 Jul 19 2011 at 1:53 AM Rating: Good
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Horsemouth wrote:
The queues slow down and the gear from quests gets better once you start to get into Outland and beyond.


Edit: So at that point you'll want to quest while you wait in the queue. More once you hit Northrend as you want the rep then as well.
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#6 Jul 19 2011 at 5:11 AM Rating: Decent
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Cheers guys,

My plan is to spam the LFG tool, whilst questing a bit and working up my professions, until I hit the world content I haven’t experienced yet, which is Outland and up, and then see what those naughty boys Illidan and Arthas have been up to.
#7 Jul 19 2011 at 5:32 AM Rating: Good
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Cheers guys,

My plan is to spam the LFG tool, whilst questing a bit and working up my professions, until I hit the world content I haven’t experienced yet, which is Outland and up, and then see what those naughty boys Illidan and Arthas have been up to.


Sounds like a good plan.
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#8 Jul 19 2011 at 7:33 AM Rating: Decent
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#9 Jul 22 2011 at 3:25 AM Rating: Decent
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You should also do a little planning for the Cataclysm part of your leveling experience. Problem is that you'll most likely want to start doing the Firelands dailies the moment you hit 85, for the nice gear pieces that'll help you catch up with everybody else. But to get access to those quests, you'll have to have almost all the quests in Hyal completed.

Add the minimum gear requirement even for normal dungeons. You're getting the gear from doing the quests in the zones those dungeons are in. If you don't switch zones when you're supposed to, quests and mobs will turn green. Having to run Blackrock or Throne of the Tides at 83 just because you still don't make the gear cap for Stonecore or Vortex Pinnacle is anything but efficient, as is being limited to the latter rather than doing Grim Batol, Lost City, or Halls of Origination at 84.

There is just a ton of content packed into only 5 Cataclysm levels rather than the 10 it were for the previous expansions.

80-82 Hyal/Vash'ir
82-83 Deepholme
83-84 Uldum
84-85 Twilight Highlands

Try to stay in the appropriate zone for the quests in between dungeons, no matter what.
#10 Jul 24 2011 at 1:43 AM Rating: Good
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Compounding the problem is that you level faster than you finish zones, so that you'll likely finish a zone's level range before you finish the storylines. I remember I hit 85 halfway through Uldum.
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#11 Jul 26 2011 at 3:29 AM Rating: Good
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Compounding the problem is that you level faster than you finish zones, so that you'll likely finish a zone's level range before you finish the storylines. I remember I hit 85 halfway through Uldum.


For a healer I'd recommend doing Hyjal until Deepholm opens up. Then doing Deepholm til its done then going TH. Purely for rep and gear based reasons. As you want Hyjal for rep but Deepholm as well but shoulder chants are exalted so crushing the zone makes more sense as Revered is easier to hit for the head chant. Then TH when Deepholm is done purely for the better gear.

You should mostly finish TH as some good loot is near the end and the story is good. Then either go back to Hyjal for rep or Uldum for gear + the quest line.

I'd say Uldum as randoms + tabard will handle rep as from finishing Deepholm you can get the weaker shoulder chant so pushing tabard rep with GoH should be fast to get revered. Then you can deal with Therazane and TH faction rep at your leisure.

Then push Therazane with dailies as you want your TH faction and Hyjal at exalted for gear. Deal with Vash and ER last as they net you the lowest benefit in gear, fun quests and cool lore.

Uldum and by extension the Ramkahen only offer leveling gear and fun quests for healing priets.
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