I always find that the best way to start something is for an introduction.
I started playing WoW four years ago. I had no clue what the game was about but a co-worker had mentioned it and it sounded fun. I found a trial version that I could download and not have to get some console so I loaded it up and tried it out. It was from moments into it that I was hooked. I equated it to 3D Mario Brothers.
My game play started mainly solo. I ended up in a guild days after switching to the full version without a clue what a guild was and why I would want to be in it. I am still in that same guild 4 years later and am now I’m the guild leader.
My first toon was a protection warrior. I had been a protection warrior from the first time that I stepped into Deadmines and someone said, you have a sword and shield so you are the tank. I said ok and proceeded to wipe repeatedly. I think we spent about 4 hours in that dungeon. The next day I started reading up on the web about what protection warriors were and how to do it. Then I proceeded to not do another dungeon for another 35 dungeons. Yet I still was that prot warrior.
That protection warrior was the only toon and spec I played for months. It took me months to even get to 70 (level cap at the time). When I finally did and after some guildies helped me get some more defense to hit the 270 defense cap at the time, I stepped into my first raid, Karazan. I was hooked and loved it. It felt grand and epic. It was hilarious hearing all the voices on vent and playing with others.
Two years later is when I started healing on my priest, mainly as a way to fill a need. At the time we were raiding 25 man Naxxramas and needed two priests to mind control Instructor Razuvious. Of course I am a terribly slow leveler so I never got her high enough before we had moved on to Ulduar.
My priest didn’t become my main toon until half way through Ice Crown Citadel. Up until that point I had been the off-tank with my protection warrior in my 10 man raiding team. I love tanking for much the same reasons that I love healing and fitting with my personality in real life. I like making other peoples lives easier. “What some big baddie is pounding your squishy butt, here let me take that off you and let him smash his face on my shield”, or “OOh your health is dropping low, let me fill it with my blue bar.”
A guildie once told me that once I took up the healing mantle I’d never put it down and he was completely right. I enjoy most aspects of healing with the exception of the occasional idiots that will yell at me for not healing them standing in crud. Luckily that doesn’t happen often.
When I went to level my priest I knew I wanted to be heals and saw that there were two options: Holy and Discipline. My raid leader at the time said he would never bring two heals of the same specialization and we currently had a great Holy Priests on our team so I went Discipline.
The first 55 some odd levels were a blur and I don’t really recall much healing challenges going on even in dungeons. It wasn’t until I got to Outlands with a Death Knight tank and multiple Death Knight dps fighting for aggro that I remember being challenged in dungeons (you know back in wrath when everyone and their cousin were creating death knights). It was an amazing amount of fun and I was told repeatedly that I was a good healer, which lets face it, everyone loves to be praised.
I was hooked on healing, just as my guildie said I would be. It wasn’t just the praise that hooked me in, but lets be honest, who doesn’t love being praise. I am not one that likes to be on top of the damage charts, nor do I care if I have the best gear or the most shiny epics. I like working with a group and helping it to accomplish a goal.
Well that is about it for about me. I will fill in more detail as I go here. I just wanted to get something up about how I came to play a Discipline Priest.