|2 Gnomes, 1 Pick. Yeah, I know ^^|
Today I have sorted 7/12 85's with some kind of TB Daily, which has made my brain turn to mush. As a result I thought I was in the perfect state to get my healer out and try to understand how Priests Work Now, and I've been really rather encouraged. Now I've worked out what the new Chakra states do (with some help) and have done both dps and healing in quite difficult situations (LFR even with Guildies can be a perilous place) I can attest that yes, I've made the right choice in bringing my Priest out to bat first when the expansion launches.
Mana doesn't as yet seem to be a problem (though I'm betting that will change) Dps as Holy (which I have to say I prefer over shadow because deep down I like the concept of just having one 'form' for both things) was actually very enjoyable in TB today, and even at this stage stuff seemed to die pretty quickly, which I vaguely recall distinctly not being the case when I last levelled. Talent choices make sense, though I'm disappointed at the distinct lack of funky cosmetic glyphery currently available, but having an instant cast Holy Fire and extra PoM power, plus Renew goodness all makes a lot of sense. I ran through a couple of the lower level Heroics to help my husband's new hunter gear up, and it was all pretty straightforward: in fact, I felt really rather comfortable with everything. How that would translate to the new 5 mans and Heroics however... well, we will see.
My main priority in getting the Gnome 'out there' is her Scribe/Chanting professions, but I realise that having another healer on the Guild Books will be just as important, especially as we're still in the dark over who is likely to return to heal for us come Pandaria. I began this character as a Draenai, back when we were progressing through Zul'Aman 20 as a Guild, for the exact same reason: we were short of key personnel and needed to move forward, and there was no-one else to do the job. She became a Gnome when Goblins got the chance in Pandaria and frankly I'm really pleased I made the change. I think her personality suits the shorter frame and although I briefly toyed with making her a Dwarf, I think this is the best race for her.
I'll be spending the rest of the evening dragging her around instances, I suspect, seeing if I can remember which Chakra works in which situation and doing my best not to kill myself by standing in bad stuff whilst casting... now if only I could Leap of Faith myself OUT of bad situations... ^^