Yeah right.Originally Posted by Venara
Downranking is just using game mechanics in a way they're not supposed to be used. Blizz said so themselves. I'm glad they're fixing it.
What I don't get is that there seems to be only downrankers and stopcasters. I'm neither. When a tank is a full health, I PoM him, put renew up and start casting a max rank greater heal pre-emptive. Perhaps this might lead to a huge overheal, but chances are he'll get some big hits and he'll need everything he can get from me. In the end, you need some way to manage your mana. Stopcasting is effective, but way too risky, you cannot afford that in high content. Downranking is easy but gives mediocre results, think about that time when your tank died because your crappy R1 GH didn't heal him enough to survive the next hit. There are better ways. Clearcasting - earring - inner focus combo's for example, using pots and dark runes at appropriate times, as well as your shadowfiend.
To those who say downranking takes skill, because you can decide what heal to use: you're idiots. There is no way you can predict what kind of heal your tank will need in 2.5 seconds, since it all depends on the hits he takes during that time. On fights where you have to spamheal a tank, like Brutallus, downranking is simply not an option. He'll need all the healing he can get, and if you go OOM because of that, you obviously can't manage your mana. Either that, or your gear just doesn't cut it.