It’s strange but I think if I were to resume playing my priest, Flint, I could do a better job than I did when he was my main character. It would take me a bit to get back into the swing of healing and my first few runs would doubtless be scary things. However, I think I have a better grasp of how to play than I did back then.
Flint was my first max level character (twice). It’s not surprising that I would make some really noobish mistakes, such as the time I mind controlled a Dark Iron dwarf in Gnomergon, ran him over the nearest ledge, and watched in horror as he pulled most of the rest of the instance. The simple fact that I’ve had more practice means that I play better.
There are a lot of resources out there that I didn’t know about on Flint. Heck, there are a lot of resources out there that didn’t exist when I was playing Flint. Loot lists, message boards, theorycrafting, rotations, macros, and strategy guides have all helped tremendously. Now I know why I shouldn’t be rolling on that spell crit mace against a paladin. I did a decent amount of research while playing Flint, but nothing compared to the research I’m doing now.
Having leveled a warrior, paladin, and hunter to max level and getting a warlock, shaman, and druid a decent chunk of the way there means that I have a better idea how the different classes are played. There was one warrior that annoyed the crap out of me because he wouldn’t watch mana bars at all. Now I know why he loved to chain pull and I am aware that I don’t NEED to have full mana for every trash mob pull in an instance.
Raid leading has taught me even more about the different classes and how to get people to work together. I was good at healing my group, but terrible at carrying out any other heal assignment. I would get nervous whenever someone’s health would drop and would toss out heals to unassigned targets. That’s fine every once in a while, but not as a general practice. I’ve learned to trust my teammates to do their jobs while I focus on doing mine.
Now I want to roll up a priest to apply the lessons that I’ve learned. Maybe I’ll do that once my other toons make it up to 70 (or next time I want another alt).