Well, last night was an exercise in being out of our comfort zone. Fozec got Val all set up for some major tankage, while I dusted off Martaliti and tried to remember how to heal as a priest. We did normal MaT for a test run. We wiped at least twice due to me underestimating the cast time on some heals.
When I pulled Mart out of retirement, she was Shadow while wearing a really random set of partial healing gear. By random, I mean apparently I had been having some fun because there were T2, T3, T4, Kara, SSC, and craftable healing pieces sitting next to heroic and kara dps items. She was a mess. I found some bits and pieces in her bank. And sifting through her bank's T0, T1, T2, and other random healing gear took some time, especially since I wasn't even sure what I was looking for.
I spec'd Mart CoH and tried it out a bit. The per person healing was a bit lower than I expected, but I guess you can make up for it by spamming. It did really well on the first boss, healing everyone back up after a crystal drain, and was much easier than single-target healing. I also was pretty impressed with Binding Heal on the next to the last boss pack. It was like dual Flashes of Doom! It's been a while since I could heal more than one person at a time.
The key to being a really good priest is making split second decisions on which heal you should use and then reacting almost instantaneously. On both of these counts I was too slow, and my spell selection was probably not the best choice 50% of the time. This lead to some touch-and-go situations where I barely managed to keep someone alive.
I felt clunky and noobish, especially when I'd find myself relying on paladin abilities I no longer had. For example, I died to a ball on Kale because I was looking for my bubble. Likewise, I was getting some pretty severe casting pushback because the imp conc aura and corresponding talents were MIA. Combined with heals taking much longer than I mentally calculated, a number of my party mates would just bleed to death in front of me. I tired Flash healing as much as my 9k mana bar would allow, and that seemed to help some.
Valyre with Foz at the controls seemed to be doing just fine. I don't recall seeing anyone die to loose mobs. In fact, we had the opposite problem on Kale when Val's consecrate snagged the phoenix and wouldn't let go. She also barely took any damage aoe tanking 2 packs of mana worms at a time. PoM plus Renew, then watch the show. I think the only thing that Fozec really had to test and work out was managing his mana pool. Efficiency will only come with time, though.
I crashed on the couch after MaT but word on the street is they only missed getting a bear mount in ZA by about 60 sec. That's a great accomplishment as far as I'm concerned. It'd be too stressed out to even attempt something like that.