Poorly geared pally easier to heal than well geared warrior? What am I missing....
I am the Raid organizer, raid leader, and main tank for my guild. In my raids we are farming everything but heroic-TOC (which we are struggling with, but working towards progress). As the main tank and only plate tank (we run with me and a druid - and then a boomkin who switches to feral when we need a third) I have been very fortunate regarding gear and am one of the top geared tanks on my server (2850 GS on wow heroes). I raid buff to well over 50 hp, I have almost 28000 armor, and I have loads of avoidence. I religiously read tankspot and elitistjerks in order to constantly maximize my performance and effectivness as a tank.
On Columbus day when I was out with my wife, a bunch of my normal raiders put together an inpromtu 10-Man TOGC run. It was our top Druid, Preist, and Pally healer, the Boomkin in offspec as offtank, and a woefully undergeared pally tank that was an old friend of one of the DPS. By woefully undergeared I am in no way trying to insult the player, but there were significant problems with his gearset (wow-heroes 2350ish GS). He raid buffed to 38k health, had only 24000 armor, and had around the base same avoidance that I do (he had more dodge, I have more parry, about equal). They were able to get the first encounter down for the first time, and when I returned the healers were all boasting about how "easy" it was to heal this pally. In fact, the three of them separately told me how much easier it was to heal him than me (talk about a blow to the ego), how much easier it was to keep him alive.
I am puzzled by this, and am hoping some experienced healers/pally tanks can help me figure it out. How can a tank with 12k less health, 4k less armor, and the same avoidance be easier to heal? Mathematically it just doesn't make sense to me. Are there some special pally secrets I don't know about?
I invited him to a 25 run later that night and I was not at all impressed by his survivability, or really anything else for that matter. He struggled to sustain 4k TPS (whereas I can sustain 6-7k and spike at 9), and he is not threat capped (only 97 hit rating whereas with food and a dranae I am over all my threat caps). When switching off on Gormok, I usually died after the switch as all the tank healers were topping him off at the expense of healing me through the impale (i.e, they were using all of their heals on him and letting me "tick" to death). This phenomenon lead the healers to further insist he is easier to heal (and by deduction therefor better as a MT) than I am.
My healers are all very experienced and I generally have a lot of confidence in them and value their opinion, but I just can't figure this one out. Please help me to understand.