Healing as Holy; the joy of pigeon-holes & Binding Heal
Greetings frequenters of the healing forums, and especially to my fellow Holy Priests.
I have been healing as Holy for a long time, and honestly would have it no other way. I've loved Holy Priesting for the many years I've been playing, and have yet to fall out of love with it. Yet I've recently been a bit irked by the concept of being "pigeon-holed" by your average other as "just a raid healer". I've always thought of Holy Priests as being exceptional raid healers of course, but more so the proverbial "jack of all trades" when the situation demanded it, even so far as to believe a skilled Holy Priest can turn the tide of an encounter (for a non-exaggerated example, something like using PW:S on an Iceblock target on Sindragosa P2 to ensure they reach the opposite side quickly [assuming Body and Soul]). I could gab about healing as Holy forever, but instead I'll move on with the important/question part of this post.
I've been accosted once or twice about my use of Binding Heal in any - any - given encounter regardless of what has occurred. Regardless, to this day Binding Heal is faithfully set as an easy-access keybind to use as I see fit, and use it I do. My question is what the rest of you think of it. I understand that, if used irresponsibly the spell could OOM a careless Priest quickly, but when should it be used, and what amount of over-healing (between both targets) is acceptable with it, assuming you think it should be used at all. I originally started using it in PvP, because it's really, really handy in a 2v2 Arena setting. Ever since though I've always found places for it in raids; what about you?
To give a few examples of when I like to use it, say on Saurfang (when I don't go Shadow) if I get Mark of the Fallen Champion and I'm already keeping another target up, I can safely use the spell knowing that two targets are being healed at the same time and save another healer to focus on tanks or get a new mark (speaking in terms of Heroic Saurfang, since I've not seen more than 1 mark on normal 25-man in a long time). Or on the Putricide transition if I get focused by one ooze I can heal myself and the other target simultaneously, etc etc. Those are very specific and random occurances, but they happen and when they do I'm glad I have the spell handy. I use it frequently enough on Blood Queen and Heroic Marrowgar as well.
I'll cut my post off there; if I post something else I'll try to keep it to essay length instead of novelette length. I hope to hear I'm not the only Priest who thinks this nifty heal still has a place on my bars.