I both like and hate the HP change to ret pallies. It makes it so I have more buttons to push and so that I actually have to pay attention a bit more. I know we don't pull quite the same as some of the other dps at first but once we get an epic weapon and the CD rotation and spacing down we can pull nice numbers in raids.
I haven't raided with my pally, but she's capable of doing heroics. Although I have only done two on her. I did most of the Cata dungeons as Holy/healer, so that is what I am comfortable with now. Unfortunately, I have latency issues that make it real hard to heal in the afternoon/evenings, so no instances and the two heroics I did (Throne of Tides BOTH times!) were less than helpful in healing.
LFD pugs are -not- new healer friendly. I got a ration of shit about what spells I should use, what gems and enchantments to use, what I should be doing and 'What a fucking phailhealer. L2P!' (exact quote) from some of the other players. And this is after I told them I hadn't done any heroics.
" Yes, we WILL wipe several times guys I am LEARNING here so just have some patience." /sigh Unfortunately, the first group kicked me even though we -were- downing the bosses within two tries. I guess I wasn't good enough.
I got the same sort of crap on my 82 DK last week too. We did the entire instance, with 2 wipes, yet I wasn't good enough. Not enough dps, no gems or enchantments (I am not going to enchant or gem leveling gear that I will be replacing fairly soon. It's a waste of gold and time.) Some mouthy gnome mage was telling me exactly what I -had- to use. Anything less was a fail tank. And the healer left after it was over with a 'L2P'.
"Come ON people! I'm a DK. We are, by definition, squishy tanks. No shield."
It's groups like that, that make me want to reach through the screen and beat the players upside the head with a crowbar.