I'm toying with the idea of making a healer for PFS since they're usually very welcome at any table and I enjoy playing support roles. I think a life shaman with full channeling is how I want to go about this, but I also like two incompatible archetypes.
Mechanically, the witch doctor archetype seems superior, in that it gives a secondary channel energy pool (3+CHA / -3 cleric level). So with a CHA of 16, at lvl 4, I would have channel 2d6 4/day and 1d6 6/day.
The animist archetype seems really cool and flavorful, though. It's ability to roll diplomacy checks to cure conditions could synergize well with the higher-than-average charisma a channeling-focused character would have.
Would I be severely handicapping myself (and by extension, the rest of my party) by choosing animist over witch doctor?