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1-24-2008 @ 9:01AM
Having played both a warlock and a hunter (my main is actually a 70 Beast Master), I'm friendly to both classes. If you're not a regular warlock and join one of my 25-man raids, the first thing I whisper to the you is, "Hey, if you get a random HoT on you in the middle of a fight and you aren't taking damage, it's an invitation to Lifetap. Do it." I've also been known to bubble a low-mana warlock and then Renew him when there's some limited splash damage going on just so that he can Lifetap without fear of taking too much damage.For hunters, my healing goes back and forth. If we're in a five-man and your pet is playing a substantial role (whether it's added DPS, limited crowd control, saving squishies, or whatever), your pet will get a heal when I have the time and mana. And, hell, I'll heal your pet before another player if the pet is contributing more than said player; I've done it before and I'll do it again. You're expected to Mend Pet when able and frequently, but don't think that I won't help if I can. In raids, that's a little different: with potentially 25 (or 40 for world bosses!) people to heal at any one time, I prioritize my heals and, guess what, mister hunter - your pet probably ain't topping the list. If I can toss a quick Renew off without hurting the team I'll do it, but otherwise you really should be the one taking care of the pet. If you have to, pull the pet back to you, toss up a quick Mend Pet, and let him sit at your side until he has enough life to go back into the fray. With my main a hunter, you can bet I'm doing that myself in raids, though the Improved Mend Pet and maxed Avoidance helps a lot, too!And, to be honest, I do prefer to Res pets over the hunter doing it. I have a larger mana pool, my Ressurrection spell costs less mana, and my MP5 is significantly larger than that hunter's even with Aspect of the Viper kicked in. I also repeatedly buff pets after they die. Believe me: I recognize the importance of a pet to a hunter and its survival does provide a significant amount of damage to a group (for my hunter, I think it's about 30% most fights).That is no excuse, however, for not having First Aid and bandaging during a fight to ease the healers' load. A good healer prioritizes where her heals go and typically a DPSer isn't in the top five or so. So if it comes down to the tank getting that heal or you to stay alive during the next round of splash damage, I really hope you've either bandaged or potted, because you might not be getting a heal in time.
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