Skip to Content
8-03-2008 @ 8:01AM
A caveat: I wrote this response to the article while very angry and influenced by much sugary candy, take nothing of what I say as a slander upon your character.I've played a priest for as long as I've played Wow. It's physically painful for me to NOT heal someone else in a battleground if they're being attacked, even when I'm full shadow spec (from when I think "I'm going to take a break from healing and just enjoy some nice ,quiet dps time, or I'm going to go bat-shit crazy"). There is almost always no whispered thanks or congratulations on topping the healing charts, but the compulsion is still there to heal people, even if I'm silently screaming in my head "nonononononomana". Little green bars haunt my nightmares every night.Come to think of it, I must be a horrible little masochist.I've met other healers in the game. They're easily separated into three groups. The first consists of people who are selfish little sods who demand you kiss the ground they tread on if they're going to consider healing you in bgs (and elsewhere). These are the drama queens. They want to be special.The second group is made up of that rare bean who actually... wait for it...LIKES TO HEAL because they like OTHER PEOPLE. (I couldn't believe this altruistic reason at first too, but the evidence is damning). They are hard to find, but I think these are the best healers in the game. They really do care about you. The main point is, however, that they are hard to find.The third group is made up of the poor sods who rolled a class that CAN, in theory, heal, and were heavily encouraged to do so. They might be very good at healing, or they might suck ass, but they heal.I would rather a few healers who want to and enjoy healing do the healing in a bg rather than a lot of people who can, in theory, heal, but do not enjoy healing give half-hearted attempts. (The prima donnas should just go diaf, imo.)Happily now, I play a hunter, and, upon my oath! it has made me less an angry person.
8-03-2008 @ 9:52AM
Oh, I forgot to say that the only people who are on my "watch list" - the list of people I will always heal, #1 priority - are the people who've taken a few moments in bgs to be kind and help me survive a bit longer when a rogue decides to be smart and find the enemy healer. The people I will never heal - and there is of course a list - are mostly people who scream at me for calling out incs and requesting help defending a node/graveyard/etc. Small acts of kindness go a long way.
8-13-2008 @ 1:19PM
I fall into your 2nd category. I quit wow and now I'm about to make a return because I can't stand and watch my friends play without remembering how much I LOVED healing. I love being resto because of how the difference it makes. Take 8 versus 15: The odds are low but when it's a race against the clock, healing my ass off can allow that my team to put up a helluva fight and thus slow the progress of the other. I enjoy healing. Watching the mayhem around me... tabbing to target the enemy to see which team mate of mine they're trying to down first. Focus heal and chain heal off of that team member... it's just fun. Furthermore, I like the internal debate with myself; Is it "without me they die" or "without them I die"? Knowing how the dps continues because of heals and the other way around helps me visualize the relationship I have with the battlefield whether I like my team mates or not. I just wanted to throw that out there.
First time? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.
Members enter your username and password.
Enter your AOL or AIM screenname and password.
Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.
When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.
To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.