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12-18-2008 @ 2:12PM
Over my years playing, both of my most played characters have been healers. I can say that there is a shortage. Most days I get tell after tell asking me to heal, and hours later I begin getting repeat tells from people who asked me before, because they are still looking.Several reasons for this:a) Healers get tired of healing group after group and getting no loot, no recognition, no thanks.b) We have other things to do. We like to quest, to farm mats, rp; etc.c) Pugs don't watch for healers usually, so a lot of us go with steady groups who know how to keep their us alive.Overall though, it's just more fun to tank or dps once in a while, and I can say that after healing for 4 years, I'm liking the break I get when I decide to play my tank over my healer - and as in the post above, Ghostcrawler nailed it. We re rolled dps or tanks and for a while we may not be back...
12-18-2008 @ 2:15PM
No offense but...why should you get thanked to heal? I don't get thanked for killing the boss that you might get loot on. Why should you get "recognition"? And why wouldn't you get loot? I mean, I guess maybe you should get thanked because of this perceived "healer shortage" but you're just as essential as I am.
12-18-2008 @ 2:30PM
@ JPNSee, the problem in essence is that everyone should thank everybody. This of course does NOT happen. However, since there are limited amount of healers, being EXTRA nice to that healer endears you to them more than “YOU SUCK!” Hey, it might not be fair, but if you want a healer you can either bitch at them and not get any more runs, or kiss ass. Your call really.Third option, roll a healer. (I love my disc. priest.)
12-18-2008 @ 2:40PM
to JPN:I thank my tank for soaking damage and keeping his/her threat above mine.I thank my healer for keeping the tank alive so the tank's threat stays above mine.I thank my fellow DPS for attacking the mob or boss until it dies. I also thank them for not stealing aggro from the tank.Very simple, really.
12-18-2008 @ 2:42PM
JPN, you should thank the healer b/c its the healers that buff you 75% of the time, its the healers that make it so that you CAN kill the boss, and its the healers that top you off in instances after you kill said boss so you dont have to waste your food or bandages. Its the healers that waste gold on buff reagents, water, and food buffs/pots/elixers(flasks) so that you and the trigger happy tanks can go chain pull and aoe everything down.Its also FUN to kill the boss, to go pewpew on something and stroke your ego, telling yourself that you just killed that thing. Healing can be fun, but in a stressful, hold-your-breath-until-the-3-group-pull-is-over sort of way. DPS is fun b/c if you are half decent, you know the set rotation that you do and you can sit back and only pay half attention to what you are doing. If a healer does that, someone dies.Also, its not that much fun to play a healer with the whack-a-mole interface atm. I remember when I rerolled my warrior tank, going through the instances with my GF saying how cool the instances look, or how ugly the bosses were, or wow! I didn't know chain lightning looked like that! She was mystified that I had never seen some of these instances or bosses before until she played on my healer one afternoon. Healers never get to see anything but the changing health bars.In fact, b/c so few people play healers, they end up getting dragged through several instances in a row and get burned out. Thats what happened to me. Log in, instantly get summoned to an instance/raid, finish and move onto the next one. Rinse and repeat for 4-5 hours. I never got time to farm gold for epic flight, work on professions (hell, my guild at the time GAVE me all the mats for my tailoring so I could get the PMC and Whitemend sets), or anything fun until after I quit my priest.
12-18-2008 @ 3:09PM
@JPN,ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME? Your importance, particularly if you are DPS, only goes as far as those bosses with enrage timers.With the change to tank DPS in wrath, all tanks are able to dish out damage. Wrath also almost negated the need for a threat meter because every tank i have played with, including the one I actually play (a prot pally) is so far out in front on the threat meter, that the job of almost every other memeber of the group has been dumbed down in favor or more challenging mechanics.Since holding threat is no longer an issue and tanks can dish out a significant amount of damage, every run becomes about the healer. A tank, though the 2nd most important member of the group, is entirely dependent on the healers ability to dish out heals. If the healer goes OOM, the fight is over essentially. The dps can all die and as long as the tank can dish out enough DPS and the healer can keep him alive, everyone gets the loot everyone is after. Healing is a thankless job with exponetially more stress than any dps. I have a lock whose rotations I'm always trying to improve, and DPS is always rewarded with a dmg meter report at the end of the run.Ask any healer, they will tell you about thankless runs and people complaining about repair bills and acting like its the healers fault. Back before Wrath, I even had players get pissed becuase I wouldn't use my rez cooldown just for them.Try sincerely whispering a healer after a run and complimenting them or telling them thanks, you might be surprised at how appreciative you are of their ability. Thank yous are not that common for even the best healers because everyone expects them to shut up and heal. Your comments prove as much.
12-18-2008 @ 5:05PM
@JPNman i wish we knew your in game name cause no one would ever heal for you again...oh and as 1 of 3 dps in a 5man, your 1/3 of the DPS, 1/4 if you count the tank.we are all important, but dont belittle the healers who suffer to heal you through those 5mans, i leveled as ret, then went back to holy upon reaching 80, i dont really do any of the dailys unless they dont require killing things, i waste my gold on mats and water so you dont have to eat between fightsoh and i bet you stand at the front of the mob too...
12-18-2008 @ 7:15PM
@JPNNo, healers are more important than you are. Lose the healer? You're basically screwed. Lose a DPS? You can survive if everyone else works together (And I say this as a DPS, not a healer).Attitudes like yours don't help with the Healer shortage. They get the blame when things screw up, and don't get the credit for when it goes smooth. Why should they bother with a PUG if this is what they get?
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