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1-25-2010 @ 2:41PM
I sat on this comment overnight because I wasn't sure quite what I wanted to say; hence its lateness with respect to the rest of the conversation.@Fheylia, it's disingenuous of you to frame the run as Dawn being "carried", because players have a negative reaction to being "carried" or "carrying" other players: they feel like the carried players don't DESERVE anything they get from the run. Like they're not actually working for it, so they shouldn't get anything. By framing Dawn's ICC10 run as her being carried, you're implying that of course she should have given the helmet to the mage: she didn't earn it, so she shouldn't get it. I suspect that that wasn't your intent, but it's still important to understand the impact that your words are going to have.Further, by Dawn's report she did about 40% of the healing in the instance. If we're considering that a carry, what's the boundary? If I do more than 50% of the healing, am I carrying my partner? I propose that in order to consider someone as being carried, their contribution must be trivial: their presence would not have affected the fight in any significant way. This is not license to say "we could have done it with 9, so our 10th was a carry", because that's silly. Take a step back and actually analyze what's going on. If the player's at the appropriate level, doing her best, and making as much contribution as she can? She's not being carried.Second, as a healer, there are many things worse than having to "carry" someone else. The raid wiping because you were stunned just long enough for the tank to take an undefended crit and fall over - that's a horrible feeling. Realizing that you've blown all your cooldowns and are still at no mana, and having to wand-DPS until you can put a shield or a Penance up? Awful, because it's not just luck of the draw, it's easy to read it as personal failure - "if only I had more Intellect/MP5". Nothing worse than having to "carry" another healer? Get the hell over yourself, son.
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