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2-04-2010 @ 4:59PM
I know it's not directly related to healers, but raid healers tend to have amazing insight into how the rest of the raid functions. They know who stands in void zones, since they're healing them, they know the general damage occurring since they're healing it, and while I wouldn't say raid healing is easier than tank healing, it's less stressful and you have more time to evaluate what's going on around you.If anyone is a raid leader, try to ask you raid heals how you think the rest of the group is preforming. They might know more than you'd expect.
2-04-2010 @ 5:41PM
I'm raid leader of my guild, and I've been main-tank, raid-healer, and cat DPS (I'm a druid if you haven't caught on).I think I notice what's going on best as a healer, and worst as DPS. DPS I'm concerned with keeping myself safe, and doing maximum DPS. As a healer I'm concerned with everyone. As a tank sometimes I'm too focused making sure myself and the OT are doing their job, to watch all the DPS.However, healers do sometimes have the problem of "gridlock" when you're so completely focused on Grid that you don't even see the actual fight. The less damage the raid takes, the easier it is to divide your attention.
2-05-2010 @ 3:34AM
I have said this before many times, when a wipe/death isn't obvious, the raid leader/officers turn to recount and the healers and asked what happened. Healers are always the first to know when someone fails at raid mechanics. Sometimes, bad RNG happens but healers have the most raid awareness of anyone.While we don't call out "problem players" (it is demoralizing) the officers know what is going on and usually will sit them on certain encounters.We do alot of the same things you do Matt also. We post the intial strat on our forums, break it down into pieces and fine tune it, implement it and then address problems in the fight. ---As an aside. I swear Blizzard put in that void zone that drains mana on Dreamwalker so healers don't get tunnel vision. Since it doesn't do damage to you, you may not notice it.
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