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6-20-2010 @ 2:19PM
As a hunter, I would like to profess my undying gratitude to any healer who throws a spare heal to that big puppy gnawing on the boss's behind. I do what I can with Mend Pet, but the less I have to worry about that, the more ouchies I can cause to whatever big nasty mess we're trying to kill.
6-20-2010 @ 2:39PM
I recently had a hunter thank me for healing his pet because as he put it "most healers don't". Probably helps I have a hunter as well, and know the pain of watching it die.
6-20-2010 @ 2:47PM
Buffs are likewise nice for pets. This is usually most forgotten in Dungeons and BGs.
6-20-2010 @ 3:16PM
@kirielOn my Healer, i got Smart Buff... each time someone rez a pet, i only have to spam a button to buff him with single target buffs (same for group buffs, over 3 people missing them tho)
6-20-2010 @ 5:52PM
Any healer who doesn't heal pets needs not to bother with say, Princes in ICC, where hunter pets are ideal for dealing with those pesky disco balls, or ToC 10/25 during the "pvp" fight (when it's all hands on deck, use every CC trick you've got), any fight that's a DPS race, or a whole bunch of other fights where those pets are critical. If the tank's weapon was taking damage and they could somehow heal that, they'd heal that, right?Obviously, the main tank healer probably isn't paying much attention to the pets, but the raid healers should always think of pets as part of the raid.
6-20-2010 @ 6:07PM
The problem is eventually, you're going to be healing a pet in a raid when you thought you could get away with it and someone's going to die, and it feels really crummy to say to someone "I'm sorry you died, I was healing a pet"The fact is though, this is not classic anymore, except for a couple fights it really is easy to keep your pet alive if you're reasonably raid aware. Most of the time a pet dies it is because the hunter failed to act and not the healer. It seems, especially in pugs but even in guild runs, most hunters are unwilling to do the basics to keep their pet alive, casting mend pet, pulling them away from dangerous areas, etc.I put healing pets as something which is 'a nice extra' but not something you should feel compelled to do if you're not comfortable with it, or berate someone if they don't do it.
6-20-2010 @ 6:15PM
I've got a hunter to 80, as well as a resto shaman. Since I chain heal so much, I usually just end up healing pets anyway. And I always dispel things I can from them too (thanks a lot, Decursive ^_^)It annoys me to no end on my hunter that healers don't heal pets. Sure, I don't want them to go out of their way and end up having some group/raid member die because they wasted mana and a GCD healing my pet when I could have just healed it myself, or let it die and use HotP.But yeah, nice one mentioning the healing of pets! Loved the article, useful too since I'm slowly leveling a disc priest :)
6-20-2010 @ 9:19PM
@DocpDawn had it completely right, in that pets DO take second place to actual players. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate the heck out of healers who help us hunters out with a quick pet heal. That's why I said "undying gratitude to any healer who throws a spare heal," rather than "Those lazy healers don't heal my pet when I leave on growl, stand in fire to finish my steady shots, and send my pet off to stand in the other fire in front of the boss's cleave!" :P
6-21-2010 @ 4:41AM
I have a question about pets. If you do not have pets checked off in healbot or pet bars up for vuhdo does PoM and CoH still heal the pet?I try to remember to check these options, but for the sake of frame space I am hoping the answer to the above question is yes. While I will not target a pet for healing I do hope that our smart and bouncy spells will help with this task when I target dps or ranged groups for heals.Can you imagine if Frost mages become viable raiders in Cata we could have 2-3 extra groups to heal. I have never healed a 40-man, but if they keep expanding pet classes it looks like we may soon. Here is an ideal pet for Goblins - Auctioneer pet: bribes the unfriendly mobs causing your and 10 other raid members an increase of damage by 3%. This ability removes 2 gold per mob and if not paid the pet disappears for 2 hours causing a 30% reflection of damage to the raid for the duration of the encounter.
6-21-2010 @ 6:47AM
Healers healing my pet is always a nice surprise, to the point that I always tend to thank said druid/priest/shammy for it (Never had a Holy Paladin heal my pet though. Wonder what that feels like).Of course, it does sometimes go the other way. Healers ignoring pets in those critical situations where the only thing stopping the group wiping completely is a little ball of fur and fury. I still have bad flashbacks to my second Utgarde Keep run, where after the first wipe at Ingvar I kept my pet in a good position to tank when inevitably the same thing happened the second time. It did - Tank and the other two DPS bite it during the last phase; so I flip Growl on and Cower off, dump a Misdirection on my pet, and try and keep Mend Pet ticking over.Did the healer (Holy Paladin, to my complete lack of surprise) do anything? Not really. Ran around like a headless chicken, attempted to tank Ingvar before realising that it would be a bad idea, then spent a fair amount of time trying to cast Redemption on the tank despite the fact that we probably all wouldn't be alive in ten seconds.It got close. Pet lived with 1% health. Might have been able to finish the fight sooner if I didn't have to dedicate a keypress every now and then just to keep my pet alive.
6-21-2010 @ 1:57PM
Except in rare situations, a holy priest shouldn't have to worry about the pets. Between PoM, PoH, and CoH, not to mention Mend Pet, the pets shold be getting plenty of heals if they need them. The real problem is getting the pets into your raid frames without screwing up your whole interface. Especially in a 25 man, there's just no room to have them all bottom center of our screen, where our raid frames shold be.
6-21-2010 @ 2:01PM
I thought I'd add that my 10-man and 5-man configurations DO include frames for the pets, so if it came down to it I could try to keep up a pet that took over tanking.What irritates me are the hunters who won't even throw a Mend out to their pet between pulls.
6-22-2010 @ 2:37PM
One could also argue that you may have felt safe topping of player two when player one seemed to be safe only to have player one die because you were busy healing player two. A person should never feel ashamed of healing a pet when their instincts are saying that everyone else is fine. I think that this is one of the reasons they are so drastically changing the healing game come cata, takes TOPS 5 seconds to use a 3 second cast heal (with a gcd on each side of the cast) on that pet and player one is dead because of 5 seconds.I am more ashamed when unavoidable damage takes someone from full to dead in a gcd than I have ever been when healing a pet over a person.
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