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7-04-2010 @ 2:02PM
The one thing that the healing community, imo, seems to be forgetting is that the health pools will almost be doubling. So in effect all healing spells will be healing a smaller percentage of the health pools. With large health pools spike damage will be less of an issue one or two shotting a tank, but the damage intake will still be large which means healing is going to become a catch up game. For instance lets say our tank is an undead DK named Cupcake with 100 health (add as many zeros, just making the math easier). Cupcake is tanking 10 damage every 3 seconds. but HL/HW/GH only heals for 8. Oh and the rest of the party is taking 4 damage every 2 secs, and we only have 80 health. In addition one of our dpsers, we will call him Healmenow, has his spell effects turned down and doesnt relize he is standing in fire, because he is used to not fretting about stuff like that, and takes 6 damage every 1 sec. The encounter last 4 mins and we go OOM in 3.5 mins spamming everything. I forsee at the end of encounters everyone being below half health and healers OOM. The days of DPS standing around tapping their feet waiting for us to top them off between pulls are over. Everyone will be eating and drinking alot more than we currently do in WotLK.
7-04-2010 @ 2:45PM
I was thinking about copying my holy pally over to the beta some time soon (I'm still somewhat scared of healing with the completely default UI, I've already tried healing BRC on different characters and there is a lot of damage going around), so if anyone has any questions or anything they want me to test, just reply to this comment.
7-04-2010 @ 2:46PM
Apparently that was a reply to another comment... whoops.
7-04-2010 @ 2:50PM
That is the classic raiding model, which Blizzard don't want to go back to. They want a medium between classic/TBC (where healers felt guilty for letting the GOOD dps die) and Wrath (where healers feel guilty for letting someone go below 90% health). I would expect that AoE phases would be where healers need to triage and afterwards they will play catch up.But yeah if the DPS are retards and can't do their jobs you will have a healer OOM wipe. Gone are the days of 6k GS pure DPS classes being able to barely pull 3k DPS in a PUG.Expect a lot of "Not standing in fire is haaaaaard blizzzz fiiiixxx!!111" posts on the wow forums come cata.
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