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9-03-2010 @ 2:09AM
First things first.Remember that as a healer you are not the only healer in the raid. Communicate with your fellow healers, BEFORE you get to a zomg!**@$ time. This is absolutely, 100% vital.If you're a small guild, utilize vent to communicate if you're out of CD's and the tank is going to need one for a forthcoming special ability of the boss, so the other healer knows to use theirs. For 25 man raiding guild/environment in which vent use is limited to officers etc -- Have a healer text channel for your raid. A simple x CD used on y tank in healer chat, does wonders to let the other healers know the tank is going to be in trouble. Second, don't leave the communication measures to just yourself and the other healers. Include your tanks!!! Either download an add on which does notifications for you, or macro a brief whisper to your tank to your cool down spells, that you've used a cool down. Some tanks are amazing and have software that already lets them keep track of buffs they receive from healers so they will already know to use their last stand, shield wall, etc - but others don't. Don't leave your tank in the dark. He or she also has cool downs to use, and if you had to blow yours early -- let them know. Next, don't go into encounters unprepared. Pack health pots or rejuvenation pots, depending on your typical need. If you have a warlock in group, make sure to pick up a health stone. Have an emergency button that macro'd and keybound or mouse bound that gives yourself a shield, uses lay on hands on yourself, or divine prayer, etc. Whatever kind of emergency self heal you have. So that if you do take a hit you can top yourself up as quickly as possible.Learn to strafe. Or learn to rapidly turn/move with your mouse. Sometimes you have more than the 3 secs you think you do. The more preemptively you move, the better off you'll be.Last but not least, use Deus Vox. Best boss mod there is. Better than DBM even. And can be used WITH dbm. Easy to customize alerts and different sounds from each. Ok well one last thing: If you make a mistake, an error in judgment, etc. Own up to it. If it's really lag or your computer, okay -- that happens sometimes, but don't use this as an excuse. There are always fixes, or things you can do to improve your performance even with these issues. If you legitimately mess up, own up to it. Your raiding team may groan or moan about it, but they'll respect you a lot more for being honest.
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