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11-26-2010 @ 7:20PM
Apologies if I made it sound like the sky was falling.I merely meant to say that healers who spent their time brute forcing their way through instances by keeping one eye on the screen and one eye on hockey games (a la, me) won't be able to do that as much. You DO need to pay attention to stuff, and I don't mean in boss fights. Every trash pack needs to get crowd controlled. I wiped 5 times to the first set in Stonecore simply because the Mage, Hunter and Shaman refused to use their utilities and kept encouraging the tank to use his AoE abilities to hold threat on everything and relying on me to power burn my heals on him.This doesn't work.- Tank went down way too fast.- Healer mana consumption was up way too fast.- Threat was all over the place due to AoE attacks.Bottom line: Healer gets blamed for being bad. Again, this was simply one instance of it. It's not representative but it's an example of what COULD happen. At least for the opening month or two of the expansion, instances will be challenging. If its too hard, I expect a set of nerfs will arrive later on to tune it after the developers get a better idea of what to expect. The game is supposed to be a challenge. As long as players are doing what they need to be doing, no matter the class, then it will be easy to solve and gradually clear through the trash packs.
11-26-2010 @ 7:38PM
Hey Matticus - great article! Question: (Do you know) what is blizzard doing to tell the masses that don't read sites like yours or this one that things are different, and that they shouldn't aoe everything? Or is it *gasp* up to us to edumacate people.
11-26-2010 @ 7:43PM
Probably going to sit back and watch the rest of the masses learn via trial and error ^^.It's how I learned! =D Generally speaking though, I did Stonecore, Blackrock Caverns, Deadmines, and the something of Origination. Not once did any successful group AoE down any serious trash packs (like 4+ groups). I remember some of them had trash packs that had like 10 whelps and obviously those ones were AoE'd down and such. But from my experience as a Holy and a Disc priest, I was not able to completely brute force heal my way through encounters. The gear I had ranged from heroic dungeon blues to tier 11 epics.Now, I can't say the experience is similar for a resto shaman or a paladin or a druid. If any of them are out there, I'd encourage them to speak up and either confirm/deny/murloc their experience through some of the heroic stuff.
11-27-2010 @ 2:03AM
I understand, and am glad you re-iterated what you said. I know your comments were not meant to scare anyone, and I know your post was not meant to any specific person.I should've taken your comments about worry with a grain of salt and realized that your intent was to get people ready for the step up into the new Cata healing model. I am sorry for the overly dramatic display of fear and despair (it is delicious, and i am speaking for myself). I am looking forward to the challenge, and I do think that with my guildies who know how to play, we'll be able to get through the dungeons with much more ease than LFD or PUG groups. I do not want Blizz to nerf or change anything. I want to experience the intensity. When I see our group fail, even when we all do our jobs right, that's when I'll protest. Until then, I will accept the trial.Thank you for the article, and reply. May all healers be confident, and push groups into the final battle against Deathwing himself!
11-27-2010 @ 11:44AM
Well tell me how whould you even make that instance with 3 DK and a warrior tank ... trust me i have played on my Paladin healer and got that combo for ToC5 HC .. it was hell to heal..... And that got me thinking. first off yes i can lock one down with hex but a DK lockdown isn't that great Chain of ice is well just a slow snare and with 4 melee well that snare is not looking good.....anyway im just hoping that the normals isn't as horrific for the new beginers as the HC are... can you enter a normal Throne of Tides for example at lv80 with lv232+ gear and success fully heal the encounter?
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