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9-02-2011 @ 3:12PM
Heal sniping is largely about intent. Healing outside your assignment is reasonable if your assignment is completely stable and projects to be for as long as you are otherwise occupied and/or healers are falling behind on other assignments. Everything needs to be healed up, someone's mana and GCDs need to be used. In 10-man raids, cross-healing is necessary and unavoidable...a healer who strictly adheres to one assignment and never deviates is almost never going to be pulling his/her weight.If you're attempting to beat other healers to healing up damage that isn't your assignment and that they have under control, that's explicit heal sniping and there isn't any excuse for it unless it's farm content and your culture is such that good-natured, silly competitions are embraced.However, you can end up doing accidental heal sniping if you make bad decisions and heal damage that is already being topped up by a cast in progress or existing HoTs. The second is much more forgivable, but it does mean you need to have better healing awareness.
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