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9-02-2011 @ 3:39PM
I strongly disagree with your always against heal-sniping stance. I'm only against heal-sniping if it is being done at the expense of your priority job. If a tank healer can keep the tank up no problem and add in a few raid heals, more power to them. A little competition is good for everyone, it drives everyone else to strive to be better, which is a good thing in most case. Caveats being the obvious meter whores (no one likes meter whore regardless of if it's heals or dps), and if they are 'sniping' and neglecting their assignment while doing so. Quite frankly, particularly in ten man but also in 25 man, you are going to have to short yourself healers in most heroic modes, and by having a strict 'no sniping' policy your healers may not be prepared for having to take care of everything themselves later on. I've never really understood this issue. Heal sniping isn't the issue; the issue is someone neglecting their assignment.
9-02-2011 @ 7:08PM
Heal sniping isn't just neglecting your own assignment, it's making it look like the person you're sniping from is neglecting THEIRS. If I'm assigned to raid heals and that's a full time job, and the tank healer is bored enough to have time to snipe me, that means an uneducated raid leader might draw the conclusion that it's me, the raid healer that doesn't have enough to do (or isn't pulling my weight), since the raid healer has the lowest healing done. From this, you can end up with stupid tactics that will lead to more wipes. Or getting kicked from the raid for "underperforming". THAT is the real danger of sniping.
9-02-2011 @ 7:22PM
"that means an uneducated raid leader might draw the conclusion that it's me"That's the problem, not "heal sniping". Anyone that's raided enough to be a raid leader knows that HPS/Healing done isn't anywhere near as clear cut as DPS/Damage done (DPS itself is so clear cut sometimes) for measuring healers. Getting cut on those grounds is a benefit to you, because you don't want to be a part of a raid that allows that leadership. This is precisely the reason there's no such thing as heal sniping, drama even existing over so called "heal sniping" is always a symptom of another problem.
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