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9-02-2011 @ 4:36PM
I couldn't disagree more with the section on heal sniping. Burning through your mana to fill up every health bar should absolutely be avoided except in the event of an imminent death. Outside of that, however, what else should I be doing if my assigned targets are topped off? I can PoM and if I'm disc I can bubble my target and Smite until my finger breaks, but I'm never going to ignore dropping health pools outside of my assignment. One of the 3 healers in our 10-man raids has almost caught up in gear, but the other priest and I have continued to outgear her by a decent margin since the firelands opened up, not to mention the fact that she didn't have Tier 11 set bonuses to get her started. Asking her to handle any assignment solo would be throwing her into a situation where she simply doesn't have the tools to succeed. You have to help in that environment.My philosophy is always that healing assignments are open-ended. If you're on a tank and you don't have anything to do, you should be healing any other damaged player within your range. If you're on raid and everybody is healthy, drop extra heals on the tanks. I'm all about efficiency. I never cast flash heal (unless it's a free one), and I don't anticipate damage on targets outside of my own. That goes far beyond the scope of my assignments. But casting heal is cheap and shouldn't be deterred simply because it could possibly lead to overhealing done by another healer. Unless everybody within my range is at full health, if I'm not casting, I'm not doing everything I can to contribute to the success of my raid.(Granted, this philosophy made Baleroc exceptionally difficult for me to wrap my head around. One of our healers calls out swaps so I can make sure I'm on the right target. Outside of this fight, there should be no exclusive targets so long as you haven't neglected your own.)
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