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12-22-2011 @ 1:59AM
Some general tips for PvP healers:-Be prepared to heal yourself more than your teammates. Seriously. More often than not, once the opposing team realizes there's a healer nearby, they'll do everything they can to murder you. Stay as mobile as possible, get out of line of sight if there are ranged DPS shooting you and keep some potions handy. At the same time, however, don't stray too far from your teammates; the enemy wants to get rid of you because you're healing your allies, and if you run out of range, it doesn't matter if they've failed to kill you, they've still gotten what they wanted.-Although, as Olivia mentioned, mana regeneration isn't as important as it is in PvE, it is still helpful; some battles can go on for several minutes, and if you're good at staying alive and keeping your teammates healthy, you'll find yourself looking at an empty mana pool sooner or later. Mana potions can help here, but any cooldowns you might have that provide some quick mana restoration are even better. Save them until you're almost OOM, then use them to keep yourself active for a bit longer. This is even more important if you have smart Priests on the enemy team, as they'll try to Mana Burn you if they're needed to do anything else for a few seconds. For all of these situations, try to keep a decent amount of Spirit on your gear; not as much if you were trying to gear for PvE and don't want to run out of mana ever, but just enough that you can make enough mana back over a few seconds that you can cast another spell. This is a number you'll have to feel out on your own, but I've found that having a little over 1000 on my Priest lets me keep the heals flowing for a good couple of minutes before I have to stop and drink, even longer if I use my mana-restoration cooldowns.-Check to see if there are any other healers on your team (you can click the little PvP button next to the minimap and mouseover the icons of your teammates to see their current spec) and try to communicate with them about how to divide the work. If you're on Warsong Gulch or Twin Peaks, having all of the healers pile onto the flag carrier might keep him or her alive for a long while, but it doesn't help the guys on offense kill the opposing flag carrier. This doesn't have to be a complicated discussion, just talk for a bit about who wants to go where so you can figure out where your healing talents will be most needed.-As silly as this might sound, DON'T FORGET YOUR AUTOATTACK. Got a Mage trying to capture your base on Arathi Basin or Battle for Gilneas? A pesky Shaman dropping totems to disrupt your team or help his? No need to waste any mana, just give them a few good whacks with whatever weapon is handy.-Sometimes, your teammates can suffer from tunnel vision, so intent on killing the enemy healer or flag carrier that they forget their own healer is being slaughtered just a few feet behind them. It's times like these that a simple macro can be a huge help: something that broadcasts to battleground chat or even just a yell that you're under attack and need assistance. Got a Rogue on your ass? Using your SOS macro might be enough to catch the attention of that friendly Warrior nearby and get him to charge down and stun the offending foe.
12-22-2011 @ 7:34AM
One more tip to add to these excellent ones:Have a DPS spec. If you notice too many healers in your BG, don't be afraid to respec to blow things up instead. Too many healers is a shifty concept, but with time it becomes easier to figure out.Good luck fellow PvP healers!
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