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12-22-2011 @ 4:21AM
One thing to remember as a PvP healer: you w-i-l-l die and die often. There's no Holy paladin invincibility when 4 mages are critting you for 50+k each with over 4k resil!It's a role you have to love well to tolerate being the #1 target on the BG as soon as the gates open.Make use of any cover you can -- mines/buildings/bushes -- to stay out of the LoS of DPS. Even if they have the HHTD addon, you can count on the "fog of war" to keep most of the enemy off your back. Most players in a BG will be preoccupied with easier targets, so use their distraction to your advantage.Don't be tempted to run the flag even once you are more geared (seen this too many times), it's very tempting at times, but it's like having a pinpoint radar on you. Not only are you the #1 target on the BG, if you're carrying the flag every rogue would be there with a smoke bomb with your name on it (if they don't stun lock you). Leave that to melee, especially DKs and Warriors.Mana conservation isn't as critical in PvP as in PvE, as PvP is designed that you're not expected to live long (sad but true). If you're alive for 5+ mins while in the thick of the fight, the other team just sucks. In those times when you can stay alive for longer (like on a skirmish line in AV -- those are really fun to heal), you can peel away and safely drink.Usually you don't heal pets as you do have to save mana to keep players alive, but there's rare times when there's an OP hunter with a serious enemy eating pet. Such pets are basically tanks, and if you heal it, it can clear the BG by itself (especially true on lower level BGs). Remember some BGs when a hunter brought such a beast along, it would almost own midfield all by itself over and over and over.Pay attention of who you're travelling with on the BGs. Ideally you want to team up with those classes that compliment yours and has what your class lacks (especially CC heavy classes so you can freecast -- if you can freecast you are golden and can rack in some serious HPS [and it's what you aim for in both regular PvP and arenas]). Good partners are those that can peel well, too.
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