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1-15-2012 @ 8:33PM
Raise your hand if you remember Blizzard saying something like, "We want healers to be able to contribute in ways *other* than healing," or "Damage in encounters will be much more even and manageable compared to Wrath," at the start of Cata. Did either of these really come to pass? No. Damage was as spiky as it ever was and if you stopped healing long enough to "contribute in other ways," your group wiped. So, honestly? I give a great big "meh" to this latest news. Blizzard wants to muck with the healing model yet again...fine. No matter how Blizzard spins it, It will suck being a healer from the start, ignorant PUGs will scream at you for being a baddie, but eventually you'll adapt and figure out how Blizzard intends for you to heal THIS go around. It's happened to me so many times now I've actually earned the Feat of Strength "Rocket Surgery - relearned healing class in less than one week after content release."-Alys
1-15-2012 @ 10:25PM
^This!I absolutely hated the first month or so of the expansion as far as grouping went. It wasn't difficult encounters or not knowing fights that made things frustrating, it was people constantly standing in bad screaming about how they were dying or refusing to CC mobs because it was "unnecessary".I was really hoping for a bigger change to the current healing model. I really like Disc. priest right now and their ability to cause damage while healing. Obviously the damage isn't as good as a straight DPS'er (except in some groups...), but it felt much more active than just spamming heals the entire fight, barely taking your eye off player health bars. I'd like to see each healer get a similar option. It doesn't even have to be damage, it could be something like applying powerful short duration buffs to party/raid members, or debuffs and other annoyances to mobs. Instead of just constantly healing through wave after wave of damage, force us to be a little more diverse in our actions.
1-15-2012 @ 10:29PM
How about "I feel your pain"or"can't we all just get along"Snowstorm or otherwise
1-16-2012 @ 3:44AM
Yeah, I was too afraid to heal dungeons at the outset of Cataclysm so I waited a very long time until I got totally comfortable with the new healing mechanics. I don't even know when it happened, but one day it just clicked, and I was on my way. But it took a while.
1-16-2012 @ 4:18AM
You pegged it perfectly. The first week of Cata, I spent so many hours just trying to get through healing Stonecore. From tanks that loved to hop and spin.. causing melee to be flayed to death to the Wrath AOE fanatics who turned loose a microsecond after the tank pulled. Let us not forget the bugs... the bugs in that damned place.I hated that week until I started running with players I know. This time around I am avoiding pugs for the first week or two, so I can save my sanity.My tank and dps classes have become much more fun to play, but yeah.. healing being my main.. I feel an anxiousness before every run that is just not there on my tank or dps classes.So please dear God, Blizz... if we are going to go OOM early on.. can you please add a tutorial for CC this time.
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