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1-17-2012 @ 7:49PM
Another reason why comparing healing meters is difficult is because you have to take into account raid performance. The better the raid group is at avoiding damage/mitigating, the less the healers have to perform. For example, the pallys at the top (and just going to use hyperbole here) might be healing a raid that does not avoid damage, so there is more to heal. The shamans might be healing the raid groups that avoid/mitigate most of the damage, so there is less to heal.
1-17-2012 @ 9:39PM
While that's certainly something to consider, when you're seeing many, many people of the same class/spec consistently performing at about the same level (paladins being higher than the others and shaman being lower), then you can pretty safely rule out the variable of incoming damage.Of course, in that respect, more information is always better to provide more accurate conclusions, and even then it's difficult, as Allison said, to compare healing since it's not the same kind of output race that DPS is.
1-18-2012 @ 1:47PM
Or another explanation might be that invariably, the holy palladin is the tank healer and one of the other classes is healing the raid. Even in very good raid teams the tank is taking a fair amount of damage, while the raid may be avoiding or mitigating much damage, reducing the abilty of the raid healer to pad the meters.
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