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3-12-2012 @ 9:28AM
I actually started as a DPS - Oomkin (from back when Oomkins were just that). I was okay. Not great, but this was back in the day when the hybrid tax was taken into account, that utility brought value and your ability no not stand in fire (or otherwise not be a burden on healers) was an asset. And yes, I walked uphill, both ways, in the snow. :POne time though, we had an overabundance of DPS but lacked a healer. So my RO asked me if I wanted to heal. I specifically didn't want to, but I agreed to because I'm a team player. My heal lead didn't want me because I didn't have a heal set. But I asked him for pointers, told him to let me know if I screw up and we went in.I was one of the top healers.And I found I enjoyed healing. Not because of anything like wanting to nourish or protect or wanting to be "away" from the boss (which is an absolutely ridiculous assessment when you have fights like Rotface, Festergut and Magmaw which required healers to be up close and personal with the bosses). And not because "I'm a girl and so I want to be a hausfrau." It's because Healing is about CONTROL. I choose which spells I want to use. I don't let myself be dictated by such petty things like rotations. Simply put, I like to decide what spell I want to use when and choose who is going to get, or not get, that heal. My favorite fight, as Heals OR DPS, was General, since the entire fight was about control - controlling your impulse to heal/DPS until the right time. Controlling the boss' AoE ability and the saronites. It was an elegant fight. I would say that if there is anything "feminine" about healing is that the perpetual "mine is bigger" argument commonly found in DPS is not found in nearly as much in healing. We may joke, but any healer worth their weight in salt's first thought is: did my team win the encounter without unnecessary deaths?IMO, people who heal heal because they like to be in control of how them manage their casting and they do not like to be micromanaged on their rotations. I don't think that's a female only trait. We also tend to be more team-player oriented. Is it a "support" role? no. A "support" role, by nature, is an optional one. You try entering an at-level raid with no healers and tell me you're going to succeed. Now CC, *that's* a support role. Remember, I was an Oomkin, I know what being "support" means. Healers are 1/3 of the "holy trinity" of instance gaming. That's not "support," that's being a partner.I heal because I find healing to be empowering and liberating. I have the freedom to cast whatever I need to get the job done. My choices control the fates of my team mates. My observations can change strategies. I do not like DPS nearly as much (melee or ranged), because my choices, and options are few and I do not want to be the puppet dancing at the ends of the strings that are Blizzard's pre-determined "optimal DPS rotations."
3-12-2012 @ 9:34AM
Wow, you are a control freak. High five, sister!!
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