Aug 3rd 2008 9:52AM Oh, I forgot to say that the only people who are on my "watch list" - the list of people I will always heal, #1 priority - are the people who've taken a few moments in bgs to be kind and help me survive a bit longer when a rogue decides to be smart and find the enemy healer. The people I will never heal - and there is of course a list - are mostly people who scream at me for calling out incs and requesting help defending a node/graveyard/etc. Small acts of kindness go a long way.
Aug 3rd 2008 8:01AM A caveat: I wrote this response to the article while very angry and influenced by much sugary candy, take nothing of what I say as a slander upon your character.
I've played a priest for as long as I've played Wow. It's physically painful for me to NOT heal someone else in a battleground if they're being attacked, even when I'm full shadow spec (from when I think "I'm going to take a break from healing and just enjoy some nice ,quiet dps time, or I'm going to go bat-shit crazy"). There is almost always no whispered thanks or congratulations on topping the healing charts, but the compulsion is still there to heal people, even if I'm silently screaming in my head "nonononononomana". Little green bars haunt my nightmares every night.
Come to think of it, I must be a horrible little masochist.
I've met other healers in the game. They're easily separated into three groups.
The first consists of people who are selfish little sods who demand you kiss the ground they tread on if they're going to consider healing you in bgs (and elsewhere). These are the drama queens. They want to be special.
The second group is made up of that rare bean who actually... wait for it...LIKES TO HEAL because they like OTHER PEOPLE. (I couldn't believe this altruistic reason at first too, but the evidence is damning). They are hard to find, but I think these are the best healers in the game. They really do care about you. The main point is, however, that they are hard to find.
The third group is made up of the poor sods who rolled a class that CAN, in theory, heal, and were heavily encouraged to do so. They might be very good at healing, or they might suck ass, but they heal.
I would rather a few healers who want to and enjoy healing do the healing in a bg rather than a lot of people who can, in theory, heal, but do not enjoy healing give half-hearted attempts. (The prima donnas should just go diaf, imo.)
Happily now, I play a hunter, and, upon my oath! it has made me less an angry person.
Jul 15th 2008 10:28PM I watched this in horrified fascination... three times.
It was so very very terrible! And yet I plan to watch How-to-Paladin I through XXVIII :(
Jul 9th 2008 4:05AM My little brother plays wow too, as a warlock. He targets every single bg player he can and casts unending breath and detect invisibility before every game. He drops soulwells every bg. I don't think he's ever complained about this. In fact, when I berated him on wasting time on casting almost useless 10minute buffs on everyone, and REFRESHING them at every opportunity, he calmly ignored me and proceeded to slowly, aggravatingly target and buff yet another bg/raid.
He's not very good at explaining the things he does, and I'm not very good at being sensitive, so it took me quite a long time to understand why. He does this because it's one of the only ways he can directly contribute to the well-being of everyone else on his team. I stopped yelling at him to stop being an idiot when I realised that he was putting more into any bg than I do on my holy priest (who hasn't been buffing as well as she should have). Putting Prayer of Fortitude and Shadow Protection on every group each time a bg began slowly stopped after running av after av. That was just me getting burnt out, not about the gold cost of the reagent, not about the "fort plz" and "omfg priest fort pllz!!1". At that time it's a good idea to log off and bake a cake :)