It’s finally here! The long anticipated post that most people probably had forgotten about! I finally decided to get around to write my third and final (?) post on the three different roles in the game. As mentioned before I decided to postpone this due to being raid- and healing burned out. At the time when I was supposed to write this post, just looking at another health bar would most likely have made me want to jump off the lift in Thousand Needles. The time I didn’t spend keeping my fellow Hordies alive in Ulduar was rather spent experimenting with my mage and trying out feral specc on my drood. It left me with some experiences that might come in handy for later posts. But now, on with the show (WoW-kudos if you can guess the event)!
The most commonly used phrase I’ve heard used about healing is that “it’s like a game of whack-a-mole”. If there was any truth to this you could make the argument that DPS-ing is a game of whack-a-mole where 3-4 moles pop up, 1-2 randomly and the others in the same order over and over again. If you’ve done any grouping at all you know this is oversimplifying things. Perhaps with paladins being the exception *coughdullesthealingclasscough*.
If you ask me why I think others enjoy healing I wouldn’t know what to say, but maybe you lot can help me out with that? At least I can share why I enjoy it. No matter what role I’m filling I tend to enjoy the boss fights where I have a special responsibility the most. Non-healing examples of this are things like kiting the zombies behind Gluth (finally a reason to use my frost-PvP specc in a raid, whoop!) or pulling bosses as a hunter back in Molten Core. The success of the boss fight all depended on me and those who had to do those certain tasks. As a healer every fight feels like this, at least to some degree. I’m well aware that I’m contributing to killing a boss just as much when I’m running around as a chicken, it just feels like I’m making a bigger impact when I’m healing the main tank. The cause of this might be that the difference is more visible when I’m healing. I don’t have to motivate my self to do my best to keep the tank up because I know the raid will wipe if I don’t bring my best game. The difference a few hundred DPS can make might just be a bit harder to spot for me since it’s not as concrete. Yes, we may not have wiped if our raid DPS was higher. But it’s not as clear if there are no enrage timers, which unfortunately are getting fewer and easier to beat. To summarize this paragraph; I enjoy healing because it feels like I’m making a difference. Be it positively or negatively.
As you might have noticed I’m quite fond of looking into stereotypes, so what kind of player plays a healer? Since I don’t randomly ask every healer I group with what gender they are my experiences is mostly based on the guilds and communities I’ve been in. A common myth is that all girls/women/chixz0rz (pick your favorite) love to play healers. There is certainly a lot of female healers, but if the majority of women prefer healing classes I’m not so sure about. My guild’s current core healing team (about 6 people) only has one girl, our whole team (about 12-14 in total) has three. In the DPS department there is a lot more, I’m not quite sure how many but the number is atleast two or three times higher, but then again, there are probably two or three times as many DPSers in the guild as well. And for some reason only one girl who plays a tank, the only one I can think of who I’ve ever raided with, but that’s a different topic.
With the myth of mothernal instinct turning all girls into healers out of the way, I’d like to start my own. I think people who play healers are people who like (or atleast doesn’t mind) some responsibility, perhaps alongside with tanks. The reason I say this is that for a long time almost all my guilds officers were healers (and women coincidentally). You are also in a way responsible for a lot of other people when you are healing. I always feel incredibly helpless when I play a pure DPS class because I have to fully trust someone else too keep me alive. All of this might sound like I’m trying to say that everyone who doesn’t play a healer is a irresponsible twat. Rather, I think as I mentioned before, that those who play healing classes don’t mind or even enjoy taking responsibility for others.
My previous posts were sort of an outsiders peek at DPS-ing and tanking, in this one I decided to rather share my experiences and beliefs from my own stand point. I’ve played two of the roles in raids, all three in group settings, but healing is what I know. If I remember correctly, Erc has been a tree since November of 2007 and seen the majority of the content since then from a healers view. Because of all of this I’m just a tiny bit biased towards healing in general. Therefor, perhaps you lot would like to share your views on us healers if you don’t play one and why you enjoy healing if you are one?