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Tuesday, 1 February, 2011

ups and downs

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:03 pm

Cataclysm heroics have got me all of a topsy turvy.

I’ll run a couple of heroics and end up with a solid dislike of them, viagra I’ve ended up feeling completely incapable of performing my chosen role as a healer. It feels like I either don’t have enough healing throughput, treat or enough mana, or maybe I’m simply healing the wrong players. It had gotten to the point where after my last run of despair I was seriously considering at changing to DPS and letting someone else worry about how the hell they’re supposed to heal.

Then I get a run where everything clicks, I run out of mana on the last heal just as the boss dies or ,in one case, I end up on full mana and was trying to find where I’d hidden my Lighting Bolt. (4th row, 3 in from the left)

Last night’s run was the latter, of course, otherwise this would have been a very different post.

I’m not saying we didn’t wipe, at least twice through my very personal fault.. Draenei tail pulls are a particular speciality of mine. Other wipes were random disconnects and some were because we were trying ‘Zerg’ tactics on a boss, (worked on the 3rd attempt)! I even got a couple of upgrades! The first upgrades I’ve had since my first ever heroic. So now I’m not feeling so useless.

It *could* just be because I spent loads-of-money on enchants for every single piece of gear and reforged all the mastery into haste, but that would be really badly downplaying the rest of the group who were playing at raid standards.

One of the problems with being a healer, and a tank too I guess, is that you don’t have anything to compare against. You can’t see how the healing should have been managed. There’s no place where you can go to see which player shouldn’t have been getting heals. You can’t even take a look at the healing meters and decide if you’re underperforming. Because, at the end of the day, there’s absolutely no where to see just what your healing should have looked like.

And if the party wipes there’s a pretty clear causual line to not getting enough healing, a fact that Pugees seem all to aware of!

Maybe this will change as we all start to get better gear. Maybe not.

I suspect that healers will become almost as rare as tanks in pickup-groups. I already know there are a number of tanks that never PUG, and the new level of difficulty may well make healers decide likewise … I know of guildies that never PUG, and my experience with PUGs is pushing me in the same direction, it’s already rare that I join Looking For Group.

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