Making the World of Warcraft more trivial, one post at a time…

A Hunter is ressurected So, here I am, in an apartment well away from anything resembling a reliable internet connection. You know what that means. WoW withdrawal. And tonight the Ravens might be clearing Karazhan for the very first time. It’s tough, I tell you, tough.

But it does leave me time to think. To scratch my woody chin, and ponder the meaning of life, the world of warcraft and everything. And do you know what I’ve realised? On the whole my guild doesn’t understand healers. We have endless discussions about the variations in different tanking styles, but even my fellow healers have little to no understanding of Druid healing techniques. And, I must confess, until very recently, I had very little idea of the full range of Priest or Paladin healing ability.

Are we unique in this? Or do other guilds worry endlessly about tanking strategies and DPS rotations, and just assume the healers will keep everyone alive with marginal strategy?

  • Sometimes I think that healers stand in the back and are simply invisible. Tanks stand in the front, everybody sees them doing their job. Even some of the differences are visible.

    Maybe it has to do with the type of personality that tends to play a tank or a healer?

    Another reason might be historical. All the Healing classes always have been considered good at healing and were brought to groups and raids as healers. There were changes and improvements of course and styles became more and more different.

    But of the 3 classes that are now considered tanking classes, two only came to the game late. They had to fight their way to the top and I guess that is where a lot of the discussion originated.

  • Bruce Baugh

    It’s a little easier playing a shaman Alliance side or paladin Horde side just because they call for a change in prior practice. I’d say that most guilds have never really talked much about what different kinds of healer are good and bad at, or how to spread around the benefits.

  • My guild’s pretty good at recognising what the different healers can do, but it’s taken some work. Happily, I’m good friends with our overall raid leaders and I’m one of his underlings, so he understands druid healing very very well (he’s even working on levelling up one himself now). We’re also lucky in that we have knowledgable healers of every class to tell us what their own strengths and weaknesses are.

    It harkens back to something I say time and again – it’s a benefit to anyone, especially raid leaders, if they try every role in the game. It makes you an all around better player and leader, because you know what’s going on. You know what the healers are doing back there, or what the tank is doing up there.

  • You’re not alone. Lots of guilds are like this.

  • Healing has been one of our recent problems and there has been much scrutiny of who’s doing what regarding the healers. Our MT used to be a healer pre-BC so he’s pretty in-touch with the capabilites of the healers and, I believe, coordinates a lot of the healing as well as tanking targets.

    Most of the dps have some interest as, afterall, we’re usually the first to suffer if healing isn’t coordinated enough.

    We’ve gotten used to running with 3 holy priests, one discipline priest and 4 paladins as our healing group, though, with our single resto shammie and single druid sometimes taking the place of one of the holy priests. This means we’re used to having very focused healing without the ‘frills’ the other healing classes can bring.

    Maybe that makes it a bit easier on us? No clue. All I can say is that I appreciate when I get good healing and make sure to let the healers know it!

    I agree with Aly above, though, it is *so* much easier to understand healing if you’ve actually tried it. If the raid leader hasn’t it could easily lead to problems with raid healing assignments 🙁 (if you don’t have a healing lead, ofc).


  • I think this is something that changes as a group approaches more and more of the 25 man content (and as you have more and more diversity in a healing group).

    In a 5 man, you have one healer. He/She heals. Period. Doesn’t matter what class, what you’re good at, etc. That means that at least until heroics, nobody really knows much about the difference in healer types. You’d think tanks would be the same way, but since two of the three tanking classes are “new”, it’s a little more high profile.

    In a 10 man, you have 2 (or 3) healers – some communication is good, but for the most part you can just wing it and be ok.

    Once you hit 25 man groups, though, you *have* to have healer coordination, and that’s when the various strengths/weaknesses come through. A good healing group will talk about that and work out who fits best doing what. (Or have a good healer lead that knows such things). And this is where my raid is now – we have a good healer lead, but we *need* more communication – and it’s really hard to develop!

  • Nobody cares about healers until they die, and then they hate you. It’s just such a thankless role. That’s why I gave up on doing it full time.