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Archive for May 19th, 2010

I know that tree isn't me. But when in tree form, we bare a startling resemblance.

As you have probably guessed by the banner of this blog, I play a tree druid.  I started off determined to play a feral (even AFTER I leveled as one, as most druids do) all the way through endgame.  Then I found out they don’t really DO PvP, which is mostly what I began spending my time with on my druid.  I tried off-speccing balance, but at the time, boomkins were sadly neglected, and I eventually fell into the restoration tree, as my guild was in desperate need of PvP healers.

This is not to say I don’t enjoy playing a tree druid.  I would have stopped a long time ago, if I didn’t immediately fall in love with the spec.  I’ve PvPed pretty well exclusively resto since, but when I stepped into the scary world of PvE, I decided to go back to feral.  If you are a druid, and want to try feral dps, there are two questions you need to ask yourself.

1) Do I have a brain?

2) Do I wanted it fried?

Feral dps, is massively complicated, and I am just far too lazy to put up with it.  It was around the time I was failing to run heroics that I made a lovely discovery.

Heroics are easy.

So easy, in fact, that I could run heroics in my PvP gear.  And when you’re a tree, no one cares.  No one can even see my gear after all, and as long as people aren’t dying, you don’t get complaints.  Thus I ventured into the world of PvE, by healing heroics.

Now, any player in the game who has made it to 80 will have experience with heroics.  Even as a PvPer, I ran the occasional instance.  And with 3.3’s LFG system, people run heroics all the time.  So I am probably not the first overworked healer in existence to make an interesting discovery.

People ignore us.

As long as the tank isn’t dying, and as long as the dps can still pew pew, no one really notices the healer.  If we aren’t doing are job, it is always blatantly clear that this is the case.  But if people are NOT dying, the healer is just that guy standing near the back who doesn’t feel like  attacking the boss.

Not obviously in a raid scenario, this is absolutely not the case, people pay plenty of attention to the healers in raids, and especially in a group of people that know you.  You’ll be treated like  any other player, and get complemented for a job well done, and reprimanded for a poor performance.

But we’re talking PUGs here.  PUGs of heroics no less.  People outgear the content so epicly, that there is a widespread belief that you don’t even need to try.  This is true.  While I was leveling, and healing the odd instance druid healing (outside of raids) was explained to me like this.

Step #1- Pop HoTs

Step #2- /dance with tank

And this is the case with heroics (outside of the ICC 3, perhaps).  You really don’t need to put effort into it.  But there is a point a lot of people forget.  This is a 5 man.  It takes more than one person.  Even if you can ALMOST solo them, you need help.  This brings me to the purpose of this post.

When running a heroic, do yourself and the group a favour, look behind you.  You may notice a healer.  You need him/her.  They keep you from dying.  Dying = bad.

People wait for the tank.  The tank chooses when the pull, and only pulls when he/she is ready to pull.  Dps will not randomly charge boldly into a boss until the tank pulls this.  BUT, no one waits on a healer in the world of heroics.  I have often looked away from the computer, or taken a drink, only to return seconds later to find that my group is a fair distance away, dying to a very large trash pull (because, after all, why pull one at a time, we outgear this place to death).

If you do not wait for your healer, you will die.

/end rant

In all seriousness, yes you can breeze through heroics.  They are a joke.  Laughable, even.  But you should always do yourself the favour of making sure everyone is there.  This isn’t a daily, and you aren’t soloing content.  Without that little flash of green on your screen from time to time, you might have a lot more trouble.

/seriously.  I’m done now.

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