Know Your Fellow Healers

I like to try to understand my fellow healers.  I want to love them, cherish them, and appreciate them…not sit here thinking about strangling them, as I sometimes do now.   So I poked and prodded at the minds of, trying to get a better idea of what it was the healing classes I don’t play actually do.   Or, well, I know what they do-we all heal!-but how they do it.

Many of the responses boiled down to “we can do anything!” which is, of course, true to an extent.   All healers can heal all encounters…in theory.  But every class has its strengths, and beyond that, so does every player.

One clever responder put together this chart:

Dedicated Tank Healer
Holy Paladin
Disc Priest
Resto Druid
Resto Shaman
Holy Priest
Full Time Raid Healer

At the top, you see your traditional, dedicated single target healers.  At the bottom, your traditional raid healers.  What does this mean?

Well, this means that if you have in any given raid a holy paladin and a holy priest, you will probably want to have the holy pally on the tank and the holy priest on the raid.  Probably.  Speaking purely from a class strength perspective, that would be the logical choice. 

Now, some people will tell you not to pigeonhole.   And this is true to an extent-if by some random chance all your healers one day are holy paladins, no need to panic.  Everyone can do every role.  But on progression content, I strongly recommend that you play to your strengths (though it could be that your holy priest is a really good tank healer and your holy pally a really good raid healer-but that’s for you to know).

Now what if you think your healers are getting a little…stale?    In that case, on easier content why not have some fun and switch things around?  Tell the resto shaman to heal the tank and have the disc priest raid heal!

If your healers don’t stab you to death, you’ve taught them to stretch themselves a bit and made things a little more interesting.

If not, well, maybe they’ll rez you when they’ve calmed down.

  1. #1 by Dueg on February 11, 2009 - 3:22 pm

    That’s a good chart, but rather trivial I think. I mean, it really comes down to the player and how they do things. In our guild we like to switch it up occasionally. We always have at least one broco-healer, two holy priests and two resto shamans with occasionally holy pallie joining in. Usually our tree (who’s King Shit when it comes to heals) is MT healer, but that doesn’t mean that the priests and shammies can expect to sit back and raid heal all the time. We’ve all stepped up to the plate for all healing roles because as a raider, you need to be versatile and able to adapt if you have to.

    Quick note on Disc though, I truly feel it is the weakest raid healing spec of any class right now (although it’s going to get a huge buff in 3.1) because of the fact that your talents gimp your straight heals and AoE heals. That doesn’t mean a disc priest can’t heal, but he/she is best as a support role on the MT and not as an exclusive MT healer. I really get the feel like Disc is still a “work in progress” as far as the devs go.

  2. #2 by Ambrosyne on February 11, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    It IS a bit simplistic, but it almost has to be. Consider it a rock paper sisscors type chart of healers vs roles. The personal play style factor does kind of toss a wrench into the works. ;)

    I have yet to raid as a disc priest (mine’s 73)-my sole end game healing experience is as as holy pally. That said, I’d still put a holy pally as the weaker raid healer in terms of the number of tools available, though. Disc at least has some tricks up thier sleeves that paladins don’t.

  3. #3 by Dueg on February 11, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    I’m not too familiar with pally healing past level 9 (not even holy specced!) so I’m probably going to have to concede that point. But mark my words, Dueg will be back with more words to pull out of his ass, oh yes he will!

  4. #4 by rocklawthepally on February 11, 2009 - 4:16 pm

    Pally healing is, for the most part, very simple and straightforward. We have a few more tools available with Glyphs in LK end game, but generally speaking, we are poor raid healers. Give us a tank and we’ll heal all day. Don’t make us run around a lot, either!

    Not looking forward to 10-man Malygos learning tonight with myself and 2 resto shammies in the raid :)

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  6. #6 by Ambrosyne on February 12, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Pally raid healing = whack a mole.


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