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 PlusHeal.com, 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
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.