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Why Pet Healing Is Important, Part 1

One of the biggest issues healers have is the issue of healing pets. Be it hunter, warlock, mage or death knight pets in World of Warcraft, or mage, rogue, warrior or cleric pets in Rift, healers don’t want to – and usually, can’t – actively heal pets. I wish it were more possible to do so. I really, really, do. I say this as a healing priest, a healing cleric, a healing paladin, a healing mage, and a one-time healing shaman. I want to be able to heal pets.

Mend Pet

One of the biggest gripes I’ve heard is how smart heals do, in fact, heal pets. I’m still honestly lost on this point. I mean, trust me, I get that not everyone will be able to spare the global cooldown or the mana to heal a pet. But there’s a reason that pets are going to be valid targets for smart heals. Because they are integral to the DPS of the class utilizing those pets.

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Nostalgia

I’m not a huge MMO gamer. I’ve dabbled with a few, but mostly I’ve stuck with World of Warcraft up until this summer, and now Rift. I’ve had some good times, some bad ones, and some that just stand out in my mind as some of the best moments ever in a game. In the long run, my achievements in a game mean little to nothing, and that’s okay. But at the time, they were a huge accomplishment for me. And for that, I’m happy.

Killing the Lich King was the number one achievement I managed in my time in World of Warcraft. No, I wasn’t in a top-end guild, and no, it wasn’t a hardmode kill, either. All that mattered to me was that I killed the Lich King in any capacity. It was also good to me because it was right before the 4.0 patch, with all the nerfs to Icecrown Citadel. Yes, it was with the 30% buff in ICC, but you know what? I don’t care. I killed that bastard. Previous to that, there was no kill that was ever so satisfying. Up until that point, there wasn’t a boss that was so intrinsically entwined in all the plots and sub-plots of the game as to have an overwhelming presence in the game. Add in the Northrend quests where Arthas was appearing all over the place and creating mayhem.

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From Raid Leader to Raider

I’ve been a raid leader for a long time. Actually, since The Burning Crusade, when I still played Alliance, up through the first two weeks of Firelands in Cataclysm when I finally cancelled my subscription to World of Warcraft. And now, playing Rift, I’m in a raider position. It’s a good change for me, but I imagine that I’m always going to have a sort of “back seat raid leader” type attitude. Not completely, not in the way of, “Well, you need to do it this way,” but in the manner of seeing things that are going on and seeing how they might be fixed. But I definitely don’t miss raid leading. But I know that I need to contribute with the raid and help us get bosses down, and keep going. If no one says it, points out the problems, they don’t get fixed. And that’s one incredibly valuable piece of experience I can bring from having been a raid leader – that people don’t speak up. Someone must needs take that step.

Raid Frames

But, as I said, I’ve led raids for quite some time. Almost three years straight, actually, with only a small break between Burning Crusade and Wrath, and for a bit during late Ulduar/early Trial of the Crusader in Wrath, anywhere from two to five nights in a standard raid week. That’s a lot of raids. A lot. So, when the time finally came that I was taking a break from WoW, I had some reasons for it – the primary being that I needed to remember how to be a raider instead of looking at it from the RL’s perspective all the time. I don’t think one can raid lead effectively without remembering what it’s like for those raiders, and what perspective they have.

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