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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The Issue of Cleric DPS

Cleric DPS. Nearly the laughingstock of the game, except when it comes to AoE damage, and even then, only with Cabalist, or to a lesser degree, Inquisitor. Many people are saying lately that you cannot complete Hammerknell with cleric single-target DPS builds (Shaman, Druid, Inquisitor), unless they are hybrids with Justicar for Doctrine of Loyalty usage. It’s actually quite sad, really, how poorly cleric DPS souls scale relative to other DPS souls from the other callings. In fact, come 1.6, many mage souls are getting some major buffs, and in the case of Pyromancer, a near complete overhaul.

Strike of the Maelstrom

What I want to do with this post is not to be a naysayer, and do everything I can to try not to be a in the “sky is falling” crowd with clerics in general. That kind of thing doesn’t usually jibe well with me. But, to be honest, it can be hard not to throw yourself on that kind of bandwagon when there are very obviously some glaring issues in the current content. To that end, bear with me as I try to put this post forth in as much an objective manner as I can manage.

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Inadequacy

One of the worst things someone can do to you in a raid environment is tell you you’re not good enough in something that you know you’re good at, and everyone else knows you’re good at. I just wish people would have the balls to say it to my face, rather than in a backhanded, backbiting manner. If you think I’m not good enough (or our raid team is not good enough) to handle a particular job, you should be saying that flat out, not trying to change what our other members are doing (i.e., going from a DPS build to a DPS/healing hybrid that’s primarily for AE healing when we need single-target heals), as if that will somehow magically solve the issue. Yes, it can help, but that’s not the only thing going on.

Rage Face

I don’t care how long you might have been a healer in other games, if you’re not healing in our raids normally, you have no clue how we perceive the damage patterns as people who are healing in our raids. Sure, you can look at the logs, and see exactly how much damage was taken when and by whom, but that isn’t the be-all, end-all. In an encounter where we can all but tunnel vision because the encounter mechanics allow it, we’re going to have a much higher sense of what’s going on than someone who is tanking and watching for adds and various other things going on in the encounter.

Now, I know I should be appreciative of the fact that someone else is looking for things and making suggestions. But that doesn’t stop me from thinking that they’re the wrong suggestions. No matter how well-meaning they may be, that doesn’t stop them from feeling like “you’re not doing it right.” As it stands, for the encounter in question, we have enough healers – possibly more than enough – given our level of skill. We don’t need more healers, we need to adjust our strategy. In the end, that is what’s going to kill the boss, especially when there’s already a tight DPS requirement that even I’m not sure we’re meeting.

On that note, if you have something of critique to say about me, suck it up, grow a set and tell me flat out. Don’t go behind my back to make me feel inadequate or not good enough. It’s pretty fucking clear to me that you aren’t going to be able to deal with it yourself, either, so you can sit down and shut the fuck up otherwise. /nerdrage.

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