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On the Care and Feeding of Healers

This week since I’m away Zwingli offered to write a guest post. Be sure to check out his blog, Zwingli’s Weblog O’WoW.

Even though I’m turning into an altaholic, I’m still a Huntard at heart.  It is from this heart that I speak to my DPS brethren and sistren about the care and feeding of their healers.

Seriously, let’s talk about this a little bit. I know what you’ll read on the forums. I understand the relationship between the Tank and Healer. I know exactly where I am on the healing priority list. I get it.

Now, let me tell you something I’ve learned over the past six years of my WoW experience: Don’t believe everything you read. Understand, there is always an exception. Ok? Let’s talk about our healers.

First, let there be no misunderstanding, if I’m in a group, the healer is mine.

I take personal responsibility for their well-being. Yes, I know the Group Priority List, and were I fall in it as a hunter. Remember what you read in the forums?

“If a DPS dies, it is their fault. The Healers don’t heal the DPS. If they do, it is only a small heal, for which they should be grateful!”

Yes, I’ve read those threads too.

Now, let me tell you about every guild healer I’ve ever been with. They take it personally if their DPS die, period. Each and every one of them has cared about my character’s well being. I’ve learned that I need to care for them. If we want the most successful group we can have, then I need to care for the healers more than my Recount and MQoSDPS.

This is where it begins. If you don’t care for the other: that nameless, anonymous person on the other side of the pixilation; then you are depriving yourself of a better experience.

So, we start by caring for them. If you want a happy healer, then make sure you care for that healer.

Secondly, Always Bring Cookies!

OMGOSH Yes! Ok, maybe you don’t have cookies; but you can bring whatever the current version of the Fish Feast is.

I’m looking at you Broiled Dragon!

Yes, there is value to leveling up your secondary professions, and happy healers are a large part of it. You set that baby out before the Instance/Raid even begins. Don’t make them wait, or set it out themselves. Doooo Eeeeet!

One of the things I’ve learned about healers is that they take their professions seriously. Usually, these are the people making sure the Guild has the mats for the Feasts, Cauldrons, Gems, Enchants, or whatever to be Raid/Heroic ready. They do way more than their fair share. So, get your little pew-pew tushy up and out every now and then. Do a little hunter-gathering, and make some Nummies for their Tummies! I swear, it will be better than bonbons! If you find they like to use something other than the latest Feast craze; then make sure to start mass producing it. Mail them some every chance you get with a nice note of how much you appreciate them.

Oh, by the way…this kind of stuff works in real life. We call it appreciation. You see, there are some people who feel loved by being helped, or experiencing some sort of service; while others feel love through different means. Point is, Doooo Eeeeet!

Thirdly, Watch Their Six!

You’ve got the CC Baby, use it! You can’t begin to believe the rewards you will reap for setting a freezing trap (Woot, Hunters!) down in front of a Healer before a pull.

Yes, they won’t stand there for long. They will move around. The encounter probably requires it. BUT, it is a huge psychological boost. Now, what you need to do is be willing to eat the bullet (mob) for them if they do get into harm’s way. Yes, you might be able to put a CC on a mob; but most likely the best you can do is nuke the mob to get its attention. Grab that baddy by the nose and haul it back over to the tank.

Yes, the Tanks have tools to gather errant mobs. Problem is, the Tank could be momentarily distracted by the other four mobs trying to chew his or her face off. Don’t assume that the Tank will immediately grab the errant mob. Remember, the Healer belongs to you. Take care of that Healer!

Finally, Don’t Forget the One Thing…

Do your job. This is the most important thing. You are there to kill things. The Tank holds the mob’s attention. The Healer keeps the Tank up through the tremendous amounts of damage. YOU BRING THE PAIN, BABY!

As a hunter, I want to apply the most MQoSDPS that I can. To do that job effectively, I need to do a few things. I need to Focus Fire on the marked target, Not break CC (if there is any), and Stay Out of the Bad!  If I do these things, they should minimize any potential pain on the part of the Healer.

If you follow these very simple principles concerning the Care and Feeding of your Healers, you too will reap the long-lived benefits.

Remember, <3 your Healers and just see if they don’t reciprocate!

Try it, and let me know how it goes.


Zwingli is a Night Elf Hunter on Sentinels Server, US.  He’s been playing since 2006, married for 10 years, and the father of two wonderful Nelflings! You can find him blogging at Zwingli’s Weblog O’WoW.

Thanks for the post Zwingli! And to those uninitiated in the ways of DPS like myself, MQoSDPS means “Massive Quantities of Sustained Damage Per Second.” Yes, I had to google that. Shameful, but true.

Guest Post: Does Leveling Faster Make Leveling Better?

This week, the lovely Oestrus was nice enough to write a guest post for me. Be sure to go check out her blog, The Stories of O, where she shares her stories and thoughts on being a raiding holy priest and about World of Warcraft in general.

The other day, some blue posts were released that attempted to address the concerns that many players have voiced over how the leveling experience seems to drag past level 60 and going into Northrend.

Here’s what Nethaera had to say:

“We know that for many who have gone through Outland and Northrend before, it may not be as fun as the first or second or even third time you’ve gone through it. We understand but also believe that in general, the quest flow is much better than what was available in original World of Warcraft. Between that and the increased rate of experience gain, you should be able to go through these areas relatively quickly. Would we like to update Outland at some point in time? Sure. It’s a possibility. But it’s not on our immediate radar. There’s still a lot more to be done in World of Warcraft.

We do appreciate those who have given constructive feedback on their feelings on leveling from 60-80 and as I mentioned earlier, we do have accelerated experience gains for these levels. As someone else mentioned earlier in the thread, getting flight early on also helps with getting around these areas and completing quests in a more efficient way if that’s what you’re looking for.”

Here’s how I interpreted it:

“We are too busy to do all of that, but not busy enough to create more heirlooms to throw at you.  That way you can breeze through these zones so fast you won’t even know there is anything wrong with or missing from them!”

In my experience, people who like to level alts like the experience of leveling them.  People like doing new quests they haven’t done before and may even roll a character with a different faction or of a different race  to begin in a new starting area, to do just that.  They like seeing how a certain class handles different situations and may purposely put themselves in sticky situations to see if they can make it out in one piece.  We like knowing that we’re making a difference and impacting the storyline, with each instance that we clear or quest that we complete.

I don’t feel that making the experience go by faster is necessarily the answer.  I remember recently purchasing the heirloom helm and purposely not wearing it, because I was already going through the Blood Elf starting zone so quickly that quests were turning green and gray before I could even get around to finishing them.  I felt like I was being rushed into the next zone and I didn’t enjoy that.  Right now, I’m just using the heirloom cloak and I may put the helm back on once I get into the later parts of Northrend and the new Cataclysm zones.

Giving us more heirlooms to get through the zones that clearly need work is not going to help people ignore what’s wrong with these areas.  Granted, Northrend is in much better shape than Hellfire Peninsula and the zones from Burning Crusade.  I would have to say that areas from the latter would be in more need of work or touching up than the ones from the former.  But you can’t deny that it’s mighty awkward to be completing quests which are there solely to help you prepare for bringing down Illidan Stormrage and his allies and the Lich King.  You can only suspend disbelief for so long before you ask yourself “Why am I doing this again?”

Even if they decide not to change the quests objectives or rewards, they can at least change the reasons why we do them.  They can at least allow the NPCs to be aware of what is happening on the other side of the Dark Portal.  The Blood Elves would have some opinion on the fall of Kael’thas and the NPCs in Dalaran might have a clue as to why their city doesn’t have any portals to major cities anymore.  You could still keep most of the same quests, but have a different motivation behind them.  Instead of needing to kill 20 Bonelashers just because they make people sick, you could change the quest to say that they’re preventing efforts to clean up the Bone Wastes and people are scared to travel through there.

I also think it’s strange that Blizzard seems surprised that people are voicing concerns with post Kalimdor/Eastern Kingdoms leveling, especially since they really went out of their way to promote leveling in most of the previews for Cataclysm.  This was done by promoting the creation of new race/class combinations and with the introduction of the Goblin and Worgen races.  While we certainly can pay to take our existing characters and make them any race that we want, others were excited about the idea of exploring Gilneas and Kezan or starting a character of a previously unavailable race or class combination from scratch.

They sold us on the idea that leveling would again be fun and interesting and now they don’t understand why we don’t feel that may be the case.  What did they think was going to happen?  Did they think we were just going to take our characters to 60 and then stop?  Pick up another alt and then do the same thing all over again?

Currently, I do not have any plans to take my warlock past level 60.  I don’t have it in me to put myself through another round of quests I have done far too many times just to get past that point.  I have other starting zones I would like to see and other areas that were radically changed by the Cataclysm that I would like to experience.  I really don’t know what I’ll do with my alts, once I have explored all of the new areas that I had wanted to see.  I’ll probably work on their professions or find a buddy or two to farm instances with.

Or maybe, just maybe Blizzard will clue into the things lacking with the later stages of the leveling process and take the time to realize how important and how taken for granted the leveling process is and take some time out of their schedules to make such a thing fun and worth doing again.

Go check out The Stories of O. Thanks again Oestrus!