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Old Habits Die Hard

The first character I created in WoW was a druid. I played my druid for a good year before I rolled my hunter and started playing regularly on two characters. I’ve been thinking about how my resto druid upbringing has effected how I play my hunter. I think it’s certainly had some benefits, but there have also been some drawbacks.

The good:

  • I’m very good at avoiding unnecessary raid damage and staying alive. If you’ve read any of my ICC boss tips or guides most of them focus on reducing your damage taken and not dying. I like to make the healers’ job easier so they can focus their attention on others.
  • My healer hero mentality (don’t worry, I’ll save you!) has transferred over to my hunter. I do what I can to help others avoid damage. I’m proactive with silencing shot and tranq shot. I like being able to use distracting shot before someone gets crushed by a stray mob. Unfortunately, I haven’t found as many opportunities to do this in Wrath as I did in BC. On BC raid trash there was always an opportunity to drop a frost trap in front of that overzealous healer who would get aggro. I’d use Scorpid Sting on those really hard hitting bosses to help out on tank damage a little.
  • I use Grid (with all the modules I use on my druid) at all times, so I always know the status of everyone in the raid: who’s out of mana, who has a debuff, who is dead.
  • Grid + Clique makes for very easy misdirecting. No need for macros! (Hmm, I think I should make a clique binding for Master’s Call. That could come in handy).

The not so good:

  • I will always be a clicker. I’ve been using Grid + Clique to heal for a long time. I feel comfortable moving with WSAD while holding down shift, ctrl or alt and clicking raid frames. Although I think keybinds would be more efficient for dps, I just can’t get used to them. I can make it work when I’m standing still but as soon as I need to move, things get messy and I have to go back to clicking.
  • Target switching is not my forte. On my druid I don’t have to target the person that I’m healing. I don’t even know what the optimal method of target switching is. I’ve just recently started keeping name plates up so I can click on those to change targets. At least I’m not tab targeting anymore.
  • I like to move. As a resto druid, mobility is an asset and I make the most of it. Even when there’s no need for movement, I like to bounce around. This habit can be seen as both good and bad for a hunter. On the good side, I’m quick on my toes and not afraid to interrupt a Steady Shot cast to get out of bad things fast. On the bad side, too much movement screws up auto-shots (and really screwed up Sniper Training back when I was survival). I’ve mostly broken the habit of moving around unnecessarily on my hunter because as much as I like moving around, I also like big numbers.

Does anyone else find that your first character has effected the way you play other toons?