I’m questioning my decision to play an Archmage in WAR. Not because I don’t like the class or suck at playing it – but because playing a healer requires a thick skin. This is my first healing class in an MMO. While it’s not a “true” healer, it’s certainly a healer and clearly the major role for the class.
I’ve read other people write about how healers get blamed for everything, but I guess it never really sunk in. I mean, I knew healers got more than the fair share of the blame – I just never really empathized with it. It’s one thing to know they are unfairly blamed and another thing to get unfairly blamed.
I was bitching about it to a friend the other day on vent and as a former Holy Paladin in WoW, he welcomed me to the club. As he said, “Tank dies and everyone asks why he didn’t get healed. Tank lives and everyone says ‘great job tanking!’ It comes with the territory.” And with those words it suddenly dawned on me why he’s playing a Tank in WAR.
Frustrating and Thankless Job
I think what is most mind boggling is that people expect you to keep them alive even when they do stupid shit.
In WAR, you can rez while in combat but the player comes back with 20% health. If you have 2500 health, you are going to come back with 500 health. My best heal at that level does +800 and takes three seconds to cast. So after three seconds, I can get you to 50% health at best if you take no damage. Give me oh… 6 or 7 seconds, I can get a couple of HoTs on you and full health no problem.
If you run into combat right away – there is a damn good chance you are going to die again. Please don’t do it. The guy who just rezzed you KNOWS you are at 20% health and intends to heal you. I promise. Just give him the chance.
When I played DPS, I didn’t do stupid crap like that and if I did – I knew the only person to blame was myself. The fact that the far majority of people are self centered and oblivious to their own actions has caught me a bit by surprise. I mean – I *knew* this but I really didn’t *KNOW* it until I started healing.
I played a Tank for a long time in WoW, so I’m used to people doing stupid things. I’m just not used to getting the blame when THEY do the stupid thing.
I’ve healed you for 3000 in the last X seconds.
Reply with Thank You to stop receiving Heal Reports.
The other mind boggling thing is the guy who complains he’s not getting any heals when – you were healing them! I’m tempted to write an addon for the sole purpose of sending people tells about how much my heal does to them. The basic idea being that you send them Heal Reports about your exploits and they don’t stop until you get a Thank You. Heal Reports would only be sent to non-Healers.
I’d release such a thing on Curse for all other pissed off healers everywhere. I would call it Annoying Heal Reports or some such. What do you think? Should I write it?
A part of me knows this would likely only inflame the situation, but I’m sorely tempted to piss people off anyway. Alternately, I might write an “anti-heal” addon which actually works to prevents you from healing players on your blacklist. Someone complains? Add them to your list and you get a notification if you accidently target them and/or it auto-cancels a heal and retargets someone else.
I realize I’m QQing here, but all I can say is that I was unprepared for it. I’m going to level this Archmage up to 40, but I remain undecided about whether or not I will be playing this class or my Bright Wizard at the end-game. Likely both, but I can already tell that for my own sanity I will need the option of playing the Bright Wizard occasionally.
Either way, I have a healthy respect for the bitching and moaning that Healers get all the time. More than that, I really respect the players who continue to play healers despite the constant bitching and complaining about lack of healing.
I enjoy the Archmage because I enjoy helping the team win. However, I’m also realizing that at least part of me also wants the recognition for helping the team win. Healing is ironically perhaps the most important part of the equation and gets the least amount of respect or glory.
So which do I like more? The glory or the winning? Sadly, I’m leaning towards the glory…