Is there such a thing? Or are, as I asserted in an earlier article, good healers invisible? I’m not sure, rightly or wrongly, that they are invisible in a wipe. In WoW, most raids I attended, as a tank anyway, found the healing classes to blame for any wipe or misstep that occured. While this was not a ubiquitous occurence, it tended to surface fairly often in the following manner.
/warriors: Tank1 “WTF, were the healers asleep during that fight”
/warriors: Tank2 “Yea, I tanked that whole fight without a heal.”
/raidleader “It wasn’t the healers, they were stunned, and when you keep breaking the crowd control, moving out of line of site, (insert reason here) you are going to die.
I tended to keep my thoughts to myself in these situations, even when I did think a healer was asleep. Unless the oversight was so egregious as to put blame on an individual, i.e. the puller, mezzer, etc. there seemed little reason for me to point fingers. For one, the raidleader in my old WoW guild was a healer, and he was in all the class channels. He tended to fit the “prima donna” label of my title, but also did a good job of pointing out that raids did not always wipe because “the healers were asleep.”
As I begin my transition to a healing/warding class in Everquest II, I am curious to see what attitudes prevail in my guild. The guild leader is again a healing class. The raids to date have been so smooth I haven’t heard a cross word uttered on teamspeak. What adjustments have been made relate to positioning and overall strategy. I also believe the overall age and maturity level of my guildmates is significantly higher than my WoW guildies. Could it be that my WoW experience was due to the players lack of patience and the relative maturity level of the guild(s) as a whole?
Whatever the past, I am on my way to healing for a living. I imagine it will be exciting!