Healers Rule Five Mans (forget the tanks)
I expect this will be a controversial post. But here goes. I’m ready to admit that I’m more comfortable on any healer than my wee baby tank, but I’ve noticed something often. I have a huge amount of control over how a five man dungeon goes on a healer. I don’t have half as much control as a low level tank. This isn’t about waiting times. At low levels, my healer might as well be dps for the time I queue, while at eighty I get a dungeon as a healer almost as fast as a tank.
On any healer I can say “Okay, this isn’t working, why is the aggro going everywhere?” and pinpoint the source of the real issue and get them to fix it or convince them to leave group voluntarily. If anyone insists on misbehaving repeatedly, I tell them they won’t get heals if they do it again. Bad behavior just disappears. If aggro goes wrong and I’m tanking, the dps at fault just says “you fail” and we’re at a standstill. If dps keeps pulling mobs and aggro runs everywhere, it’s my fault because I clearly suck. If I call them on it, I get told it wouldn’t happen if I would “go faster”. *grumbles* If I didn’t have stop to chide you for pulling, it *would* be going faster, I think. I’m happy to admit my learning process as a tank (or in healing as a new class). But it doesn’t really help.
As a healer at any level, I can work with the tank or against him – and I can choose to cause any member of the group to die if I want. Causing someone to die…and refusing to res them until they listen to the point generally stops even the most stubborn of opposition. (Well, okay, paladins have too many damnable cooldowns and heals to guarantee their death, but you get my point.) Oh Hi New Tank! Feel free to chain pull before I’ve buffed or have any mana from switching specs or have got you in line of sight. Sure, blame me for your death. :) Really Mr. Warlock? You’re going to Lifetap down to 30% health and pull aggro five seconds into the fight. Have fun with that. Oh Hai Mr. Mage! You want to Blizzard the living heck out of everything in sight while the tank is still charging in? I hope your Ice Block is on cooldown..by the way I’m moving out of melee range of you. Oh Mr. Hunter? When you put your pet on aggressive, pull three packs and berate the tank for not having aggro…..yeah. Hope you don’t remember Feign Death, because I’m not even trying to heal you or your pet.
I am honestly, a lot less bitchy than I sound here. I like keeping people alive. But I’m not a martyr.
There are some people who get offended when I even suggest that sometimes I don’t heal everyone I possibly could, or that I prioritize people who don’t piss me off. Why wouldn’t you? Does anyone really heal the jerk who is offensive and stands in fire when there is anyone else who needs healing?