Measuring your Healy

It is not often I am overcome with the urge to rant. Well and truly rant on the attitude and mentality of my fellow players. However I was in a channel recently listening to a healer tell her fellows how she is always on top of the meters…*queues epeen talking*

Let me be very clear. This kind of behavior just makes me mad. It’s personal ego stroking that is counter to the mentality of a healing core. We aren’t DPS vying for top spot and glowing pets for being fabulous posting 5k+ dps. No, we are healers who work together to cover the damage our fellows are taking. Its not about who is on top of the heals. And here is why its bad…

1. It promotes padding your numbers. We call this sniping heals. There is one thing when you see a healer trying to regen mana and helping on heals or say there is a spike going on etc. But healers have been padding their numbers on heal meters since they came out. It was a joke back in the day when holy priests would just cast Circle of Healing to top the charts even when it wasn’t needed.

2. It de-emphasises the importances of staying on your duties. This really goes back to 1 but I felt it deserved being mentioned twice.

3. Instead of comparing players based on their spec and assignment it makes them more of a number.

4. Bragging about your healing epeen belittles the others in your group. Your bragging implies their contributions are less meaningful than your own.

What metters do positive for healers.

1. They are a great way to look at your heal rotations and tweak usage.  ie I used it to see how often I used Prayer of Mending to try and remind myself to use it more.

2. As a priest its a great way to evaluate your spec. If your healing style isn’t matching your spec a meter can let you look at what you are doing to either decide to adjust your spec or your style for effectiveness.

3. Keep an eye on mana effeciency and overhealing. If you are running high in overheals, perhaps lagg is causing you to land after someone else?

DPS excell at competeing with eachother for top stop, healing is about working with your fellow healers to keep people alive. Need to epeen? Go dps 😉

Need a tool to evaluate what heals you are doing and how well your spec is performing in your current gear etc? take a whorl with the meters.

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Published in: on April 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. I couldn’t agree more. As a Healing Lead I do look through our meters just to get an idea what was done throughout the night, but as I’ve told Healers 100 times I could care less about where they are on the meter. I care if they listened, followed instructions, and if their assignment lived or not. This can be hard to get through people’s heads though, they think if their on the top then they’re the best. Tell that to a Disc Priest that at the bottom but probably mitigated more damage then that number one healer healed. /end rant.

    Again great post!

  2. Bliz needs to adjust it so we can see who is getting absorbed by what more accurately for sure!


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