Perusing Twitter as I normally do, I came across this link today:
I loved it. I giggled at: Not “save the world by by enthusiastically patching up your group’s assorted grazed knees and bumps on the head.” The whole thing really does ring true, especially the parts about perfectionism and responsibility.
When I played EQ2, I was a healer. I had a couple of other alts, but my main toon, my raider, the first incarnation of “Avi” – that was a healer. My guild then was a group of people that basically all knew at least one other person in real life. We weren’t go-go-progression or anything, but we liked raiding.
And still, I was a nervous wreck come raid time.
For me, it’s that inner perfectionist. It’s not wanting to “fail” my group by letting someone die, even if it wasn’t my fault. Yes, that DPS shouldn’t have stood in the pool of lava that was spewed on them – but dang it, why am I not a miracle worker?
Ridiculous, right? I completely acknowledge that. But that’s why, when I started playing WoW, I went DPS. That was it, that’s what I did. I started my Elemental Shaman and I was good to go. The only time I ever healed anything during Wrath was when I would add whatever bit of healing I could for the Dreamwalker fight.
A while in to Cataclysm, I actually put together a semi-useful set of healing gear and started running dungeons as Resto. It wasn’t all that bad! I still didn’t heal in raids, though. My focus was DPS. Even when I rolled Luna (my druid), I levelled her up with resto and didn’t like how it felt at 85.
However, now I have my priest, and I love it. I’ve been running as heals in our raids for the most part over the last few weeks. I actually don’t mind being a healer. I know that Disc is reportedly not amazing for Mists, but gosh darn it I’m going to try and make it work. Because while I don’t mind resto shaman, I actually enjoy healing with my priest.
Did you hear that? I enjoy healing again. Perfectionism included. Being useful to my raid team, and liking the mechanic of that class, have made it an amazing experience.
So if you’re trying to decide if you want to roll a healer, my advice would be this: give them all a shot. One might not be the right “fit” for you. That doesn’t necessarily mean that healing is out, just that you haven’t found your niche. Who knows, you might be surprised.
I know I was. 🙂