I was reading another epic rant about the asshats who infect the LFG system (you’re excluded of course–asshattery entails a certain distance which you, dear reader, do not have). Anyway, for some reason, this post made the connection click….
I have never seen the healer “lol’d” at due to gear or meters… ever.
Apparently, as a healer, we have some mystic configuration of stats and weight variables that are just too difficult for the average player to understand. While a healer may be incorrectly blamed for the death of the tank–asshat 101, pulling while your healer is out of mana–a quick glance at gear and talents, even massively incorrect talent choices or gemming options, is not a cause of concern of your average tank or dps. Nor are meters very relevant, as a healer will always be first on the healing meters unless they are just plain fat /afk.
While a main healer, playing an alt, may rapidly surmise the flaws with the guy in the back busting out the healing voo-doo, there is generally no forum in which to raise concerns. Until a healer is tried and deemed a total waste of pixels by the entire group (even for ludicrous reasons) the chances that a party will form up, someone will raise concerns about the healer, and everyone will bail is just. not. happening.
Polite inquiries to the questionable healer will gain you nothing but scorn. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of the number of people who tell me their main is uber awesome–unless your alt is uber awesome, it’s just not translating for me–so I do understand ignoring “helpful” pointers. However, the same could be said of sending warning flags to other members of the party as well–until the healer falls flat on their face, no one cares.
Why is that?
Honestly, I think it’s a lack of understanding about the class. Unlike tanks or dps there is not a solid, identifiable marker that equals solid healer. Tanks must have a 535 defense and a respectable health pool (I’m not setting the bench for this one–as long as he’s got 20k+ I’m happy). Damage dealers are expected to rattle off anywhere from 1200-∞ dps depending on who ya ask. What’s the benchmark for a healer? There isn’t really one.
I’ve seen fully specced disc priests (read PvP) perfectly capable of healing a 5-man. Same goes for the guy still sporting a bevy of greens, or the paladin who seems to think gemming spirit is a-ok. Most likely, they were ok because the tank and dps shouldered some of the burden; however, unless someone dies, the burden is esoteric without sifting raw data and honestly, no one seems to care.
Do I like seeing healers who don’t seem to understand basic mechanics of their class? Not particularly. Do I care so long as the dungeon gets completed and I have a good time? Nope. Honestly, I wish that no one had set identifiers so long as they were able to fulfill their role. A successful run to me is one where I have a good time. That entails me not dying, and not having to yell at other people for standing in fire so they don’t die. Otherwise, it’s all good.
So your next dungeon run, why don’t you try turning off recount, stop inspecting the guy next to you, and pretend everyone’s a healer? More than likely, you’ll have a more stress-free run, and hey, you’re in it to have a good time, right?
By the way, if I’m living in a bubble of isolation in regards to healer ridicule in PUG runs, feel free to correct me liberally and scornfully. These opinions reflect my own experiences tanking, healing, and occasionally being the sorry leveling dps.