“Healing is so stressful!”
This has been said in response to the “Tanking would stress me out” statements I make when people even vaguely hint at getting me tank something Tanks have to know which mobs to attack first, who does what nasty ability, where to go, they set the pace of the instance. I just cannot imagine tanking and am not inclined to try. DPSing, I can do. But not tanking. No thank you, I pass.
I heal you long time…
But ahh, healing. That’s what I truely love to do. Stressful? At times, maybe. Most of the time I don’t think of it as stressful so much as challenging. It’s quite rewarding when you push through the stress to heal like a pro and help the guild down some hard boss. I like healing because it makes me feel good when I know I saved someone from certain death so they could live to DPS/tank another day. I just love saving people, and not to give myself a big ego and feel godlike. I just feel *good* when I do my job. I get the warm fuzzies when someone says “Awesome heals.” I love the feeling I get when I pull of some healing magic on a complicated pull that got out of hand.
Stand back and let the master work
I’ve always been a follower type, more than a leader. I’m generally happier following someone else’s lead, letting them set the pace, and going from there. And honestly, in the beginning (and even now), I love that healing lets me stand in the back and just focus on the players, more than the mobs…except to hit them to get up Judgement of the Pure or stun them or something. As someone who until recently had a pretty laggy playing experience (12 inch, couple year old laptop ftl), it was frankly easier to stand back and not have to manuever around various mobs and bosses. Less moving = happy player. As long as I’m being honest, I’ll also say that I know I can kinda tune out some of the explanation of the finer points of a boss fight as a healer. I don’t need to know that melee hits caster types and ranged hits melee types of mobs in the Deathwhisper encounter (well, I do know it, but if you asked me which ones were the adherents and which ones the fanatics, I’d be at a loss). All I need to know as a healer is get out of the fire (aka Death and Decay), the tanks run back and forth to handle the adds, cleanse stuff and watch out for ghosts in the last phase.
Other than that, I don’t know if I can find words to explain why I love healing. I mean, I enjoy DPSing (on my DK, anywho. Retribution never tickled my fancy too much). I love dealing damage and seeing those big numbers and kicking ass and taking names. But if I had to pick one role to play the rest of my WoW career, it’d be a healer. I’ve not gotten bored of it yet. Even when I’m on a toon that *can* heal, but isn’t specced into whatever tree heals, I’m known to pop off some heals to ‘help out’. I’m sure the healer may read that as a sign I don’t have confidence in him/her, but doggone it, I just can’t help it. It’s instinct.
WTB moar healerz
I only have one healer though, and it’s a goal of mine to get another healer in my collection of toons. I have a 70 priest that has been nothing but shadow currently collecting dust on my original server. I mean to level her (maybe be a disco priest!) up, but don’t know if it’ll happen. I also have a druid on my current server that’s sitting pretty at 18 and I really need to make her my next project when I get ‘bored’. I want to know what it’s like to have HoT’s and too many healing spells to know what to do with. I have a feeling once I hit a wall with my DK (I feel it coming…getting her into ToC 10 man or whatever is gonna be hard since I’m a healer, asking to bring in a DPSer, which means they’ll need to nab another healer from somewhere. Blarg), I may just start working on her some. First off will be bringing her to human lands, which I am much more familiar with. Elf lands just confuzzle me.
What about you?
So why do you love healing? Does it give you warm fuzzies? Do you like playing someone with powers of life (and death…if you don’t heal someone) over others? Or do you hate it with a firey burning passion that knows no bounds and you’d rather tank than cast a healing spell?