So, i like to run PUGs, for many reasons. One of which being i am not in a huge guild, another being PUGs for the most part can accommodate to my playtime, or lack thereof. If it comes down to it and life calls, i can drop a pug and not feel guilty, as they will get a replacement quite quickly. So last night, the wife and I registered for the dungeon finder, and get a group. Tank runs in with no cc, and after the first group is down, i am at 50% mana (i’m the healer). So i say, um, don’t believe in cc? He literally says no. I am now a sad panda 😦
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This is consistent with how my Cataclysm experience has been as a healer. It is also the reason i now have a hunter leveling up in all heirloom gear. PUGs in the past have been a fun experience, a great way for me to see content, and an alternative to the old fashion “hope we have a tank online” grind. I like running dungeons, and i don’t care who it’s with. I don’t care about their gear level, or if the hunter has his tank pet out, or anything like that. The way i see it, i pay my 15$ to play how i wish, and you pay your 15$ to play how you wish. Who am i to tell you how to play, and vice versa, within reason of course. Now, obviously, if a hunter has his turtle out on a guild raid, well that’s going to be an issue, but in a pug, i say, you do you friend. But lately, it seems like the content is so much more unforgiving, that the sometimes bad attitude reflects upon the success of the group, and when everyone dies because of it, I as the healer feel stressed.
When the i see on my recount that the number one damage done to the DK dps is “no one”, sure, it’s his fault he’s dying, but who looks bad to the rest of the group because he’s constantly at 5%, me, or him? And when you have a tank on top of that that refuses to use cc, the fact of the matter is i can only keep him alive for so long, so having that dk alive will help kill the mobs before they kill the tank, and inevitably kill me. It seems as though the combination of what blizzard has done to dungeons plus dps that can’t get out of the fire plus pig headed tanks has created the perfect storm for me paying for repairs. I have slowly grown to hate life as a healer, at least in PUGs. Now certainly, i don’t have to run PUGs. I can group with guildies, and sometimes i do. however, i am not in a massive guild, and that isn’t always an option. So my solution is to just roll a ranged class, (which as a healer i have noticed don’t take anywhere near as much enviornmental damage) and let other’s deal with the stress. Heck, i can even feign death when all hell breaks lose 😀
Perhaps it’s just me, maybe i am a bad healer, and don’t know how to cope with these changes, idk. And if so, then i am doing both the community and myself a favor now aren’t I. Though, i did heal as a drood in LK, and i had so much fun, and definately wasn’t stressed like this. So to the healing effort, i bid thee farewell, i shall keep my arrows pointy, and actually get to watch my wife’s fel flame be green, rather than her life bar.
- Patch 4.0.6 Tuesday 3/15/11