Here I Come to Save the Day!
I was thinking about this after my run in ICC with the undergeared-yet-overperforming shaman…1 Which healing classes can perform beyond their gear level? To a certain extent, you are limited by your gear for pure maximums, but at the same time… sometimes there are miracles.
When I say “miracles”, I don’t mean numbers. At the end of the day, on a log, the numbers might be the same for a miracle-worker and an ordinary mortal. I’m talking about being able to save the day. To be able to squeak out a victory under circumstances that normally constitute a wipe.
The Player or the Class? Or the right class for the player?
How much of the “miracles” are the class and how much due to the player meshing with the class?
Discipline Priest: I’ve always felt that I could pull miracles out of my butt (so to speak) on my priest (discipline), at the obvious risk of being completely OOM really really fast. But if I’m on the ball and remember all my tools, I can save a suicidal squishie and get the entire group out of a sticky situation. It’s also terrifying to know that you can save a situation, and then fail to do so because of one screwed-up misclick.
Holy Priest: I’ve felt like I was looking at the situation in slow motion, like I could totally, handily, easily save the day with my giant toolbox of awesomely powerful spells if I could just stop time. Why does COH have such a long cooldown? What is this Serendipity crap? Then I respecced to disc.
Druid: With the druid, I feel more limited by my gear. I can only cast one hot per GCD, WG only when it’s off cooldown, and the hots are gonna tick how they tick, based on my gear. I feel to a certain extent that once I anticipate damage, apply my hots, and then start casting direct heals… sometimes it’s out of my hands. At the same time, there’s far less stress in mobility fights as it affect my healing almost none, which is a great allure.
Shaman: With my shaman, I feel completely helpless and frustrated. I can stand there pre-casting and cancelling in an annoyed manner until the damage comes in – and when it does, I feel like I can’t keep up. I cast and cast and cast as fast as I can and I don’t have a prayer. I am not necessarily running OOM. I just feel like there’s a “cap” on my healing potential, likely due to user error. Any shaman who is awesome at it obviously cheats. Obviously.
Pally: I don’t know what pallies do. I think there’s breakfast food involved. I’ve seen them performing miracles, but I suspect that they are dirty cheaters.
Those of you with multiple healing classes, how do you feel about “miracles”?
- omg! Cheats! ↩