Blizzard on Healers in Raids

Blessing of Kings discusses Blizzard on Healers in Raids.  Essentially it looks as though for 25s you will still need about 1/3 of the players to be healers.  As Rohan points out, this doesn’t match at all with the number of people who are interested in healing. 

Our little guild of about 10 has three people who had experience raid healing before we rerolled.  All three of us rolled non-healing classes.  Two of the former healers have toons we’re willing to heal with, but it’s definitely not my first choice of spec.  From what I can tell, it’s the same thing for the other guild in our alliance – people will heal but they’d prefer other roles. 

Warcraft is a game – there’s only so long that people are willing to play a less-fun role even if it’s an essential one.  Personally I expect to burn out on Wrath raiding much more quickly than I did on Burning Crusade raiding.  The scramble to find people to fill out the needed roles is a pain and I don’t want to do it anymore. 

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3 Responses to Blizzard on Healers in Raids

  1. Cynra says:

    Healing is less-fun? Disappointing!

    One huge complaint that I had about my perky priestess’s raid was that DPS and tanks got to switch through toons while the healers got stuck playing that one character for months. We had just completed Tier 4 content and were moving into Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep when we got thoroughly trounced by Lurker. The raid leaders decided that it was a sign that we needed to focus more on Tier 4 25-man raids again, so we crawled back to Gruul’s and Magtheridon’s to spend the next three to four months farming that content.

    What made it horrible was that with the content on farm and only specific people looking for specific pieces of gear, very few people needed loot from those instances. As a result, people were allowed to bring in alts. Or even multiple alts. Mages had rogue alts, warriors had shamans, druids had hunters — and nobody had a single geared healer or was willing to heal. As a result, while people traded in alts the healers were stuck healing in the same content where they had gotten everything that they needed in the first month.

    We lost four damned fine healers to that, not because they thought healing was less fun (personally, I love healing and find it more varied than raiding as my hunter or mage) but because they were locked into doing one thing for so long with minimal benefit. I have triple the DKP of anyone in the raid for Tier 4 content; sadly, we’ll never go back there and it’s all for naught.

  2. Joel says:

    Less fun might not have been the best way to word it – maybe more high-pressure?

    There are a number of people who have leveled alts in our guild alliance, but there are very few of those alts that are healers. We may wind up in the same situation – healers are continually stuck healing for instances where there are few to no upgrades to be had.

  3. Jaimie says:

    I enjoy healing enough that I have a priest up and coming to join my pally, but I’m getting burned out on Kara. I need nothing but the enchants that won’t drop out of there.

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