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Zomg – They might want me to heal….


Discussing Raiding specs for shadow Priests on our guild forums and our resident priestly expert says that unless we recruit some healers our shadow priests might end up healers.

How do I respond with a polite – I don’t want to.

I’ve never healed anything beyond Kara – and even when I did run people through lower instances I healed it in Shadow Spec.

I break out my holy mode when the healer dies, like I did in a Gundrak  run the other night just after hitting 76. (  I got 2nd damage..  outdamaged by a lv 80 Death Knight / boo hoo) – I’m usually shooting off a prayer of mending to the tank after the main healer dies.  Its quicker then any other heal I have and has the ongoing benifit of bouncing around maybe keeping some other people up until I gauge how bad the pull is going to go, and should I be Hotting it or throwing up a greater heal.

But me heal.. like  a raid … like for progression….. ( our 80’s have cleared the miliary wing with some pugs)

I don’t want to be a healer on my main – I would be willing to do it temporarily.   I’m afraid of being trapped – Stuck as a healer because there are no other alternatives – Is it fair to set time limits? Ok I will heal raids for a week..

There is also “For the good of all” sentiment. If it helps 24 other people get a goal then should I grit my teeth and just do it.

The most important answer is: I shouldn’t be forced to do anything I don’t want to. I’m excited that there is new content to explore, and strategys to learn, and lootz to be had.  I want to do all of this while melting face.

I leveled a holy priest for the purpose of healing, but she is sitting in the inn at northrend getting rested xp for when I start leveling her – I don’t want her to be a raider, shes a side project, like my mage – to play with on the side so nor do I want her to 80 1st

Of course this is all Hyperthetical…

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11 Responses to “Zomg – They might want me to heal….”


  1. 1 Gevlon November 26, 2008 at 6:39 am

    If you accept switching role for any time, you’ll be stuck there. Since they will have healer, they won’t be motivated recruiting one. Recruiting is always hard. So if you are respecing (and re-gemming/re-enchanting and replacing +hit gear to +spirit) for “just one” raid, you’ll be a healer forever and ever (or until a healer comes by pure luck).

    So just say no. If they stress it, gquit. That’s that simple.

  2. 2 Esdras November 26, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    You pay the subsciption so you play how you want to, i went shadow and my guild was like “sure we need one anyways” but they would have been cool.

    Just tell the papadins they need to all heal as the DK’s are now taking there tanking spots.

  3. 3 Isisxotic November 26, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I would say put a time limit on it, but don’t go all out – no reenchanting, no regemming.

    One week, until your guild recruits some new healers. If they don’t, it’s not your problem. Play how you want to!

  4. 4 kyrilean November 26, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    I have to agree with Gevlon here. We have the same problem with healers. Our situation is slightly different in that we have several people that have alt healers. Unfortunately, they’re always recruited into raids and never get to play their mains. We slack off on recruiting because we “have” the healers. They’ve gotten stuck. It’s something we’re trying to fix for Wrath and for a time we’ll be forced to recruit as people level their mains and we have no level 80 healers.

    You may like the guild you are in now, but if they force you into it once, they’ll force you into it again. Then they’ll get pissed off at you when you put your foot down and accuse you of not being a team player. It’ll end badly.

    They’re taking the easy way out by putting the burden of finding healers on you and others and not doing what they should do. Recruit. It’s hard. It sucks. But it’s really the only option.

    If you try Isisxotic’s suggestion, make sure it’s absolutely clear and stick to it.

    Good luck!

  5. 5 Captain The First November 26, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    “above else to thine own self be true”

    If you respec healer now you’ll feel the pressure of staying that way…

    I’ve always been more than happy to help (most) of the people who asked me for help but I always drew the line at changing my playstyle for them.

    If you do switch to healing make sure to point out how much of a temporary thing it is… put up hard deadlines and limits to how much they can use you as a healbot. They have to keep feeling the pressure of having to recruit a healer rather than to force someone to heal and leave it at that.

  6. 6 Herc November 26, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Tell them to recruit =).

    Once your a healer a dps slot opens up and prety soon they’ll invite a dpser which is .. an spriest?!

    Happened to my friend in her old guild. She left and joined another guild as a Spriest.

  7. 7 pugnaciouspriest November 26, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Cheers for your suggestions – I’d like to stay and its a fine line being flexible, and compromising what you like playing the game for, so if it happens I will be putting time limits..

  8. 8 Merlot November 27, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    OMG don’t do it! Just say no! And if you DO do it, make sure you’re so awful they beg you to go back shadow 🙂

    • 9 Necef June 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Michelle, you are so experienced and knawledgeoble. Wow, I\’m so impressed. Do me a favor, add categories and tags to your posts, so people can find them and start commenting and cross-linking. xo, Ruthie in Florida Galaxy .


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