Do you look after Healers in BG’s?

Yes I have been Pvping a lot. 31900 odd HK’s to go to 100k kills.  It’s going to be a long time.

I was healing an Eye of the Storm this weekend and a little Pally healer  is yelling at people to protect them.  It took me a little while to get close enough to gear check them – and I think my snarky retort in Bg chat of  “It’s a little hard to protect you with 16k Health and no resilence’ probably got completely missed.

Protect the healers – Lol

I don’t expect to get protected at all while healing in a BG.  I have a trinket – I have fear, I have GS,  I have Shadow Meld.  ( Shadow Meld is very useful when getting smacked around by pets of any kind.   Works on  Army of the Dead, hunters pets ect. ) I can also heal myself.  I have to take some responsibility for my own  life – I mean I’m the healer damn it.

It’s not like I can ask a dps to heal me – hopefully they are either destroying the horde, or ccing them, and I am keeping them alive long enough to be more affective.

I have never asked people in a BG to protect the healer. Should a healer expect to be protected?

I work on the principle of  if you get heals in a bg your lucky. There is no target priority in any bg bar the flag carrier in WSG/EOS.  It’s keep up who you can, so if you are getting any heals be grateful. Mana gain in BG’s with that nerf, and  in Pvp gear can be pretty terrible – hence why I am in half pve gear while healing  – in Pvp healing gear it was heal untill your OOM – die then do it all over again, and I know some BG healers don’t even bother with Pvp gear at all. I like to be somewhat harder to kill.

As a dps I don’t do too much to protect healers,  I might fear any melee/pets away from them,  shield them , target their attackers – but not so much because I am protecting a healer, but more because it’s Pvp – and often thinking does not often move past.


Fear or death is usually the only thing to get a enemy off a healer anyway, sometimes they don’t notice the healer behind the dps healing their little heart out,  but when someone gets a little smart and ” Kill the healers First” command is issued – well then your healer is in trouble anyway.

I think a 16k health person – healer or not with no resilience is asking WAY too much for people to protect them.  Yes everyone needs to start somewhere – but it’s one of those times I would like to say ” Suck it up princess” because they can’t help you when you can’t even help yourself.

BGs take two…

I think we  also need to start a campaign for Disc Priests and the “Healing Done” on BG boards to include absorptions too.  While they are at it,  add dispels/decurses too.

12 Responses to “Do you look after Healers in BG’s?”

  1. 1 Windsoar September 20, 2010 at 3:34 am

    It depends on what the healer is doing and whether I have time to mess with their target and meet the objectives of the BG I happen to playing in. If I can keep a healer up and still protect the flag-carrier or keep an objective capped, ok. If I’m bypassing these in order to protect a potential asset, well no.

    Frankly, at those kind of health levels, the poor guy’s just a free HK and not worth trying to protect.

  2. 3 Dyre42 September 20, 2010 at 3:45 am

    As ranged DPS in BGs my usual strategy is to bodyguard a healer. I got my Damage Control achievement following that strategy during a pitched AV slugfest I kept anyone from getting up the hill to the healer and “she” in turn made a point of keeping me alive. Still one of the best AVs ever.

  3. 4 Ystan September 20, 2010 at 8:57 am

    When I first started PVP it was as dps and I always used to look out for healers. A healer is only useful if they’re keeping people alive. Leaving a healer to fend for themselves, so all they’re doing is keeping themselves alive, especially when playing against a team who know what they’re doing and will immediately focus healers, is just bad.

    Now when I usually do BGs its as a healer and it absolutely amazes me how many times I will have 3 or 4 enemies on me, struggling to stay alive, and watch as 3 or 4 of my own team run straight past, chasing an enemy, who’s on about 2% health, to the other side of the map, so they can get that killing blow.

    If you don’t protect healers then you’re a bad team player. It doesn’t matter what BG it is, if only one team protects their healers, its nearly always that team that wins.

    • 5 Pugnacious Priest September 21, 2010 at 5:27 am

      Circle of healing is awesome for healing yourself and other surrounding people. I also try and bouce prayer of mending off me – getting locked down does reduce my healing capabilities. It seems I have come to expect bad service when healing people in BG’s – though I do notice people are quite happy to leave their only healer gaurding a base – this bad behaviour must stop!

  4. 6 Coa September 20, 2010 at 9:24 am

    If the healer’s doing something useful i.e. something other than being a pocket healer for someone just farming HKs, then yes I do whatever I can to try and help them. I see no point in wasting time helping the healer when he’s just going to turn around and run back to his dps buddy instead of helping out the team.

    • 7 Pugnacious Priest September 21, 2010 at 5:25 am

      I am a bad pocket healer – I like riding my own bike. – I would hope that the dps buddy would be the one protecting the healer, but there seems to be a growing trend of people saying they protect healers. Play on my battlegroup please!

  5. 8 Klepsacovic September 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    If I notice the healer and they appear to be useful, then I will fanatically protect them. PvE, PvP, no one messes with my healer.

  6. 10 Ngita September 20, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Should a healer expect to be protected? No. Does protecting a hesler help win the game? Absolutely. A rogue cant hurt me that much, but they shut me right down.

    Oh and cataclysm brings The Bloodthirsty, 250k kills.

  7. 12 gnomeaggedon October 8, 2010 at 3:02 am

    I seem to recall once loitering around the stables to protect a motorbike riding priest… Mmmmm

    On Gnome I am rarely static, so I will bounce from the back to the front of a fight and all the way around. If I notice my healer in trouble, I either sheep their issue out of existence, or at least get their attention. 4 greenhaired Gnome Mages can do that.

    I like my Horde dead and healers alive. Likewise I will never leave a healer to protect a node. They at welcome to stay, but they won’t stay alone.

    When I’m on Squidly I generally don’t care whether I get body guards or not. If I do there is less chance I will stop healing.

    Unfortunately as a Resto Shaman, my totems are “EAT AT JOES!” signs to the Horde, so I don’t mind a little help, though I will look after myself, that really means the side just lost a healer and gained a half-arsed dps.

    What does get up my nose is the dps that complains about lack of heals while I get thumped 3 yards away. If they broke up the thumping for a minute, they would get heals. If they don’t, well that’s more heals for me and the rest of the BG.

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