I went disc healing spec for heroics ( more on that another time) and so I went to the BG’s to practice my new spells and binds.
Faced with my growing disillusionment of the quality of azerothian pugging kind, and an increasing itch to raid – I have have naught but Pvp to turn to. So I have been Disc healing BG’s and feeling better about priest survivability. As holy in BG’s you do more healing when your dead, and as a squishy shadow priest I would often be lost in the deluge of CC.
So I get to live longer, help others live longer, and practice my Disc priesting.
I’ve found the most use for Leap of Faith, aka” Life Grip” the Priest equivalent to the death-knights Death grip to be in PVP.
It has been great for flag carriers. I can either ride a head of them, and pull them closer in my tender embrace, or pull them out the pile of Horde they ran into thinking they were tanking critters and not carrying precious cargo on their backs.
It is fun to yank someone away from an enemy target – and you can imagine them thinking ” where did they go…?”
I can also life grip flag carriers in Eots WHEN THEY RUN THE WRONG WAY.
It took several comments by people in the BG eg ” Are you blind”: WTF are you doing” in a Eots to work out what two people were doing. Grabbing the flag, and running towards Horde controlled bases only to get smashed down by the Horde defense, and Horde cap it. So I started lifegripping them back.
They did this a few times much to our frustrations.
By this time we were 2 bases to 2 bases and close to 100o points a side and relying on that flag cap to get ahead, and they were losing the flag, and potentially sabotaging our win.
They finally said ” Oh we are doing an achievement”
“letting horde cap our flag and us lose is your achievement?” I asked
They were doing storm trooper.
Eventually they got their achieve . and yes we won the BG because when they got their achievement ” Now we can win” says one of the achievement hunters
I’ve made it clear before that I am not really an achievement hunter and I am biased against single agendas ruining a game. What erks me though is that they didn’t tell anyone. If they had of we could have helped. Would we have helped? weeellllll People are fickle. I am sure if we were winning comfortably, and one or two people said “sure” we would have helped / been more accommodating, rather then getting upset at the lack of consideration to 13 other peoples game, especially when their actions were bringing us closer to losing.
Yes I lifegripped them back the right direction at the flag spawn area after I found out about the achievement attempt, but only once! So I am only a little evil, and yes that was me being spiteful, and its a 1.5 min cool down so I couldn’t do much harm.
I’d like to think that most of the time when I lifegrip someone that I am making the right decision. Taking them from harms way, helping a flag go a little bit closer. I don’t ask them” would you like a lifegrip? I was lifegripped once and a whisper along the lines of ” lifegripping you to me” let me know what suddenly I was feeling strangely disorientated. I imagine the real life equivalent would feel much like some random in a Hawaiian shirt grabbing you on the dance floor and twirling you around.
I hesitate life gripping melee because I think, especially in a pvp situation that they just want to go all Starbuck on them and “fight them till they can’t.” Me removing them from a glorious death may upset them.
Another time I was running behind the flag carrier in WSG, and he was getting into some trouble in a pack of horde. I had a nano second to consider that it was probably bad to go backwards, but he was gonna die if he stayed there. So I yanked him to me, he still died. Then I did.
So I hold to that when I do use it, I feel I am using it for the benefit of your safety, even our AWOL flag carriers in Eots. At the time I thought they were confused, and just going the wrong direction, so the life grips were more a “hey.. this way mate” but has anyone felt that they have been ‘inappropriately life gripped ( beyond in jest with friends)
I’ll also link this comic from Shannagins from Deviantart on lifegrip because I think we should all consider the gravity of our boon. A comic panel says….
” Man, that’s going to be the most abused spell ever made”
” I know, right? That’s why they’re giving it to us holy priests. You Know, for safe keeping
It was given to Priests for safe keeping. Besides a Pally’s Divine intervention and 10 min cooldown, for which the Paladin must
save on repair bills sacrifice his life to use. We have been granted an ability that interferes with friendly targets, and we should, my fellow priests. Use it wisely.