Posts Tagged 'Respec'

A shortage of Healers

We were going to do a raid last night,  but we didnt have enough healers on.  We had another Shadow priest who had respeced to Holy and had’nt changed back, and another healer who was in stitches ( literally) and was too ill to play.   So a 10 man was out of the question let alone a 25 man raid.  A newbie pipes up “Why don’t you recruit more healers.”  It wasn’t that the guild had a shortage of healers, it was just a shortage of healers on at that time.

I’ve already decided that If I am ever to respec to Holy again, its going to be for a VERY good reason, and by Very it means deep Guild Loyalty, and the importance of the goal. The last time I respeced  was for 2 bosses we couldnt kill anyway with the current group makeup.  I agree there needs to be some flexibilty.  Thats why I have 1200+ healing gear.  I could never be the main healer of a serious raid with my Spec,  but even as shadow with that gear as long as I watch my mana  Im still a decent healer. I don’t need to respec, but they needed main healers..  not ‘support’ healers.  

I had considered on several occasions going Holy once I got another toon up to ‘farm status’ and I’ve decided, Im not going to.  The hours Ive spent making Z a decent Shadow Priest,  I’d rather roll a healer. But the problem with healers is that everyone wants them,  but no one will support them.   I propose a healing  Levy for Healers.  Even with the +damage of 1/3 of healing in 2.3 I really can’t see a holy Priest knocking down mobs at anywhere near the rate a Shadow Priest can.  Yes there is a Disp Spec Priest, or a hyrid,  but I think its too much of a trade off on the other abilities, you can Heal and damage.. but you will never be great at either. 

So what motivates people to stay healing? besides the love of healing.  Im looking at this from a being able to support ones self perspective.    Repairs are getting more expensive the better my gear is.  When I do gear up I need to spend a fortune on the best enchant/best Gem ect ect…  plus Pots ( have an Alt gearing up to fix that)

But maybe a healer makes their money other ways Eg A Holy Priest with the right  Skills would make money off Alchemy or High Level Tailoring Items,  I make my money farming Spell food and water and Mana primals.  Im an enchanter, and Ive just dropped engineering for Tailoring,  ( but thats more for my Alts 1st Plum set when she hits 70) Questing and leveling would be a pain as holy.    

Alot of the healer classes I know rolled their healer 2nd, their healer is not somthing they play for fun or PVP with ( hence the lack of healers in BG’s) its a tool to be used when required.  Guild applicationss are.  I’m a healer.. but My Alt comes too.

But no healer – No tank – no Raid.  Maybe Healers should be charging for their services, and that way they will be on line more often.

Respec to Holy & and then back

We had a Kara run organised Sunday night – but the team had lost the leader of that raid from the guild – and I was asked to repec to Holy – Guild would pay for the respec,

I said I would do it – I have 1200 + healing gear on me at all times,  but Ive never had to repec. So 25 gold later – I was holy with a couple of new spells toolbarred, geared, and with  some fishsticks and my Brilliant mana oil,  I had decent healing.

We had cleared up to Prince last run,  so the RL decided to try Illhoof first. 2 x wipes and then we try Netherspite x2 wipes. I had no complaints as to my healing – but i found the whole respec rather unfair. Ive chosen to be a shadow priest, I can be flexible,  but asking me for a respec is like giving someone an Ebay account and expecting to know the toon. You don’t.  I’ve had no practise being a main healer on a lower boss ( If a healer has died – Ive stepped up,  but on an unfamiler big fight with a mainly guild pug/and some real pugs – and an ‘uncomfortable’ spec. I didn’t feel I had performed my best.   As I said there were no complaints about my healing  – but I still felt that it was unfair to me. We all appriciate a good healer,  but its not something I chose, and I object to respecing for such an unimportant goal. After the wipes we gave up. I went back to shadow, and the officer who made me respec said the guild will pay bothways,  I refused – figuring I did well for Epics in the orginal to Prince run, so a loss of gold was not a concern. ( esp since Ive been farming Shad and Water Primals)   but what I did say to the leader that its a concern that you are relying on respecs to fill numbers.

Respecing is not something that should be done casually – especially when the intention is change back.  If you have unlimited funds, and you enjoy it, then thats your choice,  but specs are there for a reason. If they are not useful find another

This whole guildless thing is starting to appeal  I understand the need for flexibility – but This was not my character – not my toolbar, and not what I was familar playing.


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