I just wanted to plug a side project of mine. I’ve been involved with the Campaign Creations community for a long time. They’re a closeknit group of Starcraft and Warcraft 3 mappers (modders). If you liked playing custom user made campaigns, the stuff they carry is top notch. Most of the projects have custom voice actors, 3D portraits, units, music and the like.
Now I’ve teamed up with some of the guys on Campaign Creations to create a CC podcast that would discuss Starcraft or Starcraft 2 related material in addition to upcoming projects or campaigns being developed. This was our first shoot, so BE NICE. I was a nervous wreck to the point where I introduced my two partners but forgot to introduce myself. Oh well, everything is a learning experience, right?
I’m extremely tempted now to run another WoW related talkcast on my blog alongside Doc Holiday where all we’d do is talk about WoW: What we like, what we hate, what we want to see more of, that sort of thing. Like I said, for the time being it is just an idea being floated around. But, I’ve already finished shooting a segment with Doc. All I need to do now is convert it and set it up on site. Expect to see that sometime early this week.
Effective Raid Healing
I’ve had some fellow priests ask me ‘how do I heal a raid?’. It should come as no big surprise that healing a 5 man party and healing a 25 man raid are two different things entirely. But before I can answer that question, another question should be answered first: How should I organize healers in a raid? Ideally, that job would not belong to the raid leader. He’s in charge of telling players what to do, what spells to cast, what mobs to cc, which boss to target, and all that stuff. It would not be fair to place him in charge of the healers because there’s already enough on his plate. The best person to organize raid healing is another healer. But first thing’s first…
Set up a private healing channel
It can be something simple as /join guildnamehealers or /join guildnamepriests or /gnomestastelikechicken. Use whatever channel you want to use and ensure that only the healers in your raid are the ones in it. Raid chat is already cluttered up with instructions from the raid leader or other players spamming crap. Set up another channel away from it. I personally set the text color to a bright yellow so I can distinguish it easier. Either elect a person to assume command of all the healers or do it yourself. But coordination is more important then before.
Know Strengths and Weaknesses
This is very, very important. You need to have an understanding of what all your healers are capable of and what they’re best suited to do. For example, Paladin’s are endurance healers who are able to go a long time without needing mana regeneration. Priests can help mitigate spike damage. Shamans can chain heal multiple targets. Druids… uh, they’re really good, too. So know what your healers can and can’t do. If a player has a slow reaction time, or a really bad computer, you may want to assign him to a tanking target or DPS target who takes a while to go down. Next, keep in mind their strength of +healing and mana per 5 gear. The players with the highest +healing should almost always be assigned to the main tank or a target that’s absorbing major punishment. For example, the mage boss in the Gruul encountered is typically tanked by a mage with a lot of stamina. You’ll want to task a Priest to this to maintain heal over times and greater heals while shielding when the mage absorbs a huge blow. Don’t be afraid to move people around or stack additional healers on another player. Once you get to end game, it’s common to see 4 or 5 healers on the main tank.
Once you’re aware of what your other healers can do, then you can assign them appropriately to whatever tanks you need up. I’m going to show an example healing setup of what we use on a certain encounter. I haven’t decided which one yet. It’s going to largely depend on what boss we go after today (Gruul or Fathom-Lord). But regardless, check back later on in the evening.
Consider this the first part on how to raid heal effectively. Either tomorrow or Tuesday, I’ll take some more screenshots of my raid at different stages of health and I’ll highlight my thought process on my actions. Actually, just check back Tuesday. I realized I have a double shift tomorrow from 10:15 to 23:00. I had a double shift yesterday on Saturday that’s why I had nothing new there. Sorry guys!