Transitioning to 25 Man: Your Tips?

Nikalia on Plus Heal posted a question:

Do any of you have any tips/hints/tricks/advice on some things one might expect when transitioning into 25 man hard mode healing after being used to 10 man for so long?

As I’ve primarily been a 25 man healer for the longest time, it’s difficult for me to do a compare/contrast between 10 man hard mode healing and 25 man hard mode healing.

Healing Assignments

One of the replies made to the thread by Oleander is the importance of healing assignments. Vik and I (both priests) will usually tag a pair or groups in 25 man. For example, on Ultraxion, I’ll tell him I’ll target groups 4 and 5 and he generally takes 1 – 3. That doesn’t mean I won’t heal the other groups if needed, but even though I’m casting Holy Word: Sanctuary on the ground, I’ll be dropping Prayer of Healing bombs on the 4th and 5th groups meaning he can effectively “blank out” players in those groups from his target selection.

Egos

I don’t know how often one would encounter this in 10s, but there is a high chance that you may be working with player egos in 25.

Be prepared for it.

Don’t let other players get under your skin and don’t take it personally when you have the occasional bad day. Some players like to playfully use meters as a way to proclaim their own sense of superiority (namely Druids, because I find that they’re compensating for something ^^). That being said, feel free to go along with the banter a bit. But when push comes to shove, make sure you shove that ego aside and troubleshoot any healing problems you come across collectively.

Damage

The sheer amount of incoming damage can be staggering. Instead of 10 players, you’re responsible for 25. Know which players to prioritize (As in, oh that guy’s a Mage, he can Cauterize himself and is going to die in 8 seconds but that guy’s a Rogue, he’s probably going to die in 2 seconds so I better heal him). Your decision making needs to both get better and faster. But the bright side is more players means more cooldowns you can use to for raid saving purposes.

What other piece of advice would you offer a player making that change from 10 to 25 man?

Plus Heal’s New Look

Plus Heal’s New Look

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Just in case you haven’t been there in a while, I just wanted to let everyone know that Plus Heal’s been completely redesigned and has moved over to Enjin’s systems. The move lets me add additional information and resources on the page without any programming or software headaches. We’ll be in a better position to offer additional support and resources for healers who are new to the game or who are veterans wanting to sharpen their skills further through individual class forums. The forum has a guilds and leadership section where players can go to ask questions about policy making, decisions or who are just looking for a place to ask for advice.

In the future, what I hope to add is class specific strategy for each boss and what needs to be coordinated by healers in advance. Nothing overtly complex, but just enough so that you don’t go into encounters completely blind either.

If you created an account over a month ago, you’ll need to recreate it again as past user information has been nuked (but post information was successfully imported).

Hope to see you there!