Greetings, and happy “first day of BRF,” errybody! As we all know, this does not herald the implementation of 6.1- as it has yet to be released- but it is new and exciting and I hope you guys dive in and start wrecking up the place and getting phat loots!
That being said, I have a rant for you- and while this doesn’t apply to everyone, it applies to enough people to make this rant worthwhile, especially for us healers, some of whom are leveling through WoD instances, trying to not slam our heads off of our keyboards.
Folks, you NEED to get out of that Mists of Pandaria mentality when it comes to doing instances.
Now, what could I possibly mean by this? I know that a lot of you will read this and say, “WTF are you talking about?” It’s really rather simple, and its something I’ve still seen a great overabundance of.
DISCLAIMER: Everything I’m putting here is stuff that I, myself, have witnesses. So if you are one of the fortunate few healers who have never dealt with this, I salute you. And if you are one of the people who does this to your healer… standby to standby. Also, this is aimed at people who do not out gear the instances, which will be most of your alts, etc.
1. No, TANKS, you CAN’T pull the entire room and expect to survive. Believe me, we healers understand that this is how dungeons used to be in MoP, but that shit’s changed, and frankly, your “I should be able to survive anything” mentality is really putting us healers in a terrible position. We either have to spam heal you and forget about everyone else (including ourselves) or we let you die- and that makes us look like shitty healers when it is, in fact, not even our damn fault. It’s yours. No, the world doesn’t revolve around me (very few healers think this), but your life is in my hands. If you want a good dungeon run with little to no problems, stop trying to act like your fucking invincible. You’re not. Not even CD’s will save you if you pull two packs of flowers in Everbloom. My heals are not designed to heal you to full health in two seconds.
2. No, DPS, someone else WILL NOT CC that target. If you’re a DPS with a CC, be expected to use it. Want to use it. Use it often. Obviously, if the tank pulls everything and you can’t use it, that’s not your fault, but don’t leave the party standing there WAITING for you to CC. It’s your job to CC. Get comfortable doing it, because its not going away anytime soon. This thing you guys have with ‘all I have to do is deal damage’ is antiquated and wrong.
3. No, HEALERS, you do, in fact, need to use healing CDs. Yeah, that’s right- even healers do dumb shit in instances (and I have seen this from the perspective of a Hunter.) If everyone in the party is near death, USE A CD. I can’t count the number of times I’ve suffered through party wipes because of a healer’s flat out refusal to use a CD. What, are you saving it for some reason? Because I’m pretty sure these aren’t raid bosses, and I’m pretty sure that a wipe that you could have prevented is going to be blamed on you. And it will be your fault, because you had the tools to save everyone and you didn’t use it. (That’s right- not even healers are safe on this blog- if you do dumb things, expect to be called out!)
These three things are the BIGGEST causes of party wipes in instances (that I have personally witnessed.) And all of these things can be avoided. All you have to do is stop pretending that this shit is easy, like it was in MoP. Because it’s not. There are, of course, other reasons, but they do not crop up as much as these ones do. So let’s all do ourselves a favor and forget that MoP instances ever existed. Let’s stop acting like things have not changed, because they have. And let’s stop acting like we are all perfect players, because we aren’t. We make mistakes, and its OK to admit it (including me.)
So keep all of these things in mind, be excellent to each other this week, and kick some Iron Horde ass in Blackrock Foundry! I will see you again later on this week! As always, keep cool, and stay angry, healers!