Hello, and welcome back! I’ve decided to take some time out to discuss healer comps and what I’ve seen- more importantly, what I haven’t been seeing. And it kinda hurts me in my little healer heart because it seems that people are ignoring certain classes in lieu of stacking the stronger ones. They’re not recruiting them, not inviting them, and kicking them from PuGs because they’re not “one of the better healer/dps/tank classes.”
This makes me a sad panda.
It also pisses me off because it’s complete and utter bullshit.
That’s right. I said it. It’s bullshit.
I’m just going to go ahead and put this out there right now: unless you’re in a sponsored, “I-get-paid-to-raid” raiding guild, then there’s no damn reason for you to be cutting out specific classes and/or specializations- not just healers, but all roles!- from your raids. That is 100% pure personal opinion, but let’s face it. Most of us aren’t pro raiders. I raid because its fun. I raid because I like phat lewts (also, I just got my 2-piece set bonus on my disco Priest so YEAH BABY LET’S DO THIS!) I raid because it gives me a sense of accomplishment- I helped take down that boss. My raid team is 7/7N (6/7H) in Highmaul and 7/10N in Blackrock Foundry (we start Heroics this weekend so… wish us luck!) and we have no aspirations of going to Mythic anytime soon- we’re just happy to be clearing content, seeing the fights, and having fun.
This means, apparently, that we get to be flexible with our class choices. Because we’re filthy casuals. But why? Why is it just the people like me- the normal people who raid for fun, whose sole purpose in playing WoW is to have fun- who get to have class flexibility? Why is it that people who are playing WoW for some sort of prestige get to dictate which of us who are playing this game to have fun get to go with them?
The answer to this is, of course, simple- don’t let them and don’t go with them. Go forth and have fun and never let anyone dictate how you play your game.
Now, before I go any further and people start screaming, “But YOU play a Discipline Priest, which is the most OP healer class in the game right now (next to the Tree!Druid!),” lemme put this down where everyone can see it: I am not playing the Discipline Priest because its strong. I’m playing it because its still fun. Resto Druids are, by far, the strongest healer in a PvE raiding setting (or so I’m told), but its sooooooo boring. My other healer- as of right now- is my Mistweaver Monk. Who gets NO LOVE. I have done normal Blackrock Foundry on her and TOPPED the healing charts.
I am also not saying that this is an excuse to just roll into a raid- with friends or a pug- and just faceroll and say “LOL gais I don’t know what I’m doing.” You should always know your class. Not knowing your class and raiding is akin to trolling. And we all know what you can do with trolls.
Its not the classes that are the problems, you guys. Anyone with enough skill can make up for a class’s weaknesses. Discipline is the strongest of a Priest’s two healing specs, but they don’t have a raid wide healing CD that’s worth a damn (Yes, I know they still have PW:B, but name me one fight in current content outside of Gruul the Subjugated where there are enough people stacked up to make it worthwhile. Go ahead and pick that apart, all of you hardcore “I’m-gonna-do-it-like-the-pros-because-epeen” folks.) They make up for it in sheer absorption capability. Mistweavers can provide good raid healing and great single target, tank healing- not as good as the Resto Druid, but still good. Their strength lies in the Renewing Mist +Uplift combo and Revival, which is easily one of the BEST direct healing CDs you could ask for in a raiding environment.
So, you know what? Screw those guys. I don’t want to be in a top end raiding guild if I can’t choose my own class to play. All of you hardcore, “you’re-not-doing-it-right” people can go die in a fire. Because you know what?
Some of us just want to have fun. So I will. And I will never be in Paragon or Method or Midwinter because I will ALWAYS choose to have fun over getting World Firsts and prestige kills. And I will never raid with people who insist that I must conform to the min-maxed specs for raiding. I will not raid with people who kill my fun.
So, go forth, folks, and bring all of the classes to your raids! Remember- this game is supposed to be fun. You’re supposed to be having fun, no matter what you choose to do or what class you choose to play. All classes can be good in a raiding environment.
The moral of this story is: Choose the player, not the class.