Before this week I had only an abstract interest in that conversation about healing cooldowns being too important, but now I fully understand the frustration. Unless you’re doing content which is on the high end of your abilities as a player, these tools are superfluous and are used either as cheap ways to boost healing numbers, or to remove the need to heal efficiently.
Maybe I just need to be doing harder content.
I read about the tank Vengeance change– they are nerfing the raw amount and removing the incentive for tanks to take unnecessary damage to increase their damage output, ie by “standing in the fire”. I can understand the overall nerf– we can’t let our precious damage roles feel like they’re subpar to tanks in the one area they’re supposed to specialise in. The standing in fire thing I can understand too; we don’t want to reward people for playing badly. But they have also gone out of their way to “target cap” Vengeance gained tanking large groups of mobs. Honestly, that feels like being punished for doing something awesome, not to mention emergent by definition (if they meant to do it why are they “fixing” it).
How about a similar change for healers where healing done by the major cooldowns doesn’t count towards healing meters? Are those things not equivalent? It’s giving me an incentive to play badly (use CD when it will provide the most healing, instead of to deal with encounter mechanics or stop a death) to increase my healing output.
Have you tried the Mistweaver Monk class yet? The class has a pretty revolutionary healing style for WoW, with all kind of location-specific healing, between statues, Spinning Crane Kick (used similarly to the original incarnation of Holy Radiance), Chi Torpedo, Chi Wave and Healing Spheres– a floor-targeted smart heal. Spheres are ridiculously strong and not too mana inefficient. I get the feeling that the only reason they have stayed so strong is because few people understand how to use them effectively so it has yet to develop a reputation for being OP. For example, the most efficient way for a Monk to go from zero to tank saving is to drop Spheres on the tank’s physical location.
I call it “teabagging”.