Well, I can tick another of the boxes in the “I-Spy Book of Healing: Warhammer Online Edition”…
It’s the “Why didn’t you heal me?” box. It’s one of my favourites, because it always has the unspoken addendum “Is it because you’re an idiot, or just a rubbish healer?”
I only ever hear this from people outside my guild. Generally, it’s from a dps class. Normally, it’s someone I’m grouped with. Usually, they’ve just died.
Is it my fault they’ve died? No. But I am a contributing factor in their untimely, unseemly demise.
Let me explain further:
There is a belief amongst players that anyone with healing skills and abilities has a duty, a requirement, to heal all the time. That by not spending every second healing, the healer is not only letting himself down, but his class and his calling. Witness the screams of agony from World of Warcraft: Shamans who want to melee, and Druids who turn into anything other than a tree. Their screams are the manifestation of the prejudice that sees a class *with* healing, and *only* sees the healing.
Hybrid classes will always get it rough. The ability to perform two or three roles becomes the ability to do one, and not as well as a pure healer class.
There is also the belief that a healer should heal, no matter what the situation, or the danger to the healer themselves. DPS classes do damage. Well-played dps classes don’t draw too much aggro, and therefore don’t need silly amounts of healing, which then draws the aggro onto the healer. In a standard mob fight this means the healer has to waste time keeping themselves alive, as well as everyone else. In a boss fight, this usually means the healer gets one-shotted, followed by the rest of the group.
Finally, there is the belief that just because you’re in a group with a healer, you *deserve* healing. That it is your unassailable right.
Sorry, but it isn’t.
I am not a healbot. I’m not going to follow you around and heal you constantly, *just* because we’re in the same group. As the one with the healing skills, I get to choose how and when to use them. If you’re a dps class that is incapable of managing your aggro, you will annoy me, and that means less healing. If you keep getting aggro where you shouldn’t, I will stop healing you. And every so often, that means you get to “take one for the team”. Especially if you’re taking my attention away from the tank in A Bad Way(tm). Because the tank gets priority for heals every day of the week…
It’s a harsh truth, but truth all the same.
I would feel it to the day I die if I let a real person die. I would feel awful if I let a small furry animal die. I’d feel bad if I let down a friend. Do I feel bad about letting a character in an online game die? No. Sometimes it makes me giggle. Gosh, I am a bad, bad man.