Archive for July, 2010

Letting people die? Is this ever ok?

So this week Ecclesiastical Discipline went to Blog Azeroth’s and asked When Should a Healer Let Someone Die? I have not yet participated in this so I figured now was a good time, especially after my last post about people making healers angry.

I think the basic question here is a little complicated. I feel there is a difference between letting someone die and having no choice but to not heal them. To me, letting someone die can be construed as malicious: I do not like X so I will not heal them. On the other hand, when you have no choice but to not heal someone, you are in a situation where either X or Y dies. This can and usually will happen in raids.

As a healer, I hate seeing anyone not a full health. It tugs at my soul! Just yesterday my husband was running me through Shadow Labs to level my baby priest. It took all my strength to not throw heals on him and pull aggro. He kept laughing as I was squirming in my seat itching to heal him. Now there is really only one reason I can envision for not healing everyone in a raid or party. Like most healers, I have a priority list:

Me – If I am dead, no one gets heals!

Tanks – If they die we all go squish.

Other healers (if in raid) – I try to keep them alive since it usually takes more than one person to heal.

DPS – They need to live to make sure the boss dies.

If I am assigned to a certain group of people, they will have prioroty over tanks, which usually happens in raids. Now, I will try my hardest to heal everyone that I can, like I said before I am OCD about healing, but I know that is not realistic. So if Joe Warlock is dying but so is the tank, I will heal the tank and let Joe’s fate be up to the other healers and the WoW Gods!

What about the players that are notorious to stand in the fire? Do I heal them? It kills me to say this but yes. Now I cannot say that I have not threatened to not heal them. But during a fight, I feel it is harder to realize who is who on my grid, I just look at the health bars going up and down.

I have known players who will not heal others and this is something I feel is wrong. Causing problems in a group and creating issues can just make players get mad and leave. I think it just makes the raid “feel” weird with unnecessary tension. When raid leaders notice this, they can get pretty angry and I do not blame them. If I don’t heal the tank because I do not like them, and we wipe, I am just wasting time.

What do you think? Have you ever disliked someone so much that you would not heal them?

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Healz Meh Plz!

It has been a pet peeve of mine since the dawn of time, well not really the dawn of time but at least since I started playing WoW, to be yelled at over vent at that “so-and-so needs heals!” Now before BC came out, I really did not notice this occurring. It was almost like the healers were trusted implicitly.

However, one faithful day, I joined a new guild (the one that I am currently in now) and was asked to heal Gruuls after being in the guild for a few weeks. I was so excited about this because, back in the day, Gruuls was one of the best resto druid fights (at least for me). Now I am healing my face off and loving it. We are just about to wipe on the first attempt and the tank yells “Tank* needs a heal! Heal Tank” At first I was like well no big deal, I had HoTs on him but he was just taking a lot of damage as the fight went on. We wipe and get ready to try again.

After we regroup and attempt again, I hear a familiar voice over vent “Tank needs a heal! Heal Tank! Heal Tank.” At this point I am thinking that this tank really does not trust his healers, we were dying but it was not just bc of heals but mostly because of simple mistakes and not high enough DPS.

This happens with the next two attempts. Tank would yell throughout the fight, sometimes many times “Heal Tank.” This was getting obnoxious, so I asked the GM if he could say something. Not only was it rude to yell at us over vent over and over but it was breaking our concentration.

So as we are regrouping up I say “Listen we know you guys need heals. We are healers, that is all we do. Now sometimes things go awry, but unless a healer is not looking at the raid bars, then we know you are dying and we are trying our best to stop it. We are looking at the same screen y’all are looking at. So please be kind to your healers and we will be kind to you.”

I get a lot of “here here’s!” from other healers in the raid and get a lot of “thank you’s” in tells. Now I will admit I am way more outspoken than others in the guild, especially females, but I could not take being yelled at for doing my job any longer.

The past few years went by and only a few times was the phrase ever uttered again. Healers were content and happily healing. After leaving the game for a while then the server and then coming back to the guild I love ( I will never leave again), I am with a group of new people who do not know me very well ( I was an officer in the guild for 2 years now I am not but still am very close with all of them and the GM) and know that I can heal my butt off.

Cut to last Saturday night in our 10 man ICC run. The tank, who I will call Jtank, and I are not close at all. I really think we live with contempt of one another. But whatever, I really do not need to love/like you to heal you. I do not discriminate. Now we are on Festergut Heroic an easy, but sometimes annoying, fight.  And yes the tanks can and will take a metric butt load of damage, but me and the other healers know the fight and have been through it all before.

During the attempt, our Shammy healer gets nailed by Maliable Goo, he was standing on the warlocks portal and the green just blended right in. Sucks, but what can you do. It came at an especially bad time so I am needing to spam heals on Jtank, but being at 6 stacks of the debuff can make that tricky, and even though we have three healers, our Disc priest is not really up to par (love the guy, but he is just not the best healer). This is when the yelling starts.

“HEAL ME HEAL ME HEAL ME,” are being SCREAMED over vent. This is not a polite asking or a nervous asking, no this is a RUDE attempt to make us heal him, which we were but for some reason I cannot figure out he takes more damage than any tank I have ever seen in every fight. Then the swearing starts, mind you he is still alive. “G*& D*^%&IT HEAL ME NOW” Now, our priest healer is deaf and cannot listen on vent at all, but me and the Shammy (who is not MG’ed anymore) certainly can hear every word.

The other tank, who I will call Ctank, gets aggro before we are at 9 stacks and due to another MG flub, Shammy and Priest got it, Ctank dies. Well, I instantly Battle Rez, hoping another stack will not be placed before I can get him up and healed. Over vent I hear a familiar voice “BR CTANK. OMG BR HIM BR HIM.” I reply calmly, “I already have.” Before Ctank can get aggro however, Jtank gets 10 stacks and we all blow up, to which there is a *Sigh* over vent followed by a “REALLY?!”

I then tell the raid leader that there is something I need to say over vent. He says cool and I start my little speech: “OK guys here is the deal. Let’s stop calling out over and over on vent that someone needs a heal. It is distracting and annoying to the healers, plus it is just plain rude. We are watching the same fight you are and see you are dying. Trust me I am not watching TV over here. Is everyone ok with this?” Everyone is in agreement (even though Jtank says nothing at all) and the Shammy even gave me a little whisper of “YES!!!”

We had no more incidents the rest of the night or since. Now, this is not a “Let’s bash that jerk Jtank” post. Yes he is brash and it really can be rude, but ranting about him is not really my point here. I feel this happens to healers everywhere. We get overlooked and walked on, even though we are, obviously, a key ingredient to the group. Healers, we need to stand up for ourselves. If you feel you are being treated rudely by a group, talk to the raid leader or the guild leader. Raids are meant to be fun, not harassment. Plus without you, everyone would be dead anyway!

Has anyone else had an experience where they were driven over the edge by a rude tank, DPS, or even other healer? Ever felt like a crappy healer because of the way someone treated you?

*Name changed to protect my, now, good tank friend*

We have won!

This was just posted a little while ago:

From: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=25968987278&sid=1

Hello everyone,

I’d like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. We’ve been constantly monitoring the feedback you’ve given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we’ve decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.

It’s important to note that we still remain committed to improving our forums. Our efforts are driven 100% by the desire to find ways to make our community areas more welcoming for players and encourage more constructive conversations about our games. We will still move forward with new forum features such as conversation threading, the ability to rate posts up or down, improved search functionality, and more. However, when we launch the new StarCraft II forums that include these new features, you will be posting by your StarCraft II Battle.net character name + character code, not your real name. The upgraded World of Warcraft forums with these new features will launch close to the release of Cataclysm, and also will not require your real name.

I want to make sure it’s clear that our plans for the forums are completely separate from our plans for the optional in-game Real ID system now live with World of Warcraft and launching soon with StarCraft II. We believe that the powerful communications functionality enabled by Real ID, such as cross-game and cross-realm chat, make Battle.net a great place for players to stay connected to real-life friends and family while playing Blizzard games. And of course, you’ll still be able to keep your relationships at the anonymous, character level if you so choose when you communicate with other players in game. Over time, we will continue to evolve Real ID on Battle.net to add new and exciting functionality within our games for players who decide to use the feature.

In closing, I want to point out that our connection with our community has always been and will always be extremely important to us. We strongly believe that Every Voice Matters, ( http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/about/mission.html ) and we feel fortunate to have a community that cares so passionately about our games. We will always appreciate the feedback and support of our players, which has been a key to Blizzard’s success from the beginning.

Mike Morhaime
CEO & Cofounder
Blizzard Entertainment

I am so impressed with the vigilance the WoW community has shown in these past few days. This revolt was massive and I am glad Blizzard has finally seen the way.

Now, this being said, is there hope that they will cancel the plans to interface with Facebook and not  jump head first into the shallow end of the social networking pool? Perhaps, but who can tell at this point. Activsion loves the idea of having their names blasted all over the social networking community and with as many players as Blizzard has in every game, why do they think this is not occuring now? Just because we are gamers, on the internet and interacting with the world does not mean we are avid social networkers or want to have our die hard WoW addictions blasted all over Facebook.

What happens when I come into work looking tired from a late night raid, do I really want my boss to look at my Facebook account and see “Sarindre has defeated the Lich King!” being posted there by Blizzards intertwining of the game and Facebook? Or do I really want my mom to know that instead of talking with her on the phone last night, I was really healing my face off in RS? (Boy she would yell at me for that!) Now, I am really hoping this will not happen and with like most apps you could just not allow posts, but it seems to be a terrible nightmare of mine ever since the mention of social networking was mentioned.

For now lets celebrate this victory with something all WoW players love….Free Cookies with a dash of privacy! =D

Healing Today, Gone Tomorrow

Last night the guild I am in raided 25 RS and ICC and as I sat there healing and watching the meters, I started to think about what it was like to heal in Pre-BC and BC and how much different it is today. Now, I did not do much healing in raids for Pre-BC, but I did in BC, so I will mostly stick to them.

Sitting there thinking, I remembered the feeling of panic wash over me for some of the BC fights. Fights like Lady Vashj in SSC, Kael’thas in TK, and even Gruul. Of course we cannot forget ZA, a wonderfully tough 10 man with a timer that made you want to pull your hair out. These fights made me feel so nervous (and even sometimes frustrated) while learning them but great once we finally beat the boss. This, of course, comes after hours and hours of a wipe fest. Now, I am not saying that all bosses today are easy breezy. Professor, Sindragrosa, and LK have been plaguing guilds and pugs alike (that is until the crazy buff increases) though many pugs are able to get 9/12 most runs. But I feel the buff and just the general difficulty of the raids in general has been “dumbed” down. Most who played BC remember what it was like to sheep at least 2 adds of the 7 add pulls and when someone would AOE and break the CC, there was a chance of a wipe. I still remember mages yelling over vent at warriors for putting bleeds on the adds! Today, tanks just run into the mobs full force and grab everything while the DPS AOE destroys them.

Whether or not ICC is just easy because of the buff or because of the content itself, think about Ulduar and Naxx as the other recent raids, they were not hard either and if they had a buff they would be like a really long heroic run. The introduction of badges and the ability to run heroics to get good gear, lets people have everything they need with little work. (Yes running a million heroics sucks, but they are not that difficult.)

Having talked about this with other guildies, most feel the reason for the content decline is to appeal to the masses. Which I get, I really do. No one likes to feel useless and helpless in a game. So making the content able to be reached by even the newest players is really just helping them keep players who could get frustrated. When Blizzard makes the game easier, they get more players which to them gives them more fan base and more money.

However, I feel making the game easier is making the older players (or players who have played longer) frustrated. We in turn are feeling useless when doing our jobs. Nothing is specific anymore. Yes some flights may be easier with 2 Holy Paladins instead of 1 but losing one will usually not make a difference. Most healing classes are able to overwrite one another, which is one of the reasons I am welcoming the changes with Cataclysm which seem to promote the differences of each class. In BC, healing classes had their roles and places in the raid. Pallys and Priests would focus on the tanks and the Druids and Shammys would heal the raid. Today I have noticed that almost every healing class can fill every role. Shammys can Lesser Healing Wave spam for tank heals and even Druids can Nourish spam a tank, along with HoTs, to life. Though both of these may not be optimal, they are viable.

Healers are not feeling challenged like they used to, I get whispers from healers who are falling asleep at the wheel or just are jumping around bored during the fights. I feel this was around back in BC but was at a much less effect. The classes that only need to cast 1-3 heals the entire fight are even more bored. I am excited to see just how they will make all of our heals useful in situations. I would like to not just Rejuv/WG spam all the time and cast my many other spells that are never used more often. And reading most of the new talents which give healing increases when a person is at or below 25% , I am hoping the new abilities will show their benefits.

*Now, I have not really went into the discussion of hardmodes, and I have my reasons. Hardmodes are harder….obviously. But once you are successfully able to run through ICC normal mode, hardmodes are really not a big transition.

Loooooong Time!

Yes, I know. I am a very bad blogger! But I do have  a reason for being out of the loop for so long. My husband and I just went through a pretty rough move. And it has taken a while for us to settle in and get everything flowing. Then my mom and sister visited for 2 weeks, and we all know how that goes.

Nevertheless I am back! And I have seem to come back at a very interesting time; the RealID war is upon us. Now, there have been so many great blog posts about this issue, so I will not take long on it. But I think as a female player in a gaming community, this is a scary thing. We already have our private life blasted all over the internet, I can only imagine adding this fuel to the fire. What about younger children/teens who play this game and post on the forums. I know parents are outraged that their childs real name could be accessed by others. Yes, I know with the in-game RealID system you need to accept and most kids will be told by their parents not to, but what teen/child really listens to their parents have to say all the time, especially when their “bestest best friend” is sending them the request.

I have never been that big on the main WoW forums. I will spend a lot of time there looking for information about different class ideas, or checking out what is going on in my realm, and especially with the new expansion I was hoping to get some good input and maybe even give my two cents on a few of the new druid issues (which I will be discussing in my next post.) But what about the helpful posters that make amazing contributions to the forums everyday? Should they be punished because of random abuse by trolls? Does Blizzard actually think a troll will care if their real name is shown?

The forums can be a place of nasty hatred from a lot of people. But the main use is for information and help. Just because some young people who do not even contribute to the intelligent conversation of the topics exist does not mean everyone should be punished. I fear we will lose many of the wonderful posters we have now and the forums will only be used for more rudeness and hatred.

Check out these wonderful posts about this issue: Restokin and Panzercow. They also have links to many other well written blogs about this issue.

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