Healing and PvP

“Damage wins the fame,
Healing wins the game”.

Whilst browsing the official forums, i saw this signature and it made me wonder. Pre-TBC I farmed rank, or rather my boyfriend farmed rank on his warrior and i just trailed along in his wake spamming heals on him, but regardless back then healers in pvp were rare. Even healers in pve guilds often either respecced or smite spammed in pvp, my guildmates being the perfect example of this. We were the best guild on the server and yet my fellow priests either pvped on their rogue/mage alts or respecced shadow if they were battlegrounding for any length of time. The only time they were happy to go in as healers was when we were either premading ab/wsg or doing large groups of guildies in AV.

So then Blizzard introduced Arenas and now…. everyone is healing. Its rare to meet a feral druid these days, they are either boomkins, resto or a combination of the 2. Priests are for the most part Disc (myself included) and shamans seem to be resto with a warrior in tow.

This has good and bad effects. When 80 percent of your AB pug are healers, its going to be a slow loss. When every node you attack has one s3/4 warrior lovingly protected by a windfury dropping shaman its likely to be a fast one.

But more importantly, what changed. Are the majority of todays PvP healers doing it simply because of arenas? And if so, the class changes coming with WotLK will be interesting. If feral becomes as viable and good as resto currently is, does that mean all these resto druids bouncing around like jumping beans will suddenly return to being the mangle spammers they were in the early days of the current expansion. Personally i hope yes, they return to kittyness, mainly because i hate meeting them in arenas, warrior + druid means long games, the outcome of which is usually based on who manages to drink the most.

But if a majority are only doing it for the gear, why dont people enjoy healing? Personally having pvped and raid healed on all 4 healing classes in all dungeons and all battlegrounds currently ingame, i dont see what there is not to like about it.

Plus points of healing in PvE
No one can really check up on you. As long as the maintank/whoever you are assigned to heal isnt falling over dead every two seconds you have plenty of leeway. You can watch tv/listen to music, talk on vent whilst healing.
All the dps, especially hunters if you heal their pets and rogues love you for it.
Getting raid spots is easy as long as you are capable of writing a half decent application and showing up on time with consumbables.
Finally and most importantly, you can heal yourself, which means your life and ultimately your death is pretty much in your hands unless you manage to outaggro the tank.

Plus points of healing in PvP
You can heal yourself
You can choose who to heal. See that warrior over there who was bullying the nice warlock, let him die. That rogue who has been spamming “lose fast” since before the gates even opened, it will be snowing in Stranglethorn Vale before he gets a heal from me.

I guess that explains why i like to heal, im a control freak at heart.

The other great thing about being a healer in pvp is you escape all the abuse. My boyfriend across all his dps toons, hunter, warrior and rogue has had many a disgruntled opponent log to tell him how much he sucks, knows nothing about his class and should delete his characters before he embaresses himself any more. Not to mention all the whispers from people on IRC, “X says lol lol lol you suck” after he ganked the guy at Elemental Plateau.

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