I thought of writing this up after a series of unfortunate random heroics.
Cataclysm is hard. This is a bold new world full of mana issues, hard-hitting mobs, and punishing boss mechanics. In ages past everyone was able to speed through heroics in 15 minutes due to gear, skill, and the way things wound up working. However in this latest expansion that is not the case anymore.
The Healer’s Mantra was:
If a Tank dies, it’s the Healer’s fault,
If a Healer dies, it’s the Tank’s fault,
If a DPS dies, it’s their own fault.
But the above just doesn’t work anymore. Sometimes tanks die because of their own mistakes, sometimes healers die because they weren’t paying attention, and sometimes DPS die because the healers couldn’t save them intime.
So without further adieu, here’s a few useful things the various roles should know for this expansion.
Hey there tanks. First and foremost thanks for taking the punishing blows to defend your group. Now as a healer, I’ve generally been pretty lucky with my tanks I get for Random Heroics. There are a few bad apples and here’s a list of things a healer wants their tank to know.
1) Tanks do not dictate the speed of a heroic. In a world where mana matters, where people have to sit down to eat/drink to recover, it does no one any good to claim this just because you are the tank. Work with your group so that your dungeon moves along smoothly and as quickly as able. Coordinate with healers and dps to create a smooth pace that everyone can stick with.
1b) This includes no chain pulling without asking first. Most healers mana pools can’t handle chain pulling for more than one or two additional packs. This can lead to a wipe. Keep an eye on your healer’s mana pool to see if they are low or not.
2) Use cooldowns. Even though it’s just a 5 man dungeon, cooldowns are still required sometimes. Boss mechanics are fairly punishing now. If your health is dipping low, you have the resources to mitigate more of that incoming damage.
3) Use the groups resources. This includes crowd control mechanics. Take the time before a pull to mark up the next pack of mobs and assign the various crowd controllers to them.
3b) If Crowd Control is being used, please be mindful of your AoE abilities. If your consecrate/thunder-clap/etc. breaks the established CC, then things are only going to get more hectic.
4) Bring food to eat. Innkeepers sell stacks consumables that will bring your health back up. With the large health pools that tanks have, it’s both annoying and unfair to wait at 30k hitpoints for your healer to bring all of your health back. Sit down and eat some food please :)
DPS’ers do the job healers don’t. They dish out the damage while we try to heal it up. In the previous expansion AoE’ing down dungeons worked, it does not anymore.
1) Crowd Control. Almost every class has them, get to know yours and when to use it. In most heroic dungeons now, Crowd Control is required in order for encounters to move smoothly. Just because you’ve never used it before is no excuse to not learn now.
1b) If Crowd Control is being used, please be mindful of your AoE abilities. Cleaves, Explosions, DoT’s, Pets, all need to be watched in order to ensure a smooth running dungeon or raid.
2) Boss mechanics are punishing now a days. You have to move out of them. Standing in them will only cause you to take a pile of damage or maybe just die. It’s your own responsibility to take as little damage as you possibly can.
2b)Use cooldowns. Even though it’s just a 5 man dungeon, cooldowns are still required sometimes. Boss mechanics are fairly punishing now. If your health is dipping low and you have the resources to mitigate more of that incoming damage or outright avoid it then do so.
3) Follow the kill order. Keep damaging the mob until it is dead and then move to the next assigned mob. If your tank hasn’t marked a kill order, kindly request him to do so in the future and simply assist off him in the present.
4) Like with the tanks, Bring food to eat. Innkeepers sell stacks consumables that will bring your health back up. Sit down and eat some food please rather than waiting for a healer to bring you back up :)
We all know what our job is. We take pride in what we do, and
1) The name of the game is Triage. Due to our limited resources now a days, it’s no longer best to keep people at full health. As a general rule of thumb, try keeping everyone health at least at or above 50%
2) Be vocal. You know your limitations. If the group is moving too fast, or is taking too much damage then speak up. Give advice for when tanks should use their cooldowns, ask the dps to be quicker about avoiding things, be heard.
3) Healing is not a competition. This is for healing raids. The job of the healer is not to beat the other healers numbers, but to keep the group alive long enough for the encounter to go down. Respect your fellow healers, don’t deviate from your assigned task.
1) Watch the mechanics of the fights. Everyone has things to avoid (ground slams, shatters, chain lightning, etc.) Be observant, be helpful in pointing out mechanics.
2) Be patient. Everyone is getting geared up, the mobs have a lot of health now, dungeons aren’t simply push-overs anymore. Take the time to make sure it’s done right the first time.
3) Be nice to your group. We are all here to play the game together and have a good time. Respect your group and they will respect you back. Let’s all have fun playing this game :)
On a separate note, armory, twitter, and blogroll up :D Need more things to put on the blogroll, if anyone has a suggestion about good healing or good shaman blogs to read, let me know :)