I’m beginning to think I could have made a whole blog about Adventures in SFK. The low level SFK, at that. I was back in there last night. My troll druid, Nanzi, needed her level 20 staff. Nanzi isn’t on the “My Healers” page because she’s a Balance druid. I might take Restoration as her second spec at 30, but for now her job is to Moonfire mobs… not Nourish and Rejuvenate the tank.
My husband was the warrior tank. Our healer was a goblin priest who seems to love using the /silly emote. Besides myself, we had a hunter and a… um… hmm… There must have been a third dps. It wasn’t a paladin… I would have noticed. It wasn’t another hunter… I would have noticed. I don’t remember seeing any totems. I would have noticed a warlock’s minion. I’m going to guess either rogue, mage, or dps priest. Whatever they were, they were quiet.
(Side Note: The hunter was another one of those players who showed the signs of being new. Not just “new to the hunter class” but “new to the game”. I’ve considered writing a short guide to spotting new players who don’t just come right out and say so in groups, but I don’t know if that’s something people could really benefit from. If you want me to write one, please say so in the comments.)
The healer was great! It was a smooth run, and I don’t think anybody even came close to dying. I was… not so great. I found myself struggling to be dps, not the healer.
Some of this could be due to most of my other SKF runs being done as the healer. I don’t think it’s a case of getting used to playing one thing and then switching over to an alt. I’ve been spending a lot more time as a fire mage, BM hunter, and balance druid than I have been as a holy paladin. But I kept waiting longer than dps should before casting anything… because, you know, I was waiting until the tank took some damage. I was watching his health bar and he was fine. After a couple of seconds of this, I’d kind of snap back and hit Moonfire. I didn’t really miss much… I was just slow coming in on things.
I was also really tempted to “help” the healer during boss fights. I said the healer was great, and they were! The healer didn’t need any “help”. But I was very aware of the fact that I was watching my health and the tank’s, and ready to hit a healing spell any second. I’m pretty sure my dps was less than spectacular, even for my level, because I wasn’t approaching things with a dps mindset.
I didn’t have that problem with my mage or my hunter. Neither of them can heal. Is this more of a temptation for healers with hybrid class dps alts? Any advice on how to get past the temptation to heal and get myself firmly in the dps mindset?