Rhii has a tale of level 20 SFK and a paladin healer who (in my opinion) shouldn’t be healing over on Oh My, Kurenai!. Level 20 SFK is my specialty. Mostly because it’s probably the dungeon I’ve healed most often.
I’ve healed in there with asshole tanks. I’ve healed in there with newb tanks. I’ve healed in there with paladin tanks who don’t seem to realize how squishy paladin tanks are at that level. I’ve taken my husband with me to be a tank I trust so I can pay more attention to my own performance and what’s going on in the dungeon. What I HAVE NOT done is go in there and start demanding that a tank “pull bigger”.
I didn’t do that in Wailing Caverns, either. Or Gnomeregan. Or any wing of the Scarlet Monastery. Not in Zul’Farrak, and not in Scholomance. I can tell you now that I won’t do it in whatever the next dungeon I heal is, either.
DO NOT TELL YOUR TANK TO “PULL BIGGER”!
I saw that happen so often in Wrath, and everyone said it was because healers pretty much had infinite health and could heal anything. No, that’s not why it happened. I’m not saying healers didn’t end up with near infinite mana… I’m saying there’s nothing in the game that makes it so that when a healer sits and almost full man for a certain amount of time, it just automatically makes their character say, “Pull bigger! I can heal through it!” That happened because there were healers who didn’t understand/care that what the tanks pulls isn’t all about what you can heal through.
The tank should pull what the tank can control. The healer has no right to insist that a tank put the whole group at unnecessary risk by doing their own job poorly just so the healer won’t be bored.
If you find yourself getting bored because the tank isn’t requiring a whole lot of healing, there are other things you can do… especially if you’re a holy paladin.
Maybe throw a little dps in there. Remember, your Holy Shock does damage to enemies. And you are using your Judgement anyway for the haste boost, right?
Heal the dps. Notice in Rhii’s post that the healer complained about not having enough healing to do, but apparently they weren’t insterested in healing anyone except the tank. (Okay, it looks like they were only pretending to be interested in healing the tank. But they didn’t even pretend with anyone else!) Also note that Rhii was playing a shadow priest alt. The shadow priest was doing more healing than the actual healer. Do we see what’s wrong with that picture?
Personally, I feel bad about it when I can’t heal the dps in SFK. In some of those fights, everyone in melee range is going to take damage. If I have to let a melee dps die so I can guarantee the tank stays up, then it just has to happen. But I feel for them. I wish I could have kept them up along with the tank. And if the tank isn’t moving Springvale out of the bad stuff, it really makes me sad to let melee dps go unhealed. That becomes a situation where I have to heal according to what’s best for the group’s success, but I wish I could heal according to who deserves it.
I’m not usually inclined to tell people what they should or shouldn’t be playing. But if you consistently are bored as healer and feel like demanding that the rest of the group perform poorly just so you’ll have something more exciting to do, maybe you shouldn’t be healing.
Why do I feel so strongly about this? Because I also have a story about a druid tank and a bad healer. I was one of the dps in that group, and it was the dungeon that made me finally start speaking up when a healer demands big pulls. I started telling tanks, “Pull what you can control, not what the healer can heal through.”
It was Heroic Ahn’kahet* , and the group was a bear druid tank, a holy priest healer, my husband as a ret pally, some third dps who managed to be not be noticed very much in all this (probably a rogue), and myself as a hunter.
I was in the habit of checking a tank’s gear where we zoned in so I’d know just how much I’d need to watch Misdirect to make sure I kept using it. If the tank was heroic-geared I needed to use it more often than if they were ICC-geared. I checked the bear out of habit. I knew I needed to keep Misdirect up almost non-stop with bear druids, no matter what gear they had.
This one was a fresh 80. She was decked in a mix of quest rewards and regular dungeon drops. I’d been there about a month before. I knew she was probably running heroics to get better gear.
The priest started demanding after the first trash pack that the bear pull big because “I can heal through it”. And so the bear did. And the bear almost instantly died. And then I Feigned Death while other people died.
Once everyone was back in, the priest again demanded big pulls and the bear again gave him big pulls. There were multiple rounds of death, and I’m not sure anymore exactly how that happened. But I do know my husband spoke up at some point and told the bear not to pull big, and then I reassured the bear that healer’s don’t get to tell you what to pull… you pull what you’re comfortable with handling. The bear seemed to appreciate that in a way that showed she felt like it should be that way, but had been led to believe it’s not so.
So the priest go pissy because dps was backing the tank up, and he started putting his shield up and then pulling extra things after the bear pulled. My husband called him out on it, and he did it again anyway. That’s when I did something I know I shouldn’t do, but I’m still not sorry I did it.
I Misdirected to the healer. The healer went down first that time, and when everyone else followed my husband told the healer that’s what happens when the healer pulls things.
My husband knew, even as he said that to the healer, that I had Misdirected like that. Sometimes, though, you just want to teach somebody a hard lesson.
The healer pulled extra things again, so I Misdirected to him again. And he died again. So he suddenly decided he had better things to do and dropped group.
The problem was that the bear was broken at this point. Her gear was broken so badly she didn’t feel she could risk tanking it even if the rest of the dungeon went fine. Her spirit was broken so badly she just didn’t want to risk getting another healer like him. She apologized for not being able to keep going and dropped group.
I will not do that to a bear. I won’t do it to a warrior. I won’t do it to a paladin or death knight. I won’t even do that to an elf.
I also won’t do that to the three dps. When the healer starts demanding bad performance (and pulling more than you can handle IS poor performance) from a tank, they are demanding that the tank create an unreasonable situation for the dps. All that damage the healer wants to see because “they can heal through it”? It’s damage that should not be happening!
I will not demand that four other people do it wrong just so I can have fun. If that’s what it takes for me to have fun with what I’m doing, I should really go find something else to do.
* >8< SPIDER PRIDE!!!