So just before the nerfs there was a lot of whining and complaining about two healing versus three healing 10 mans. I came down on the “Three heal it and make the dps work, darnit” side. It’s the crotchety side. I’m getting in practice. Only about 50 years before I’m on a porch yelling at those darn kids, after all.
Then they nerfed Firelands and…. well… 3 healing is boring. Boring boring boring. Ok it’s still nice on Baleroc and Bethtilac but Shannox? Ryolith? Alys? Even Staghelm? Meh. And I’d be willing to two heal the others. Ragnaros, yes, is tough but we started two healing two weeks ago to try to boost our raw damage output and guess what, we can do it. It’s insane and my mana goes away and people have to avoid bad stuff but it’s fun.
So… what do we do? Sometimes people are lucky enough to have a real swing healer who is as passionate about her Shadow or Balance or Ret or Ele spec as her heal spec. We’re not one of those groups. We have three passionate healers, each of whom has a dps offspec. Each of which says “um…. I guess I could go dps for this fight” and then puts out 10k and (in my case) manages to die spectacularly to something we would have easily seen in heals. Or gets distracted by healing frames and just has to stop and toss out a heal! Darnit! Because that’s what we do!
Look, this is how boring three healing is. Kerick said in Firelands last week “I’m going ret, you don’t need me”.
So really we need one of us to be better at dps. But then again, healing is such a delicate role; what happens if I designated one of us as the dps person, she gears up and gets good, and then 4.3 drops and we need three healers again? What if she’s rusty, or heaven forbid prefers dps?
This always happens, as the raid gets more geared and better at fights. There’s less and less need for the third healer. The nerfs just sort of sped the process up. But it is a real dilemna.
Takeaway? Healers are whiny little punks. Take away one of our partners too soon we whine. Make our job too easy we whine. Stand in crap, we whine. Don’t stand in crap, we get bored and whine.
It’s a wonder our raids put up with us.