As I mentioned very briefly in my last post (two weeks ago– oops! RL continues to interfere with my posting time) I have computer issues making raiding a difficult prospect at best. Specifically, as soon as I step into a raid instance, my framerate plummets to below single-digits. I turn into a bad raider. I stand in stuff. I run INTO aoe. I can’t actually do very much reactive OR proactive healing since sometimes when I hit a button, it’s registering 2 seconds after I start frantically pounding the keyboard. So, I’ve stepped down to our part-time raider rank and am only reading when I can steal Tars’ computer for the night.
Needless to say, the majority of my wow-time has been taken up with 5-mans and alts lately, since 5s seem to avoid all my raid problems. And I have to say, as a healer and as a DPS, I’ve had remarkably good luck (nothing for Ava‘s Scrub Pub) but there are a few key misconceptions that some people seem to suffer from when it comes to their expectations of me.
As a DPS, it IS my job to:
DPS. That’s my job. Do damage. Specifically, it’s my job to do as much damage as I can (without pulling threat) on as many targets as the tank’s threat allows.
CC if needed/requested. Not that anyone CCs anymore… Mostly this applies to slowing/stopping runners and not much else.
As a DPS, it’s NOT my job to:
Tank. I’ve been as guilty as the next person of signing my baby ret pally up for lfd as DPS/Tank just to queue faster. When I sign up for it, I’m aware I will take the consequences. I carry a one-hander and shield for that purpose. That’s fine. But the number of people who expect my hunter (or her pet) to tank 3 elites when the healer and tank have died and the only people standing are a couple DPS who are doing the damage (and therefore pulling the threat) of a wet noodle and save the party from a wipe? No, wipe recovery is what feign death + Jumper Cables is for. I’m not gonna suck up a repair bill on a lost cause. I will try on my DPS characters to pull stuff off the healer, but that’s intended as temporary tanking at best.
Pull threat. If I’m pulling threat, it’s usually my fault. Just because I can pull threat off any tank doesn’t mean I should. In fact, the minigame of “climb the threat meter but don’t climb over” is part of the fun part of being a DPS.
As a Healer, it IS my job to:
Heal. Cast healing spells. Not tank, and I shouldn’t be doing a lot of DPS.
Manage my mana. So I can heal. Pretty self explanatory, there…
As a Healer, it’s NOT my job to:
Keep you at 100%. You’re alive? Good. You’re lower than you want to be? Meh. The only person a healer has a responsibility to keep high in health is the tank. If you’re low due to unavoidable stuff and we’re still in combat? You’re definitely on my list of people to heal. If you’re low in health because you ran a room ahead of the tank, pulled a buncha mobs, and the tank got ’em off you? Not my problem. Especially if we’re out of combat and I’m eating/drinking. Use your own bandages/food/healing spells, don’t whine that I’m a crappy healer after I ignore your “HEALPLS”
So, yeah. That’s my minor rant of the week. Specifically that last bit. Suck it up and deal, stupid.