Why don’t people protect healers in PvP? Seriously?

by on July 29, 2011

Vidyala at Manalicious has been getting a kicking. In Battlegrounds, that is. Every time she sticks her healing nose out of the door, someone tries to chop it off.

Everyone knows that a healer’s pretty much your most powerful weapon in Battlegrounds. So why is it that random PUG groups continue to fail to, you know, protect them? Vidyala would very, very much like to know, because it’s starting to drive her out of PUG BGs:

I mean, let’s be frank here. I don’t think I’m the world’s gift to BGs. I don’t expect accolades or for anyone to act like I’m a big deal because I’m healing. I like healing! I want to heal. It’s just that, by virtue of what I’m doing – I need a little help from you in order to best help you. When you ignore my existence, I’m vulnerable. You see, the opposing team, they aren’t like you. They know who I am. Believe me – in seconds. They converge on me like a plague of locusts.

I always appreciate a good rant, and this is one. And it’s interesting – and surprising – to learn just how much the role of healer continues to suck in a Battleground. I mean, we all know that PUGs tend to bring out some pretty idiotic behaviour – but you would have thought that in a 15-person battleground, at least a few people would be capable enough to defend the source-o-healing.

Is there a good reason for this? Is there some strategic reason for not protecting healers that both Vid and I aren’t expert enough to get? Do more PvP oriented games like Guild Wars have this? Or is it just a truly epic case of PUG FAIL?
Quote taken directly from Vidyala’s post.
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Paul July 30, 2011 at 11:18 am

Has that “healers must die” add-on made protecting healers pointless? If enough dps targets a healer, the healer will go down, regardless of whether you try to protect him.


Hugh Hancock July 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I’d not heard of that addon – *Googles*

For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s at Healers Have To Die

I’d agree, if that’s in common use in BGs it’ll certainly be making the not-dying part of the healer’s life harder – although I guess it could be worse if it auto-raid marked too. But I’m not sure that even with significant use of this addon, PUGs are organised enough to put sufficient force out to always overcome a half-decent defence.


Cynwise August 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

HHTD also marks your friendly healers, too. The knife cuts both ways.

It’s made it a bit easier to pick out healers in a scrum like TB or AV/IoC, but it’s really hard to make folks realize they need to protect their healers.

The debate around HHTD is actually very complicated – I have a post linked off the addon page which goes into my thoughts on the matter, and there are a LOT of forum posts dedicated to this one addon.


Hugh Hancock August 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Cynwise – I read your post, which was fascinating. Would you mind putting a link to it here for others? I would feature it, but we have a policy of not featuring older posts to make sure everyone gets their fair shot at the limelight.


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