Do you want to be top of the healing meters in your raid? Yes, YOU?!?
Sounds like the start of a cheesy infomercial, but today we’ve got a top raider telling us exactly that. Yes, Vixsin of Life In Group 5 has gone – a little bit – to the dark side, and today she’s offering a guide to just one thing – not healing a specific fight, not cohering as a fluffy bunny healing team, but just making damn sure your bar is bigger than everyone else’s –
“This is one of the concepts that I really struggled when making the move into the upper echelons of progression, and a topic that Derevka discussed from a more global perspective in a post back in February—Zero Sum Mana. For a conservative person like myself, it was difficult to cut into the mana buffer I had on most fights because I always found myself thinking “but what if I need it?!” But the reality is that the extra mana that you have at the end of an encounter represents stats that could have been put to use elsewhere, and by keeping them allocated to regen you don’t need, your HPS ceiling is lower. So, you should always aim to end an encounter bone-dry, with as much effective healing as possible (this is much different than simply spending 5 minutes spamming heals into all and sundry and thinking “well, I spent all my mana, so I did good”). Because the more tightly tuned your mana, the more conscious you become of how your consumption changes based on your rotation.
Practical Examples: Although mana management isn’t generally an issue at the start of an expansion, since at that point, your stats don’t allow you free reign with your healing arsenal, the need for tuning ramps up as the expac progresses. My first time into any progression encounter, I’ll try to head in with as much mana and regen as possible. Then, during the first couple of pulls, I’ll look for areas where I can carve off some regen for other secondary stats. If there is a +damage modifier in the fight, and I’m on Vixsin, I know that I can knock off a couple hundred mp5. If there’s time enough for me to TC, then I can shave off another couple hundred or, as was the case with our first kills of HM Spine and Madness, I can swap out a regen trinket (Jaws of Defeat, in that case) for a throughput one (Seal of Seven Signs).”
Vixsin’s really not pulling any punches here, and that’s what makes this guide so unique. She covers knowing your fellow healers’ weak spots on the meters, blagging yourself extra buffs, beating the other healers to the punch by stacking Haste – all the dirty tricks in the book. And alongside that, she’s also got a whole bunch of super-crunchy advice on maximising your numbers whilst at the same time putting out a scary amount of actually-effective, actually raid-saving healing.
Now, I imagine a lot of people are thinking “that’s really unfriendly to your healing team – why did she write this?” So why did she do it? Well, for once I’m going to quote a post twice:
“The question that I get more often than any other question out there … by a mile … is about why the player isn’t doing well on meters. And, most times, isn’t a question motivated by selfishness or ego, but rather one asked by players who aren’t confident in their performance or who simply want to improve. These are players who are advised, on forum after forum, blog after blog, that “if the boss dies, then you did your job”. But the problem with this sentiment, and what they’re realizing as they send me an email or post in the healing forums or reach out to friends, is that … THIS ADVICE IS ABSOLUTE SHIT. It’s shit because it does nothing to empower the person who receives it; it does nothing to quantify the conditions of success, nothing to distinguish the myriad of greys between the pass/fail ends of the spectrum. What happens if the boss lives? Well you know that you didn’t do your job, but nothing beyond that. Or, even worse what happens if the boss dies and you still feel unsuccessful? According to the simple definition of success, you’ve nothing to improve upon.”
Throughout the post, she scatters in tips on using this advice for good, rather than evil. But the fact is – people look at the meters. And a lot of people – a lot of us – want to look good on the meters.
DPSers are spoiled for choice on guides to do just that. So I think it’s about damn time that the healers had something similar.
Let’s join in. What are your best tips and tricks for topping the healing meters? Doesn’t matter how underhanded – let’s hear them!Read more →