I know, I’m kind of wierd that way. But if I have a healing spell, then it would be good for me to be able to use it and to get my friends to use it too. I read this on the Devchat Twitter thing (I can’t quite work Twitter out yet)…
Q. Please talk about Lightwell. There has been much wailing about it on priest forums. Are you intent on keeping it in?
A. Lightwell is complicated because it deals very much with the healing philosophy we’re trying to resurrect in Cataclysm. Remember when your raid would make a conscious effort to survive before doing damage, would bring stacks of bandages and use them throughout the fight to save their healers mana? Lightwell is very strong – if not overpowered – in that environment.
I like it. I’ve been thinking back to my ‘old’ raiding days recently and about the “new players today don’t know they are born” sort of thing. I remember as a rogue having to be responsible for my own health. “Rogues did not get healed” was a comment I remember from the GM of my first proper raiding guild.
I used to go to raids with bandages (at LEAST 60 per raid – normally 100), healing potions (20-40 and they stacked in 5s), whipper root tubers – as many as I could get on my trips round Felwood while getting slaughtered by Nihilum because I was an alliance player on Magtheridon.
Yeah, I know the pic is of current stuff -I couldn’t find an old school one
The ONLY fight we (as a rogue) got healed on was Vael because it was a true dps race. On Razergore we had to heal the healers with bandages. We had druids, priests and paladins to heal us and generally if you were one of those classes you healed. You didn’t dps. You were laughed at if you wanted to dps. OK, so I don’t want to go that route, but if you want to heal then to actually think about HOW you heal and who gets your heals would be lovely.
I would love for things to be complicated again. I LOVED the Vezax fight in Ulduar because you had to work out who was best to heal and how best to do it. It was healing in much the same was as a dps player would work out rotations and stuff, but healing version – how best to spend my mana?
Back in the old days as a rogue when I switched guild the first thing I noticed was that the priests used their lightwell and as a rogue I loved them for it.
Then I changed to being a priest. I think the stress of only having stuff in my bags that would heal me got to me! I needed room for pets as well…..
One day soon I AM going to get round to a true whine post about how a new player has it so easy. You can collect a full tier set in a few weeks. I mean … back in my day I don’t think I knew anyone who EVER got a full Tier set. Nowadays players want it all on a plate. OK, so I don’t really like either, but I do feel the balance has gone the wrong way a little.
Anyway – teaching people to help themselves survive a bit longer will be a good thing imo.