Learned about healing by DPSing

90 Undead Priest
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Hello everyone, I am a recent 85. I played BC back in the day and recently started fresh in Cata. Anyways, I have always played either a tank (Pally) or a healer because I enjoy being useful and having a key role in dungeons / raids ect..

Anyways, I decided to que as DPS for Heroics for a few reasons, first off to learn the dungeons and the fights, and second to help me get some gear. I struggled through a few heroics constantly going oom and decided I should learn them through DPSing and try to get some gear before healing them.

I learned something quite interesting... My gear is based off of my holy build, I just specced shadow and went in as DPS. So ofcourse I was usually low on the DPS meters. But here is the weird part. I was running with a very good tank and healer, we ran multiple heroics together, and I was the only player they wanted to keep around. When I asked why, the healer responded, "because I never have to heal you."

I ran a handfull of heroics last night and aside from the unavoidable AoE dmg from bosses I managed to stay out of damage for the entire dungeon.

Now I am not here to toot my own horn, what I am pointing out is I don't know whether it is my healing background and always trying to get dps to have a clue and not stand in the fire and green goo, or me just being aware of whats going on around me, even when I am brand new to the dungeon.

The question I have is have you ever had this happen? The last time I was healing, I could not keep up with the dmg dps was taking on the same heroic dungeons.

I have always been a generous healer and kept a steady flow of heals all around, even to dps who manages to take more dmg than the tank. But now I feel I have had a change of heart.. I find myself frowning on dps that takes so much dmg and much less willing to keep heals flowing their way.

Anyone ever feel this way?
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85 Night Elf Druid
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My DPS would go down if I moved, so I don't.
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02/24/2012 04:10 PMPosted by Anarri
My DPS would go down if I moved, so I don't.


Your dps will be zero when you're dead.
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85 Night Elf Druid
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02/24/2012 06:16 PMPosted by Oungan
Your dps will be zero when you're dead.


S'okay, the healer can keep me up.
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You better be glad I'm not your healer.
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85 Night Elf Druid
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02/24/2012 09:27 PMPosted by Oungan
You better be glad I'm not your healer.


At this point I really have no idea if you're serious or not, so you should know that my post was just a joke.

Back on-topic, I do believe that a healing background definitely gives a player the knowledge base they need to avoid things in dungeons/raids, if only because we see DPS do it so often that we know exactly how important it is to avoid it.

I do not, however, think it has any effect at all on situational awareness, unless you're used to running raids. In 5 mans, you can afford to tunnel vision your raid frames, and let DBM tell you when you're standing in stuff, but in a raiding environment, you'll have to watch the raid anyways in order to get the most out of your healing, so you can't afford to tunnel vision as much.
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But Fire mages and Desto warlocks get a damage boost when they stand in fire! SAme with Spriests in shadow voids and Ele shaman/Boomkin ins green goo.

Gosh, I thought everyone knew this....
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02/24/2012 10:04 PMPosted by Anarri
At this point I really have no idea if you're serious or not, so you should know that my post was just a joke.


It was a joke, although I've seen dps do it and argue with me about it.
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85 Night Elf Druid
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02/24/2012 10:25 PMPosted by Oungan
It was a joke, although I've seen dps do it and argue with me about it.


Same. Comes with the territory, I suppose.
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90 Undead Priest
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I often stand in front of the offender faceing him whill healling them so ine no way they can argue that I wasn't healling them
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90 Blood Elf Priest
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I do not, however, think it has any effect at all on situational awareness, unless you're used to running raids. In 5 mans, you can afford to tunnel vision your raid frames, and let DBM tell you when you're standing in stuff, but in a raiding environment, you'll have to watch the raid anyways in order to get the most out of your healing, so you can't afford to tunnel vision as much.

I watch the raid so I can tell other people what to do.

Now, if I'm standing in fire with GTFO disabled, it's about a 50/50 tossup what I'm going to do first:
a) move
b) key up Vent and yell "Kaels! Get out of the fire!"

(I have witnesses to the second.)
Edited by Kaels on 2/26/2012 11:43 AM PST
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