Tips for healing in bgs

Pvp healing is much different than healing in dungeons, anyone have any tips?

Also general healing question: Is spirit always more important than intellect?
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90 Blood Elf Paladin
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Stand in front of your ranged dps but behind your melee dps. That way you are out of the main fight, but if you get jumped by a stealthie people are more likely to see and help you. Keep your casting short. Move a lot. Practice :)
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90 Blood Elf Paladin
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prepare to be left behind... prepare to face the impeding doom of a wall that will surely hit you when you notice all the dps are too tunneled to realize that their healer is getting jumped by 3 people -_-

spirit is valuable, but not as valuable in pvp (i personally wouldnt reforge out of it or anything). most fights in random bg's dont last too long and the main importance is those quick big heals. thats where it can be a pita, as you want to use your expensive fast heals while you have aggro, but need the spirit to back up using them. learn to use your silences/cc's! cant tell you how many times ive seen healers just sit and heal someone when they could have easily silenced a mage free casting on someone

(sry if my post was a little derpy, at work and coffee aint cutting it)
Edited by Jarshie on 3/16/2013 6:19 AM PDT
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90 Blood Elf Priest
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For normal and RBGs Spirit and Resilience are huge stats - it's easy to run out of juice. There are times where you have to rotate which healer breaks off to go drink.

For Arena healers, spirit and resil are pretty awesome, but each class is a little different on how quickly they can spend and regen it. You'll see healers with all different levels of Spirit.

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As for Tips, don't panic when you're CC chained to death. IT's just part of normal battlegrounds, and even moreso when they're well coordinated in RBGs.

Know when to Dispel.

Learn your escape maneuvers / defensive abilities.

Learn which spells share lockouts, so you know how to react when locked out of one.

Know when to run. Know when to drag enemies to your dps. Know how to tank a lot of damage.

Keybind everything and anything that could potentially be useful.

And have fun - there's a lot of frustration and anger that healers can get... but it's still supposed to be fun!
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100 Tauren Druid
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Feythylan was spot on, but in addition, it is important to remember you can do more than just heal. Shaman in particular have a ton of useful abilities, so get in the habit of using your interrupts, cc's (Hex their healers, they hate that. :D), totems (such as earthbind and tremor), and most importantly, as mentioned, know when to recognize impending doom and beat feet out of there.

You may also want to become well acquainted with your local, friendly druid, as we can give you Symbiosis which will grant a resto Shaman the ability to Prowl (stealth) as a ghost wolf. Although as resto, I generally prefer to Symbiosis a DK or hunter, if neither is available, Spiritwalker's Grace is a nice ability for me to have, giving me even more mobility in a large BG.
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90 Night Elf Druid
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PvP healing is to a large extent about working well with team members and using utility spells effectively.

CCs, dispells, slows, interrupts, snares, knockbacks, pretty much every obscure spell you never use during normal PvE healing is potentially very useful in PvP. Getting maximum use out of utilities will make you hugely more effective in PvP.

For random BGs another key tip is to always stick with other people. Ideally well geared ones. I often look at the scoreboard about three minutes into the game to see who is high on kills, healing, and BG objectives. Then I go over to see if the people with good numbers are actually playing well (it's not hard to pad numbers and still suck at PvP). If they're good I stick with them and try to keep them alive. If you can find three people that are geared and competent to hang out with for the duration of the battle, you can usually turn the BG into your personal (face)stomping ground.
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90 Draenei Priest
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Most of it has already been said but I found that using something to show me when things will be off CD, by the second (Button Timers for instance) extremely valuable. Will fear be up soon? No? Then I may need to do something else.
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90 Draenei Priest
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03/16/2013 09:10 AMPosted by Pipikaula
it is important to remember you can do more than just heal.


remember to add your dps ability's to those keybinds as well, you never know when they might come in handy
<-- atonement ftw
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88 Night Elf Priest
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03/17/2013 09:10 PMPosted by Foriel
it is important to remember you can do more than just heal.


remember to add your dps ability's to those keybinds as well, you never know when they might come in handy
<-- atonement ftw


I love you, a priest who understands me!
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90 Blood Elf Paladin
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Don't hold onto your cds for "just in case". One person's death could mean a loss. So bust that CD to save them!

Dispel. CC. Los the casters if you can. Keep melee mobile. Prioritize your heals. Fc. Yourself. Other healers. Your big DPS.

Use everything in your spell book on key bind. You need it.

Gem resil.

Dispel that darn frost bomb!
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90 Pandaren Monk
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How to simulate healing in regular BGs:

1) Rub sandpaper on your face
2) Have someone scream "Where are my heals?" in your ear for the duration.
3) Requeue and repeat the process.
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90 Blood Elf Paladin
5065
O yes, make a macro that says, "no peals, no heals!"
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90 Night Elf Priest
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O yes, make a macro that says, "no peals, no heals!"


Love it.
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100 Human Priest
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Bring pvp geared friend that you are in voice chat with. If you don't bring people who care about you, no one will.
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90 Worgen Warlock
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Be prepared to die a lot.
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90 Blood Elf Paladin
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for BGs, I'd say a key factor overlooked is knowing where to heal. All maps have spots at nodes/bases/what have you that are easily hidden, yet still LoS of everything there. Being able to free cast because the enemy doesn't see you is the best trick I know of.
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