First to get de sugar…September 17, 2009 at 5:32 am | Posted in healing, raiding, Shaman, World of Warcraft | 1 Comment
Tags: gear, gearing up, healers in raids, healing, raiding, tier gear, World of Warcraft
I had an entertaining conversation the other day, which made me ponder the nature of online gaming, with reference mainly to World of Warcraft (but there is a certain resonance with other MMOs).
I was asked by a level 80 Shaman: Where do I get my level 80 gear?
Now, that’s a question isn’t it? I was pootling around Dalaran wearing 4 out of 5 items of (I think) Tier 7.5 gear, which means Bright Orange! and somewhat over the top in the style stakes. So I was an obvious person to ask. I was someone obviously wearing a tier set.
In a nutshell, the conversation was this; chap wanted to know where to go to get the items, and then how to get into a raid to get the items.
I shall now leave the chap and conversation, and instead ponder some of the thoughts that slowly bubbled up through my brain in the couple of hours following…
Is it easier for healers to get into raids? I think so. Most people enjoy dishing out damage, so they play dps characters. And I think some feel that healing is a chore. It doesn’t help that when things go badly, it’s generally the healer that gets blamed. So healers get the twin bonus of less people competing for the role, and the fact that without healers, no-one goes raiding.
Should a hybrid class with healing use that to get into raids? In this respect, I think it’s something that World of Warcraft players brought upon themselves, so yes I’ll use it all I can. I play a Shaman. I can be melee dps, ranged dps, or healer. So whilst the class is, effectively, two thirds dps, one third heal, most only see the one third heal. So I can happily have a class that can solo with a minimum of effort, and raid in a role I enjoy. Win for me!
Should hybrid healers be able to change to another role once in a raid? That depends on your raid, but with most things being so gear-oriented, the only way to perform to required standards in a raid is to have good gear. And that means having more than one outfit. But once in a raid, it’s easy to get that second set of equipment, and once in a raid it’s a scary amount easier to swap roles, or even characters (with attendant class swapping).
Is raiding, or Tiered equipment, a right? No, it’s not. But it’s a real shame that so much of the focus of the game at maximum level (I hate the term “end-game”. It has far too many negative connotations for my liking) is towards raiding, and grabbing hold of tiered armour sets. It’s a powerful draw, and there is a remarkable amount of peer pressure when it comes to being decked out in purpz.