I am a Bad Healer
At least that’s what some other healers in LFR have told me. Oh, no, it wasn’t because I did no healing. Quite the opposite, actually.
I’ve been accused of “heal sniping.”
“Stealing our heals.”
“Taking both crystals” on Ultraxion.**
And all those things are true. (**Okay, to be fair, with the Ultraxion one, I did WAIT 30 seconds after each set of crystals dropped to see if others were going to take them. NO ONE moved from the stack or clicked on the crystals – except for the blue.)
I’m like Vixsin – I’m a heal sniper. I try to save people’s lives; I don’t wait to see if Random Druid 3 is going to HOT-up the person, I see that Bolt coming in and I cast a Healing Surge on them, maybe two.
When I’m in a raid, whether it’s a PUG Baradin Hold, LFR or my own raiding group, I’m there to do the most healing I can possibly do to make the group successful – and I hope the other healers are doing the same thing.
Above and beyond healing assignments, each healer is responsible for each person in that raid group. And I’m there, just like the other healers, to make sure every single person survives the encounter. The problem I see is that so many healers see healing as a competition – and in that light, “I’m not playing fair.” It’s NOT a competition though. We all have the same goal — keeping the raid alive. If we do our job, no one dies and the boss goes down, then we collectively win.
So, that means I put out 35% of the healing to your 20%? 40% to your 30%? No big deal. I’m not trying to push other people down the meters or win the meter game, you see. I’m just trying to make sure we win. I just (1) have more haste, (2) am better geared/better suited to this fight style or (3) simply heal more aggressively. And there have been times when I’ve healed my butt off and came in last on the meters (like the entirety of Firelands).
As long as I was personally doing the most healing I can do to keep the raid alive, I pat myself on the back and move on.