My latest post Clerics don’t melee in epics! got lost in the stream of new posts, so I’m making a short post to clarify a few things. 🙂
Here’s a list of healer priorities I feel any healer should follow. If you’re straying from them, you need to let the people you’re running with know, or only play with people who know your priorities.
1. Stay alive. This means, avoid putting yourself in situations where you are likely to get killed. Of course, everyone makes mistakes, and that’s ok, but if you are the only healer, you shouldn’t run off and kill yourself in the traps. Let the tank or rogue do that. Also, running away is completely allowed if you start taking damage. You can’t help the party if you’re dead.
2. Keep a constant eye on everyone’s hp-bars. If someone’s taking damage, try your best to throw them a cure/ heal/ mass cure/ mass heal. You can also carry “harm” for PM’s if you like (not usually expected, but I like being able to heal pm’s as well).
3. Do damage in any way you can, as long as you’re not getting in over your head. Melee, cast spells, whatever. But avoid wasting all your mana on offensive casting, because you’ll most likely need it for heals.
Other things that a lot of people expect of healers are buffs and removals. Of course, this is a personal choice, but I carry all buffs as spells and removals on wands. Having one wand with 50 charges for any need doesn’t cost me much, but means I’m prepared for any situation. Scrolls of greater restoration are a bit more expensive, but I carry them as well.
I also carry 200 scrolls of heal, 100 scrolls of cure mod mass and 40 scrolls of resurrection. I was told I need the heal scrolls for shroud. But, I have also been told to avoid over healing. I use a superior ardor VI clickie for all my cures/ heals, and my most common mass is cure mod mass with empower heal and quicken. I only use mass heal if the melees hp-bars drop to 50% or less. I melee to save mana and DoT in boss fights, if I’m not having to spend all my mana on heals. If I do have to use scrolls, then usually the party is already in trouble, because they’re sucking up my mana (i.e. taking too much damage). 🙂
And yeah, I like to block and tumble as well 🙂 You can cast spells/heals while blocking, and blocking also tells you when you need to get out of dodge + up’s your survivability.
TC and see you around Orien or Cannith.