I started playing World of Warcraft in 2005, primarily because I was tired of watching my boyfriend play it without me. My first character was a Demonology Warlock, and while I enjoyed the playstyle well enough, I didn’t realise how fun the game could be until I made my Shaman and was asked to heal in a Blackrock Depths group. I threw out that first Chain Heal, and my face lit up with a (green and yellow) glow of excitement. I was no longer just a player … I was a healer.
But what makes me qualified to speak for healers? Well, truthfully, my WoW résumé is nothing too terribly special. I’m not a top-100-guild raider, I hardly have any ranking parses on World of Logs, and I haven’t pushed any envelopes. What I do have is sheer enthusiasm, and an honest love for the avocation of healing. I also have a bunch of experience – I play one of each healing class, competitively, through multiple tiers of raiding. You can check out my characters in the “My Healer Line-up” links on the side-bar if you’re curious!
So why blog about healing if I know I’m not the world’s greatest healer?
Frankly, I spend way too much of my time thinking about healing to not blog about it! But what sparked my interest in sharing these thoughts with others was my Annual Pass and its Mists of Pandaria Beta access. Suddenly there was so much more to think about! And it was clear from reading the Beta forums that there was a dearth of rationally-expressed, factually-based, comparative information about the mechanics and aesthetics of the various healing classes. I’m no theorycrafter, but at the very least, I’m not biased towards any one class to the exclusion or detriment of the others. (Except Rogues. Fortunately, Recuperate doesn’t qualify them as a healing class :D)
I hope to amuse, inform, entertain, and perhaps even inspire, some of my fellow healers through my musings and analysis in this blog. And I’ll spend a great deal of effort in reaching out to new healers, making the healing trade more accessible and hopefully more fun for the beginners. Finally, by putting all these thoughts down on the virtual page, I hope to force myself to learn more, push harder, and heal smarter – and to that aim, I’m looking forward to hearing from the rest of the healing community.