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01.11.2012 , 10:00 AM | #256
Quote: Originally Posted by PinnyFox View Post
Which is why you preform the first action, targetting the player you want to heal, usually the tank, well in advance. While for some people this may feel like all you're doing is sitting around watching health bars, what exactly are you doing while you're waiting to click a player portrait to automatically heal them? .....Standing around watching health bars.
Mouseover healing is not "automatically" healing them. While I'm waiting on them to take damage, I'm doing DPS on the boss. When it comes time to heal them, I'm not scrambling around trying to remember what F key they are assigned to. I simply click one of my additional mouse buttons, which have my heal abilities mapped to them.

There is no magic involved. No automation. I didn't push a button and some amount of logic was automatically done in the background. I simply moved my mouse pointer over their nameplate and clicked the mouse button that is bound to that heal spell.

You can't really say people that got used to these mouseover healing mods (yes, mods. It's not a core feature of any MMO I've ever played, and it's not a core feature of WoW, either. It's a mod) Are more active, either. If they're specced for healing they aren't going to be running around doing damage then suddenly BAM, mouseover healing!
Rift implemented mouseover targeting directly.

WoW added it in Wrath.

You no longer have to use mods to do it - though in WoW I did use Clique just because it was more convenient to setup than the default.

Back when I was still a healer (now I'm much too jaded to care :P) I anticipated who was going to be damaged and got ready to heal. The way I'm seeing it this mouseover healing business is more reactive while the way it is now is proactive, and honestly? I think it takes more work to sit there moving your mouse over the person to click them over and over and over than it is to just target them and press a button.
Go heal a 16 man operation and then tell me it takes more time to target them with the mouse.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not fighting against it. I'm just trying to point out that the "traditional healing takes more time and ends up with team wipes!" thing is completely false. Yes, it takes "more" time, which is why in your spare time when you aren't doing anything (which a lot of healers do, btw. They sit there doing nothing while waiting for HP to drop) target the person to get ready to heal. You're then in just as good of a position as people who use mouseover healing.
In my spare time, I'm contributing to making the boss dead.

I guess you could argue in a heated battle where EVERYTHING is taking damage this is less optimal, but eh, if everyone in the party is taking so much damage at once that you can't take the extra half second to target them then something is wrong, IMO
Depends on how much AoE damage is being tossed around. AoE pulse damage is a pain to heal in a raid without mouseover targeting.