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Some advice for a noob healer?

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Some advice for a noob healer?

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bannsider
07.22.2012 , 09:10 AM | #1
Hey guys

So I am currently playing my first ever healer (in TOR or any other MMO for that matter) I enjoy it and I think I am actually getting quite decent at it. However I have recently started PVP for the first time and I was hoping some more experienced players could provide some advice. I have proven reasonablly effective in Hutt Ball and I enjoy the command point style maps but void star utterly perplexes me. I just cant stay alive long enough to do much in such a condensed environment, in my experience this mode just seems a death-trap if you are focusing on heals.

I realise these are solo based games and I cant rely on other players to look out for me so I was wondering if anyone could shead some light on how best to approach this round is it just a hard map for a healer or am I simply not using the correct approach (if such a thing exists for healing in pvp) ? Is there a way to approach PVP that can make you less of an easy target?


Thanks for your help and I am sorry for what is no doubt a generic and annoying thread.

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Aroewarrior
07.22.2012 , 10:20 AM | #2
First off, THANKYOU for providing something other then QQ in pvp forums. Now as to your voidstar problems, This should be your highest healing map and easiest to play. The key is to Hug the pillars close to your defensive respawn when defending and the outside ones when attacking. When you notice a ranged class beating on you you can easily line of sight them with either the pillar or the stacks of crates next to it. If you're on The Bastion and Republic I would gladly play some warzones with you on my healer Raideyoh to show you all of the best spots to heal from on each map and provide some addition tips based on any other difficulties you may have.

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Dencre
07.22.2012 , 10:23 AM | #3
Try and get a tank to put guard on you, allot of times the tanks dont know who's a healer so before the game starts id pop off a few heals to let people know you're a healer.
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heechJunzi
07.22.2012 , 10:52 AM | #4
PVE has a pretty small learning curve versus PVP... And it's not humiliating to lose to a npc mob, the way it is to have some other player target/taunt you. Just keep playing and learning, we've all been there.

I can't say enough about the importance of your class board either. There are so many key things to learn, all of which are class (and almost always tree) specific. Go and ask lots of questions.

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Powerstation
07.22.2012 , 10:54 AM | #5
Definitely get a tank to guard you, and hope/pray the opposing team doesn't mark you...or if they do, that they don't pay attention to it.

I've had matches where I know I end up being marked as a healer and I spend most of the match behind the forcewall waiting to rejoin the match to be insta-killed again. But I keep coming back for more...I love it.
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Daiyukie
07.22.2012 , 11:29 AM | #6
What class are you...
"Everyone not as good as me is a Noob. Everyone better than me is a No Lifer" - The Code of the Bads
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atm Concealment Operative are like a dog humping on your leg,anoying,but not lethal
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Solution : Nerf Operatives. Again.

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bannsider
07.22.2012 , 11:40 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Powerstation View Post
Definitely get a tank to guard you, and hope/pray the opposing team doesn't mark you...or if they do, that they don't pay attention to it.

I've had matches where I know I end up being marked as a healer and I spend most of the match behind the forcewall waiting to rejoin the match to be insta-killed again. But I keep coming back for more...I love it.
sums up my last experience of void star lol I did wonder if I just suck or if that happens at times. I am a Republic commando so I specialise in single heals rather than aoe healing. I am virtually fully speced in the healing tree so very much a full blood healer. PVP would obviously be more simple on my healer but I have found healing to be a much more enjoyable and rewarding play style than dps so I am determined to stick with it.


Quote: Originally Posted by Aroewarrior View Post
First off, THANKYOU for providing something other then QQ in pvp forums. Now as to your voidstar problems, This should be your highest healing map and easiest to play. The key is to Hug the pillars close to your defensive respawn when defending and the outside ones when attacking. When you notice a ranged class beating on you you can easily line of sight them with either the pillar or the stacks of crates next to it. If you're on The Bastion and Republic I would gladly play some warzones with you on my healer Raideyoh to show you all of the best spots to heal from on each map and provide some addition tips based on any other difficulties you may have.
This was great advice thank you and also thanks for your very kind offer, unfortunately I am on the nightmare lands server.



Quote: Originally Posted by heechJunzi View Post
PVE has a pretty small learning curve versus PVP... And it's not humiliating to lose to a npc mob, the way it is to have some other player target/taunt you. Just keep playing and learning, we've all been there.

I can't say enough about the importance of your class board either. There are so many key things to learn, all of which are class (and almost always tree) specific. Go and ask lots of questions.

Yes I have certainly noticed the learning curve I have managed to go from finishing near bottom of leaderboards to the middle, that is progress I suppose. On that note this leads me to another noob question, is healing an effective way to progress through warzones in terms of ranking commendations etc? As I have noticed that getting kills seems to be a simple and effective way to collect the medals and points.


Thanks again for your help guys.

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Cityfern
07.23.2012 , 09:29 PM | #8
Whilst you are waiting for the game to start, announce that you are a healer by spamming heals on the ppl you think may be tanks. This will cause the better tanks to protect you, which will help your survivability a lot.

I am a scoundrel and, whilst getting very high heal scores, I was very rarely near the top of the medal count. I have found that by throwing in some reasonable DPS, rather than focusing entirely on healing, I am getting a lot more medals. You will pick up 2.5K hit and sometimes 75K total damage to start with. Also, I think that beating on ppl near the objectives yields more offensive/defensive medals than pure healing.

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Laforet
07.23.2012 , 09:58 PM | #9
Yes i got some advice for you.

Dont play this game.
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bannsider
07.23.2012 , 10:52 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Laforet View Post
Yes i got some advice for you.

Dont play this game.
It amuses me that people can have such terrible sad lives that they have nothing better to do that go on a forum about a game they don't like and troll. I don't like WOW or COD/BF3 oddly enough I dont take part in their communities either I have better things to do with my life.



Anyways thanks for the advice, I actually now just bluntly ask if anyone could cast guard and it works sometimes ive topped healing a few times now, unlocking my troopers instant heal has been useful as well. I took Aroewarrior's advice re trying to hiding in the terrain in voidstar and it has certainly helped a lot so thank you. My biggest issue with PVP atm is the complete lack of teamwork and any co-ordination, I hope level 50 will prove to be less mercenary focused once I get through the several week gear grind and I have a chance I recall a game of hutball earlier where I dont think anyone (including me as whats the point in taking the ball as a squishy healer) in my team even looked like scoring mainly due to the fact nobody even tried to pass or go forward as a team, highly frustrating.