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OK...Newbie healer here...

Yrayl's Avatar

12.15.2011 , 03:12 PM | #11
Yeah definitely not in Pain Barrier except if you're PvPing.

mmsock's Avatar

12.15.2011 , 03:35 PM | #12
Quote: Originally Posted by TiVOs View Post
If the tank dies, it's your fault.
If the healer dies, it's the tank's fault.
If the DPS die, it's their own dang fault.
After years of different MMOs my anecdotal experience is wipes are the cause of:

Healers: 10%
Tanks: 20%
DPS: 70%

Far as advice goes: Manage your force points, relying on HoTs as much as possible. Always keep stocked with stims/med packs etc. They really do make a difference when the bantha poodoo hits the ventilator. Most importantly, monitor your own health. Like others have said, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and forget to protect yourself. Good luck.

Conundrum-NSA's Avatar

12.15.2011 , 03:36 PM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by Yrayl View Post
Yeah definitely not in Pain Barrier except if you're PvPing.
Ahh good catch, didn't read the tooltip close enough

cakeyeah's Avatar

12.15.2011 , 09:44 PM | #14
Just a few points (coming from a pvp healing point of view). Sorry if they've already been raised....

Shields are your friends. They give you breathing space to assess what's going on with the damaged target and whether you can get away with hoting them and moving on or spending some time focus healing them.

Get used to your heals. This seems obvious but better gear will improve your heals. This can lead to inefficiency due to overhealing until you get used to the new numbers. It's always worth just spamming heals on yourself for a bit just to feel them out when you get new stuff.

Time will teach you which heal to use when and that takes time.

Get another set of eyes. You're watching bars, immediate space around you AND immediate space around the people you're in charge of. Unfortunately you're expected to cover a lot of other people's idiocy...people love to stand in fire or right next to the 6 guys hitting them.

Get a thick skin. People love crying about healing.

PVP will make you a better healer. You learn to become more reactive. You'll also develop that thick skin quickly.

And never forget... the "lets see if you can get to 1hp before I heal you" game is cruel.....but very very fun.

currently busy thinking of a new way to be a bombtard

Cartho's Avatar

12.16.2011 , 03:47 AM | #15
Put 5 points into telekinetics first - for the 100 extra force and 9% reduced force cost on healing abilities.

As has been said, triage is very important. Keep the tank up over DPS who are being stupid and pulling aggro on other pats. However, don't go so crazy keeping the tank up that you end up dying yourself - you do no healing when dead.

Try and resist the urge to spam heal. It's not like WoW, where mana pools allow an "ABC" or "Always be Casting" mantra. If someone is on 70% HP that's fine - don't waste a heal on them, especially if they're a DPS. The exception to this is if you know that there is a big spike of unavoidable damage incoming. However so far I've not seen anything unavoidable that takes off 70% of someone's HP.

Spell selection is quite important - ESPECIALLY as a Sage. We have a pretty big toolset once we level up and, taking into consideration the Conveyance talent, selecting the right tool for the right job is important.

KEEP CALM! Take it from me, who's raided as a healer at a high level in WoW's endgame, a panicking healer is going to do more harm than good. Relax and practice in flashpoints and you'll soon develop a kind of "feel" or intuition for it. As you get more comfortable you'll start doing things by instinct - that's the point you want to be at.

So basically, keep calm, prioritise your healing, use the right tool for the right job and, above all, have fun! You are always going to get ******s in games like this, who stand in fire then die and yell "*** HEALER." Just ignore them!
Slashinator, Sith Juggernaut - The Shadow Runner EU

Avorniel's Avatar

12.16.2011 , 03:48 AM | #16
Quote: Originally Posted by cakeyeah View Post
And never forget... the "lets see if you can get to 1hp before I heal you" game is cruel.....but very very fun.

Totally agree here once you are confidant in healing you can some serious fun as sometimes it can get a bit boring just healing.

KivanSane's Avatar

12.16.2011 , 03:51 AM | #17
Quote: Originally Posted by Conundrum-NSA View Post
Gonna try something new for this game....gonna go Sage and try heavy or possibly even full healing spec.

Any advice for a newbie healer?
Soloing Advice :

Qyzen Fess is your friend. Set him into tank mode (turn on regen and his taunt) and he'll keep the mobs off you. Just keep throwing heals on him.

Grouping Advice :

The Group Tank is your friend. If youre bored and not too busy you can throw the odd heal on the DPS , but generally you're better off throwing that extra heal on the tank than you are saving the dps's life. He can be rezzed after the battle.

During a flash point you will have to judge your companions, especialy the DPS'ers , and decide for yourself which ones impress, and therefore should get heals when the going gets tough , and which ones just don't cut it or keep messing up , in which case throw the heal at hte tank and tell them the tank had priority.

In a special way , you are the power behind the throne, the king maker, and your judgement can make or break a group.
Survey says : need more story....but we already have more story than anyone else ! ... too bad. need more story.

acko's Avatar

12.16.2011 , 06:13 AM | #18
How do you experienced healers set yourself up in this game in regards to UI and keybindings?

How r you selecting your target through F!, F2 etc or clicking on them and using keybinds to heal?

any advice for a setup?

Wheelspark's Avatar

12.16.2011 , 06:18 AM | #19
If a DPS screws up, he may die.
If a tank screws up, somebody may die.
If a healer screws up, everybody dies.

Eldonn's Avatar

12.16.2011 , 06:24 AM | #20
Having played a healer in various games, I have one bit of advice that I have yet to see posted...

Every player has a class they like more then others, and each of those think they know your class better then you do. If you get suggestions, like above, try them and see if they work for you. If they don't, move on and try something else. Being a healer can be one of the most rewarding or most aggravating things you do in any game. Play it in a way that you enjoy. If that means using or ignoring other suggestions, so be it. As long as you and your meat shield pet survive, it is all good.

Welcome to the fold of Healing.