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I have a serious question for the SW:TOR community: Does Healing get any easier? :'(

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I have a serious question for the SW:TOR community: Does Healing get any easier? :'(

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Israel
12.21.2011 , 11:50 PM | #1
I play a Jedi Consular.

I've been healing in Warcraft for a while now... I've healed competitive end game on a Paladin, Shaman, Priest and Druid... and I must say, healing on my Consular is like pulling teeth while someone is slamming a sledge hammer into my gut.

The heals are weak and I run out of force way too easily. I wont go into the "no mouseovers" and addons and whatnot... but seriously, the healing arsenal you get and the core mechanics so far is not fun.

Running our of resources is not fun. I'm hoping it may be a gear issue. Can anyone confirm if this gets any better with gear?
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GawdoOo
12.21.2011 , 11:54 PM | #2
You didn't mention what level you are.

But it really doesn't matter. I haven't healed as a Sage past level 20.

As a trooper tho, resources weren't really a problem. I have a feeling there is a mechanic that you are over looking. But again, I'm not very familiar with Sage healing.
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Israel
12.21.2011 , 11:58 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by GawdoOo View Post
You didn't mention what level you are.

But it really doesn't matter. I haven't healed as a Sage past level 20.

As a trooper tho, resources weren't really a problem. I have a feeling there is a mechanic that you are over looking. But again, I'm not very familiar with Sage healing.
Level 50. :P
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Nicarras
12.21.2011 , 11:59 PM | #4
I'm only 34 and a SI, but it's not that bad if you spec right and use your buffs and abilities right. You may be running out of force because you arent using it properly. Work your force shield, and your buff from your hot to speed up your heals, etc etc etc. It's ok so far, easily healing my buddies in flashpoints so far.

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GawdoOo
12.22.2011 , 12:09 AM | #5
Ya, if your 50, the only thing that will make it easier, is gear, learning how to play it properly, or finding new people to heal.

It's any combination of the 3.
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Eroiqua
12.22.2011 , 12:17 AM | #6
I'm having a great time healing as a Sawbones.

Since you mentioned WoW, I'll say that flashpoint encounters in this game seem to me what Blizzard promised, but failed to deliver, for Cataclysm. There is a lot of *avoidable* damage but I have yet to see any unavoidable spike damage. Players don't need to be at 100% all the time. Make sure you don't overheal, and take advantage of your free, channelled heal. If you still have issues, make sure your group is not eating a lot of avoidable damage. Use (and don't break) CC.

In good groups, I find myself able to DPS. If I'm wary of a fight taking a bad turn I won't use a lot of costly abilities, but the fact remains that I'm not frantically chain-casting big heals and praying I can get the tank topped off before the next spike of damage that takes 90% of everyone's health. I never have energy issues unless someone is screwing up. It's so much fun.

Edit: If you truly are level 50 then I also question how well you took the time to learn your character as opposed to racing to 50.

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Thaonnor
12.22.2011 , 12:24 AM | #7
Unfortunately, I feel like in this not-so-responsive combat system, healing is going to be tough for a while until they polish it up. I hate to use the word but I will... WoW... has possibly one of the best examples of a very responsive combat system. When you press a button, you get enough feedback to know it has went off, you see it go off immediately, and the damage/healing is done when the animation actually hits the target. Makes things a lot easier.

Hopefully things get easier for you and they help ya out with more polishing on the combat system to make things a bit easier for everyone!

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Israel
12.22.2011 , 12:25 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Eroiqua View Post
Edit: If you truly are level 50 then I also question how well you took the time to learn your character as opposed to racing to 50.
I used this guide.

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=638

It seems to play pretty similar to a Disc priest. And I put a lot of effort into perfecting my class. Also, I don't "race"... I just have a lot of time on my hands.
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Cadedrik
12.22.2011 , 12:29 AM | #9
Alright I am a level 40 Sage, and I am purely heals. I find healing in SWTOR fun, and most deffinitely takes skill and management on what/when to use X or Y ability. I have healed many Flashpoints, and group quests and absolutely love this challenge. Telekinetics overs +100 Force to your already 500 pool, and so on. I say read, and build a nice spec and go on from there.

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quaesitor
12.22.2011 , 01:40 AM | #10
I think WoW trained a lot of people who run "Heroics"/Instances to just AOE things down. They don't use CC, they don't mark targets, and they don't even coordinate their attacks.
They jedi leap out of my range, they break the CC I put down, they ignore my markings, and in general, they're a nuisance.

If you're trying to heal those kinds of players, you're in for a world of hurt. It's excellent experience because you're in a constant panic trying to manage your resource bar while "curing stupid". It's not, however, fun.