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[Guide] Sage Healing


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Orderken
06.04.2014 , 11:37 AM | #1
This is an in-depth guide for healing Operations (PVE), and a basic guide for healing Warzones (PVP), as a level 55 Sage. Itís current as of SWTOR 2.8.1, and was last updated on July 12.

This guide is organized as follows.

  1. PVE
    1. Skill Points
    2. Rotation
    3. BIS Gear
    4. Playing Like an Expert
    5. Parsing
    6. Tips for Certain Bosses

  2. PVP
    1. Skill Points
    2. BIS Gear
    3. Basic Advice

  3. Maximizing Your Performance
    1. Datacrons
    2. Companions
    3. Consumables
    4. User Interface

  4. Your Abilities in Detail

This first post includes Section 1. The second post includes Sections 2-4. This guide is available as a Word document.


PVE

Skill Points
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Rotation
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BIS Gear
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Playing Like an Expert
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Parsing
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Tips for Certain Bosses
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Guides and Model for Healing
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Orderken
06.04.2014 , 11:43 AM | #2
PVP

Skill Points
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BIS Gear
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Basic Advice
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Maximizing Your Performance

Datacrons
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Companions
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Consumables
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User Interface
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Your Abilities in Detail

Heals
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Cooldowns for Healing
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Force Management
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Threat Management
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Useful DPS Abilities
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Crowd Control (CC)
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Other
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Guides and Model for Healing
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Orderken
06.04.2014 , 11:43 AM | #3
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dipstik
06.05.2014 , 03:20 PM | #4
So you say use the hot and channel on cd, with 2-3 fillers. In terms of staying force positive, and healing yourself after using the channel procs for sacrifice, what should those fillers be?

edit: nevermind, found info in ability section and playing like an expert section. perhaps the rotation section could point to those sections.

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Orderken
06.06.2014 , 04:04 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by dipstik View Post
So you say use the hot and channel on cd, with 2-3 fillers. In terms of staying force positive, and healing yourself after using the channel procs for sacrifice, what should those fillers be?

edit: nevermind, found info in ability section and playing like an expert section. perhaps the rotation section could point to those sections.
The abilities that follow Rejuvenate > Healing Trance vary.

In general, a healer's use of abilities is fluid compared with a DPS's. This is expected and, in light of the trend in recent patches of removing RNG from DPSs' procs, embraced by BioWare. Among the healing classes, a Sage's use of abilities is the most fluid. While this prevents me from spelling out a generic complete rotation, it's also why I enjoy my Sage more than my Commando or Scoundrel when healing.

If a rotation is what you seek, DPS. If you must heal, play a Scoundrel. A Scoundrel can be a valuable co-healer despite having a rotation. While a Sage has high-HPS, force-neutral rotations (see, e.g., worksheet "Operation HPS" of my model for the rotation with the maximum sustainable HPS for a Sage), on the many occasions that I have healed with such a Sage, I often double his EHPS and render him redundant.

I'm glad that you've found advice in various Sections of this Guide that address your questions. If you have further questions, please reply with the specific bosses or topics that you'd like to discuss.
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Orderken
06.07.2014 , 03:27 PM | #6
Today I added advice on customizing your User Interface. This may be found in "Maximizing Your Performance" > "User Interface".

I also updated Section "Your Abilities in Detail".
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Orderken
06.24.2014 , 04:45 PM | #7
Today I added advice for healing Nightmare DP to "PVE" > "Tips for Certain Bosses". In particular, I discuss Raptus's Healing Challenge in great detail.

I also released a new version of my model for PVE healing. To tailor the model for the typical PVE Sage healer, the data on worksheet "Boss Fights" is now based on Nightmare DF and DP 8, rather than on Nightmare TFB and S&V 16.
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Icykill_
07.03.2014 , 07:54 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Icykill_ View Post
Wish they would allow the UI customisation to make your raid frames be 2 high and go across the screen more than up...
I like to have my Raid frames just above my task bar too... But his takes up half you screen and can cover your own character if you don't resize
Having them only 2 high and 4 across would take up less screen space
If anyone knows how to do this for 8 man pvp frames... Please let me know
I posted this in your original thread... Anyone got any ideas?
More Cross Faction PvP War Zones And Skill vs Skill PvP
9 layers of PVP Hell http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=323501

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Orderken
07.04.2014 , 05:10 AM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Icykill_ View Post
I posted this in your original thread... Anyone got any ideas?
As far as I know, Operation Frames must have a multiple of 4 players in each Party/Column. If you disable "Show Health Text", you can shorten the height of each player a lot. For an example, see the screenshot of my UI for 16-man PVE under "Maximizing Your Performance" > "User Interface".
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Icykill_
07.04.2014 , 06:33 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Orderken View Post
As far as I know, Operation Frames must have a multiple of 4 players in each Party/Column. If you disable "Show Health Text", you can shorten the height of each player a lot. For an example, see the screenshot of my UI for 16-man PVE under "Maximizing Your Performance" > "User Interface".
Thanks, except show health is what you need as a healer


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More Cross Faction PvP War Zones And Skill vs Skill PvP
9 layers of PVP Hell http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=323501