So many times I run across healers who are not confident in their abilities and they under perform, but those who are sure of themselves tend to heal better, that’s something I have been exploring and researching as of late. What truly makes a great healer, is it skill, gear, or something else entirely?
This will be even more true in Cataclysm when cleansing will eat your mana if you do it at the wrong time, and heals are going to cost a lot more. Which means skill will play a part in this, but having the confidence to do the right thing will make a healer a better player, and the gear will come in time.
For me I have an alt Paladin. I play him on occasion, he is not well geared, he has some ilvl 232 gear, some ilvl 213 stuff, nothing spectacular, but I have successfully healed ICC25 and ToC25 runs. Is it because I have the gear? Clearly not. Is it my skill? Well if you call reading elitist jerks on healing, maybe. But I think its when I go into an instance, I can size up the raid, know who I need to watch, and am confident I can pull out all the stops and keep people alive.
Having that confidence has gotten me invites to raids and groups that technically I have no place being if you listen to the Gear Score faithful, mind you I hate gear score and feel it has partially ruined WoW, I even wrote a little something on Gear Score a while back. Back to the topic at hand, one doesn’t gain confidence over night, so how does one get it? Well there are multiple ways to help build up your confidence with healing:
- Run your first heroics with only friends / guildies – they will support you and won’t sit there calling you a noob like a random PUG would
- Run the weekly raids, most of them are lower level raids now and many folks outgear them, so its a good way to get your feet wet and put yourself to the test
- Push yourself, run something that you haven’t before and step up and say who you are healing and what you will be doing, that command puts your abilities in your own hands
- Run battlegrounds and try to keep everyone alive, try to be the top healer in the battlground
I am sure there are many other ways you could gain confidence, having a great support network, a healing guru mentoring you, but in the end you need to rely on yourself and your abilities, because you are, as the healer, the last line of defense against a wipe.