I’m pleasantly surprised when unrelated things line up in ways that make sense.
The Monkeys over at World of Matticus have been addressing some of the things that stand in the way of being a really good Raid Healer. His 5 Barriers of a Raid Healer series has been great so far, and this week, he addressed Criticism.
Friday was an incredibly tough night for the healing staff of TRI, and I ended up as the stand in for our healer lead as coordinator. We were down a holy priest (the healing lead) and a resto druid (our only tree), and had no healing replacements for them. The Official TRI Doomkin offered to heal, and her healing gear is good, so that was a start, and later in the evening we were able to drum up a druid to help out for Karathress and Hydross, but it was a very stressful raid for everyone.
Add this to the fact that someone who doesn’t usually get regular healing assignments was trying to coordinate healing (*raises hand*), and we had a bit of a rocky night, at least to start. And we all had to deal with some pretty heavy criticism from deaths – unexplainable, nobody-knows-what-happened kinds of deaths that wiped the raid (like the warlock tank spontaneously combusting on Leotheras). Heated conversations in the healer channel about assignments and why tanks (and everyone else) was dying, about how to manage various catastrophes (when you have 6.5 healers and 4 of them get inner demons…), and generally dealing with the fact that two of our top healers were Just. Not. There.
Did we manage? Yes. Was it pretty? Not really, but it worked. And through all of it the healing team remained collected, light hearted, and not above poking fun at ourselves and owning up to our mistakes. (I will not automatically lump myself into this category, as I was decidedly stressed and nose deep in an amaretto sour >.>, but I tried).
When the DPS raid leader joins the healer channel to find out what’s up, you know it’s a tough night, and, while I’ve always known I’m a member of a great raid with a really solid core of healers, Friday night just proved that on a whole different scale.
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