I’ve been thinking about this a while, but there is a huge number of healers lately. I’ve been playing dps during the AV wargames just because so many people log on as a healer. I can play multiple roles.
Back in Cataclysm, for example, I could barely log on without being asked to heal a dungeon, or a raid, or pvp. But these days no one seems to care I healed heroics, challenge modes, or have impressed people with my pvp healing in anything from arena, rbgs, random bgs, to world pvp. Why is that?
Well in my opinion it’s because it’s just too easy.
For instance, I watched a monk not die to multiple players just by standing in one place and casting their protected heals in our face. Didn’t even move, not once. Most healers can do the same thing, but unfortunately I haven’t played anything but holy/disc this expansion. I do have all the healers but I haven’t played most of them.
The other example of it being ‘too easy’ is that nothing works together. A resto druid use to put Life Bloom on someone, and keep it rolling with a direct heal. It doesn’t work like that any more, you just keep casting it when it falls.
You also use to have to keep Harmony up to boost your heals by hard casting every so often, which when keeping lifebloom up, you were doing that anyway. Well, that’s no longer a thing either.
On top of THAT you use to only be able to use Swiftmend when Rejuv was rolling on a target. Guess what? That’s no longer a requirement.
For a disc priest you no longer have to bounce Prayer of Mending around, you don’t have to plump up Spirit Shell, Grace does something else entirely, you no longer have Wings. Rapture doesn’t do what it use to, there’s no Inner Focus, no Divine Hymn, no Psyfiend, Tendrils, no Spectral Guise, no Mind Spike, Mind Sear. You don’t have to think if you cast Penance you get Grace which gives you haste for your next spell. You don’t have to know that Prayer of Healing applies Divine Aegis on a crit. You basically just mash buttons and people are healed.
I think that’s a big reason why I’ve been sticking to dps. There’s still some complexity to it. Cast Frozen Orb to get instant Blizzard to general Frost Lance procs. Rotate frost nova with ice nova with blinks to kite people. It’s just more engaging.