I was watching a Massively OP Twitch by M J yesterday of the Otherland MMO and during the stream she mentioned that the healer class “Energizer” was, on first impression, a healer type that she actually didn’t like. That thought stuck with me afterwards as I can empathise with that being an unusual situation. Although I didn’t really play healer (or tank) at all for the first few years of MMO play, I have since played healer classes more and more.
Personally I can’t think of any healer class I didn’t actually like at least of those I’ve played for a good amount of time. I spent some time healing dungeons in World of Warcraft this past weekend so I’m back into this role once more and loving it. Looking back at my post archive this playstyle has dominated my experience of MMOs since the early WoW years – if I could play healer for any group content I have done. Here are a few of my healer characters from different MMOs:
World of Warcraft, Shaman (Restoration)
Although my ‘main’ character initially in WoW was a Balance druid for solo, duo and general gameplay I did swap later to playing Restoration shaman for much of my group gameplay, especially for raiding. This class and spec was known for strong group heals and very good condition removal (how I miss cleansing totem!) with a positional element from the good placement of the totems.
Star Wars The Old Republic, Jedi Sage
I leveled a healer as main in this game and actually healed a good number of flashpoints with my guild. It was, and remains, a really fun game for small group content. I never really tried the other healing styles to compare but the Jedi Sage was a fairly standard single-target healer with some damage shields.
Final Fantasy 14, Scholar
Technically I healed with Conjurer/White Mage first in the game as until you have unlocked the Scholar job, Arcanist cannot queue as a healer. But once I had Scholar available I didn’t look back. Having a healer pet is pretty cool in this game and I prefer the slightly more hybrid healer/damage dealer style of the base Arcanist class to the Conjurer. That said after I started duo’ing the game with my husband he was playing Scholar and I Summoner so my healing experience in the game is quite limited thus far.
The healing gameplay shows off the very best and worst of Tera in my view. The solo questing/levelling experience is pretty grindy and average. The game shines when you’re in a group in combat either doing BAMs (open world elite monsters) or dungeons. The negative side of this is that the game’s combat proved to be just too frantic for me, I game to relax remember, and healing in such a game is pretty stressful. It’s a shame really as I did enjoy the targeted healing style quite a bit but didn’t get experienced enough to feel comfortable in the role.
Neverwinter, Devout Cleric
In Neverwinter I played three classes to the original level cap; Control Wizard, Devout Cleric and Great Weapon Fighter in that order. However I played the Cleric the most overall, he has the best gear and the most progression in the various campaigns. When we returned to the game last summer for a lot of dungeon-running fun with some WoW guild-mates I either tanked on my GWF or healed with my cleric. Healing in the game is similar to Tera although the game is slightly easier overall and I found my cleric’s skillset to be more versatile than that of the Priest in Tera.
The Neverwinter cleric can be built for heals, damage or a mix of both although when we were playing the healing meta (i.e. the effective builds) were centred around spells like Astral Seal (mark an enemy, anyone damaging that receives a heal). That aggressive playstyle coupled with some shields and emergency channeled heals allowed this class to be a real hero in tight situations, it was very fulfilling to play!
Do you have a favourite healer class, or one you actually disliked playing?