So I was browsing the Interwebz, when I came across a blog, Gun Lovin’ Dwarf Chick. This post had me nodding all most the way, the only difference being that instead of holy priest-related stuff, I thought of holy paladin stuff.
In my case, changing my main from a healer paladin to a hunter, makes me:
- Look at health bars more often than a regular DPS on raids
- Notice faster when someone slacks behind their buffing duty, despite only really nagging buffers right before the next combat
- See when someone’s taking unnecessary damage
- Praise the healers more often than other people do
- Kind of miss the more constant invites to do instances because I’m now a pew pew, thus more easily replaceable
- Cringe at the sight of the Paladin tier 7 (Go Go, Power Rangers!), wonder about how horrible the paladin tier 8 will be, and also wonder if they fired the guy who designed the last awesome-looking pally gear – Judgement.
- Be intolerant about ‘omg ur healing sucks!’ comments from people who do stuff like stand in avoidable AoEs
- Have immense amounts of fun when playing my Paladin as retribution, and thinking ‘that’s the stuff’ when you quickly squash mobs into oblivion with a 2-handed weapon among shiny holy spell animations
- Wonder how much DPS you’d be doing as a retadin if half your gear wasn’t healing gear, considering you’re doing okay leveling with that gear right now
- Realize you don’t have feign death or shadowmeld on your paladin and remember you can bubble/self-Holy Light instead
- Sometimes think ‘oh crap!’ when looking at the main tank’s empty health bar
- Sometimes point out X, Y and Z are diseased/poisoned/cursed
But unlike that blogger, I haven’t found myself missing being a healer just yet. In fact, I’m pretty sure I made the right decision when I switched to DPS and am very inclined to leave my Paladin as Retribution even after I’ve finished leveling. I may consider sometimes healing if the dual-spec thing is well implemented. Maybe. And even so, that’ll most likely happen with my druid, so I see what it’s like to heal with a different (HoTs!) healing class.