surgical probe is my new favorite thing
I don’t really have a good excuse for it, but I haven’t done a whole lot of research for theory-crafting my healers. And for a while there wasn’t much information out there. But now, there’s no excuse.
A few things I’ve learned:
1. Surgical Probe is actually awesome. My first instinct was that SP doesn’t heal for a whole lot – in terms of straight HPS there are better spells. But that wasn’t taking account for utility. Instant cast and no energy make this spell awesome, coupled with free TA refresh on targets less than 30%? This is pretty great, especially if you’ve got hots ticking on said target. Mobility is pretty darn important in warzones.
2. Surge is sadly lacking in battlemaster gear-for most classes. I realized at the beginning of the weekend I had no surge (literally), and that even continuing my upgrades, I was still on the path to zero surge. So instead of picking up a belt (which I got yesterday) I picked up the two earpieces that have Surge first. It helped a little. A healthy amount of crit and surge help a lot more than more tech power, in my biased experiences.
3. I found this link for Sang’s Operative Healer PvP guide and was surprised at how much I didn’t know. Okay, okay. For utility I was actually doing alright with my escape, dispels and stuns (You can dispel Flash Bang on other players!). But for actual healing I was a noob. For instance, stacking 2 Kolto Probes on everyone in sight is overkill and a waste of Energy. I was doing 2 by default and since I read this, I’ve been making a point to do 1 on everyone taking any damage, and going to 2 when I was being forced to kite and people had gone below half health. Between this change and using more SP, my Energy bar is a lot fuller… and I’m still doing about as much healing as before. In some cases more (though it’s so situational it’s hard to tell, Voidstar heals should not look like Huttball heals. PS I hate Voidstar).
4. I changed specs from Recuperative Nanotechnology to going a bit further into the Lethality tree for Improved Stunination (Slip Away) and Combat Stims. The extra energy helps a bit, especially now that I’m getting used to the TA proc sound.
wtb community: link love
I’ve never been in an MMO from day 1 like I have with TOR. It’s been exciting to watch the community spring up around me. So have some links! Most of these are on my blogroll, but I figure there’s no harm in highlighting some good posts now and again.
Forceheal.com – a SWTOR healing community. Need I say more? Check ’em out.
Going Commando: Social – Shintar takes on the new heroics and group play.
Blessing of Kings: Shared Reality – Rohan discusses phasing in SWTOR.
TORHealbot: Setting Up An Effective Healer UI – Some tips to get your heal on.
Crew Skills: Drinking is Good for you – Got Spiced Nerf Milk? Mmmm tasty.
Scary Worlds: ESCing my companion’s affection – Apparently I’m not the only one who cares more about impressing Khem Val or Space Pirate Andy over the puny-human NPC giving me the quest.
Where are you finding your online community? Got links to share? Please, do!