peal's heals – a swtor blog


surgical probe is my new favorite thing
April 24, 2012, 4:24 pm
Filed under: gameplay, pvp | Tags: , , , ,

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
January 6, 2012, 12:00 am
Filed under: for fun, on gaming | Tags: , ,

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!



link to Hawtness: Questionable Morality
December 30, 2011, 12:00 am
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Hawtpants of the Old Republic takes on role-playing and morality choices in TOR. Quotey goodness:

The Asshole Rule

  • “Thou Shalt Not Suffer An Asshole To Live.” -Me

If you try to kill me, if you kill or try to kill my friends, or maybe just kidnap them, or betray me or mah friends, I will exterminate you IN THE FACE.  I could get a gazillion dark points and the -100 of SHAME and I’d still do it.

If I go really far to the dark side, that just means there are way too many assholes in the galaxy.

The other day I was questing in Alderaan (light spoilers) and I was tasked with bringing in a shock-collared noble to some more important guy. What really got me excited was when I had the opportunity to shock the d-bag (okay, so maybe he wasn’t really a d-bag, perhaps my pent-up frustration at some of the absurd light-side choices has finally gotten out of control), I could shock him without dark side points!

So I shocked him. With glee.

Then I got the chance to do it again!

I think the most telling part of this event was not that I did it when I could get away with it. When Lux got home from work, I nearly knocked him over with excitement. “I got to use a shock collar today! Twice!”

I suppose that makes me a terrible min-maxer, since I’m constantly measuring potential point gain with every button.

Which means, yes, I freed the ingrate Sith weakling who got himself captured because his daddy begged me to, even though he made fun of me the entire time. I should have earned dark side points for freeing him, since I made the galaxy put up with his bull longer than we had to. And yes, I tried to save the Mandalorian techs in the airlock (and secretly breathed a sigh of relief when another team member pushed ‘open airlock’ button for me).

But there are some times where it’s highly enjoyable to role-play the Light side:

  • Swift mercy. You’re still going to kill everyone, but you’ll do it quickly.
  • Preservation of knowledge and culture. Admit it, that mural never did anything to you and there’s no reason to put a light saber through it. Bonus that Khem Val will love you for this.
  • Lying for the greater good. “Why yes, Lieutenant, your son fought bravely and died with honor instead of crapping his pants at the beginning of the instance like the coward he was.”

But when there are no light side or dark side points to be earned, I tend to be a jerk. After all, puny humans tend to expect it. And I’ve gotten used to how lovely Peal’s Twi’lek voice sounds when she says “Murder and mayhem await.”

There will be no survivors... Even though I'm light side.