So let me start this by saying that I hate PvP. A lot. I’ve never been a fan of BGs nor do I particularly enjoy getting ganked while trying to do my dailies, but that’s neither here nor there. For some people PvP is a daily occurrence on WoW. It’s a goal that people will actively pursue and try to accomplish for reasons ranging from gear to just the plain old thrill of the fight. But why?
Now I’ve always had my chars on PvP realms. Not because of prejudice against “care bear” realms or anything like that, but because I feel that it helps to submerge you even more into the game. I have no problem with ganking and feel that it adds a small bit of danger and fun to the game. I myself even occasionally partake in it if I stumble across a lowbie and feel like wasting a minute. Plus /dancing on their corpses is hilarious every time.
Griefing, on the other hand, is unacceptable as far as I’m concerned. I find the idea of standing over someone, waiting for them to come back just so you can kill them a rather despicable act. The fact of the matter is that there’s someone at the other end who is pretty much having their entire evening ruined just because you’re bored and feel like killing 30 minutes or so standing in the same spot. Congratulations, dick, you’ve just one shotted someone who never stood a chance for the tenth time in a row! But why are you so hollow still?
But I digress, as a priest doing my priest thing I have run a few battlegrounds in the past. Back in BC, I pretty much skipped the end game content including heroics and raids. So my only option for obtaining epics was to run the battlegrounds and try to accrue enough points to pick up a new mace or maybe a sweet off hand item. Yes, it’s true, Dueg was on welfare.
But even as a hybrid specced priest with some of the survivability involved in the disc tree combined with the healing powers of the healing tree, I found myself getting whomped fairly regularly. You see, for a healer BGs can be especially rough. Instead of damage done, or number of kills made or how many nodes captured, we enjoy seeing our names rise up on the (surprise surprise) healing meter. However, as soon as we get a heal off, a huge target appears over our head that says, “Hey! I enjoy death, please to pwn me to ground, kkthxbai.” No seriously, it actually says that.
As a holy priest, your survivability tanks horribly. Some would say that the obvious thing is to just respecc as disc if you want to PvP with a priest, which is fine and all, but then it can interfere with raiding schedules and hurt the pocket book if you’re constantly respeccing. With dual specs on the horizon this will lessen even more with people able to switch on a moment’s notice. However, as a healer, I don’t enjoy shielding myself and then spamming flash heal just to stay alive long enough for someone else to come and pull the attacker off of me. Besides, that only works about half the time.
Now I haven’t mentioned arena and I’m not going to because I feel that’s almost a different sort of PvP. There’s in depth strategy involved and it takes an entirely different breed of WoW player to do it. Being the healer in an arena match is a compeltely different prospect than being one in BGs and is less a test of your healing abilities and more of whether or not you can master the strategies of fighting certain classes and think quickly on your feet. Survivability is still an issue, but with the right combination of abilities, spells and talents coupled with quick reflexes, you can overcome a slight deficiency due to it being a bit more of a fair match in numbers.
Blizzard has stated that they’re looking to make Holy priests more survivable and there’s even some sign of this with a new talent being tested on the PTR. Called Body and Soul, basically at full strength the talent gives the target of your PW:S a 60% speed boost and your Abolish Disease will have a 50% chance to cure a poison effect when cast on yourself. I find it somewhat insulting that Blizzard’s idea of upping our survivability is to give us a better opportunity to run away, but what’re you gonna do? Also, with only a 50% chance to cure poison, this talent is fairly useless and I would be very surprised if it goes live as is if they don’t pull it altogether.
So I turn to you, gentle jerkwad, and ask your opinion on this matter. As a healer, do you find pvp annoying? I understand that strategy dictates that we should be the first to go, but does that kill the fun for your own experience? Maybe you are an arena buff and spend hours reading strats and even more time talking with your team mates and coordinating movement and tactics. Do you switch specs for PvP and raiding or just do it to it without a care for min/maxing? Drop me a comment and let me know.