I was reading Derevka’s excellent Kologarn Strat this morning (she makes an excellent point about the eyebeams) and halfway through it, I ran across this amusing little line: “Now everyone, let’s say Healer Mantra #6 with me: ‘I can’t heal through stupid’.” This amuses me because without really realizing it, healers do develop small mantras like this throughout our virtual careers. And so, since I’m scratching my head for an idea at the moment, I will blatantly thief her line and create a whole post from it! Let it not be said that Dueg is not quite devious! So, I present to you, Dueg’s Mantras:
I am a Healer – This is my main one, it describes me in the game. It’s what I like to do while I’m in the game and it’s what I’m good at.
You are My Tank, You are My Friend – Tanks come first beyond yourself, always try to keep them alive. This one blends with my next one.
But I like DPS too – Don’t worry, DPS, you’ll still get heals… if I have time.
If We Wipe, it’s not My Fault – This is something you really have to whisper to yourself a lot on frustrating nights. Just keep the heals coming and all will be right once more.
When We Wipe, We All Run – I’m not your rezzing machine.
Taking Avoidable Damage means Unavoidable Death – This is my version of Derevka’s #6, except it applies to me as well. If you die from something you can avoid, it’s your own fault, so please adjust.
Progress is Good – Even on nights when you wipe over and over again, as long as you can see raid getting better on successive attempts, you can still feel good about the night.
Raiding is a Team Sport – You have to be prepared to be at the disposal of your team during set hours if you want to raid. If you’re not there, then you can upset the balance and even cause raids to be canceled because they’re one healer short… Scrat.
Stupid People Gotta Go – Sorry stupid people, you’re not welcome in my raid. Get your act together and we can talk.
Anger Solves Nothing – Getting mad and raging in vent is a ridiculous way to accomplish things. If you need to say something or berate someone, do so, but be calm and straightforward about it.
Respect Your Other Players – People not worthy of respect will eventually become obvious. Until then, if you want people to accept you onto their team, you need to show them respect.
It Will Always Be Just A Game – Remember this whenever you log on.
So there you go, 12 tasty little mantras for anyone who wants them. And if you have your own, I want to read them, so drop me a comment.