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I played a Hunter (pulled Molten Core back in the 40-man days) as my main through classic wow and most of Burning Crusade, then made a Priest to try healing/Shadow.  I tried healing once or twice and hated it (really didn't like having to watch people's health bars instead of boss fights) but loved Shadow, and it became my new main toon.  For years I didn't dip my toe back into the "healing" pool because I was so intimidated by the thought of wipes happening while I was healing.  (In fact it was a common joke around the server that my Priest toon did NOT heal). Finally, a month before Cata was released my guild found themselves with tons of dps and a shortage of healers. The GM (a holy priest since the beginning of WOW) took me aside and said "you're bored with dps and with wow in general, now is the perfect time for you to try healing, we have a guild of people who know you and will be very patient with you.  Why don't you give it a try?"  So I researched Holy and Disc, thought Disc would be easier to learn, I already had the gear (never used). Read everything I could on healing from InSider, Elitist Jerks, forums, etc. My guild ran me through pvp, then 5-mans, then as an assistant healer in raids, then tank healing (all within a month).  I won't lie - the first time I stepped into a heroic 5-man as a healer I think I broke out into hives. The next week they tossed me into a raid as back-up healer and all I can say is thank goodness I had a bottle of wine available... but I absolutely LOVED IT and have been healing ever since.  Going into MoP - I will still be healing. I guess that was a long story to say that I was very lucky to be in a guild with people I had played wow with for 6 or more years and was comfortable with.  If I had to learn to heal with pug 5-mans or pug raids, and their rudeness - I would have tried it a couple of times and stayed dps and never looked back. A healing dummy, quest, or dailies would be awesome for those people who aren't as lucky with their guild as I was.

2 years, 4 months ago on How about a training dummy/event for healers?

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I thought the original point of shipping without the raids was to get the expansion out faster, and patch the raids in, as opposed to waiting longer for everything to be finished on Blizzards end before releasing MoP... and ~if~ that happened, would the hardcore gamers be offended if they had to wait 2 weeks (or more) for the raids to be finished and patched in? Giving everyone more of an "even playing field" would just be a byproduct of waiting for the raids to become available. I think that people will complain whatever happens, if you play the game to raid, and level up as fast as you can then having more time to level might be painful for you. No matter how good the leveling content is - some people only want to get-to-the-raiding.  I do agree with one thing though, the expansion needs to happen SOON however they choose to do it!

2 years, 5 months ago on Idea: Release Mists with No Raids?

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 @Rilandune Hmmm... you must be in my guild because this sounds exactly like us! lol.  We have key members who get burnt/stressed out due to the repetitiveness or because new players just can't grasp the mechanics, and thus we end up not finishing raids. As it is now we have not finished Dragon Soul ~or~ Firelands on normal.  But the core of our guild has raided together since we were in 40-man guilds back in Vanilla and we have amazing fun... every pug that raids with us wants to join our guild. I myself went with a hardcore raiding guild for progression's sake, and really I did not enjoy it. For a 25-man raid they would stock 35 people and flip  people in and out multiple times for each boss fight. There was just not the camaraderie, the jokes, the sound of bottles of wine being uncorked in the background as 7 players between the ages of 35 and 55 sat down to raid with good friends.  Yes it was exciting for the first few weeks, and then it was just another job. I'm playing D3 now because I'm bored to death with wow (this is the WORST pre-expansion "dead zone" I've experienced since I started playing this game, the first day it went on sale!).  But I've had enough of a break that I'm ready to hop back on wow and start pugging raids to complete them before MoP comes out. And that is my choice, to have fun a few nights a week with amazing people, and then pug to finish up. Delaying when the raids become available will put pressure on us to gear up faster, but it won't change our style.

2 years, 5 months ago on Idea: Release Mists with No Raids?

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I love the idea, gives everyone a chance to gear up for them.  Guilds are kind of in a mess right now also with so many offline playing other games (due to boredom),or just mia. This would actually give guilds a chance to obtain more members, fill vacated raiding spots and the attack the raids.

2 years, 5 months ago on Idea: Release Mists with No Raids?

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