- Can you use your Healthstone when needed?
- Can you reduce your overall damage intake?
- Can you avoid unnecessary damage?
- Can you pot if you need to?
- Can you be self sufficient until the raid healers get stabilized?
We all have bad nights. I am prone to bad moments. I die. But before I ever blame a healer I evaluate the last moments before my death.
- Was a tank dead?
- Was my designated raid healer dead?
- Was the capability of that raid healer high enough to keep me up when the raid goes wrong?
- Was I standing where I was not too?
- Was I having a brain fart?
If you are a caster and see you got cleaved for 76K… yea… no healer could prevent that. It was a completely a YOU problem. What? Oh? You say the tank died? Was your Shatter on cooldown? I recommend sending it back to the Rogue who might be able to Evasion tank for 15 seconds. A quick moving Druid might Rebirth a tank in that time. Just because it didn’t work eight times you tried Shattering it doesn’t mean that ninth time it will. But how do you know until you try?
The encounter AOE killed you with a 9K tick and 2K overkill? Was your Healthstone used? Did you use a Health Pot? Did your designated raid healer die? Was your raid healer helping a priority target because their healer went down, like a tank healer? Were you out of range of your designated healer?
There are a lot of questions after each death. “I didn’t get a heal.” is not a reason to die if there were options and you didn’t use them.
“Can I survive.” is the ultimate game.
For me, this is my game. If we down a new boss and I am not alive at the end it is extremely bitter sweet for me. To take the bitterness out, I make sure I used all my resources so at least I tried to stay alive as long as possible. If that didn’t occur, I research the ability used to kill me. Making sure the likelihood of that same mistake is lowered.
Your healers KNOW if you are prone to death. When things are going wrong they also KNOW if they “waste” a heal on DPS they quickly mentally prioritize to those who will use the time to extra advantage.
Matticus had a post documenting the mentality of a healer when things start going wrong. There are a lot of things you can do to help your healers. Knowing this is what is going on in your healer's head, I ask how can I help.
I am not one of the last DPS standing because I am known for standing in fire, get hit by goo, am out of range, or DPSing random targets.
I KNOW my healers heal me. I also KNOW that if I am having a horrible night, dieing every fight, I get healer whispers “Is everything all right?” That is not normal for me and they are reevaluating my heal priority. They KNOW. They Know. They know.