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Found this gem over in the Dedicated Buffing thread from Mark and it really was great news from my perspective.
Original thread: http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/379325/page/1
Originally posted by MarkJacobsOriginally posted by TumblebutzOriginally posted by Plastic-Metal
Doing battle with a bit of a headache right now (working on this eyechart of Digitial Reward Tiers from home doesn't help) but my thoughts here are:
2) In CU, I want pure healers to play an important role in the game. Back at Mythic I had numerous discussions about the role of healers in future games and while I think self-heals are great for quick PvE-based games, in a game like CU, we want to encourage healers to play that role.
This is much bigger news than buffing classes IMO, looks like pure healers are back, and this makes me very happy.
Since there won't be some sort of heavy PVE grind to make it hateful to create one, perhaps we can go back to the day where the strategy of properly healing (and not getting killed in the process) will come back in style. (and more people will enjoy learning how to do it)
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