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I remember when playing healer was something awesome. You kept everyone alive, you were well respected and wanted, and people swollowed all your diva quirks and oddities, because you were so crucial to the group.
Now we have an ascent of soloism and self-heals everywhere, and many MMOs don't even feature real healers anymore. Gone are days when like in EQ you rolled strong healer because you loved being the background person who keeps everything together. Being healer was a sort of a role in itself, like being the wandering, hero-doctor. Just like CC and mezzing vanished due to soloability and making MMOs easy for everyone, classes which were once strong and needed for all the tough content vanish or fade into the background, and what remains are all jack-of-all-trades classes who can do a bit of everything but ultimately excel at nothing. It seems these days groups only know damage dealers or tanks, and even those are blended together more and more. I just don't like that.
On the one hand we have no MMos where more and more people just solo. The tons of solo content have made the need for healers so minimal, so yes you can still roll a healer, but you'll end up just healing yourself all the time. No one needs your talents.
Then we have games which just don't really have healers anymore. Games like Champions Online, where more or less everyone heals himself. Or LOTRO, who do have Runekeeper and Bard, but I never felt those were really healers. Yes they do heal, but the built & design just does not give me this feeling to be a "medic" in LOTRO.
Take the development of EQ2 as example. Once a lot of mobs were heroic. You NEEDED a group. You needed a good mezzer for CC and a REAL healer to keep everyone alive. Now, almost all mobs are soloable, most new quests are solo quests, and the remaining group quests are rarely ever done; good luck trying to find a group for THEM these days.
It's just disheartning. I loved to play healer in CoX and Vanguard a lot, and it was always nice to hear how good my healing service was at the end. It was fun to be so needed and specialized in something. But devaluating healers seems trend, see WOW. And soon everyone just heals himself, see SWTOR or whatever fashionable new MMO you like. MMOs which still have real healers, like AoC, I always felt those healers are just a pale shadow of their former selves. Neither Bear Shaman nor Templar were really so good and again it was REALLY difficult to ever get a group. Once playing healer was a guarantee to always have a group wanting you, which was the most fun part of playing healer.
I miss being able to play a good healer, these days.
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