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I have a hypothesis I'd like to share, and I'd love to hear your take about this in the comments. Healers react better to sound as opposed to visual cues on the screen. We should embrace this. Now, this isn't to say we need to clutter Mumble with various players calling out different abilities. There are a few addons out there (such as GTFO
) that make use of sound indicators whenever you're standing in something you shouldn't be standing in.
Healers have a heavy responsibility to:
Oversee the raid.
Watch the ground they're standing on.
Remove or mitigate boss buffs or debuffs.
Constantly range check their healing assignments (like tanks).
Gauge the timing of mechanics or phases.
Used cooldowns (depending who you are).
I'd like to think most of us can handle that simply by staring at the screen. With the assortment of timers and other visual addons, we're exposed to a plethora of information used to feed us information. The sad part is that it can be extremely overwhelming, to the point that we don't know what to do next. That split-second decision could be the wrong move because we reacted to something that wasn't as important. For example, I may have cast Prayer of Healing
on the group, but I would not have done that if I had realized earlier that the boss did his super move, causing a death to a tank or another player.