Fry: When you were a kid, what was your biggest fantasy?
Leela: To have parents…
Fry: Whatever. The correct answer is to be a superhero!
-“Less Than Hero”, Futurama, Vol. 4
I started playing World of Warcraft to be an ingame superhero. The first character I rolled was a warrior, and she was glorious and ineffective. I knew nothing about playing, stances, or talent points. I took her to 60 and left her (and WoW) there to languish until we bought The Burning Crusade expansion set. I rerolled, this time a fire mage, and my WoW family began to grow as my husband and I read up on strategies and started to make in-game friends that we played with regularly. We were all new and none of us were healers, so I rolled again, creating what would become my main character and my favorite to play – Tazha the Night Elf Druid.
Tazha was created with the intent of eventually becoming The Necessary Healer in our group. She leveled only briefly as a secret alt before she was put into play with our small WoW family’s group of alts. I had no notion of how to heal and certainly no idea that I would grow to enjoy it so much. All I knew was that if we wanted to level our alts mainly by dungeon, we needed a healer, and I was the only willing one.
It is not the first time in my life I have stepped up to fill a necessary role that I had never intended to fill only to discover that I loved it, but it has certainly been the most fun. I know there are many people who disdain healing, but for me it has always been a challenge and a joy. As I got my tree form, reached level 80 and hurtled forward into raid-healing, I’ve continued to learn more and more about healing as a druid, so much so that I finally decided to start jotting down my thoughts on the matter in a more public forum – hopefully to get some feedback and help others.
So here I am – The Necessary Healer. The one who thought she would always be more content flinging fireballs or hitting things in the face with axes discovered that her true passion lay in HoTs and last second saves and the rush that comes from downing Ignis with nobody dying. (A minirush felt by no one but me, I’m sure, but it was there, I got it, I was on that sweet “I ROCK!” high…)