The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offers the best healing experience?

In light of the epic reveal of Revival’s graphic healing system this week, I thought Massively OP reader Fenryr Grey’s recent question to our community was on point:

“In my opinion, MMO players, especially the ones coming from action games have a huge emphasis on DPS, and since those people are the majority in most modern MMOs, the market shifted toward DPS mechanics. But healing and support mechanics have come to seem rather dull or basic by comparison. Is healing an outdated role? Are there MMOs with engaging heal or support mechanics?”

A few years ago, I argued that the loss of “mezzer” ground to the “deeps” and the trinity shift from tank/healer/mezzer to tank/healer/deeps was partly a result of improving AI and partly a result of solo-friendly gameplay, but I’m with Fenryr in missing support classes. Healers are usually all we can look forward to, and even if you do enjoy making the bars go up, it’d be nice to see something a bit more engaging.

So which MMOs offer the best healing (and support) experience in 2016?

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Kaylee Bearnson

Now I know this seems a little late in the game to reply to this post, but I actually came across this as I was looking into my own healer/buff character on my current MMORPG. ‘NEVERWINTER” is one of my first intros into these types of games and I must say this ‘support’ role is quite diverse and not so boring. I play as a Devoted Cleric, with a specific focus on buff/debuff and healing as a close second. It makes soloing a bit more difficult but I still had enough points to spend on abilities that were more suited for dps when needed. Definitely worth looking into, its available on PC and console.

kgptzac
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kgptzac

Tera’s (I think) Mystic.  The idea of producing static items on the fly to drop on the ground to be picked up by party member who needs it feels like a fresh experience.

Also I think GW2’s water field + blast finisher aoe healing is a good approach for games without dedicated healer class.

donweel
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donweel

I guess I would have to say World of Warcraft. The duel spec allowed a healer build and dps Shaman build. The healing addons made it easier to have a dedicated healing role. Was kind of like playing whack a mole but it was there. DDO has healing builds and classes but most characters are so self sufficient now it is only a part time thing. I think the same goes for Secret World and ESO.

plutosams
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plutosams

I always main-heal so a game without a healer class is a non-starter for me…so at least for me they are not outdated.  I am probably the outlier, but I actually love the traditional healer playstyle and I grow tired of games really quickly when they don’t have it.  My favorite I must say though is Esper from Wildstar, has a few modern aspects to it from action gameplay, but still plays like a traditional healer.  Most action healers in newer games drive me crazy…trying to get 4 other very mobile players to stand in your tiny aoe is just not fun and ultimately means I have less control over my heals.  Most mobs are fairly stationary so it really makes the healer role ridiculously more complicated than the damage role.  I would agree that we should try to make it more interesting, but I don’t think the goal should be to make healers play like DPS, it is a different play-style and purpose.

digi_owl
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digi_owl

Roke “everyone”, thanks to the prices being whacked from years of gold digging in the dungeons.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

Agreed. I’ve not bothered with healing much in other games due to boredom but ESO finds a very good balance between healing and supporting your party with buffs and dps.
Very well designed overall and I actually miss my Templar. I really liked Medic healing in Wildstar aswell but was a definite second behind ESO.

Celestia
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Celestia

Cyclone Jack breetoplay Phedre Well said, Cyclone Jack.  It was such a huge reversal in attitude, but that took a good year or more to kick in with the players.  Controllers weak abilities in the early levels also hurt their early acceptance since they didn’t do a whole heck of a lot in lowbie groups.

Celestia
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Celestia

thickenergy Let me know if you find one or both, please.

Celestia
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Celestia

Valkyriez Healing in ESO is the most engaging design I’ve seen in ages.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

captainzor ~~DIE, MOTHERFUCKER DIE~~
Such a good song.