A few weeks ago, there was a neat post on the MMORPG subreddit about healing. Author Rapthorne Lightweaver points out that “the industry seems to be slowly but surely phasing out” the healing role from MMOs – which is a damn shame for those of us who love it.
My first true MMORPG character was a dedicated healer – thanks to bandages in Ultima Online, and I actually worked hard in the years following that trying to get myself more accustomed to other roles. But the truth is I like defense and reactive healing, especially in games with Grid-esque healing mods that really let me get into the “zone” of making the bars go up.
But among the MMOs I’m currently playing, few actually support the playstyle. For example, in Guild Wars 2, all of my characters have heals, but nobody is truly a dedicated healer in the classic sense, and even if I specced into, say, Druid, it’s not quite the same playstyle or utility as in older games.
Do you agree that it’s gotten harder to find this core support role in MMOs? Where would you go, in 2019, for the best healing experience in an MMORPG?