I really don’t know why it bothers me so much, but whenever I see a solo healer in scenarios it makes my blood boil.
Let’s face it, there’s only one real reason to go solo in scenarios: to leech renown. I’ve only gone solo only a few times in scenarios. Most of the time it was because another group left mine and I was alone. But my God, when I do solo, it’s very easy to see why many are tempted.
The guy with the blanked name was solo the entire time (though we mocked him in vent for his failures at healing and gaining renown):
Despite the above screenshot showing the aforementioned healer getting terrible renown, the amount of renown gain for solo healing is probably why the issue is so polarized. You can find many many threads on the forums of people complaining about solo healers soaking up the renown. I’ve seen solo healers getting 13,000 renown in a scenario (of respectable realm rank) while my team gets a pretty high amount, 3,000 to 5,000.
(As a side note: I think Mythic was actually rather forward thinking in choosing to award renown for healing people. In DAOC it used to be you got no renown for heals, but you got a sizable amount of renown for ressing someone after a fight. Many healers would watch someone die only to res them to get the reward.)
So when the healer (shown above in the screenshot) said in alliance chat “Ding RR 70!” everyone was quick to say grats. Everyone but me, because I couldn’t not say something anymore. I had to do it. I said something to the effect of “Grats on 70, solo scenario healer!” One guy said “Grats rescinded.”
I cannot think of one non-selfish reason one should consistently go solo in scenarios on purpose as a healer. The aforementioned solo healer was saying he was a great solo healer and it would be pointless for him to be in a group because he was not group heal specced. Another person sent me a tell in his defense because the guy was trying to get to 70 to be fully warded for king. Fair enough. Maybe we won’t see him solo healing anymore but somehow I doubt it.
I have a few reasons why solo healers should consider grouping instead of going solo:
- Teammates being able to protect you better because you’re in the group
- Getting heals from other people
- Other people not hating you because you’re a freaking LEECH and we will wish they could tell Destro to kill you so they can enjoy the sweet, sweet Schadenfreude
I don’t think anything should be done about solo scenario healers, however. It’s always nice to see who the selfish players are for future reference.