Last night Rouf ventured to Section X on Belsavis to try out the new dailies. I was interested in finding out where the HK-51 quest line started – I don’t know how difficult or bugged the quest is but I still don’t see that many people with him as a companion on fleet – and ended up doing something I’ve never done before in any MMO.
I healed in a group.
Well, okay, that’s not entirely true – I mean, I did heal but there was also a Sage so I sort of did DPS too. Not very well. But I did tranquilize elite mobs like a boss! We even managed to finish the quest – which might not seem like a big deal except that it took us 3 attempts to defeat the Dread Guard Legion Commander.
Kitted out in my Recruit Mk-2 healing gear with a couple of pieces of War Hero kit (I haven’t bitten the bullet on getting a set of Tionese gear yet because I can’t decide between DPS or Healer) I found my way to Section X and picked up the missions. The first couple seemed fairly straightforward and I was pleased to see that my DPS wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t cope with the area. Risha’s was a bit dire though – I think she’s still using a level 42 sniper rifle and some other not so high level kit so I may need to get on that.
Half way through one dungeon run (switching on shields, turrets and consoles – no idea what the mission was called), I got a whisper asking if I’d like to join the Heroic 4+ mission in the Aurora Cannon. Normally, I’d say no but this time I figured why not – so I joined, albeit with the hasty warning that I a) hadn’t done this before and b) was rubbish.
Highlights of the group:
I got to heal a bit.
I didn’t get the group wiped.
We completed the mission.
The last boss proved a little bit of a challenge and I shoulder some of the responsibility for that. If I came to a difficult boss during the latter part of levelling, I let the companion deal with most of the DPS while I healed through it and did some DPS with my hybrid Sawbones/Scrapper build. In the group, I assigned myself the role of off-healer as well as trying to do some DPS. Except I have no idea how to maintain DPS and I probably need to swot up.
What really caught us out though – bearing in mind that at least two of the group hadn’t been in the instance before – was the bosses abilities. On the first attempt, I suddenly realised that his health was going back up. On the second attempt, we very nearly got him down – his health was nearly at zerio – when suddenly, he was back up to full. That time I noticed that he had an ability called Consume Lifeforce and figured that was what I needed to interrupt rather than the Force Siphon I had been interrupting. I checked with the group leader who, laconically, said “Yeah, make sure you do that!” and we tried again.
I also remembered to try and use XS Freighter Flyby and some other high DPS skills I usually ignored while soloing. See, told you I was rubbish. Whatever – it worked. We killed the boss, got some boring loot drops and finished the mission.
Of course, I then did what I should have done before the mission and that was to look up Dulfy’s guide to the quests. This is what I learned:
- Consume Lifeforce is only used when the boss is under 20% health
- Force Siphon is a debuff that also absorbs any healing done to the targeted player and passes it to the mob
So, my off-healing by keeping two stacks of Slow Release Medpac on the tank was actually doing more harm than good. Typical! I also have no idea if that debuff is dispellable which is something else I can do.
I am tempted now to respec fully into healing and see if I can actually manage PUGging a flashpoint. I should also probably sort out my UI to help with healing too – if anyone has any tips or suggestions, please feel free to share.