I have always played healers. The closest I got to DPSing is to play a DPS offspec of a healing class and TOTALLY SWEAR that I wasn’t going to heal with it… and then go ahead and heal with it. I felt really exposed leveling without the safety net of a heal, even though in practicality, you can’t usually heal YOURSELF when you’re being pummeled by a mob.
I swore that this time I was going to have an alt that would DO DPS FOR REALSIES AND NOT WUSS OUT. Remember, with a companion, I can have a healer, even if it’s not ME that is the healer.
Enter the Sentinel, one of the two advanced classes in the game (well, we’re not counting mirror classes here) where you CANNOT respec to anything other than DPS. No tanking, no healing, I R GOING TO SMASH THINGZ.
I almost wussed out immediately. Argh, I don’t GET this stupid focus thing. Force is a bar that starts out full and goes to empty. Simple. Focus needs to be gathered and burned. LOLWUT.
I was a hair away from switching to a Jedi Shadow because – well first of all, that whole force/focus thing but second, Sentinels get their healing companion so dang LATE. Not only was I going to have to L2DPS, but it would be FOREVER before I’d have a pocket healer. My safety net was quickly getting out of reach.1
But I gave sentinel another go and… I was ok. I continued to level with Kira and just WTFPWN everything in the face before our health gets too low. With neither of us being a “tank” the damage should be evenly distributed between us which, without a healer, is far better than the damage focusing on one of us. And I was having fun. More fun than with my so-called main, the smuggler.
Now, I could have used C2N2 as a healing companion. But he doesn’t heal well and just punches things.
So I stuck with Kira. And suddenly I’m in the 30′s, on Balmorra, and about to (finally) get Doc and all I can think is… wow that was easy!
Also Doc is easy. BSOCK imminent!2
Don’t get me wrong, I’m only leveling with Doc at this point and Kira is on ship duty, but I was surprised by how little I died without any heals.
I guess I shouldn’t say “easy”. Because it’s not easy for a healer mentality to switch to DPS at all. And I have to really concentrate like hell on what abilities to use whereas when I’m healing it seems almost automatic. But easy as in “not a total fucking disaster where I have to QQ to my guildies every time I have to kill something with a star next to its name.”
That, my friends, is how a healer 4 lyfe converted to a Jedi Sentinel pure melee dps main. Oops.