My very first toon was a scoundrel healer, before I fell in love with pwning face on my sentinel. I had leveled the scoundrel up to 37 with my husband before swapping mains. Then, after hitting 50 on the sentinel, I went back to finish off the scoundrel climb to 50. In that last push, whilst soloing, I realized that I thoroughly sucked at scoundreling – something that is easily unnoticed when leveling with a partner and pwning things faster than they can shoot at you.
As we’ve established before, I am an idiot. I’m currently leveling an agent, because everyone’s like BLAH BLAH STORY OMG. And, in a fit of stupidity, I picked operative, on the rationale that I already have a pure-dps toon…. and I suck at cover.
But wait! It will be different this time!
- First, I know wtf I’m doing. That counts for a lot. Leveling a new character is easier after the first, right?
- Second, I have presence out the wazoo.
- Third, I have legacy perks.
So let’s do this thing! As I leveled, making full use of double xp to skip boring side-quests, I thought… wow this is easier than I remember! I’m just slicing and dicing, no big deal.
Then I hit Alderaan and shit just got real. While I am having no trouble healing things at level, killing them seems to be getting more difficult. Kaliyo is suddenly squishier and is yabbering for help all the time.
However, there’s a fourth thing that I didn’t have the first time: group finder. I can just heal my way to 50. I’ve been queuing when I can and things have been going pretty well…
I’m in this group with a merc DPS who is in healing stance. I know that she realizes she’s in healing stance because she keeps shooting green paintballs at people. I figure she’s just helping me out between pulls, but no, she stays in that stance. I decide to speak up and say tactfully “are you aware you’re still in healing stance” and she’s like “oh yeah, I always am.” In a situation like that, when the other 2 people have already dropped group due to her incompetence, it seems unfair to penalize me with a lockout for also dropping group. Sigh.
Muscling through idiots, one flashpoint at a time…