Originally Posted by Talgian
Really excited to be a Coconut Monkey! However, I have only ever done PvE content in MMOs. What should I know about how to survive on a PvP server? Will different stats/gear matter? How do you avoid getting ganked?
I am planning on playing an Op healer, and I assume healing in a PvP situation is very different than in PvE.
Any suggestions/tips you have for this PvP noob is greatly appreciated!
Unfortunately, I didn't get enough time with TOR to PvP heal but I have in WoW and it was one of the better experiences I had from that game. Being ganked happens, others have given you the right tools to deal with that. However, doing the healing for a group bent on the destruction of others is VERY engaging and mostly rewarding.
But it also depends on which kind of PvP. Spontaneous World PvP healing is a bit different than an organized arena situation. In both situations it helps to know the other classes' abilities and/or the people who play them. "Knowledge is power!"
You'll have more variation and possible monster kiting in World PvP. You'll obviously want to avoid taking aggro (monster or player) so you'll be free for healing. When I had my druid in WoW, HoT healing was my favorite because you were constantly doing something and it gave you more leeway to throw a big heal in at key moments. As for arena situations, they are much more organized and you can have strategies that can be worked out ahead of time.
One of the biggest things I've noticed about the game, in my short time with the beta, was that range isn't really an issue for most classes. If they are close ranged they have something to get them right up in your face quickly. This will make it an interesting challenge for healers staying out of range of devastating attacks. However, from watching videos on Huttball, it does seem that the ability to survive is pretty high for most classes. Hopefully I'll have more to say in a couple days.