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#1 Apr 07 2010 at 10:00 AM Rating: Decent
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Does EQ2 have a resource that shows how many people play what class (outside of the starting characters)? Like a break down of which healing classes are most played? I've been looking but can't find it.

When I last played, druids were the most popular healing class - with inquisitors and defilers being the least. Which is one of the reasons I was leaning that direction. That was a LONG time ago though!
#2 Apr 07 2010 at 11:42 AM Rating: Good
I hardly think druid is the most popular... I play both a warden and a fury and from the whinging on the O-forums you'd think we were the least popular healers! Or at best, the least loved! But I think it all has to do with your point of view. I don't follow the boards for other healing classes so it could well be that all healers complain about not being needed...

The most popular healers seem to be the clerics because of the way their healing style causes them to parse. In terms of raiding guilds, both druids and shaman rank lower on the want list than clerics do. (Again because of healing style and parse data). It's not that clerics heal any better than druids and shaman, it's that their healing style allows the parser to "count" their heals before other styles making them appear more effective. But I digress...

I don't know of any such website (listing who plays what) but one may well exist.
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#3 Apr 07 2010 at 4:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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Haha, druids always have an inferiority complex with healing. I remember my EQ druid feeling so useless after reading the forums, and yet being able to do her job perfectly well in game.

I love my warden, even more than my fury I think. Of course neither of them is max level yet, so I may change my tune.

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#4 Apr 07 2010 at 10:04 PM Rating: Good
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I have a 64 warden. She's taking on stuff that my assassin could never take on. And when I group, I have no trouble keeping up with the healing. I'd have made her my main, but come on... iksar assassins are just cool!
#5 Apr 08 2010 at 2:33 AM Rating: Good
Samira wrote:
I love my warden, even more than my fury I think. Of course neither of them is max level yet, so I may change my tune.

No change in tune expected then! Once you hit the level cap, wardens are just as much fun as they were before and some of the high end spells (like the "healing tree" and the "puppy pack") are really, really cool!
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#6 Apr 10 2010 at 10:57 AM Rating: Decent
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I am playing a level locked Fury at level 13 and like 28 AA's. I have charm animal maxed out and so I am now a pet class healer! So fun charming level 19 wolves and tearing up the zone! I pull pairs of oranges all the time and just heal the pet!! Now when charm breaks, its SOW now or Im dead, but its a blast while it works! I was considering a Warden too, because of the escape ability but just havent done it yet.

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#7 Apr 13 2010 at 10:22 AM Rating: Decent
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"The most popular healers seem to be the clerics because of the way their healing style causes them to parse. In terms of raiding guilds, both druids and shaman rank lower on the want list than clerics do. (Again because of healing style and parse data). It's not that clerics heal any better than druids and shaman, it's that their healing style allows the parser to "count" their heals before other styles making them appear more effective. But I digress... "

Think you have clerics confused with shamans. A shaman's wards will be recorded by a parse before a clerics reactive heals. Clerics are looked for in raids both for their healing abilities, which are very strong still, and their buffs, especially a templar's defensive buffs for a tank.
#8 Apr 13 2010 at 10:56 AM Rating: Good
Kitartha wrote:
"The most popular healers seem to be the clerics because of the way their healing style causes them to parse. In terms of raiding guilds, both druids and shaman rank lower on the want list than clerics do. (Again because of healing style and parse data). It's not that clerics heal any better than druids and shaman, it's that their healing style allows the parser to "count" their heals before other styles making them appear more effective. But I digress... "

Think you have clerics confused with shamans. A shaman's wards will be recorded by a parse before a clerics reactive heals. Clerics are looked for in raids both for their healing abilities, which are very strong still, and their buffs, especially a templar's defensive buffs for a tank.

I always thought that since wards stopped damage from landing in the first place the parse didn't identify it as damage healed (causing the ward aspect of the heal not to parse) but I could be wrong.

Is anyone here a parse expert? I'd love to know for sure how all that data is rated...
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#9 Apr 14 2010 at 9:50 AM Rating: Decent
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I can tell you 100% that wards are picked up by ACT as a heal. In the past, wards were not parsable but that was changed quite a while ago.
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