When am I ready…?
I got asked the following, which I’ve sort of answered before, but want to hit again as I’ve learned more.
I’m newly Kara keyed and wanted to
know, in your opinion, what is the minimum plus healing I should have
to run Kara?
My answer is that the numbers don’t really matter. Oh, yes, I can get into the nitty gritty. But the more I play, the more I realize I’m … not really the master of knowledge. Instead of numbers, I’ll give you a simple test.
Are you – in your opinion – a competent sole healer for at least two, preferably four or more heroic instances? Note that this doesn’t mean you tag along with four SSC-Geared partners, who run Heroic ManaTombs pantsless just for amusement. I’m talking four other players who are at best still poking their way through Kara themselves. Can you do your part of the job fairly consistently? If the answer is yes, then you are ready REGARDLESS of the actual numbers.
Now let me be honest, here. If you’re in mostly greens, I’m going to hesitate to take you. If your +heal is under 200, I’m going to hesitate – and will hesitate even if it’s up around 400. But if you’re COMPETENT at the entry tasks, then provided everyone else is willing, I’m going to try. once. Because if you’re wearing nothing but greens and still getting a party of nominally equal gear through Heroic Mana Tombs (for example) without wipes, you’ve got the skill – screw the numbers.
Same goes for on up the line, of course. If you’re comfortably doing the job at the prerequisite level, then you’re ready to start on the next one. The only trick will be convincing the group that you’re ready. And if I may recommend, just ask them to play along with a prereq run and try you. Yes, they’ll play stupid – do idiotic things just to see you dance. But if you’re ready, that’s fine. Even if you wipe, they’ll know where the break point is – and if they took you way past what they needed or not.
Go have fun.