Perhaps, but the way he posts it makes him sound like the melee in this post from another thread:No he sees them as the group healer.
It is a reasonable supposition that when a divine character joins any group that isn't byoh they are going to be expected to do the majority of the healing. It is unreasonable for a person joining to believe otherwise.
A part of the reason that I post byoh runs is to remove that reponsibilty from their shoulders. That is why it doesn't change from byoh to oh look we have a healer now when a divine joins the group.
I am a casual player. I play maybe 12 hours a week. I have several alts. After around two years of playing, my main character is now 23rd level.
My guild is tiny, it's the characters of my family and real-life friends who play DDO. It's a small low level guild, but we're happy.
Aside from some occasional grouping with the few people in my guild, I've been mostly a soloist. The grouping I've done has been responding to the occasional LFM, and putting up an LFM in the King's Forest to help farm for commendations. Commendations are the only thing I've ever farmed, and that was so I could upgrade my gear for probably the first time in many levels. Being a Favored Soul has been very good for being a soloist, and with a Paladin or Fighter hireling I can do an awful lot by myself. Commendations have let me get some level-appropriate gear for once. I had a real "I have cool loot" feeling when I got my Star of Day.
I've spent most of the last few months playing in Faerun, loving the expansion. I have a lot of fun playing DDO, and am kind of amazed I'm nearing the level cap, it will be the first MMORPG I've ever hit the cap on.
The last few days though have really hit home how my experience with DDO is NOT the norm.
After playing through the entire expansion plotline, often on casual with a hireling, I flagged or CitW. I knew I'd never be able to do that without a full raid party. A few nights ago, out of nowhere, somebody sends me a tell asking if I want to join them on their CitW raid.
Me? On a raid? Wow. I accept, but I say to the group that I have very little raid experience, have never run CitW before, and have no experience being a healer on a raid (my previous raids were basically tagging along on zerging through Chronoscope for loot). It was myself and one other FvS for healers.
The group leader sets the difficulty at Epic Hard. One person in the group notes that an inexperienced healer learning the quest on Epic Hard will be memorable. Yeah, that was an understatement.
You can probably imagine how it went. Somehow, despite near wipes fighting Lolth (and me burning through my entire cache of mnemonic elixirs and a stack of Resurrection scrolls), we managed to get to the very, very end, when you have to kill the portal keepers simultaneously to escape.
The tanks couldn't get it right to save their (and our) lives. They'd zerg in and kill things as quick as they could. They just couldn't seem to get the idea of stopping attacking the keepers when they get low on HP. Well, we finally wiped since all the casters were completely out of mana and we just got wore down.
So, then as Ana was getting eaten by demons, the blame started being thrown. A lot of it got thrown at me, talking about how bad I was at this. I tried to respond with noting that I was invited on this out of nowhere, and that I said several times I'm not experienced as a raid healer, have never run CitW before (and who knows how much mana I blew on wasted resurrections for people who couldn't rez because Lolth's special ability to prevent that, or the significant number of Heal spells I blew early in the raid because nobody told me she inflicted cursed wounds), and I was being taken along on a Hard run. . .because I've already found that NOBODY will do anything on normal (or god forbid, Casual and yes I know raids don't have casual), because people are so obsessed with bravery bonuses that the idea of doing anything on normal is anathema.
So, I was basically used as the whipping boy, instead of the fighters who couldn't stop zerging. Yeah, the group leader griped about the tanks some, but a lot more whining was aimed at me, saying if I was quicker then we would have had more healing to make more tries to bring down the portal keepers.
Then, the next day, I get a tell asking me if I want to tag along on a Shroud run. I'm not flagged for that. I actually got a reply of somebody wondering how I could get to 23rd level and not know the Shroud, much less not even be flagged for it.
This morning, I get a tell asking me if I want to farm scales in Reaver's Fate. I replied that I'm not flagged for Reaver's Fate. I got a brief response of "O.O" and that was that.
I guess most 23rd level characters are flagged for every raid and know them all well, and are from big guilds with well equipped airships. I spent most of this morning trying to figure out how to flag for Against the Demon Queen, thinking maybe I should just go and get flagged for all these raids so I can go do things. Still can't figure it all out. Done all the quests in the desert, but the genie won't give me the quest, so I probably did something wrong.
. . .and that's the casual player's lament.