Last time I checked a reconstruct and repair cost SP. This is, unless, you’re doing it from a scroll.
And if you play like a lot of people play – which is standing in the middle of melee as opposed to the back of the pack – you tend to use a lot of quickened reconstructs.
And yeah, I’m noticing that self-healing draws a lot of SP away from damage-dealing. As a fleshy AM – first-life, nonetheless – I had less of a problem with “staying power” mainly because a) you get SP increases with the AM PrE, and b) I wasn’t spending my SP on self-heals and burst healing. This means more SP into damage and other things.
In fact, it often surprises me just how much that self-healing bleeds my SP pool overall.
So, it is not as bizarre a claim as you make it out to be.