The healer class is probably the most underplayed class in any MMO because of what it offers. It can be however, the best and most in depth class offered. Being different from other MMO's, the SWTOR Healer is built more complex and rounded than other Healers.
Because Bioware is setting out to be different, they have setup this game to be free from much downtime. Each class will have a second wind of some sort. This arises the question, "how does this make the healer better?" Good question...
Think for a minute about a couple of other games such as World of Warcraft for example. Upon using a healing skill, your character has to stop and take time out to complete the heal. If your character gets hit, he has to start all over with the skill.
Unlike World of Warcraft, the SWTOR Healer now has the ability to self heal quickly which now makes the healer a soloable class. As of now, Flashpoints have not shown any need of a healer but regardless, everyone can now enjoy the game for it is.
All classes will have the ability to heal to some extent while our actual healer classes will have much more of an advantage. These classes are as follows:
- Jedi Consulars
- Sith Inquisitors
- Imperial Agents
- Bounty Hunters
Having the ability to heal with next to no downtime will enable us to support our fellow players in a fast and efficient time. Playing the SWTOR Healer role and choosing a class such as a Sage class from the Consular leaves these players being able to heal and attack as needed.
Our options of Healing Kits, Force Healing, Mechanical Healing Devices, and Support Abilities will be equipped to just about every player to some extent. This should not lead you away from playing as the SWTOR Healer.
The SWTOR Healer has the largest need but is the most under played. This class is not often played because it is not meant for Tank play.
The SWTOR Healer is now capable of attacking and being aggressive. If you want to go knock that boss up against the wall while leading on your healing role, please feel free.
As we usually see, healing is not a popular choice such as the Tank role. The world of SWTOR will probably have a need for Healer just like other MMO's do and will always be as equally important as your tank.
There are more updates in the making that will be released regarding the healer role. Until then, be aware that the Healer is always highly needed and makes for a strong presence.