Now that I’ve finished my leveling process in Rift it is time to focus less on my DPS and more on my healing. I mentioned on the Rift Watcher podcast that any team player will be able to fill any role when necessary for success so I had best have the roles available! I’ve been flirting with healing a while now and I’m having trouble making all of the pieces fit. The heal souls in Rift just don’t seem to be doing it for me and I basically try a new build every day. I wonder if you guys happen to have any advice?
It might not be fair to say but I think you have to take sentinel to 32 points. If you don’t you simply won’t have an in-combat resurrection spell and I’m not sure that is something I’d ever want to be without. At the same time the sentinel suffers from having slightly slower cast direct target spells when compared to the purifier over all. On the plus side you have a far easier time healing a group than a purifier might. In general I just can’t see not utilizing a sentinel into the 32 point range. The abilities in the tree seem very solid and healer focused.
I like the idea of the purifier in principle. This seems like it is suppose to be the large direct healing soul but the tree is a train wreck. When I look at the purifier I see a lot of potential and a lot of soul abilities I don’t want to spend points in. That is not to say that they aren’t effective. Due to the fact that I feel the direct heals are a bit better than the sentinel’s I’ve been working a lot of builds around the purifier soul. They come out decently well but I always feel like something is missing. I like the fact that you get what is essentially a ward but I think the blessings need to be looked at again. They just aren’t super compelling.
The warden seems like a great back up healer soul. I’ve tried it out as my primary a few times now and I always find it lacking when it comes to keeping the main tank alive. It just doesn’t seem to do what I want and requires the cleric to spend a lot of time focusing on getting all of their HoTs on a target so they can then deluge. I’ve never been a heal over time sort of cleric so there is no wonder that this doesn’t fit. That said, it does seem to be a great secondary to either the sentinel or purifier. I’ve found that mixing those two leads to too much wasted overlap. The warden fills in when you want to get some efficiency.
I’m really wondering what everyone else out there is doing. I’m keeping the tank up but I just don’t like how the builds I’ve been using feel. Here is the current flavor of the week! All opinions and thoughts are welcome and I’m not married to this at all. My biggest concern is keeping the main tank alive. If I can keep the group up too that is fine but I can always leave that the the bards!