With the addition of Battleborn’s latest and greatest support, I’d like to revisit some QOL suggestions for healers and supports.
In any given team fight, there is a lot going on on-screen. It’s easy to lose sight of your teammate’s itty bitty health bar in the middle of all that chaos. I’ve got 2 suggestions that would improve a healer’s ability to heal, and I’d like to hear yours too.
First a bit about myself: I’ve been playing support characters since I was in high school. Healer, priest, cleric, medic, you name it. I’ve played everything from LoL to WoW to TF2, even DnD. I’ve played a lot of different games with a lot of different healers. Each game has their own way to make it easy for the healer to find injured allies fast.
Ally Health Bars on HUD
LoL and WoW both have built-in tools that show your allies’ health bars at all times on your HUD, usually on the side of the screen. Being able to monitor your team’s health at all times makes a healer’s life easy. He can see when someone is low or taking damage, find them on the mini map, and rush to their aid. This tool would work in tandem with the mini map to be effective.
In TF2, allies can call for a medic whenever they want. They push a button and their character cries out “medic!” In addition, a white cross icon appears over their head on the medic’s screen. If the player is off the screen, the cross appears on the edge of the medic’s screen with an arrow pointing towards the injured player. Maybe there is no room in Battleborn’s control scheme for a dedicated “medic!” button, but in TF2 there is a setting thay automatically pings injured players when they fall below a certain percentage of health. I think the latter is the way to go. Create a setting that automatically pings allies when they fall below %40 health or so. This would help twofold as players cannot ping themselves, and someone withoit a mic may want to indicate to allies that he needs help. One thing to note about this solution is thay, in TF2, the ping *only * appears on the medic’s screen; no other class can see the medic ping, which keeps their screens clear of unnecessary information.
These are just humble suggestions based on my meager 12 years of playing support characters. Share your thoughts. And any dev feedback would be great.