|Fruben Goblin Squad Member|
Way too early (for me) to make any final call on the touch based "assisting" healing / buffing (as opposed to self healing / buffing), but at least in PvP it does have a few challenges to overcome (I have no doubt that it will have its uses for certain PvE encounters):
- exposing the healer and target to AoE damage
- exposing the healer to friendly fire
- relatively weak (spammable) heals (at least so far)
In practice this may mean that in most cases trying to use a touch based heal / buff on someone in PvP "in the thick of things" is simply an inferior choice to e.g. doing straight DPS to the opposition.
This is not an easy issue to solve as the outcome tends to be that healing/buffing is either so good that they are a "must have" or not good enough to be worthwhile (at least for the min-maxers among us).
I would be interested in seeing how the formations work, though, before making any drastic changes to the current system, as clerics seem pretty well equipped to stand in the frontlines toe to toe with the fighters.