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    Life-Linker PVP/Dungeon Healer Spec by Ambi


    Life-Linker build is designed for highly mobile healing within warfronts, though it can also be used successfully for 5 man dungeon healing as well, though I recommend it for use in raids.

    I used this build extensively in the early months of Storm Legion whilst ranking up prestige level from 50-80. Anyone on the Euro Cluster who remembers being slaughtered by players like Skarbor or Byona last xmas might remeber this build as the pocket healer that kept those guys up and killing.

    Every healing skill used in the spec is instant cast and so the build excels at kiting enemy's whilst healing allies or running objectives.

    It takes advantage of AoE splash healing from Marked by the Light and Healer's Breath to give some group wide support healing, but where it excels is as a single target burst healer to both mitigate and heal incoming damage.

    Basic Build - http://www.rifthead.com/stc/zmrsnmvx...zVhRviocgouhzz

    Buffs -

    Marked by the Light
    Healer's Blessing
    Armor of Devotion
    Heroic Resolve
    Grief Blight or Rage Blight.

    3 Links available, 5%, 10% and 20%. I like to pop the 5% and 10% on other healers, and move the 20% link around as needed to cover whoever is taking heavy damage.

    Other utility available to the spec is -

    +50% run speed - Urgency.
    1s GCD Cleanse/AoE Cleanse - Cleansing Prayer/Empowering Light.
    AoE CC - Flash of Radiance.

    Main Healing Abilities -

    Hideous Reconstruction - powerful Heal over Time with defiler crystal equipped.
    Healing Breath - Strong ST insta Heal, splashes onto 3 other allies.
    Loathsome Restoration - Trigger Foul Growth, not quite as strong as HB but can be spammed non-stop.
    Explosive Growth - Applies 3 stacks of Foul growth to your target, allows strong burst healing via Loathsome Restoration.
    FeedBack - AoE Heal, Lets you trigger Foul Growth stacks on multiple allies at the same time.
    Healer's Covanent - reduces incoming damage by 40%.

    Suggested macros -

    Different people heal in different ways personally I like to key bind cast @mouseoverui commands for each ability like so -

    #show Healing Breath
    cast @mouseoverui Healing Breath

    I suggest setting up this type of macro for all the main healing abilities

    DPS spam Macro -

    #show Marrow Harvest
    cast Marrow Harvest
    cast Somatic desecration
    cast siphon vitality
    cast vex

    Also suggest these 2 macros -

    Run Speed Macro:

    #show Urgency
    cast @self Urgency

    Mitigation Macro - one press to link, two presses to add HC as well:

    #show Healer's Covanent
    cast Link of Sufferng
    cast Healer's Covanent

    How to use Foul Growth -

    FG is a delayed heal, it either triggers when it times out after 10secs or when you trigger it early by using either Loathsome Restoration or Feedback. Applying FG to someone also buffs their hit points by 6% which is a nice bonus.
    There are 2 main ways to apply foul growth to someone, either cast it on them directly by using the Explosive Growth skill, or use your DPS abilities which give you a % chance to gain stacks on your linked targets.
    When you heal someone with Explosive > Loathsome they will receive 5+ shots of healing, 3 FG's + 1x LR + Healer's Blessing, you'll also splash 2 more small heals onto 2 nearby players with Marked by the Light.

    Mana Management -
    sustained use of Explosive growth will drain your mana fairly quickly, so use either Reverent Supplication or Empowered Affliction liberally to keep mana pool healthy!

    To DPS with Life-Linker

    DPS with this spec is never going to be record breaking, but it can still contribute alittle extra in dungeons or pvp when there is no healing needed.

    In order of priority you should cast -
    Marrow Harvest for the Tenebrious Distortion debuff -
    Bond of Pain - trips your crystal bonus and lasts 30s.
    Pain Transmission - ideally if both you and your linked players are all within 7m of your target
    Siphon vitality
    Vex
    Somatic Desecration.

    Build Variations -

    The core of the build is based around 44pt Defiler and 26 pt Sentinel, but this leaves 8 points spare to play with.

    So 3rd soul options include -

    Justicar for extra HP's
    Purifier for symbol of the sun/caregiver's blessing
    Warden gives Geyser for a spammable nuke/heal.
    Inquisitor for the huge SP booster for max ST healing.

    Everyone has different preferences pick yours!

    Recommended Addons -

    DefilerFG by Adelea available on curse or riftUI, use this to keep track of your FG stacks and who you have linked.
    Karuul Alert to give clear warning of when you have been purged!

    Thanks for Reading this quick guide, any questions feel free to post them up and I'll answer as best as i can
    Last edited by usman; 11-23-2013 at 05:18 PM.
    Ambi - Cleric - Apotheosys.


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    I will give it a whirl

    Looks pretty interesting really.
    Thank you very much for the guide

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    Default Great guide

    Hey this is a great guide, I've tried it out and I really like the style. One thing I've got to mention though is "Healer's Covenant" is spelled wrong in the macro section so it can't be copy/pasted.

    Edit: "Link of Suffering" is also spelled wrong.
    Last edited by Wuzzard; 12-03-2013 at 09:19 AM.

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    A school my teacher once described my handwriting as 'like a drunk spider had crawled over the page' so no wonder i suck at spelling! Sorry about that folks.

    Glad you like the play style.
    Ambi - Cleric - Apotheosys.


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    Quote Originally Posted by usman View Post
    A school my teacher once described my handwriting as 'like a drunk spider had crawled over the page' !
    I Think we had the same teacher 0-o, we should start an elite group of drunk spider writers.

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    Default Macro Help

    How do you make macros continue past the 0 cool down spells?

    Example:
    DPS spam Macro -

    #show Marrow Harvest
    cast Marrow Harvest
    cast Somatic desecration
    cast siphon vitality
    cast vex

    This recasts Somatic desecration until Marrow Harvest is ready again. Never actually gets to Siphon Vitality and if we take SD out, SV is also 0 cool down so vex would never cast.

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    A great advantage of the spec is that many of the DPS skills can be cast behind you, but this doesn't lend itself well to macros.

    In your example above you'll cast siphon if your moving or have your back to the target, but vex will never cast.

    But you can condense your key binds if it suits you to use alt/shift/control -

    #show marrow harvest
    cast [alt] Vex
    cast [shift] Bond of Pain
    cast [ctrl] Banish
    cast Marrow Harvest
    cast Somatic Desecration
    cast siphon vitality

    Like wise you can add more functionality to some healing spells if you wish to -

    #show explosive growth
    cast [alt] @sellf Explosive Growth
    cast @mouseoverui Explosive Growth

    and make a useful all purpose cleansing macro like this -

    #show Jealous Intervention
    cast [alt] @sellf Jealous Intervention
    cast @mouseoverui Jealous Intervention
    cast @group01 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group02 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group03 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group04 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group05 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group06 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group07 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group08 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group09 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group10 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group11 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group12 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group13 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group14 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group15 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group16 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group17 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group18 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group19 Jealous Intervention
    cast @group20 Jealous Intervention
    Ambi - Cleric - Apotheosys.


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    ooo, i didn't know you could add button combo commands into the macro. This should fix my action bar dramatically

    I'm going to test situational casting as well asap.

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