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4-25-2008 @ 7:28AM
As a fellow priestaphiliac, I love seeing priestly articles. At the moment I have a 23/38/0 raid healing priest, a 42/19/0 Disicpline priest for PvP and Arena purposes (though I'm contemplating switching to 45/16/0 due to the changes to Reflective Shield), and an itty bitty Shadow priest who hasn't gotten much love because I'm really a healer at heart. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more on the Shadow-side of things, though I'd love to have seen something either applicable to end-game or even leveling.Concerning of Healing, I personally don't like the talent. I think it encourages a lot of spamming of that heal alone in raids and doesn't lean towards mana-efficient play. Those who use Circle of Healing and use it well are an asset to the raid and have my respect; those who just spam it mindlessly are on par with priests who Flash Heal to get on the meters. My playstyle focuses on highly efficient single target heals.As my raid's token priest (rarely a Shadow priest, no Discipline priests, and just lil ol' me), I don't think that they'll ever ask me to respec for Circle of Healing. As we're tkaing the steps into T6 content, I know that the use of Circle of Healing increases significantly. I also know that I'm loathe to make the change myself; as a Holy healing human priest with Improved Divine Spirit, 35% of my Spirit goes towards my healing and damage and we're looking at somewhere between 800 and 900 Spirit in full raid buffs and consumables (5% added from Spirit of Redemption and 10% added for being a human, whee!). I think in this case, the raid agrees that they benefit more from the total increase in raiding and damage than my personal improvement. I do, however, have 3/5 Empowered Healing for 12% increase to Bonus Healing for my Greater Heal and 6% increase for Flash Heal. Not that I use Flash Heal a lot in 25-mans; that's why the paladins are there!
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