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4-25-2008 @ 9:44AM
That's an lamentably closed-minded point of view regarding Circle of Healing. The spell becomes significantly more applicable as you progress into Tier 5 content and beyond, where splash damage typically runs rampant and the benefit of an instacast group heal is unmeasurable. Even as a priest currently specced 23/38/0 and who would be disappointed if the raid asked me to respec for Circle of Healing I understand that. I've also seen it firsthand, when going into Black Temple and Mount Hyjal as I watch the other priests in those raids.The key to Circle of Healing is raid optimization. Groups should be optimized in order to create more synergy and have a more effective raid. Many groups tend to cluster together, whether because they're performing similar roles (melee typically are on the boss together since they don't have the opportunity to attack from afar) or to take advantage of group synergy or buffs (for example, remaining within range to benefit from a paladin's aura or a shaman's totems). By assigning relative places for people to stand, you create an environment where Circle of Healing excels, especially if the raid is taking periodic splash damage.Circle of Healing is more effective further in progression end-game, when you have the gear to offset the relatively higher mana cost and skewed Bonus Healing benefits. The idea is that when you reach 2,200 Bonus Healing and have acquired five points in Mental Agility (wich reduces the mana cost of instant cast spells such as Circle of Healing by 10%), you've managed to gain a group heal that has a higher HPM than Prayer of Healing and can be used on groups other than your own. Until then, if you're responsible for healing your own group (such as in a five-man) and don't need that heal immediately, it's actually more mana efficient to use Prayer of Healing.The reason why I dislike Circle of Healing is because I like being a mana efficient healer. Not only do I have Spirit of Redemption, but I'm also a human; my Spirit stat is unparalleled when compared with my non-human counterparts. I easily reach 1,000 mana regen OO5SR and have been upwards of 1,500 when using my Earring of Soulful Meditation. Circle of Healing derives its strength -- and in some part, it's weakness -- from the fact that it is an instacast healing spell with no inherent cooldown. It can be effectively spammed over and over and over again. A priest that uses the spell only when appropriate should have no mana problems; many healers I've grouped with, however, use the spell as a crutch and spam it incessantly. As a result, they're incredibly mana inefficient and are typically the ones begging for an Innervate minutes into the fight (whereas I've yet to require an Innervate in a fight since TBC, though the likelihood of my asking is almost zero since 2.4 and its Spirit-based mana regen system).A priest that uses Circle of Healing in five-mans is probably VERY mana inefficient and may be relying on the spell as a crutch. At least in a 25-man the spell seems to have more valid uses.Sorry, Eliah, for the random Holy ramblings on your Shadow article!
4-25-2008 @ 9:46AM
Rawr, rawr, rawr. That was supposed to be a reply to Mera_LaCroisadeEcarlate, but it somehow made a new post instead. Vile contraption! Apologies for the confusion.
4-25-2008 @ 1:11PM
CoH and to a lesser extent PoH is what sets a priest healer apart from the other healers. If you don't take CoH you are pretty much the same as a pally spammer, buff bot and overall priests lack finding CoH useful was the main reason a lot of guilds used to only take 1 priest for IDS. People have begun to realize that if you organize groups and positioning CoH can be really useful in pretty much any encounter where there is aoe damage 5 man-25man.
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