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8-14-2008 @ 12:37AM
This sounds silly, while I have used down ranked healing spells for mana conservation I have also used them when I find myself overhealing and know that I can use a lower ranked spell to keep tempo with the incoming damage. I guess this in effect is mostly for mana conservation, since I am trying to keep my mana usage most in line with the needed output, but I think it should be up to me to decide. The nerfs Blizz has already put into downranking are more than enough. I used to heal as a holy pally so maybe I'm biased, but it sounds like a bad idea for healing spells at least.
8-14-2008 @ 5:09AM
It's completely stupid that as you progress your character that you end up regressing your spells. It's a bit silly don't you think?Also, I'm pretty sure before they nerfed down ranked coefficients. This is sorta a hidden discouragement to doing this. I seems they really need to nail it in harder. Honestly, I don't know why they just don't fold them all into one like war/rogue/feraldruid/DK abilities where everytime you get a new rank it replaces the old one.That said, the problem with mana efficiency and overhealing is a seperate issue.
8-14-2008 @ 8:07AM
It's also necessary, your target isn't always damaged enough to require a full heal, so you downrank. If blizz is going to kill downaranking, they need to give us as many new healing spells to allow us to tailor our spell to the amount of healing needed.
8-14-2008 @ 12:18PM
"DirtyPriest said...It's completely stupid that as you progress your character that you end up regressing your spells. It's a bit silly don't you think?"I have a hammer but I still find use for thumbtacks. When I bought a butane torch I didn't throw out the box of matches.There are times when you don't want to do cross health x% on the DSP'd target, need to heal but absolutely must not dip mana below x, need a panic short-cast heal on the tank, need to land fast spells while moving to keep a debuff stack up, or quickly stack a debuff while the tank is building initial aggro.MANY reasons to downrank. I only listed ones I can't see Blizz objecting to; I can see downranking to fish for crits or to have effectively infinite mana annoying 'em. And then there's PvP...
8-14-2008 @ 9:22AM
What Blizzard has in place now is Absolutely NOT enough. If you've ever been in a BG chasing a pillarhugging druid who is laughing maniacally and casting downranked HoTs on himself combined with like 1800 +heal, you'd know this.You can have 2, 3 DPSers wailing full-out on a druid like this for a minute or more, their mana barely budges and they just REFUSE to die.If you DO manage to get their health down a bit - perhaps through a combination of stuns/silences, they'll nature's swiftness/healing touch/swiftmend and BAM they're up to 80+% again. Pallys and priests are nearly as bad, though druids are by far the worst.One PvP issue one might have with this spell is it makes flushing out rogues with holy nova much harder since this spell costs such crazy mana at max rank.As for overhealing/PvE issues, blizzard's already stated they're watching for this and will adjust the game to smooth out any rough spots. I for one am glad they did this - downranking's always been a cheap trick IMO.
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