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10-19-2008 @ 3:30PM
I've never understood priests' disgust at Circle of Healing. It's essentially a Chain Heal, and we shamans have known for a long time how great multi-target healing is. Pre-3.0, careful group arrangement can offset its one limitation (only heals inside a group). Post-3.0, that's not an issue.So many times, I've heard raid leaders grumble that the next fight is going to be a pain in the ass because we're low on resto shamans... when all their priests are specced "Circle of Healing Is For Suckers".Glad to see we've got a convert.
10-19-2008 @ 4:11PM
You've hit the nail on the head with CoH pre-3.0. It was great for healing melee & tank groups, and on specific fights where ranged is bunched up, but on a fight where everyone is spread out, it wasn't that brilliant. It required ranged DPS within the same group to stay close, to be of any use to them. Also, it would only heal the target's group, regardless of whether they needed healing, resulting in a fairly large overheal from the spell. Even with that, though, it still accounted for over 50% of my heals in most raids.However, with patch 3.0, it got turned into a raid-wide smart heal, similar to chain heal. It now heals the person you cast it on, plus the 4 other players within 15/18 yards who need the healing. In WotLK, we'll even get a glyph, increasing it to 6 targets overall.I agree with this post. Multi-target healing is a huge part of who raiding priests are. Aside from renew and greater heal, multi-target heals make up all the rest of my healing. Especially with the improvements to CoH, and PoM no longer being reserved just for tanks, the talent is actually pretty damned good. But on the other hand, it will always be some of the last points I fill out on a holy build. IHC, Serendipity, Test of Faith and Guardian Spirit will always come before it. Nevertheless, there are enough free points in the holy tree, that I will undoubtedly pick it up at 80.
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