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10-28-2008 @ 10:41AM
Just to throw my thoughts in:I've been raiding deep disc since the patch, and I like it more than I ever did Holy. Seeing the shiny new bubbles pop up all over the place from a bouncing ProM or PoH or even Holy Nova is fun. I've seen a couple of concerns about rage/threat starvation and the like in the other comments, and what I've noticed is this:Paladins hate you. You shield all the time both with PW:S and crits so they run OOM very quickly. Warriors and Druids love you, and will ask for you over and above a holy Paladin in boss fights. The shields do not cause rage-starvation, and they also mitigate some spike damage - with a GHeal crit, and PW:S up, the tank has ~6k of shield that has to be eaten through, hell with ProM active, and PW:S up they can have up to 7k of buffer (ProM crit for 4k, 1.3k of Divine Aegis, and a 2.5k PW:S) from my gear.Spec and gear-wise, There's 5% free crit at the bottom of the Holy tree that just begs to be taken - any crit makes that heal effectively 30% bigger (in my eyes anyway), and I go for the decreased GHeal talents as well. Also, taking some gear with crit on it makes a big difference. Crits mean bubbles. Coming as a respecced shadow priest, I've got the dps versions of some of the tier gear, especially the parts with crit, and this means raid-buffed I can pack anything up to 30% crit chance. Yes, I don't have as much spirit, but due to Rapture and cheap instants from Mental Agility, that's less of an issue.Either way, remember Shield first, GHeal second - with Borrowed Time, the talents, and if I'm lucky a proc from the Scarab (and that's often since I chuck renew on everyone to make it proc more), my GHeal goes off in 1.4-1.8 seconds.Just don't get put on raid-healing. It's painful and you're OOM very quickly.
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