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11-07-2008 @ 7:20PM
Although these changes sound quite harsh, they were necessary. The reason being that these spells are much better then chain heal, and as shaman are quite weak single target healers but excel in aoe, there was no reason to bring one to a raid.I would have much rather seen Resto shaman buffed then CoH/WG nerfed, but i guess the devs felt otherwise.
11-07-2008 @ 8:38PM
I'm not arguing that something shouldn't be done here; CoH and WG in level 70 content are definitely borderline OP. But I hope blizzard takes into consideration some of the problems with our spells:- GHeal & FHeal are slower(!) and less efficient than HL & FoL- Renew ticks slowly and is less effective than the array of druids HoT stacking on a target- The heal effect of Prayer of Mending, while undoubtedly good is out of our control;- Prayer of Mending has a long cast time and unless the entire raid is taking large amounts of damage CHeal will generally have targets topped up anyway. (No complaints about Power Word Shield & Disc Healing; I don't think that there's an accurate benchmark for the effectiveness of a Disc healer yet [Dmg Absorbed + Dmg Mitigated + Healing?] - I've healed heroics with no trouble, but in a raid environment everybody just points out the meters of course)The problem is that if: Shamans are great AOE Healers; Paladins are great Single Target Healers; Druids are great HoT healers;You leave priests being able to do a little of all but excel at nothing and we know exactly who will be the first healer to be cut. It was exactly this way for priests in the burning crusade before late BT & Sunwell where raid-wide damage ramped up and we got a chance to shine.
11-07-2008 @ 9:17PM
Mezmer, what you said is extremely true.I think blizzards design philosophy on Priest's healing is full of fail, like the design philosophy of mages. In a raid setting, Priests will be replaced by healers of expertise, unlike 5 mans where priests shine.I think Blizz should introduce a new healing mechanic that priests specialize in. Disc's preventing damage is a nice start and has a lot of promise.If i was to change holy, i would design the tree to be able to do two things at once. I mean like Aoe healing and applying hots at the same time or Healing a single Target and Aoeing at the same time.If priests don't excel in one area, they need to be able to do ok in 2 areas at once to be viable. (PS my highest lvl priest is 10, so forgive me if some of my input is off)
11-08-2008 @ 8:20AM
memzer, while what you say is true, just remember that if Greater heal and Flash heal were as efficient as HL and FoL there would be no reason to bring a paladin since that is all they have. The same is true with the other healing classes. So as Matt2233 said, if they want to avoid the jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none effect they need to introduce a new specialization that is different from the hybrid healers specializations.
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