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12-15-2008 @ 3:38AM
This feels like a very lazy nerf. They brought in the buff that made it OP (and not as OP as some have made it out to be) and now it will be nerfed to near uselessness. Post-patch TBC I did find this to be my absolute No1 go-to heal, running through BT I'd be killing most of the other healing classes and doing more than 50% of my healing with CoH. It still wasn't my only spell though, and holy priests lower down the recounts were using it more, so there was still skill and other spells needed. In the expansion, it's been nowhere near 50% of my heals, because the regen nerfs (those mandatory points in meditation seem to do very little these days) made it cost far too much mana. This in a way seemed a more elegant balance. It was there if I needed it, but spam it and you're oom. Which works, because if I need CoH (instant cast, not limited to your own group) I never cast one, because it just doesn't hit hard enough for 1 cast to do it. A 6 sec cd doesn't bring it in line, it destroys it.As others have pointed out, holy priests now don't have much to bring to the table. Resto shammies (who's own No1 spammable smart chain-heal doesn't seem to be getting a nerf) are now the only raid healers. Pallies are still the best single target healers (and to those saying they only have 2 heals, not what I see when I look at recounts of the good ones). Druids, while still having their own issues, will be much better in fights needing mobility. All 3 of them have much better survivability than a deep holy priest and nothing like the mana problems.Yes holy priests will survive and still get raid spots, but to me, this nerf seems based on stats from post-patch TBC, where spamming it to the exclusion of other spells was legitimate and effective. I just haven't seen that in Wrath. I would quite happily go back to the pre-patch party only CoH that I'm able to spam *when I need it*. Because a 6 sec cd really does gut it.
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