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1-12-2009 @ 12:18PM
I would have no problem casting my fear again... except it's on a 30 second cooldown.If I get focused at the start of an arena or in a BG or WG, Psychic Scream is usually the one time I can go on the offensive and help my partner dps down a target with a mindblast or holyfire. It's also my backup heal time if I'm taking too much damage, too many stuns, or I'm just against too many opponents. It's my one time to feel like I'm more than a pvp healbot that has to be saved, or a delicious dessert used as a distraction - it's when I feel like I'm a viable part of a team.My Psychic Scream was mostly useless prior to getting hit gear, so now that I'm geared this is like punching a healing wound. I worry priest fears will now only serve as a momentary escape to get up a flash or binding heal and restore my buffs. It seems like priest tactics in pvp now are going to be entirely instant cast based. SW pain and devouring plague will be more viable, since they were tending to get cleansed, cloaked, dispelled as soon as I put them up, but prior to this my means of damage were casted attacks and PoM + Shadow Word Death... Oh and the tiny dents my shield puts into melee classes.I admit I'm not the best pvper, but for an average player it sounds like my role in pvp has been reduced to 'be a distraction' or kamikaze tactics. If I have no time to use casted spells, what's the point of talenting mana burn? If I have a harder time dispelling a paladin bubble, why use mass dispel at the cost of all that mana? Further, I think I'm going to have to take the Holy Nova Glyph and spam it to keep myself alive while I stare at my Weakened Soul cool down in hopes of getting shield back up so I can survive a little longer against the 1-5 guys on me.So, instant casts in pvp... that sounds legitimate for a fast paced game... But I'm starting to see these same trends for pve healer priests as well. I was jamming holy in pve content for a while and found that disc's fast, direct heals and -great- mana efficiency are much more viable in Naxx than a holy's slow, large, and mana expensive heals. I tried group healing but I never felt like Priests were very good at it, even before the upcoming CoH nerf. CoH is, after all, a big mana hog spell - so what if Shamans and Druids shine brighter for group healing? Good for them. But it still makes me wonder where holy fits into all this. Will a holy priest who wants to heal have to gear entirely for Haste to do main heals and accept that they're going to go OOM? Or will they take what's easy and obvious, and go disc main heals? Is there a reward for Holy priests who take this long and arduous road or will a Paladin or Disc priest still beat them?These are changes... I don't know if I like them or dislike them but I know I will adapt. The problem is that is just feels... weird. As a priest who has spent most of her days in holy or disc I feel like the beauty of the class - it's grace and patience and gentleman (or woman) nature - is gone. It feels like healing priests are now a class that relies on 'oh shit' buttons instead of a class that reflects the nature of the word Priest. The words Holy and Discipline seem to have lost meaning as well. I respect that Blizzard's development is trying to make this class into something that more people will want to play, but I really think it's in spite of what a priest should be. Traditionally a priest in fantasy is uncommon but for a good reason - they have breathtaking elegance and extraordinary patience, faith, and hope. The priest is the wise and patient character, or the cheerleader whose hope and persistence holds the group together. I love this class in wow and will keep playing it but... I just don't feel like a priest anymore.
1-12-2009 @ 3:09PM
Blinded by wall of text.
1-12-2009 @ 6:17PM
It's really more of a column or pillar.
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