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2-02-2009 @ 2:41AM
As noted above, errors here and there.There is a... I hesitate to call it a soft haste cap for priests, but more of a sweet spot; 20% drops a greater heal's cast time to 2.08sec, not taking into account Improved Holy Concentration or Borrowed Time procs. And, in raids, one has to take into account raid buffs such as Wrath of Air totem, which is one of the few remaining totems that provides a unique buff: 5% spell haste. Getting 10% haste is relatively easy for a priest -- I had it with barely even trying out at 80.That said, you mention resto shaman with 20% haste on their gear. There is less of a 'cap' for shaman, due to the fact that they/we (I speak here as both a resto shaman and a priest who plays both healing specs with different sets of gear) are still most often asked to raid heal -- which is, quite admittedly, what we do well -- using Chain Heal, which has a cast time and thus anything to reduce that is useful. I am sitting at 688 Haste Rating self-buffed sans food, which translates to 20.98%. The cast time of Chain Heal is 2.07s. Add a Wrath of Air totem, and it drops to 1.97s. So no, your calculations are off a bit on the haste. ;) I agree with the comment on intellect, however: it provides crit, a larger mana pool, and scales with spirit to increase your mana regen. Crit gives diminishing returns -- ie, you receive less benefit from your gear -- past 25% raid-buffed, and it's not our major source of mana regen, unlike paladins who depend on crits to heal effectively (Holy Shock proccing Infusion of Light, etc., to lower cast times, coupled with Illumination mana-returns). Spellpower is, as you stated, always good -- it provides mana return for holy priests as well via Serendipity (overhealing being a semi-good thing now).Anyway. As stated above, and sans rancor, please check your facts and numbers before posting here. Many people do read this and assume it's correct.-Tanichka/Chaele of Silver Hand.
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