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2-04-2009 @ 1:22AM
This must be a joke. You are *required* to bring two priests to Naxx 25 just so they can Mind Control on Razuvious. "Bring the player not the class" only goes so far.An SPriest is required for all serious attempts at 25-man content. In addition to MC being required for Raz & Grand Widow, they also provide Misery. Misery is the equivalent of 78 hit rating for every single caster in your raid, and it doesn't require them to keep a non-damaging debuff up like IFF. That's huge.You need to change your raid comp if it doesn't include an SPriest and a Mage with either of the 10% crit debuffs. You should really also have a DK with Ebon Plaguebringer or a Moonkin. And probably at least one shammy for BL/Heroism.Really, when Blizz said player > class, they meant you didn't need to min/max your raid comps. You should have every buff in your raid if you want to succeed; it's just that there are usually multiple avenues to any given buff, and you aren't forced, for example, to have five Shammies for really hard encounters.
2-04-2009 @ 2:02AM
There are ways to do Raz without two priests--it's not easy and I doubt any pug will be bothering but it is doable. There seems to be a very distinct effort by blizzard to encourage raids to allow people who play healing classes to fill a DPS role and be it be desirable to do so. Oomkins have the crit buff, plus optional hit increase. Spriests have misery and replenishment. Ret pallies have replenishment as well.As much as they say "Bring the player, not the class," Blizzard also has an interest in encouraging class and spec diversity in raid groups. If shadow priests, ret pallies, or oomkins were just compeditive DPS, or only provided utility that could be obtained without sacrifice from a "pure" DPS class, there would be pressure from other classes to pigeon hole all of the people that play these classes into non-DPS roles.In my opinion, Replenishment is perfect. Potentially a major component of later raiding, but a common "pure" DPS class has access to it with some personal DPS sacrifice. If you're in a guild that's serious about raiding, you'll work it out. If you're expecting to just slap whatever pug is together from the LFG channel past Naxx etc. I expect you will be in for quite a bit of wasted time.
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