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2-09-2009 @ 9:15PM
I have two comments. As a semi-casual player, I often find myself behind the gear/spell/learning curve. I suppose some healers are having no problem with mana regen., but I ran out just last night. I know I need to learn to be a better healer, but it takes casual players longer to respond to the various changes. We have to get different gear, gems and learn different spell rotations. This takes us time. Meanwhile, we can't always get in good raid groupss because our gear isn't quits good enough.Another issue is that most other casual players have no idea what changes are taking place for the other classes. With so many casual players, I often find myself in groups with people who have unrealistic expectations about what I can and can't do and are always surprised (I'm being nice here) when I can't keep an entire group alive. Having less mana regen will only make this a worse experience for a healer.In the end, I suspect there are 10 to 20% of the healing population that are at the top of the game and that's who this patch is for. The rest of us are somewhere behind them. For us it just keeps us further away from ever joining the top healers and this makes the game more frustrating. How long can Blizz juggle to balance a game where a small percent are out of whack while the majority aren't? The spread between good and bad healers is widening and it will become ever-more difficult to throw out a one-size-fits-all solution.
2-10-2009 @ 5:15AM
I definitely sympathize with the casual/semi-casual players. When you dont get a lot of practice its hard to adapt to changes. However, I dont think it takes much to change from being a player who cant adapt to one who isnt worried about changes like the CoH nerf, or these new mana changes. I think all it takes is reading a bit here and there (Matticus' site is good for this, or Elitist Jerks) about how healing works. The other things that are good to read carefully are all the ingame tooltips about all the lovely spells we priests have. We have a lot of different spells that do a lot of different things. If you learn what they do, you can start to use them in the right places, and not become dependant on one (like some did with CoH). Then the nerfs and changes won't bother you as much because you can adapt.As Matt said, with the right enchant and gemming choices I dont think this mana nerf will bother me. Of course... I'm playing disc these days :P But knowing I can be less careful with my mana than my holy friends means maybe I can give them enough of a break now and then that they can have some nice OOC regen time. In my guild we have already gotten used to calling out - hey, I'm gonna use my hymn, cover me!
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