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8-03-2009 @ 11:02PM
All in all a very blah Q&A. Most shadow priests don't like that Dispersion is our 51-pt talent. "Oh well, deal with it, it's useful." But it isn't what a 51 pt talent should be about. If you were to tell mages "Hey, Evocation is your 51 pt talent now" you would think everyone was crazy. Sure it mitigates some damage, but in PvP it isn't enough and in PvE all I've ever used it for is mana regen when my shadow fiend is on cool down.I did like the fact that GC said we should be focusing our DoT's on the 3rd and 4th targets on a pull since they are pretty useless on targets 1 and 2. Also, I miss the days when a Spriest brought alot of raid buffs and such to the party. Now we are sub-par in my opinion in giving a Replenishment buff, since it requires us to keep a DoT active and then hit a second slow spell, as a Ret paladin does it much better. I wish more of our DoT's gave some sort of buff to the raid like our old Misery talent did. Instead I'm a damage dealer that takes a while to get going and is about as mobile as statue.As for the healing side, it just seems like a wash. Priests have a great toolbox of spells, but we hardly ever get to use that toolbox as some fights just negate some tools or require us to just constantly use one over and over. Also, our HoT has taken a beating lately and seems to have fallen off of the radar from most of what I've read. Back in the day it was use Renew, Flash Heal and G. Heal in emergencies. But, all in all I think healing in the game is not very well done and needs some work, which they have admitted before.Oh well, it's nice that they did these Q&A's at least to give us some feedback on what's going on. Next is to see if they follow through on promises made or if things just fall back into the status-quo.
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