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9-21-2009 @ 5:23PM
Personally, I like a good balance between the two. And while that sounds obvious, what i mean is I don't gem or enchant specifically for one much more than the other. As a disc priest in mostly iLevel 219-226 gear, I have (raid buffed) about 2300 spellpower, 26k mana, and 750 regen. When it comes to gems and enchants, I use mostly the basic spellpower enchants, but for gems, my blue slots always have the Royal Dreadstone (sp and mp5), yellow slots always have a Dazzling Eye of Zul (Int and mp5), and only red slots have the Runed Cardinal Ruby (raw SP). My heals are solid enough that I don't have to spam multiple heals for what a raw SP geared healer could have done in a single heal, mana is rarely an issue and the few times I have nearly gone OOM, I always had a mana pot on hand or my shadowfiend to get it back. While it does depend on playstyle and spec, overall you have to look at what you lose as much as what you gain while focusing on one at the expense of others, and try to strike up a good middle ground.
9-21-2009 @ 5:26PM
I take a similar approach, Kyle. I started my raiding career as holy, then moved to Disc about halfway through Uld progression. As such, my disc gear was made of whatever had the biggest combination of crit and spellpower on it, and borrowed liberally from my shadow set.Right now, 10-man buffed, I'm rocking about 2600sp (I believe that's flasked and with a totem down), 700out/400in mp5, and about 30% crit. I haven't run out of mana but once since I switched, so I've been focusing on getting as much spellpower as possible.
9-21-2009 @ 5:28PM
With my playstyle, I find a mix of both is good.Spell power is good in that your heals land bigger and can cover larger gaps in hit points per cast.Intellect has a three-fold benefit. It increases your mana pool, increases your mana regen (replenishment), and increases your crit.Crit is very beneficial for both disc and holy. Generally speaking, if you feel your heals are too small, gem for spell power. If you feel you need more mana gem for intellect (not spirit or mp5)
9-22-2009 @ 6:00AM
Well the argument that he is trying to present is the old way to gem (spellpower/spirit) and the new way to gem (intellect) for top raiding priests. If you read EJ you will see that the trend is leaning heavily toward intellect gemming because of the large mana pool and spam healing, be it flash heals or shielding. The concept is to heal the raid as much as possible during fight so dps can beat the enrage timer and this method works better with a large mana pool making regeneration less important due to the dps check.Matt you took a step back with this article because it reads like you were in a hurry to get it done. .
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