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10-31-2009 @ 11:05PM
As a holy priest myself, I felt like gouging my eyes out reading her answers to her own survey:1. "Divine Hymn - I just can't seem to get myself to use it, or find a situation in which it would be useful!"Seriously. This is probably a healing priest's best spell. It will pretty much guarantee that the raid will be topped off for its duration.2. "Lack of instant burst healing... I'm thinking Penance or even Holy Shock. I wish we had a single target instant burst heal, even if it were on a long cooldown. Something like desperate prayer, but for someone other than ourselves."Power Word Shield? Circle of Healing? Prayer of Mending? Surge of Lights? Holy Priests have the best instant cast burst healing out of any class/spec. It is possible to stay completely mobile while raid healing in many cases. If anyone needs instant burst healing, Prayer of Mending and Circle of Healing is usually more than enough to buy time until you get a flash heal off (which will most of the time be instant cast after CoH anyways)3. "Druids. Don't get me wrong, I think Druids and Priests play quite well together - we have Divine Spirit, which I'm sure they like, and they have Innervate which makes me drool with love, not to mention combat rezzing. It's just that it can be tricky to heal well with druid priests, because it is difficult to resist healing over their HoTs. I try not to do it whenever possible, because I don't want to waste their mana, but Circle of Healing does not take HoTs into account, and just heals whoever is at the lowest health within range anyway."Ugh. For one, a priest should not expect a resto druid's innervate. Secondly, you "resist" healing over a druid's HoTs?? Why should HoTs take priority over faster heals? The idea is to keep the raid alive, not to avoid overhealing at all costs. Think of HoTs as a buffer allowing peoples' health to always be on the increase if your heals do not make it quick enough... It's not a competition. In many cases people can take 90% of their health in damage in under a second. Get those health bars topped off as fast as possible!4. "People make the assumption that Holy Priests are only really good at AoE heals, or raid healing. Holy Priests are fantastic at raid healing, but it's not just because they have good AoE heals - it's also because they can react well to changing fight dynamics, and MT heal if needed. I cringe whenever I hear someone say "holy priests can't MT heal!". Of course we can - it's a waste of our abilities to put us primarily on MT if there is a disc priest or holy pally around, but we can still do a good job."No. The only situation in which a Holy Priest should be MT healing.. is when the raid consists of only Holy Priests. As the game currently stands, every other healing class is better suited to MT heal.
11-01-2009 @ 1:48AM
Agreed. Gouge my eyes while you're at it.
11-01-2009 @ 1:51AM
I'd agree with everything you say minus the last point- A holy priest is a solid main healing assist if nothing else. I bounce ProM off of our main tank and keeping a renew rolling certainly doesn't hurt. I admit, we're no holy paladins or disco (lights and lasers) priests, but likely better suited to the job than a resto shaman, as it were.
11-01-2009 @ 3:52AM
Pick up the Healing Way talent and glyph appropriately and there are Shaman Resto builds built around MT healing. It can be done and nicely. Also, Chris M, pitching a shield and a Renew is helping someone else heal the MT, not being the main healer for the MT, which was the point you were referring to. Also, if you are Holy and pitching shields toward a target that should be receiving them from Disc (if present), please make sure not to in the future :)
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