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8-02-2010 @ 2:19PM
I have both a holy paladin and a discipline priest and I wonder about the balance of this move. Shielding made discipline priests unique, which was absolutely essential because they're jack-of-all-trades healers in a specialists' game. They can't tank heal as well as holy paladins, nor raid heal as well as druids or shamans...their strength is in being able to fill in either role as the situation demands it and in providing a special ability (shields) that can support any other healer.Now, while I understand Blizzard's desire to not have any class be utterly unique (and therefore irreplaceable for certain fights), I think that uniqueness is essentially what balanced discipline priests. If they want holy paladins to reproduce that previously-unique ability, it seems like holy paladins should have their tank healing weakened a bit so that they're more general and less "tank-healing gods." In other words, move them closer (not all the way) to discipline priests generalist role. If they're still the undisputed champions of a key role AND reproduce a support role in addition...it seems to make discipline priests one step closer to unnecessary.Of course, if the new boss fights don't reward specialists (bring the best tank healer class and the best raid healer classes and good to go), then that would work too.
8-02-2010 @ 2:36PM
I'll be covering this next week, but we're not longer tank-healing gods in Cataclysm. No class should be impossible to replace, which means that no class can be unique any more. Every healer can heal the tank OR the raid, and we need at least two classes to bring bubbles. Instead of it being "disc or nothing", it'll be "pally or disc".
8-02-2010 @ 3:04PM
Yes, I understand that no class should be irreplaceable (as I said in my original post). And I don't want discipline priests to be irreplaceable. My concern was more that, right at the moment, I'd say that holy paladins (and maybe restoration druids) are more irreplaceable than disc priests and my perspective was that the irreplaceable ability for disc priests was one of the few things that made the class valuable. However if, as you say, holy paladins aren't going to be miles better as tank healers and no class will be irreplaceable, that's all to the good. I'm a big fan of the bring-the-player-not-the-class goal.Thanks for the response and I continue to look forward to your columns.
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