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8-16-2010 @ 6:05PM
The gear scaling in Wrath really is quite ridiculous. I jumped into a VoA 10 a while back on my fresh-80 Holy Pally and I was blowing Cooldowns, munching pots and doing everything I could to have enough mana to /barely/ keep the tanks alive. Some BoE's and emblem gear later and keeping tanks alive has largely become a snoozefest. I actually spend a lot of time healing the raid sheerly out of boredom. My heals went from anemic to colossal and my mana pool went from a plastic kiddie pool to a water park. I mostly heal as a side project, though, and the changes to mana conservation and efficiency have me a little nervous about trying my hand in Cataclysm. Apologies in advance if you get me as a healer on your way to 85.
8-16-2010 @ 7:59PM
I have the same concerns. Prot War main, became enamored of Disc priests in the LK fight, and mine is almost 80 now, and will be my #1 alt in Cata.However I've read stories about healing in vanilla wow (I started wow a month bf BC's launch), involving picking which rank of several downranked spells to use, casting downranked spells on the tank till his health hits the point where your max rank Greater Heal or whatever will top him back off without wasting any mana via overhealing, etc.I imagine that if Cata goes back to that, it may be more fun and interesting than today's healing scene of spamming your biggest heals as fast as possible to prevent spike dmg from 1-shotting the tank or the raid, but it will nevertheless be a big change for those of us who've never known any other way.
8-17-2010 @ 2:13AM
@Byron:Don't forget about timing your heals in coordination with the other healers, and taking breaks from healing while others filled out for you! Of course with the 5-second rule going the way of the Dodo that won't be a concern anymore, but blessed be the memories of just watching other people fight a boss because you had to regen mana!(Don't even get me started on Druids being forced to spec Restoration just so they could innervate the Priests. ¬_¬)
8-17-2010 @ 10:50AM
@ByronThat is exactly why I'm coming back to healing in cata. I deleted my holy priest shortly after wrath out of frustration. Patchwerk I think was the last straw. If cata healing really returns to an attrition, tactical game rather than a twitch based spam-fest, blizz just got a couple hundred bucks worth of subscription fees out of me.
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