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9-22-2010 @ 8:56PM
I actually run out of mana a fair amount of the time on live right now. Part of it is that I clip MF fairly often (while refreshing DOTs) and that I multidot...a lot. I also have spent every last ounce of talent points on DPS and avoided some mana return (although I have 2/3 Focused Mind and 3/3 Meditation). Yes, single target I'll never go oom, no one else (except perhaps Arcane Mages, and then only if they spam Arcane Blast) will go oom in that situation either.I think comparing resources is interesting. Rage, Energy, Runes/Runic Power are all limited over a short time frame. The skill in managing them is making sure you save just enough to be up for the right ability at the right time. However, on the long time frame you will never run out of these resources. Mana is the opposite. It is infinite in the short time frame, but limited on the long time frame. The skill in managing mana is (and should hopefully still be in cataclysm) managing those cooldowns...which for Priests brings us to Shadowfiend. Perhaps in Cataclysm, we are balanced around how low we can get our Shadowfiend cooldown. Well, that's great for bosses, but for trash and soloing, we could be in for some trouble. Does it make sense for Shadowpriests to do nothing but Mind Spike on trash because they can't keep up in the mana department on trash pulls? So our class plays completely differently on trash versus on bosses? That does not sound like a class I'd like to play.
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