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2-17-2011 @ 12:01AM
I'm not happy with this changes to Disc priests. My main is a Disc priest. I have never been a one button healer, while playing Disc -- but I felt like the previous mana restraints were good on the spell. It didn't allow for the bubble-spaming the whole raid like in wrath -- the play style of old -- but it did allow for some strategic pre-bubbling, more than when cata first came out and I felt this was necessary and a definitive play style mechanic -- needed for PVE -- and a necessity in PVP healing.I don't appreciate this nerf. While it's true they gave us several buffs reccently, I felt these buffs were needed in DISC as Disc has felt weaker to me to play compared to Holy priests -- and we still trail behind holy paladins as tank healers. I will have to wait and see what this does to my mana to know for sure -- but I feel like this will negatively impact our raid heal abilities. They already nerfed prayer of healing for disc priests. If shields are only going to be an occasional -single target- heal that we get to use due to mana constraints. Essentially -- we wont be as strong as we need to be on group heals as many other classes and we're still not as strong single target as paladins.Where do Disc priests fit?Disc priests have suffered since cata came out because our play style -- preventive healing -- benefits from predicting damage before it happens. If We're unable to pre-shield our targets before in coming damage -- then we are no different than every other healer which much heal -after- the fact. And frankly blizzard hasn't done enough to buff our healing abilities on groups / raid healing to justify this.Ie: Blizzard screwed up. They made a healing tree to fit the Wrath model of healing -- which became broken in Cata as it no longer fits the model it was built around -- to replace it they've added the smite spam to heal via atonement model. But as there are range issues with this -- it's frequently faulty.Blizzard needs to quit messing with Disc priests. Give us back our power word shields -- and do what they had discussed in beta -- trying to give disc priests different size shields (more than power word barrier and power word shield) so that our healing is shielding -- with quick spot healing -- without it being a one button spell. Where we need to decide between multiple size bubbles with which to heal.
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