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3-01-2011 @ 5:08PM
I read your column last week. You started by praising the mana increase in its ability to stop shield spamming. You even mentioned you couldn't do it yourself even with an innervate on heroic maloriak (which calls into question your claim that all 359 gear overcomes the mana nerf fix). You then pointed out that some priests were still able to spam shields using a holy/disc hybrid spec with soul warding. That was quickly squashed in a hotfix by blizzard which you also praised.So once again, it seems wow insider columnists can only applaud blizzard changes. For more evidence see the not too distant 'great kitty druid nerf' and the shifting perspectives column discussing the changes as positive. I don't play a druid and every druid I know mothballed their toon after the great nerf hit. But somehow this change was supposed to be good for them.Now, as far as the majority of your reply trying to defend the new healing model over shield spamming-that's a strawman. I've never claimed the shield spam model was fun and I don't support it. My comment was calling you out for praising the 15 second rule as a fix and asking why wow insider columnists are incapable of finding anything bad to say about a change.The 15 second change is going to do 2 things in PvE: increase disc overhealing (shields don't get to absorb full damage) and decrease mana return via rapture (less time to shield in preparation of an incoming AoE). Those do NOTHING to further the anti-shield spamming effort by blizzard. As for the argument of gear eventually allowing shield spam to re-emerge, that may be true. But it's no different for any other healing class as holy will be able to spam more flash heals as gear improves. Eventually holy pallys will be able to spam FoL again. This is a problem that blizz created and that blizz has to now figure out. And defending the new 15 second rule as some miracle solution to bubble spam is not convincing me.There will be no video forthcoming of me eating my own head. Your arguments are bunk.
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