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3-13-2011 @ 5:02PM
Okay, color me confused here.You see, I'm a Discipline priest on my main, and have a Healadin alt. I find the concept of non-stacking bubbles a non-issue. Why? During boss encounters, when I throw my 25k+ Power Word: Shield on the tank, that bubble is generally gone quickly. Divine Aegis creates an absorb shield for 30% of my critical heals, and aside from some unusual encounters (ie: Smite-based crits on Phase 2 of Halfus), those shields are rarely larger then 10-15k.Or to put it in another perspective, World of Logs now reports any Power Word: Shield or Divine Aegis (or Illuminated Healing) terminating due to duration limit as an overheal value. On Halfus 10N this past week, I experienced 1.4% overheal with PW:S and 4.3% overheal with the stacking Divine Aegis this article is jealous about. A healadin in the same raid experienced 17.1% overheal with his Illuminated Healing. And while shields accounted for a combined total of 38.5% of my overall healing for that encounter, Illuminated Healing only accounted for 7.5% of the healadins.Now, my guild does not have a paladin that regularly raids with us, so it's potentially possible that I may have tossed shields onto the tank the healadin was assigned to, and those shields took priority over the paladins. it would require more research then a quick glance at the log provides to determine.However, the point I wish to make has already been described. That the shield does not stack is a relative non-issue; the non-stacking variant of the shield already overheals for more then from a similarly geared Discipline priest, while at the same time providing very little effective healing. Further heals on the target already extends the duration of the Illuminated Healing with whichever shield value would be higher. Being able to stack that to larger values would just increase the amount of overhealing the ability provides.So I disagree with the fact that the Illuminated Healing shields don't stack is the source of Mastery's weak value to Holy Paladins. I believe the effect itself is just too weak when the other secondary stats provide a larger benefit in healing effectiveness. In fact, Crit Rating might provide a larger benefit for Mastery then Mastery Rating itself does, as a critical heal helps produce a larger Illumated Healing shield.
3-13-2011 @ 7:03PM
I think the article is mostly discussing mastery's weakness with respect to any kind of raid healing. For tank healing, yes mastery works pretty much as intended (although yes, it does suffer from the problems you mentioned: the bubbles are tiny and crit/haste stack bigger/more bubbles anyway). It's raid healing where Illuminated Healing is super weak. Holy Radiance supplies just one bubble that absorbs about 200 damage. It's the same idea with Light of Dawn. The short duration of the bubbles is fine when healing a tank that's getting constantly wacked, but not nearly as good when there's raid damage only every 10 seconds. And of course, when our mastery doesn't work with Beacon (which usually is the source of a plurality of my healing), well, it's not hard to see how it doesn't help augment our already weaker raid healing.On the other hand, we are very strong and mana efficient tank healers. Divine Light x2 plus holy shock plus WoG (assuming you're healing the beacon with ToR) is probably the most potent and and mana pool friendly healing combo in the game right now. Combine that with my personal preference for tank healing (old habits die hard) and I can't really complain with the state of holy pallies.
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