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4-15-2011 @ 4:44PM
Going OOM is often as much or more playstyle and spell choices than the stats on your gems. In my raids we have 2 holy paladins. The other has superior gear to mine by a decent margin (probably 4-5 ilvl higher) yet my throughput is almost always much better. As a result I usually have to make much higher use of my mana regen cd's. Although it's rare that I'll go OOM prior to the end of a fight, I'll often be very close at the end. The other Paladin will have 50%+ most of the time by comparison... though he does 10% less healing during the fight. I'll spam my strong heal and big aoe where he hits a lot of holy lights that are cheap. We both gem int though, no spirit unless it might be a sweet socket bonus.I guess in a long round about way, what I'm saying is that what you're seeing may not be int v. spirit. IMHO int is always the better choice though as it provides throughput and regen (evne if its less regen). Perhaps your other healer was going OOM not simply because of spirit but also with your lower throughput, he felt forced to use more expensive heals to get the job done while he could. If both of you had high (int) throughput (and didn't heal snipe) maybe you'd find that both of you casting less, but more powerful spells, neither went OOM.
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