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6-14-2011 @ 3:22AM
I am double disc -- one is strength of soul and the other is A/A. I wanted to touch on one talent I didn't see mentioned in this list, and that is Train of Thought. Train of Thought is the only other "contested" points that I ever see in different builds. The tool tip reads as follows:You have a 100% chance when you heal with Greater Heal to reduce the cooldown of your Inner Focus by 5 sec. You have a 100% chance when you Smite to reduce the cooldown of your Penance by 0 sec. (assuming 2/2).This talent is often taken with A/A specs, but I have at times some use for in in Strength of Soul build. The reduction of 5% doesn't seem like much, but there are times when it feels critical. It comes down to personal play style.Also -- adding to what you've said about Soul Warding I've been running into a lot of priests who no longer take it because "bubble spamming is out." In 4.2 with the additional nerfs going out to external mana sources going out I think the final nail in the coffin of bubble spamming will begin to be felt by priests. As a result it will be come more common practice for priests to omit this talent from their builds if they listen to what goes on, on the forums. I personally like to always have the option to shield the tank and the off tank right away thereafter without waiting for PWS to be off cool down, as it helps me maintain a rapture rotation to some degree when I shield them both at the same time. It gives me and the other healers I run with (especially when 2 healing some fights) more leway to focus on the raid, and allows me to still feel like at least some of the old "mitigation" part of our tree hasn't gone out the window. I think it comes down to personal play style, but felt I should mention this, just because I didn't see you mention this at all Dawn.
6-14-2011 @ 3:23AM
Note -- 5% = 5 secs. I fail at typing late at night.
6-14-2011 @ 12:04PM
I wasn't sure where I stood with ToT at the time I wrote this. It feels baseline to me because the Greater Heal and Inner Focus integration. Almost every priest I know also uses Greater Heal more than me (I think I may be the only person in the world who baby's my mana enough to cast Heal regularly) so I just assume no priest would skip it. I could see myself skipping it though.For Soul Warding I definitely see where you're coming from, but I'll never drop it. The simple act of being able to drop three shields on three tanks in tandem is too important to me. I could spread them out, but if I'm the only disc in raid, I will often strategically let weakened soul fall off without immediately reapplying a shield if I know there is some incoming wave of damage. Halfus' knock down, for example. I definitely think shield spamming is dead but I think the ability to blanket shields for specific mechanics in a fight is one of the strongest things disc can do. Much like Holy queuing up a PoH for incoming damage. We might not spam shields from start to finish, but we might do it on 5 targets at 3 points in a 9 minute fight, and if that's the case, I'll take the two talent points. =)
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