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6-14-2011 @ 11:47AM
Great article Dawn -- as always.Question for you guys, probably relevant to either farm or progression content. What are you settling on for your weapon enchant nowadays between power torrent and heartsong? I'm still on heartsong and I don't really like the low power torrent uptime, but obviously int is really important so I know there are arguments out there either way.
6-14-2011 @ 11:56AM
Depends on what you're interested in, mana or throughput. Power Torrent obviously will give you more output, and heartsong more return. Tyben determined if you use shadowfiend during a power torrent proc you can get the mana regen to comparable to what you get from heartsong, but in different amounts based on your spec. Holy gets 40-50 more mp5 using heartsong passively than power torrent + shadowfiend. Disc gets 10 more mp5. So for disc you get almost the best of both if you're smart with your shadowfiend, with holy you lose some mana return to go with power torrent.If you don't time power torrent with shadowfiend, then it's a straight up comparison of whether you want mana return or throughput. I'll almost always take return over throughput, since having the mana to cast one or two more spells is usually on par with whatever bonus amount of healing I'd be getting from throughput.
6-14-2011 @ 11:57AM
meh blah typos - ignore them.
6-15-2011 @ 2:52AM
This is something most casters didn't have to do for a while (or at least it wasn't very viable) but I've learned in the past months the sacred art (used mostly by melee, esp rogues) of "Weapon Swapping." (cue Angelic singing) See, most healers think you need to make a choice between the 2, but guess what? You don't! >:DKeep 2 caster weapons on you, one with Heartsong, the other with Power Torrent, and you can switch them during fights to get whichever proc is off it's internal CD. I personally have heartsong on an ilvl346 spirit weapon (which I have equipped for the majority of fights), and PT on an ilvl 359 pvp weapon (most SP on it, matching throughput with more throughput). The nice thing about this way of healing is you can very quickly adjust from throughput to regen with ease, match your weapons (if they be 1-handers) with appropriate off-hands and the customization gets that much better.Here's the kicker though.... lean in close, as Blizz might not be aware of it, and it might still be a secret....closer....closer......... the procs are not exclusive to each other! I.E. Heartsong and Power Torrent STACK with each other!!! You don't even have to choose between the 2, you can have both at the same time!!!!
6-15-2011 @ 3:02AM
I suppose if you can get your hands on 3 (which is fairly easy), you can even add Hurricane to that list. idealy, I guess the weapons would be matched thus:Power Torrent = Highest SP/mastery/critHeartsong = Highest SpiritHurricane = Highest Haste.Given the choice between a high throughput weapon and a speedy one, I'd probably go with throughput, but there are a few situations that are the exception:for example, perhaps you want to cast Hymn of Hope to it's full duration, but don't want to be useless (not healing) for quite that long. Switch out to the haste weapon, wait for the proc, (maybe -if disc- Power Infusion, or pw:s) then Hymn away!
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