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7-25-2011 @ 8:46PM
I have an 85 priest, and leveling a new one right now on a different server. I've always been disc, with some shadow thrown in when I NEED more damage output.Right now, I'm finding Renew to be bad with mana usage in dungeons. Healing is moderate early on when all you have is Heal and Flash Heal. Heal is slow and tiny, but Flash Heal eats up mana, along with Renew and Power Word: Shield. It gets better with Penance.Things get a lot easier once you get atonement and evangelism and can start smite healing. Then you're DPSing AND healing and increasing your party's damage by about 20%. Sometimes, I play the game of "How many DPSers can I out-DPS while healing?" Once you can start getting mana back from PW:S, you have even less to worry about, along with Greater Heal for the BIG heals when Penance is on cooldown. But right now, I'm finding smite healing to be sufficient with most dungeons, with the occasional Penance and PW:S when the tank wants to get crazy.It's been a while since I've done serious questing, but one mana-conscious tactic I used to use is to shield up, throw DOTs, when wand to mob to death, refreshing things as needed. This keeps your uptime pretty high as all you use mana on are shields and DOTs.
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