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8-02-2011 @ 8:30AM
OK, I've played Atonement since Cata dropped, before holy fire and there is a lot of incomplete information in this article, and in the comments. I say incomplete because I don't want to make it seem like what is here is bad info, it's really a decent guide, it just doesn't finish.My main beef is with the view of archangel as a mana talent falls a little short. It is generally not a mana dynamic because you're going to spend more mana getting your stacks back up than you would have if you'd left them up. However, that is less true now that we're only stacking them with Holy Fire in raids. So if you have one of those major int proc trinkets, and I would add mandala of stirring patterns to the mix of acceptable 359 trinkets, I know I know the proc doesn't have a chance of going off from your HF or Smite, and that bothered me when most of my healing was in 5 mans (when the proc isn't needed amusingly). In raids you're going to be throwing so many actual heals that it's not a problem. It will proc, and it's a HUGE Int buff. If you have that, Power Torrent, and Lightweave Emroidery then you can on occasion have all three int buffs up at once, and let me tell you when that happens and you drop archangel, or even better get an archangel and a rapture off it is great mana regen. So be aware of your buffs, maybe build them into power auras (To be fair I don't, but I'm considering it), it's worth it to pay attention to them.The other thing is I find it a little unfortunate that the author mentions addons in this article (power auras), but doesn't mention grid and clique. These addons, or others that provide the same functionality are in my opinion a requirement for raiding in general, but they are an absolute requirement for Atonement healing. I have been using them since Ragefire Chasm because our guild leader used to raid heal in BC and had me install them. With them you do not target to heal at all, you just mouseover your raid frames (utilized by grid) and then do a click combination like shift+right click alt+left click etc to execute your heal. This leaves your target open for atonement. You just stay targeted on what you're going to holy fire/smite and then you can throw the spell whenever without changing targets or messing around with focus macros. There really is no other option for atonement healing, none at all. Just some things to keep in mind.
8-02-2011 @ 3:09PM
"There really is no other option for atonement healing, none at all."There are always other interface options. I use SUF for frames, keybound mouseover macros for all heals, and a target-of-mouseover macro for the HF/smiting. Just mouseover who you want to assist. This is similar to your setup, in that it doesn't use targeting, but all the heals are keystrokes, rather than click combinations, saving the mouse buttons for movement. I have the Q-R-Z-V quadrangle all keybound, with control and shift modifiers, for 36 spells in the left-hand, shown in dominos so I can remember what spec I'm in.
8-02-2011 @ 3:19PM
Note I said Grid and Clique or other addons that provide similar functionality. You have to use something other than the default healing interface which is bad for healing, but really bad for jumping between dps and healing dynamically.
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