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8-02-2011 @ 2:44PM
Thanks for your great article, Matt. I've played a disc priest since early WotLK. I liked it then, but absolutely love it now, largely because of the atonement/archangel mechanic. Based on my experience, I thought I would share three observations that could make life easier for those new to disco fun:1) As Minstrel posted earlier, binding Holy Fire and Smite to mouseover macros is damn near essential. I use this: /castsequence [@mouseovertarget, harm, exists] reset=10 Holy Fire, Smite, Smite, Smite, Smite, Smite; [@mouseover, help] Flash Heal; [harm, exists] reset=10 Holy Fire, Smite, Smite, Smite, Smite, Smite; Flash Heal. (I'm not in front of the game right now, so this could be a tiny off). I simply hover over the party/raid frames and cast this on the tank or on a reliable ranged dps when and if adds spawn. This truly does make healing via atonement (and thus maintaining your stacks of evangelism) feel more like "healing" and you don't have to worry about target switching.2) In order to get the most from the archangel buff, I bind Power Infusion to Archangel like this: #showtooltip Archangel /cast [@Helio] Power Infusion /cast Archangel(If you use this macro, you need to cast Power Infusion @ your toon's name, obviously). This macro essentially forces me to decide when Archangel is useful enough to also blow Power Infusion, so I'm not popping it simply whenever I've got five stacks. If I know that PI is on CD (which I monitor with Power Auras), I feel more free to use archangel, but if PI is up, I'll wait until a necessary moment (last phase of most boss fights, for example). The archangel buff plus the mana reduction and haste buff from PI makes you extremely powerful during AoE healing phases (in which my preferred rotation is shield, hasted PoH with Borrowed Time, shield, PoH, shield, PoH, etc.).3) A note about mana and trinkets: I NEVER have mana issues during earlier phases in fights (mostly tank and spot healing with shield, penance, atonement and G Heal when necessary). Be advised that this does require careful rapture management. When more intensive healing is required, I begin my AoE rotation (see above) and start burning through mana like crazy. When I dip below 50%, I wait for my Mandala of Stirring Patterns int proc (which I watch using Power Auras), use my shadowfiend and immediately cast Hymn of Hope and wait for the first tick. I usually stop channelling then, and watch as my mana shoots back up to beyond its normal max. Then I continue my mana burn rotation. There are other obvservations I could share, but hope that these few will perhaps be helpful. If anyone's curious enough to look me up, my toon is Helio on Eitrigg (US).Happy priesting!
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