Skip to Content
9-11-2011 @ 10:42PM
I dunno, as a duel healing specced raiding priest, my own opinions of the class differ quite a bit from the ones presented in the article.Penance is not significantly more powerful than Greater Heal, the Disc priest's bread & butter heal. On my priest, it comes at about 24k healing total - about 3k short of GHeal, but at a bit better healing per second. Penance is a useful part of a Disc priest's repetoire because of two things. It hits three times, building up a full stack of Grace (perfect for tank swaps) and it's very mana efficient, coming in at somewhat over half the cost of a GHeal. A spell to use on cooldown, certainly, but not super powerful.Disc priests are just as good as Holy at AoE healing, if not better. The Divine Aegis talent procs automatically on Prayer of Healing whether it crits or not, producing a bubble worth 30% of the healing done - which is increased by Disc's mastery as well (Holy's mastery acts on direct heals only). So while my Holy spec's PoH might be 500-1000 (depending on chakra state) more direct healing per target, my Disc PoH's always proc a bubble worth 3k damage per target - and more than double that if PoH crits. Maybe not helpful /after/ the damage is done, but if even one or two bubbles are consumed it's as much effective healing as Holy's, with several bubbles to spare.Circle of Healing is Holy's counterpart to Penance. It's less healing total than PoH (even hitting 6 targets), costs less mana, but is quicker to cast (instant!) and has a cooldown.Both specs can go into a sort of "mana be damned" overdrive mode by using the Borrowed Time or Serendipity mechanics. Disc alternates between PW:S and the desired spell, Holy either uses Flash Heal or Binding Heal to get two stacks of Serendipity. I'd say Holy has the edge here, because Disc can't do this for pure tank damage thanks to Weakened Soul preventing PW:S on the tank every other spell.Prayer of Mending is a spell both specs should be using in every opportunity.Divine Hymn is nice but it's no Tranquility.I guess, in summary: Disc's raid healing as actually very strong against regularly pulsing raid damage (final phases of Beth'tilac, Rhyolith, Shannox all come to mind), and I'd take it over Holy for that. I've put too much typing and thought into this already, hah. >.>
First time? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.
Members enter your username and password.
Enter your AOL or AIM screenname and password.
Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.
When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.
To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.