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9-12-2011 @ 7:28AM
"It does depend on the type of incoming damage, as pulsing blasts like Beth'tilac's are perfect for discipline while I find that holy priests are more effective at healing a one-blast AOE attack like Ragnaros'."I agree it depends but not for those reasons, or those situations. As well as burst vs sustained, damage is also random or predictable. Discipline deals best at healing predictable damage, because it has awesome tools for planning ahead, where Holy is almost purely a reactive spec. It doesn't matter if it's burst damage or not because if you know it's coming, you can pre-shield, stack Divine Aegis and Barrier it all the same. Right now Holy unfortunately is better only in a very small niche of random spiky raid damage like the AOE during Rag's transitions, which is tough to spot heal as Disc without having to resort to flash heal or just stacking DA with PoH in a pretty inefficient way, where Holy has a beautiful smart heal and a viable hot to work with. There are other issues with Holy v Disc and Holy isn't massively broken, but this probably isn't the column for it.
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