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9-12-2011 @ 8:19PM
"Despite the relatively low throughput of this type of healing when done continuously (read: I still don't recommend it)"Is there a post where you go over why this is? I keep seeing throwaway comments like these on WoW sites, saying that smite healing sucks, but I can't seem to find full explanations as to why, or what the alternative, typical disc healing is. I started playing right around Cata launch, so the disc I see now is the only one I know, and I always just thought, oh, smite is what I should be doing, since it appears to be an integral part of the tree. It does between 15-40k heals each time - what the heck else are people doing that pumps out more heals than this?!
9-12-2011 @ 10:24PM
Shields are instant and heal for more. Atonement only heals people within 15 yards of the target. You can't choose who the Atonement heals (sometimes hits pets and treants). On some fights (Rag) atonement can't actually heal people because they're not close to the boss.The alternative is to skip evang/arch and atonement and get strength of soul. Your new filler spell will be heal. It's a much more simplified playstyle with the absence of keeping evangelism up and using archangel. Also very easy to switch back to high heals while using Heal because it reduced the duration of weakened soul on the target, allowing for a sooner shield.
9-13-2011 @ 6:07AM
Atonement doesn't suck if used correctly. Ie: No one does nothing else but spam smite, holy fire, and that's it. you can maybe get away with that in a heroic with geared folks, but it wont fly when raiding typically. Instead in raid settings you use it effectively as a cool down, you build stacks before you know major aoe damage, or tank damage is coming, pop your wings, and go to town with casted heals which are all receiving a bonus of 15% extra healing due to your arch angel wings, and a reduced mana cost for your penance to consider. . There are however range issues, the time to get you stacks up, and the fact that it can heal pets or blood worms with the smart heal component to consider. There are areas in every fight this tier (with the exception of maybe baleroc) where it can be useful. In addition the hpm ratio of holy fire is comparable and in fact surpasses greater heal. It's a personal play style decision. Both are viable, and I think it's a bad idea to suggest otherwise (sorry Dawn) unless Dawn meant to do nothing BUT spam these spells.
9-13-2011 @ 7:35AM
I had to pick between your comment and another comment on page two to reply to about this topic, so I picked the one on page two which had a few more points to respond to. To avoid double posting I'll just link the comment thread where I explain my gripes: http://wow.joystiq.com/2011/09/12/discipline-priest-stat-weight-weights-guide/comments/34777043/
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