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9-26-2011 @ 5:40PM
My problem with the 2P bonus is that I cast lightwell before battle even begins. The way this bonus works forces me to drop it at non-optimal times and turns it into something it really was not intended for. I am all for making tough decisions but this is one I will not make. I drop lightwell for a variety of reasons and none of them is how to save mana. What if I drop the lightwell knowing that it will be used in a certain stack spot but that AOE damage will not happen for another 30sec? That mana savings is wasted because lightwell is a pre-empitve spell (yes it can be reactive but not everyone knows when I'm casting LW). U have to be smart and knowledgeable in battle on where and when it is most effective because it's heals are OP. Using it to save mana is counter to what I believe the developers originally intended it for .Now for the 4P. Its is plain terrible for us Non-disc priests...(didn't know holy was renamed until now). The Deathwing encounter alone looks highly mobile. How many times will I really need sanc when it heals are pretty bad and u just have to move away from it to get no benefits. I choose PoH/CoH 9times out of 10. From the Disc perspective our 4P could be very good but I want to see it in action before I really comment on it. Tank healers will see the most benefits from it because they generally have bubbles fully absorbed. Like you said we do not need anything game breaking but this is the LAST tier of the expansion. The MAIN problem I have with these bonuses I think you neglected, is suppose to be something people really want to have. I really do not want this. t12 was awesome because we got to summon a little pet. This has no creativity behind it. This is not epic, this is not something I really want to play for and try to achieve. Blizzard can come up up with so much better than this. I feel and hope that these are just place holders for our real bonuses in development based on whatever our t13 will look like. For real, does anyone feel epic lowering our mana costs and lowering CDs? So underwhelming. I actually feel like I will have more benefit from our t12 2P mana regen, and the 5-6% increase SMART heals from the 4P and t13 is not something I will really shoot for. The day I have to give up my cauterizing flame for a reduced CD I most likely will not use is probably the day I loose my will to play.Sorry for the long post... Blizz can do epic things, this is not even close to fun.
9-26-2011 @ 7:48PM
"Non-disc priests...(didn't know holy was renamed until now)"I LOVE this. Seems to support the notion that holy is the red-headed stepchild of priest specs this expansion. I think I'll start referring to my poor, unloved, under-appreciated MAIN spec this way.I agree with you on everything else, too. Especially tying the 2P to Lightwell. Because, oh yeah, my mana's low/there's a lot of incoming raid damage, lemme just drop this Lightwell that no one will even realize I'm dropping and therefore won't use, thus wasting a GCD.Not only that, but Lightwell isn't something I save for certain situations. When the CD is up (and I notice that it isn't there anymore :P), Lightwell goes out. Yeah, we'll still get the benefit of the reduced mana costs, but who cares if I can't -choose- when I want them.And the 4P? WOW. Brb, rolling a resto druid.But seriously, this had better be a placeholder, because this is the most disappointing set bonus I've seen (for us non-discos, anyway). I never use HW: Sanctuary because of the disgustingly low amount of healing it does (except when I'm raiding BWD/BoT/Throne, and -maybe- once in a while on Occu'thar), so that's useless to me. And, being holy and thus generally assigned (usually of my own accord) to raid healing, I'm never in Chakra: Serenity, so the reduced CD on the HW is also useless. And since anyone in their right mind wouldn't assign a hol--excuse me, non-discipline--priest to tank healing, at least not where they stand now, I think it'll go wasted for a lot of priests.On the other hand, the discipline 4P? I have a disc OS (because, you know, I like healing on my priest, and I can't do it as non-discipline, right?) that would love this. The only problem I foresee is not knowing when to expect it (that DPS you just shielded who almost immediately afterward stopped taking damage? DOUBLE THE SHIELD!), but that's the nature of it and I'll take that over nothing.
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