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9-27-2011 @ 5:45PM
To be honest, I'm not as excited about the 2p as I am the 4p. The past two tiers have focused, either in our 2p or 4p, on helping us return mana more easily through our most used ability. This completely changes that in such a huge way that, with current speculation on how intense the t13 fights might be, I'm afraid we're going to be as mana starved now as we were at the beginning of Cata.Going from no ICD requirements on mana return with t11 and t12 bonuses to a completely unchangeable 3m CD with Mana Tide for only 15s worth of 25% mana reduction cost seems like a nerf against our previous bonuses. We're still talking Greater Healing Waves at 6254 mana a piece during our proc. While I focus mostly on Haste, I find myself in the area of around 13% haste. So with this change I can get in about 12 spells in 15 seconds. And using my standard "rotation" of heals with intense single target damage, I save around 4862 Mana--not enough mana for anything short of a Riptide or Healing Wave. I realize we'll be gaining mana back during this time due to our bonus being tied into Mana Tide Totem, but even still it doesn't really feel on par with 3 rolling riptides.Maybe I'm missing a key element of the 2p bonus that will make it stand above the two previous tiers (and I don't honestly doubt that), but as is I have to say I'm not really thrilled with it.
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