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3-13-2012 @ 1:52AM
I'm gonna chime in here. First -- the post seemed to get side tracked.1- Wrath healing and Cata healing is very different. Even when comparing ICC to DS when mana is mostly a non-issue.2- Paladin have a much smaller toolkit of heals. They either notice someone took damage, target them, and cast a spell like Flash Heal or Greater Heal (Divine Light, in their case), or they work on AoE healing. AoE healing is targeting someone in the middle of a large pack of players who aren't topped off, and casting Holy Radiance on them. That's it. Holy Power and Beacon of Light make it slightly more complex, but they don't have abilities like Circle of Healing, Prayer of Mending, Prayer of Healing, a cooldown like Divine Hymn, or a HoT like Renew. They also lack the ability to drop a healing circle on the ground. 3-Then how do Paladins work like such powerhouses on the healing meters? Here is how:With such a small toolkit, they resort to either:A) Single target heal. orB) Use Holy Radiance. When Holy Radance is used properly and doesn't overheal, it does a TON of healing. It's very situational in that it requires a lot of people to need healing and to be nearby each other, but that's common in Dragon Soul. Thus, they do very well.NOTE: Holy Radiance heals EVERYONE nearby. There is no limit. ALL Priest spells have a limit to how many people they target, except the one heal that you plop on the ground (Holy only). Thus, a Priest has to cast more spells to heal as many people as a paladins one Holy Radiance. The reason paladins are topping the meters, thus, is that they can heal more in less time. They run out of mana very fast, but regen quickly as well. To compensate, the other healing classes need some slight buffs (especially shaman).Now, on to the tangent:"Now that you mention it, I've started seeing all kinds of signs that Priests are the breeding grounds for other class's healing spells. It's almost like we get the basic version, and then they evolve and turn into something else."This is true across all things. Both Feral cats and Rogues have gained abilities that were once unique to the other. Everything however is given a unique twist. Druids have Wild Growth, Priests have Circle of Healing. Both function the same way, but in a unique way to the class. No one class is the original though, everyone gets stuff from everyone else.
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