May 20th 2009 4:51PM I have some serious concerns about the accuracy of WMO when it comes to absorption. I'm pretty confident it still seriously underestimates your absorption, either compared to RecountGuessedAbsorb or a manual read-through of the logs. It also some very weird things like allocate some of the Divine Aegis healing to holy priests or even non-priest healers in some cases. I really wouldn't trust it.
RecountGuessedAbsorb has a lot of heavyweight theorycrafting behind it (check out the priest forum on EJ for details) and is supposed to be something like 90% accurate.
And to those Disc naysaysers, I say bah to you! According to recount my absorption + healing puts me in the top 2 for our Ulduar raids in total, and on AoE heavy boss fights (Mimi or XT) I'm top by 300k+. No, it's not just that our other healers suck, shield spam for Disc really is that powerful when you can guarantee it will be fully used.
Apr 14th 2009 6:57AM Why is everyone so anti-Forsaken? The vast majority of the Forsaken were basically peasants who were infected by the original plague through no fault of their own. Sure we became mindless servants of the Lich King but then we broke free. Simply being Undead does not necessarily make us evil. There are some among the Forsaken who do commit horrific crimes but the same is true of all the factions (I distinctly remember being asked to torture someone by a HUMAN.)
Sylvanas was a great hero to her people before falling to the Lich King, she was a champion of good. Now she is a banshee she is trying to lead a her people (who have suffered far more than any other faction through no fault of their own) through some troubled times. There is a significant human faction dedicated to wiping us out. You can understand why we might be a little unsociable but to claim that all Forsaken are evil is naive and narrow-minded.
Try wiping the slate clean post Sylvanas breaking away from the Scourge. Have we really commited crimes greater than any other race in that time?
Feb 24th 2009 7:05AM Rapture? Eeek. The Holy changes seem sexy though. CoH, Sol-Flash, PoH will be a very nice raid healing combo. Time to respec again probably (or dual-spec anyway.)
Feb 23rd 2009 6:58AM I've done exactly this for four Patchwerk kills. (I had some moments of self-doubt that Disc was bringing anything viable to the raid).
I went through the entire WWS log for each kill and manually added up the absorb amounts on the target I was healing (usually I solo-heal the MT). Absord shows up as (for example):
Patchwerk's Hateful Strike hits x for 8000 (2000 blocked) (6000 absorbed).
I was the only healer on that target so all absorption was down to my heals.
We had two pallys, a druid and a holy priest as our other healers. When absorption was factored in I finished about 100k behind the two paladins typically (well ahead of the holy priest and druid.) If you ignored the Paladin's healing from their Beacon's I'm a good 300-400k ahead on each attempt.
You asked for solid evidence supporting Disc's viability? There you go.
Feb 16th 2009 11:30AM That would be "healing" not dealing. Wtb edits...
Feb 16th 2009 11:29AM "You might not need Grace"
Umm, the main benefit of Grace is the 6% increased dealing done for your own spells. No one else in the raid can provide this for you. Not taking Grace in a deep Disc PvE spec would be a very sub-optimal choice, 2% increased healing per talent point is hard to beat.
Jan 6th 2009 7:45AM Rolling restarts for EU realms again this week (stated by a Blizzard moderator) so no 3.0.8.
Dec 19th 2008 7:05AM Anyone think that the emerald drake in The Oculus (healing via dps) and the red drake healing abilities from the daily/Malygos phase 3 are Blizzard's subtle way of testing out alternative healing styles for a future revamp of healing?
Oct 31st 2008 8:37AM Yup, it's Celtic in origin so Irish/Scottish/Cornish really. Though the name actually comes from the Catholic Church's attempt to turn the pagan celebrations into a Christian one...
Oct 29th 2008 1:08PM It's actually from a British newspaper, the Times. Fox just copied it. You can read the full (only slightly longer story) here: