Feb 15th 2011 2:09PM I am one of 2 holy priests in our guild that raid on 25 man. ( I am also an officer/raid leader and we are top 50 us). I personally find the tradeoff for the amount of haste to stack to shave the GCD down vs. the % of extra healing I can get with mastery to favor mastery. I cast a lot of instants. On magmaw heroic my breakdown is CoH>PoH>Renew>EoL(MasteryHot)>PoM>Binding>Lightwell. My mastery hot is 31.1% overheal and PoH is 29.5% overheal. I reforged for haste for a few days and found that my healing was no better and I couldn't shave enough down to be able to really fit in an extra PoH. With the renew change since it is GCD capped through talents, Haste is less useful for it since I can cast it without penalty.
That is my experience and what I favor. Mastery for me lets me do more healing and doesn't hurt my mana at all so I can use the spells I want.
As far as EJ's go, your right about they are very fickle and really think they are unique snowflakes. They still have some very intelligent posters there and are of value. At the end of the day, you need to enjoy how you play and have your stats match your playstyle.
I don't mind your opinion as you stated in this last post. That to me is a very responsible posting backed up with your reasoning. I just really get torqued if I see someone post an opinion without the thought behind it. Too many players will do it just because you said so without knowing way. I am all for better players..not little dawn clones..no matter how cute they are.
On a personal note, your column has gotten by far and away better and better since you first started posting for Wow.com in my humble opinion. It is a very good resource for priests of all skill levels and worth the time to read.
Feb 15th 2011 11:51AM Let me say this. I did read the entire article but I totally disagree with your theory that mastery is bad because it only pads the meters. Part of your justification just now for opinion (although I don't mind that it is different than mine) was a friend getting top world parses. How do you make an argument against something based on a meter then use the meter winning as a justification?
Top world healing parses are total jokes and mean nothing. If I go in with a 6 heal comp on nefarian, no other priests, both druids innervate me, I get DI, and maybe even have someone stand in fire..I can be world #1 for healing. If I go in with another holy priest, disc priest, 2 druids, shaman, and 3 pallies...of course none of us will rank but the encounter might be the smoothest ever. Top healing parses are totally dependant upon the healers around you as there is always a finite amount of damage going out at 1 time.
I agree with EJ is quick to give infractions. I have gotten them myself but realized you have to have math and not respond to bad people posting. EJ's is for a very high level of player if you want to do more than just read. My reference however was to haste vs. mastery arguments. I think they do a good job of comparing the two and then you can get into personal experience etc. and playstyle. I have used both gear setups and prefer mastery over haste. I was turning in top 10 parses in the world on my holy/disc priest at the beginning of the expansion.
To reiterate my issue with your opinion is the baseless assertion to padding the meter. I believe firmly that meters are a tool when used correctly are powerful. They let you know who was healing who when they died etc. A druid assigned to a tank and the tank dies because he only got hots but the druid "topped" the meter on the wipe is a good illustration of a fail of assignment.
But Dawn, I did read the entire article. The best thing about this patch was making disc at least viable again.
Feb 15th 2011 4:19AM I was with you till you said mastery sucks and only "pads" the meters. There are several arguments on haste vs. mastery but mastery increases your throughput without mana cost. On normal mode fights..mastery may not be as big an issue. On hard mode fights with massive aoe group up phases..mastery really shines. With the large health pools, mastery really does a good thing in smoothing out that damage.
This is one time (EJ has some good comparisons on Mastery at the moment) I think you are totally wrong. Haste is a good stat and mastery is a good stat and I have went both ways. Mastery is a very good tank healing stat and only suffers that it isn't as useful for renew (only affects the talented initial heal). But I guess instead of "padding" the meters I should just let pally's holy radiance, shaman healing rain, or druid WG fill in .
Jan 27th 2011 1:13AM You can't make pve gear not usable in arenas..that would be just unfair..cmon..then you basically say..to pvp you have to get crafted pvp gear and then only get gear from points...thus no incentive to do anything else....
And of course the QQ would be massive from the pvp'ers.
Jan 27th 2011 1:09AM Would you prefer that the arena weapons get nerfed so they weren't as effective in PvE? and then you end up having to go into raiding to obtain the best weapons?
I think this is a much better solution long term than forcing PvE to arena or Arena to go to heroic mode raiding to be competitive. I am sure the outcry would be much greater with more nerfs to PvP gear.
Jan 21st 2011 8:14PM That is also why the ensidia ban was really not so controversial..blizzard was watching the attempts, the chats, the logs, and the kill. It was pretty straightforward and easy to see what they were doing. They didn't report it like Paragon did the dark sim near 1 shot.
This should end that crap about they didnt' deserve their ban.
Jan 11th 2011 8:29AM As awesome as dance studio sounds, is anyone else fed up with people bringing it up? Time to move on.
Jan 3rd 2011 1:12AM I want it ..and all the other goodies.
Jan 3rd 2011 1:11AM wow awesome set I need it.
Jan 1st 2011 4:35PM I want it!!!!