Sep 15th 2011 12:44AM I've been hearing something rather mean about Priests in this fight, specifically Holy PRiests...
I tested this myself once I read about it, and confirmed that Holy Priests do -not- get stacks of Vital Spark from Surge of Light'd Flash Heals -or- Holy Word: Serendipity. In effect, both our direct instants. This makes us all but unviable for Baleroc healing. x.x
Jan 11th 2009 6:21AM I don't see what all this hubbub is about dropping Guardian Spirit to get Meditation, when you can happily settle for both.
I may not get Serendipity, but honestly, Priests should have enough Spirit and regeneration from Meditation that, with smart healing and a lack of CoH spam, they really shouldn't experience mana trouble even in the intensive heal fights.
And as for Improved Inner Fire, it is immensely useful in adding Spellpower when you need it most: Raiding. Naturally it'll be among the last few talents you pick up on your way to Meditation and Inner Focus, but it's soooo worth it when you're able to spend less gems on Spellpower and Spirit, and pump your Crit for more frequent heavy heals and Clearcast/Surge procs.
Fun fact: Surge of Light procs for -any- Priest in a raid/group if at least one Priest has it specced.