Aug 6th 2011 12:22PM @Lux
Imo the holy form for priests is... chakra? aoe form and direct heal form. gg
Aug 1st 2011 9:00PM An easy way is to take the breakdown of your healing via recount, most of the time you will find crittable heals taking a greater % of your healing then mastery effected heals, so at the moment, after 4.2's crit healing buff, i would say.
CRIT! (It also helps you do more atonement healing)
Aug 1st 2011 8:59PM i play a slightly different style of atonement priest.
Similar to arcane mages, i use holy fire and smite spam when massive healing is not yet necessary, to conserve mana, how? I macro archangel to the big heals in order to return mana and increase their effectiveness. Using archangel this way, makes your smite healing almost costless. (you can also opt to use archangel asap at 5 stacks just to get the mana back asap).
An idea about atonement, is really to ignore it if u can help it, and macro to other spells, because you will still be healing as per normal, but the proc helps. (Macro it to big spells for buff to healing, or macro it to holy fire to use it on cooldown during atonement spam for mana returns)
Atonement actually does very little HPS, so its not viable to use atonement when heavier healing is required. Hence for normal healing mode, as our good article writer has mentioned before, macroed "Inner Focus" to each Greater Heal, Binding Heal, Prayer of Healing, or Flash Heal. By talenting "Train of Thought", Greater Heal is my prefered heal when penance is on cooldown, due to the talent actually indirectly reducing the cost of greater heal by 11% by making "Inner Focus" come off cooldown sooner.
As for AOE healing, I would spam heavily Prayer of Healing alternating on groups, this makes good use of Divine Aegis proc and also "Prayer of Healing Glyph". Its good to remember to use PW:S to proc rapture when spamming PoH.
I do not take Strength of Soul, due to the fact that:
1) If the raid is taking damage, i will be raid healing
2) If noone is dying, i may as well use atonement healing (helps dps and saves mana by pumping Archangel at 5 stacks asap)
3) I do not spam PW:S, as I use it to save others when they are low and in need of healing immediately, and only to proc rapture.
As for stats, it seems that crit will outweigh mastery (at least for me), as most of our healing % with this strategy are affected by crit, and less % of stats are effected by mastery (this is based on my recount breakdown on most fights with manual crafting, and also rawr model).
A non related to this post but I think worth mentioning, i guess is the use of "Focused Will" for disc priests, as there is a lot of damage being taken by a player in Firelands, by reducing the amount of damage taken on successive attacks, it will really save your life, allowing you to focus on others that need healing immediately too (I find it more effective to reduce damage then a 2 minute cooldown medium heal, which is only slightly more then PW:S yourself).
My toon is Shadowyvaine-Blackrock (US) in case anyone wants to check my spec. It is a little strange that I skip some talents that others will find atrocious but really..
1) I do not have mana issues due to maximizing rapture procs so no need for faster shadowfiends, Instead I use it very early in the fight (80% mana, rapture on CD) to get it a 2nd time.
2) I do not take "Borrowed Time" because I find that other talents are more required over an occasional quicker heal, which may help, but again, other talents matter more.
Aug 1st 2011 8:37AM trivia items and titles.. that being said, as a massive altaholic its spread over a few toons...
Jul 19th 2011 8:09AM hmm... i've gotten used to using wow's default raid frames, its pretty useful eventho its been buggy since 4.2.
Jul 19th 2011 8:07AM altoholic as i run 10 toons, DBM for raiding, Postal cos clicking everything is annoying, Ingela's Rapture for my disc priest, PoMTracker again for my priest, SexyCooldown, and of course, Recount.
Jun 22nd 2011 8:06AM After the main, I had made my characters based on what professions I would take next, followed by what class would benefit from that profession the most in Wrath. After the 6th toon I had read about the Pre-Cata quest lines, Zalazane/Gnomerangan and wanted to participate, also as they were removing the Wrathgate questline, I decided to level another toon on the opposite faction. The last 3 were filling the slots of classes that I do not have.
At the moment I've got them to 85 and rotate the 9 toons on and off (with 1 I refuse to play due to the need to do massive rekeybinding)...
May 23rd 2011 8:40AM I currently have 9 lvl 85s and 1 lvl 83 (leveling this now)
Each toon has more of less raided at some point of time (wrath or now) half have been in regular weekly runs (mains or alts). 8 of them can que for zg/za, 5 of them are raiding quality...only 1 used to raid heroic..
Now? I am satisfied crafting and playing AH, raiding multiple nights a week seems weak way to spend time now... and the urge to strangulate others at times.
Taking a more casual approach but still spending as much time is probably what drove me to make that many alts, also the habit of speed-run/gearing toons to break the record each time. Each later toon cheats with the benefit of what profession each other toon can carry over to/Boa avaliable.
Also, each class/spec is uniquely different, its nice to see the game from different point of roles and playstyle.
P/S: due to having a lot of alts, I had to stop looking at achievements made for one hardcore toon, like 100 mounts/the exalted. I still intend to get Anzu on all toons tho, 3 down, 7 to go.
Apr 15th 2011 6:19AM i technically mastered it by
1) doing AutoCAD at work..
2) raiding a lot.. requires turning at times...
Apr 14th 2011 11:54AM heh... im one of those kind of guys that... have 10 toons.. one of each.
so far 7 are 85, leveling can be fast, once you leveled a few it gets the same.. its the rep that matters. so to get the guys up and running fast, only quest in the areas where the rep benefits the class. and then some boe gear (a lot of gold and space for professions come up with many toons, makes it easy/cheap to produce/buy gear) and start running heroics.
getting into a raid is another story.. till date 1 alt managed to run a few weeks of alt raids from the main raiders. and another 2 managed to pug 5/6 bwd.. but thats about it.
also, altoholic is a must when managing that amount of alts..