Apr 8th 2010 4:44AM I look at these changes, and I see nothing.
I see a Life Grip which has no practical use. Let's face it, if your in the BAD STUFF long enough to wait the cast time the get out of it, you're already dead/wiping the raid. Damage ticks too fast and battles end to quick to be totally viable. It will be done in beta.
Lightwell not addressed, still won't work.
We get to use heal again oboy! It's just like BC and downranking! Innovation!
PW:B won't make it past Beta again because it's too OP in PvP. If they keep it I would like that, as well as the 2 shield idea, but then you have a massive overload of spells now on an already congested toolbox. Big shield, lil shield, group shield, big heal, lil heal, middle heal, group heal, PoM, Renew, Binding, Penance, AND Pain Suppress. 12 heals!
The "Chakra" idea has potential, but it sounds like they're setting holy up to be second best again, and that's not what holy needs. If chakra changes you from being Top AoE, bottom single to top single, bottom AoE then that's a good idea with good risk/reward. Considering Blizz's stance on priests, I doubt this will be the case.
In all, I need to see how encounters will work in cata as well as the other healing classes. I think Blizz is set on shammies being on the AoE, so let's see how pallys and droods play out. Sadly, I think the hole only gets deeper for priests.
Jan 17th 2010 6:39PM Good article. I've been Disco as main or offspec since Body and Soul came into effect, and the only thing I disagree with, much like Maximize, is that it's very difficult to throw in 2 disc priests in the same raid. The problem I always had was Weakened Soul and for most fights having all 25 people shielded is not necessary. It's also more proactive thinking than reactive thinking, kinda like resto druids, and trying to get 2 people to think together about what to do 5 seconds from now is pretty difficult. If you must put 2 disc priests in the same raid, I think it a good idea to designate 1 for tank/offtank ONLY and the other for the raid, and hope they don't cross the streams. :3
Jan 2nd 2010 7:46PM I'll buy that for a dollar!