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Mar 23rd 2012 2:35PM I don't think anyone here is suggesting that we don't like the site, or the staff. The conclusion is that we expected more. I want to make sure to avoid the usual internet hand-wringing and hyperbole here. Maybe I'm in the wrong, but I "feel" like my experience reading this website used to be a little different. I came here for insight, and the writing (I don't play a mage, but I love reading Arcane Brilliance, same for Mr. Rossi's warrior columns). Now the site seems to be peppered with "How would/does this make you feel?" posts. This amounts to something a little different than a "blog". What we're getting is a fancy looking message board. There's a niche out there for wow insider to fill. It should demand a little more of itself than its current iteration.
Mar 23rd 2012 9:13AM Have to say that I felt the same way. I was a little surprised to hear how disengaged the staff from wowinsider was at the press event. From Alex saying he didn't pay attention to the Raid Finder loot roll change (which I think is probably very important to your readers) to Mike Sacco deferring to wowhead at seemingly every turn for answers to listeners questions - I would have to say that the coverage was lackluster.
Sure, this is a "blog". But, if I were running a business, and I sent two employees to a press event the last thing I would want to hear would be one of the employees telling our customers that they didn't pay attention during the event and the other employee driving our customers to another website...
Mar 6th 2012 11:03AM I think everyone is giving the post way too much slack here when it comes to its actual content. There is none. Everybody and their brother has an opinion on early Cata heroics. I think my wife does and she doesn't even play the game. At this point there is very little left to be said, so why continue to beat on Blanchy.
I want to read about what blizzard thought worked and why it worked IN DETAIL. I also think it is a shame that they do not address the development time. They're going to get a QQ fest anyway, so just let it out. Let us know what roadblocks caused the delay/cancellation of content and what you plan on doing to avoid that in the future. Also, what are you planning to do to ensure that I never see a spread, stack and spam heals, spread back out raid tier.
Feb 28th 2012 8:45AM Awesome follow up to last week's column Dawn. I think Discipline Priests are in two camps now. Camp one feels Discipline will be neutered in MoP despite Blizzard's statement that the re are more changes in store for Priests coming down the line. This part of the player base insists that Blizzard has dropped the ball in the past, so Priests need to voice their displeasure now not in beta. Camp two feels that while Priests should be concerned they need to hear more about the proposed changes to their class before jumping to conclusions, and the community can still have some constructive conjecture about what Priests SHOULD look like in MoP while avoiding some of the charged language (garbage, broken, etc.) camp one is so fond of.
I love what you said about Attonement and could not agree more. The talent has always felt like it should be a glyph. The heal and dps from Holy Fire and Smite is a nice side effect to building stacks for AA. Holy's access to the full kit of an AA/A "spec" is really interesting and I can see AA becoming a staple in a Holy Priest's arsenal. Keep a renew rolling on your tank, cast Holy Fire (a very efficient heal with attonement) on CD to build stacks, pop your wings and go to town with powerful burst healing on the entire raid. This all depends on what raid encounters will look like in MoP of course.
I don't see the loss of Divine Hymn, Binding Heal, and Renew for Discipline as that problematic. Divine Hymn gives Discipline Priests three powerful raid CDs in the time of most fights if they last around 7 mins. That's too much. Binding Heal is awesome, but not a "gamechanger". A discipline priest can still function without the spell. Renew has no place for Disc in PVE right now. The loss of the spell in PVP would be loss, but it wouldn't break Disc. I see the benefit of making these abilities exclusive to Holy as it continues to establish a significant difference in playstyle between the two healing specs for Priests.
Prayer of Healing is another story. It all depends on what Holy Nova looks like. My gut tells me that Discipline will simply have PoH added back to their tool kit.
Feb 21st 2012 11:05PM I'm not calling you cranky because of one column - "easy mode", Madness is a Loot Pinata, Priests are not viable in cutting edge progression, here's how to up your HPS to win meters, etc. set a tone. And the general tone of the priest community in these comments and on the official forums regarding the proposed MoP changes matches the tone of your column. If I wanted to be insulting I would have called you, and the rest of the priest community, petulant. Instead I'll be nice and call you guys "cranky".
Discouraging discrimination in pugs is not "whacky". Encouraging and feeding that discrimination in an attempt to eliminate it is "whacky". You can't lament the viability of healing priests in attempt to disuade the community that healing priests are not viable...
A small percentage of the player base is on HM content and the rest of the player base looks towards that small percentage for their expertise. However, to portray priests as somehow being behind when it comes to tackling current raid content is totally misguided. John may be right. I may be the only one who feels this way, but priests are in an excellent position right now. As a priest you can play 6 different playstyles:
5)Disc PVE - SoS
6)Disc PVE - AA/A
I even see Holy PVP in BGs now and then. The point is that the above specialization options are all viable in current content. Focusing solely on Discipline you can see that 3 specializations are offered. Each of those specializations are particular strong. The two PVE specializations provide similar throughput while playing differently. Secondary stats for Discipline priests offer symmetry as well. The average player can gear up their disc priest through HoT heroics/JP/VP and dive into normal mode raid content. As that player learns the fights and the class they can tailor a spec (SoS or AA/A) and their secondary stats to suit their playstyle. On top of that players can choose to dual spec Holy, Shadow, or one of the two PVP specs and experiment with those playstyles. I would say that the Priest class is in a very healthy position and offers a rewarding experience to the average player in WoW.
If I want to read how the class I like to play is broken and/or dead weight I'll stick to the official forums, EJ, etc.
Feb 21st 2012 3:20PM Last I checked Derevka and others were still out there and there are 5 HM Madness kills on Jharzun's armory. And the idea that a column like this would discourage discrimination in a PUG is a little whacky too. Aren't you reinforcing their prejudices?
With that said I would like to see you address the "casual raider" a little more. The priest community as a whole is excellent and helpful, I'm looking at you plusheal.com, and I can't help but feel that isn't the case here. I really only play my Disc priest ( I have a resto shaman and holy pally) and I enjoy reading the warrior and mage class columns on this website more than Spiritual Guidance. I feel like you've become a little cranky. Cheer up! That does for all you "broken" priests out there too. Could it be a little case of crisis addiction? Nothing is wrong, but we're so used to having problems we cook up a little drama?
Feb 21st 2012 8:31AM The official forums, priest section, have the same "sky is falling" mentality when it comes to the priest changes. I understand Dawn is attempting to temper it a little bit here; however, I still don't understand the concern. Blizzard confirmed the priest talents did not change because the new talents aren't ready. Yet, the attitude from the priest player base is either:
1) Didn't see them say that. My priest is unplayable in MoP.
2) Saw that. Don't believe them. My priest is unplayable in MoP.
At this point in Cataclysm I can't see how any Priest of ANY spec can complain. Shadow pulls competitive DPS, Holy shines with the changes to DH, and Discipline stands out as possibly the BEST tank healing spec. And both healing specs can cover tanks(Holy) or the raid(Disc) with absolutely no problem. Additionally, Priests offer two PVP specs with Discipline offering two PVE specs.
I look at the proposed MoP talents and see choices based on how I want to play vs. boost PW:S by X%. Holy Nova replacing Prayer of Healing feels like a very reasonable decision to me. I never cast heal, so I'm not sure how Spirit Shell will impact my play. All I can say is that I've been very happy with how priests in Cataclysm have played, so with at least 6 months of alpha and beta ahead of us I'm confident that Priests will head into MoP as a viable class.