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Sep 12th 2011 8:01AM Strange, I've played both Discipline and Holy in the past two tiers, and ever since the Meditation nerf, Discipline has just performed better. At the start of T11, Holy was one of the strongest healers due to the mana regeneration provided by Meditation pre-nerf. In a raid tier that required us to stack massive amounts of Mana regeneration, Holy was king. Throughput came second to being able to keep healing until your gear outleveled the encounter.
Sadly, after the nerf to Holy's mana regeneration and the subsequent release of Firelands which provided barely any gear for the spec, I've dropped it for Discipline. From the few fights I healed as Holy compared to doing them again as Discipline, I have to say Discipline is much better suited to Firelands (you can probably read more about it on the priest official forums, were we've been debating the issue for ages now). The raid cooldown and single target capabilities as well was the ability to be more effective at raid healing than Holy (most of Holy's healing goes into Overhealing at the moment), I'd say Discipline is much more viable than Holy.
I'll admit I'm not the best priest healer out there, but I do think you mixed up the Holy vs Discipline's AoE healing part. Discipline's AoE healing burst is not as massive as Holy, but the Divine Aegis that stacks and procs on each hit as well as crits makes more than up for it. As it stands at the moment, Dicsipline outheals Holy on every encounter except Majordomo (and that's mostly because Bubble doesn't actually absorb damage and thus can't be counted in any meters, you can only check the damage taken ones to see the effect. I'm unsure if this has been fixed or not.), and I'll go as far as saying that on some encounters, Holy Priests are not viable at all. Alysrazor for example, is terrible as a Holy Priest.
Enough ranting from my side :P this is, after all, an article about Palanabs, right?
Sep 11th 2011 9:05AM Don't they have coffins to sleep in, in the inn in Undercity (loads if in's)
Sep 11th 2011 8:54AM The head does look striking, but overall it doesn't look very "warrior like" to me. It kind of fits a Death Knight a bit more, but maybe the red version displayed is the Heroic version, while the normal can be a more earthly color.
Sep 11th 2011 8:38AM I've always been a button masher, mostly due to raiding with high latency (luckily IceHUD's casting bar works so nicely for me while healing), so it's nothing new. It wasn't excessive either. That is, until I started my Frost DW DK alt. That's button mashing heaven, with procs flying around and your uptime being 99% of the encounter. The button mashing is probably why I don't do as much DPS as other people in my current gear (370 iLevel), since I never manage my ruins or RP at all...MASH DEM BUTTONS!!!
Healing while button mashing doesn't exactly do it for me nowadays, since the situation can transpire at a moment's notice. You need to be able to react fast, and cast the right heal for the moment, instead of just GH or Penance/Bubble spams.
Sep 11th 2011 8:11AM Personally, I don't really World PvP at all. Sometimes it's a necessity, for example doing daily quests in the Molten Front or doing World Events. Mostly I try to avoid it, because if someone decided to come and kill me while I'm grinding, it's a quick "some ally is stopping me from getting my title, wanna kill him?" in guild chat, Have Group Will Travel, and 10 Hordes are killing his ass non-stop. Don't want that happening to me.
(On a completely unrelated note, we managed to keep a hunter dead for 15minutes until he was forced to relog, because he was keeping one of our guildies from turning in the quests that would ding him 85. Poor guy.)