As the title states…damage mitigation and damage dampening vs brute force healing.
Brute Force healers – sorry shamans…you go here, Holy Priests, Holy Paladins
Damage mitigators and damage dampeners - Disc priests, and Resto Druids.
Speaking from a personal preference, I do prefer the path of mitigating and lessening the impact of incoming damage.
As a holy/disc priest: Renew and Power Word: Shield, does do a nice job to help out mitigate damage as it is incoming. lessening the amount of catch up work for spot healing etc.
Case in point: Last Thursday ICC 10 run, Took in as healing 2 restoration shamans, one of them went Enhancement for fights not 3 healed, and me as Holy Paladin. With little to none damage mitigation…the healing felt like a constant rat race to keep raid members alive. Pure unadulterated brute force healing. It’s like taking a sledge-hammer to open a walnut.
Last nights continuation of thursday: 1 resto/enhancement shaman, 1 resto druid, and me once again as the sledge-hammer healer. Went to Prof. Put 1st. 1 shotted. The ability to not have to constantly heal and lessening the damage is noteworthy. Also worth noting is Trees are king/queens of healing on the run, which is important in the final phase of the Prof Put fight. While i was running in position for next heal, I could trust the druid for a o shit heals when needed. And HoTs are HAWT. Yeah I know bad pun. Bite me.
Or when I am on my disc priest. The bubbles go a long way to help the dmg among the raid members. The same could be said for renews on the raid as well, but druids still beat holy priests in the facility. Also with my holy spec I need about 130 more haste. Want to be able to get off 5 renews before CoH cooldown is back up. So will need about 750-800 haste, I am at 680 or so. Tonight going to swap out some more gems…prob going to get some more Reckless Ametrines (+12 SP and +10 haste rating)
Its nice to see in Cata. that resto shamans will get a AoE HoT. But the holy paladin…the sledge hammer healer…lol will appear to be the same for the most part.
I know sacred shield mitigates a small amount of damage but…its still so little.
Also question….I do not quite have this down and I may be doing this wrong. Beacon one of the tanks…right?
Also how much haste? Holy Light is the nuke in the Holy Pallys arsenal but damn it takes a while to cast. Is there a specific rotation? I normally when pull is incoming….FoL, HS, and then Holy Light. I fear is i cast HL tank will be dead on initial pull. ><Especially on that BPC fight.
Don’t get me wrong Holy Pally healing is fun. Just takes some getting used to. Not used to playing the catch up in healing game anymore.
Wanting to buy bubbles on pally….of the priest kind! *sigh*
Disclaimer: this is what I do and and in no way shape or form are they set in stone. People do different things.
57/14/0 is what I use.
My fellow disc Priest Ti uses.
In the Holy Tree – this is where people may vary.
As you can see we both took Healing Focus, and Holy Speciialization (VERY IMPORTANT – more crit is sexy for disc) at max rank. I took Improved Renew while he took 3 ranks of Divine Fury. Both of us took Desperate Heal (although I never use it…like health cookies), and max rank of Inspiration (I cannot understand those who do not take this….. at max rank 10% damage reducation after getting critically hit with a healing spell. )
In the Discipline tree – Avoid: Unbreakable Will, Silent Resolve, Martyrdom, Absolution, and Imp. Mana Burn. For the most part those are PvP talents.
The other talents in the tree, max em out. No questions asked…max them out. Not a lot of variation for disc.
Glyphs for Disc Tree
Major: Penance, Power Word:Shield, and Flash Heal.
Minor: Levitate (cuz I am lazy), Shadow fiend, and Fortitude are safe bets. Some prefer to use Shadow Prayer instead of Fortitude.
I run with 13/58/0.
Other Holy Priests run with 14/58/0
The difference being whether or not to spend a point into getting Inner Focus. I really tend to forget to use the darn thing so i didnt get it.
In the Disc tree for Holy this is what you need to get: max out Twin Disciplines 5/5, Imp. Inner Fire 3/3, Imp, Power Word: Fortitude 2/2, and Meditation 3/3 <——Note meditation is very important…if you dont have it for holy delete WoW from your computer, please.
Now onto the Holy Tree: This is where you may find some variation.
For the 1st tier:
Improved Renew and Holy Specialization: Max em out.
Spell Warding: I tend to avoid it…other take 5/5
Divine Fury – IMO take it.
Desperate Prayer - may respec to get tid of it…never use it anyways.
Inspiration – take IT!.
Some varaiation may occur here - I have seen some take Holy Reach…I use Improved Healing althuogh I may change this tier.
Max all 3 out.
Healing Prayers – reduced cost to PoH and PoM, yes please!
Spirit of Redemption – FAIL ANGEL IN COMING!
Spiritual Guidance – mmmmm maor Spell-power.
Surge of Light – get a crit get a free FH or smite…sure dont twist my arm.
Spiritual Healing…no brainer…take it.
OK some variation may occur here.
Holy Concentration – max it out. This is a must, imo.
Lightwell…ok…debate on this..I myself don’t have kittens trained to use it. My scary GM does…people either like it or hate it. The healing from it is very mana efficient though from what i recall.
Blessed Resilience – don’t bother.
Yay more variation!
Body and Soul – Some swear by it…I am not sure about it. PW:S is seldomly cast…expecially with a disc priest in the raid.
Empowered Healing – I have it at 5/5 I have seen other take it as low as 3/5 or 4/5.
Serendipity – take it and love it. Learn to keep track of it.Learn to manage the stacks with your manapool.
Empowered Renew - Other hate it, others love it. I love it. (I am fake drooid)
Circle of Healing – Make a huge hot key for this baby…..maybe not as large as a FoK button though.
Test of Faith – remember that point some people dont place into empowered Healing…you may see it here to max it out…I may take a point out and max it out as well. Not sure.
Last 2 Tiers
Divine Providence and Guardian Spirit – max em out. No excuse not to.
Variation may occur here.
I run with glyph of CoH (one extra target hit), and PoH (adds a HoT component to PoH), and Guardian Spirit for major.
I raid heal so these are great. And 1 min cooldown on GS if it is not used…hell yeah.
Minor glyphs are the same as the Disc ones.
Happy Healing! No wait…no such thing!!!