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Healing…apply directly to the forehead.

This is what we should get as a warning, when hitting that LFD button.

Cata is now into week 2, more people are now 85 and hitting the dungeons.

I think my gear is ok…a few pieces here or there could be better, but theoretically I could jump into Heroics.


What is stopping me from jumping in head first?

1.) The few normals I have run as a healer were guild runs and the 1 random, I did had a group of people accustomed to the new Cata style and things went smoothly. Other than that, the horror stories about the LFD pool is making me think the headache and repair bill is not worth it. (Mine own experience in Heroic Deadmines with a PuG tank….needs more booze)

2.) The healing style I grew to love in Wrath, just does not cut it. Discipline – does not have the punch to keep things in check. If something goes wrong, someone stands in bad “by accident”, mobs CC gets broken, and people get face owned…..Disc does not have the same oomph it had to push things through. Disc is all about dmg mitigation, and the main source of this PW:S is not longer viable due to a couple of things. A.) mana cost and B.) it gets popped so easily now.

You maybe thinking, “But Slice! Prayer of Healing now procs DA 100% of the time!” Sure it does…but the with the actual amount that PoH heals…the bubbles it creates…they do not absorb all that much.

Power Word: Barrier and Pain Suppression are a very sexy spell duo indeed. But again even with these cooldowns…you are still lacking in the HEALING DEPT.

1.) Heal seem meh….
2.) Flash Heal….can heal for a lot, but will leave you sapped.
3.) A Borrowed Time + Greater Heal can be nice…but still will leave ya gasping for mana.
4.) Prayer of Healing – DA procs yay! But still not a super amount of healing when shit hits the fan.

Disc at this time, is not working for me at least. At the higher gear levels it may be a viable choice for me, sure I could do it right now, but why struggle. Better stats mean stronger bubbles, less pain being lovingly showered on your group!

3.) Lots of member of SR are either on vacation, getting to 85, or gearing up for heroics.

Lamenting the loss of me bubbles, I have committed apostasy. I have went away from Discipline and rejoined the Choir of the failangels….aka Holy.

And wow…Holy IS A FREAKIN blast to play now. The different Chakras and make playing a holy priest a fun monster to play. The modification to Holy Word: Chastize depending on which chakra state you are in is a great idea. You need AoE? cast Holy Word: Sanctuary?

Need a harder hitting single target heal spell which also increases the chance for healing spells to crit? Look no farther then, Holy Word: Serenity!

The hurdle with Holy is the Chakra swapping and that takes a few minutes to get accustomed to, but once you get the handle of it, it plays out quite nicely.

Also this talent in the Holy Tree is soooo win, it really helps out with mana regen (while in combat) so much.

Holy Concentration

P.S. This talent has just been buffed today to increase the amount of mana regened from 20% fully talented to 40% fully talented. Sorry I need a new towel

Although, the amount regained from Rapture has been increased from 2.5% to 6%…it is still really low when compared to Holy Concentration. Also rapture can occur only once every 12 seconds.

But at this point, appears Liyhe the bubble priest, will now be Liyhe the failangel, defender of the lolwell.

Categories: cata, disc, dungeon fun, holy, priest
  1. December 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I honestly think you did a fantastic job healing the part of Deadmines that we got through. The tank wore unenchanted gear. Was in primarily greens and wasn’t very good.

  2. December 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    The trouble I always have with Disc (which is my priests spec as well) is that it seems balanced around PvP rather than PvE. So if we would get something awesome or helpful or viable for PvE, it usually gets nerfed to the ground because of PvP, which is horribly frustrating. I get it, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck.

    I haven’t tried healing any of the new Cataclysm dungeons because my priest is just doing archaeology and hasn’t even quested yet, but I was wondering how much the new Inner Will or whatever would help with bubble costs and of course, how viable it is to get smites off to increase healing. I guess I’ll just have to find out.

    Have you tried weaving in any smites?

    • December 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm

      The healing from Atonement from what I have seen can be ok but it not being a “smart” heal means it may go to somewhere else other then the tank.

      The mana gain from AA is barely enough to pay for the smiting to get to 5 stacks.

      For me the issue it bubbles pop so easily, and heal is just so weak in comparison to a Holy Priests Heal combined with Chakra and the buff from casting Holy Word: Serenity. I will go back once gear lvls get better. I like bubble priesting a lot more then holy priesting,

      • December 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

        Also with the new changes to inner will and its counterpart. It maybe worthwhile to macro them in whenever you cast a instant spell vs a casted spell.

        It just seems to me at this point. serendipity and the 25% crit bonus from HW: Serenity allows for Holy to easy keep the tank alive. vs BT GH.

  3. December 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    *hands slice a new towel*

  4. Donny
    December 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm


    Love the read Slice.

    Think this might be more relevant to those tryin to lvl disc (smitespec) as me or healerz in general.


    Thanks dude


    • December 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes I have read that out, Defintely in the futrure I may go back and try disc out again!

  5. Donny
    December 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Oh and a quick question, hows mastery for Holy? any good or reforge to spirit/haste?

    • December 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      The mastery is not bad but if you need to reforge to spirit or haste I do not see any issue with it.

      Tales of a Priest has a very nice write up on how to gear up for Holy.

      But as a general rule.

      Intellect > Spirit > Haste to 12.5% > Mastery > Crit

  6. Serrath
    December 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Slice – hey! I found you through Kern’s blog. 🙂

    I play a holy priest myself. I wanted to chime in with your recent conversion.

    I 100% agree with your theory that Discipline just does not have the gear to deliver an effective priest. The bubbles barely absorb any damage (especially when compared to 150k hp pools for the tanks), atonement healing will lead you to a wipe on any fight except Halfus Wyrmbreaker. Penance just isn’t enough to make up the slack and if things get out of hand you’re in trouble.

    I love that holy has so many extra utilities. I’ve been a holy fanboy since BC but they’ve taken it over the top by fixing Lightwell and giving us Chakra. Healing heroics and raids I honestly find myself in Chakra: Heal about 95% of the time. Refreshing my renews and providing that nice (and CHEAP) burst heal with Holy Word: Serenity is exception. If something goes wrong? No problem, I have a flash heal followed by a hastened greater heal. Mana inefficient? No worries, I have 4000 combat regen when I’m buffed. The whole group is taking damage? lol Prayer of Healing + Circle of Healing + Sanctuary. And lightwell? Once you get your group to using it … Lightwell will heal for more than your Circle of Healing (no joke).

    Nice to see someone enjoying holy as much as I do.

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