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Cataclysm Notes

June 16, 2010

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There was something beautiful that caught my eye when I started tinkering with the new Discipline tree. Forget about the fancy damage talents. As a tank healing Discipline priest, turn your eyes to the upper tier Holy talents that are now within your reach. I genuinely felt that Blizzard had handed me a gift, complete with ribbons and bows.

  • Divine Fury –  5/5 Reduces the casting time of your Smite, Holy Fire, Heal and Greater Heal spells by 0.5 sec.
  • Empowered Healing5/5 Your Greater Heal spell gains an additional 30% and your Flash Heal, Heal, and Binding Heal gain an additional 15% of your bonus healing effects.
  • Improved Healing3/3 Reduces the mana cost of your Lesser Heal, Greater Heal, Divine Hymn and Penance spells by 15%.
  • Deliverance3/3 When you heal with Binding Heal or Flash Heal, the cast time of your next Greater Heal or Prayer of Healing spell is reduced by 9%. Stacks up to 3 times. Lasts 20 sec.

Look at Deliverance. Look at Empowered Healing.

Now wipe those pretty Discipline tears from your eyes. The talents are real. They might be disguised as Holy talents, but they are yours now.

There are even 3 talents left over that can be placed wherever you choose in the top of the Holy tree. I might try out Improved Renew or Healing Prayers. As a tank healer, I doubt you’ll be casting too many smites to take full advantage of the shiny new damage talents (at least not the complete set). There will certainly be chances to use the Disc-side talents so that we can burn Archangel.

I cannot currently judge how our contribution from Power Word: Shield, Divine Aegis, and Penance will be changing. The percentages in our fundamental talents have been altered to accommodate the new Mastery bonuses.

We’ve also seen changes to quite a few familiar attributes:

  • Mp5 removed
  • Meditation removed
  • Mental Strength removed
  • Grace reduced to 2 stacks and a max 8%
  • Penance costs 29% of base mana, up from 19% of base mana
  • 3% raid-wide damage reduction removed from Renewed Hope
  • Soul Warding reduces Power Word: Shield CD by 3 seconds, not 4
  • Borrowed Time increases Shield absorption by 20% of spellpower, not 40%

But I think we’ll be okay. There will be growing pains. Our mana regen will be strange and foreign, but the Holy priests and Resto druids will stand by patiently while the Discipline priests, Holy Paladins, and Resto Shaman get their bearings.

Our Mastery bonuses will supplement the lost spellpower contribution to Power Word: Shield. We won’t feel the potential 1 second CD to shield quite as keenly as the raid shielders. And Grace, while reduced by 1%, will be applied faster, making it feasible to switch between one-to-two targets and reap more benefit from Grace than before.

Penitence gives our Penance a gorgeous 15% crit chance bonus. If we time it right, the smite needed to proc Evangelism will reward us with a cheaper Penance to cast right after it, and we’ll be able to run in happy circles while casting a boosted Penance after we use Archangel.

If we should start to miss the raid reduction aspect of Renewed Hope, we always have Power Word: Barrier on hand. It’s an expensive spell, but Inner Focus should make it practically free on every cast.

I think we’ll be particularly well off because of the new talents available to us that enhance our healing power and reduce the mana cost of our staple heals. With any luck, we will not need to cast as furiously to maintain our targets and will have more ways available to hasten our heals. I am very, very pleased with access to Deliverance (Serendipity). Empowered Healing took my breath away when I first saw it.

Greater Heal should have a new special place in our hearts come Cataclysm. It’s going to have friends too, with a stronger Flash Heal, Heal, and Binding Heal keeping it company.

I’m off to go dance circles around my tank, because he and I are going to rock this town once Cataclysm comes out.


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  1. Oh oh oh, I had not noticed the awesome potential of deliverance (wewt). After all, disc tree has (still, right?) improvements to flash heal… so you fheal fheal PENANCE… that sounds hawt.

    Now… PW:S. I was under the impression, and I could be wrong because I’m not following the numbers that closely, that there will be a 1 sec cooldown, but that will be coextensive with the 1 sec GCD anyway… or will it be 1 sec in addition to the GCD? Unless they increase the general cd on shields (which would make me feel a bit STABBY).

    Thanks for the write-up!

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