. The same with Bulwark/Final Prayer vs Desperate Prayer. Desperate Prayer has to be attractive as an option, and for that to work as a talented ability, for any reason a Shadow Priest wants this, it has to not break Shadowform. That said, Flash Heal, Divine Hymn, Smite, et al... i expect these to continue tearing you kicking and screaming from the shadows faster than parents do to emo teens on picture day. But not for these.
As for Levitate, I can see it changing. They want to remove "clutter and useless spells", but specifically left this one in, and talented no less. 25% could potentially be downplayed by breaking on Damage... Except this is even more limited because it's self-only. So yeah, Levitate has to be changing.
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Hmmm yes, I do find the idea of changing spells such as levitate to be more useful rather interesting.
I also just noticed that they gave desperate prayer to druids as well. o.O
They will probably be immune to AOE damage like pets and totems are, so you'd have to target them specifically. Raid trash and bosses typically do not target totems or pets for attacks, so my guess is that they'd last the full duration in a raid. In PVP, on the other hand...Void Tendrils concern me, because it says "Killing the tendrils will cancel the effect." How useful is this in raiding scenarios with large amounts of aoe damage? Will they have a lot of health or very little? (This one is mostly speculation).
It mentioned nothing about losing the damage boost to MB, so I doubt that's something the talent does. However, there has been no explanation from Blizz as to how our mastery could be changing. If shadow orbs are going to be needed just to cast MB, then will ES be passive, still triggered by MB, or will it be changed? That's all very iffy atm, and we'll have to wait for a clear announcement to know what they plan to do with it.In From Light Comes Darkness, the shadow section says you have a 6% chance to make your next MB instant and not cost orbs. Is the damage done by MB equal the the number of orbs on you currently or 3? Does the effect stack? Because I really hate the thought of having to stop a MF just to cast MB instantly. Loss of DPS I think.
Void Tendrills just made my day! At long last priests have something to stop players dead in PvP instead of the fear which is good but its easily broken.
Although, I suppose that variety is good. And I guess I need to keep reminding myself that this isn't even at an alpha stage yet, so a lot of things are most likely going to change from this preview we got.
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All true, to be attractive, to be true choices, they have to all be viable options, even if you're a Shadowpriest in Shadowform.Divine Star is supposed to compete with either a free Mind Blast, or Archangel, and the only way that's happening is not breaking Shadowform
. The same with Bulwark/Final Prayer vs Desperate Prayer. Desperate Prayer has to be attractive as an option, and for that to work as a talented ability, for any reason a Shadow Priest wants this, it has to not break Shadowform.
Not at all related to the discussion, but I loved the imagery.That said, Flash Heal, Divine Hymn, Smite, et al... i expect these to continue tearing you kicking and screaming from the shadows faster than parents do to emo teens on picture day. But not for these.
I was having a talk with someone the other day that thought instead of breaking on damage, that one portion or the other of Levitate might be temporarily suppressed, while in combat, to a debatable extent until you manage to leave combat. Perhaps cutting the speed bonus down by a percent (or entirely) and so on and so forth. I've seen games that used speed suppressants myself, so, whether or not Blizzard might do such a thing or not, I can at least say I've seen similar things down.As for Levitate, I can see it changing. They want to remove "clutter and useless spells", but specifically left this one in, and talented no less. 25% could potentially be downplayed by breaking on Damage... Except this is even more limited because it's self-only. So yeah, Levitate has to be changing.
I remember the older reasons it broke were simply so you couldn't levitate over water, away from some melee, and easily kite them.. but I'm not entirely sure that's still a modern concern. On top of which, again with the idea of temporary suppression, the speed could stay but the levitation itself could be limited or suppressed during combat.
Obviously there are a lot of things that they could do.
The things they will do though? I guess we'll see. I like to err on the side of caution.
I wonder if Shadow will have talents that reduce the cooldown on PS and Tendrils
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I can't wait for this to hit PTR's. It is really hard to come to any conclusions about it before then.
I do have high hopes this brings even more of a choice what healer setup you will want to have, for example; 1 Disc/Holy tankhealer with an extra "tank CD" and 1 Disc/Holy raidhealer with an extra raid heal. 1 healer Priest with the extra CC, 1 with the B&S/Levi speed etcetc. However there is a big risk the talents becomes quite obvious choice for 1 specc, or particular bossfights (I prefer the later, that would atleast bring some variety in playstyle).
My biggest concern is how they will "make it work"; I sense months and months of unbalance, with fail tries to balancing and fine tuning healing again.... And as a MS Holy, I am pretty fed up with that already, since the Rate of Change indicates changes should not be hasted once on Live.