Intresting to note that Paragon is 5/6 HC 10 men, world 1st in ranking with priest healer. And seems that priest has been on every hc kill.
I have found holy better than disc in MoP, but the priest class is so bad right now I dont even play her atm.
Blood DK Alt ftw!
I will agree that heal should be mana neutral, even perhaps slightly positive. That's what it was designed for. It was supposed to be an "autoattack" heal. But in both facets of the game, this would be mostly a trival change.
Heal costing net mana is a symptom of priests out-of-whack mechanics, but not the solution.
Also, being "fine" isn't the same as being "viable", or "competitive"
I think the main point of it all is this. Yes, maybe we're fine, and can still be viable and competative, but to achieve this level we have to be careful about what we cast, when we cast it and if it will be most effective. Why do WE have to be in that mindset all the time when other healers are just spamming and not really being mindful of mana and getting away with just as effective, if not more, play than a priest who is watching their mana like a hawk?
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and having to use renew more then they have since vanilla.
Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before... He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way. -Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
I still find it interesting that Paragon used a holy priest for world first Heroic MGV clear.
>>Because having a signature is so mainstream.<<
I feel very happy with my priests performance (as discipline), no i'm not topping as easily as some other classes that usually do at the start of an expansion.
2. Be more offensive, and use smite to fish for FDCL procs. Try and limit your 'healing' to FDCL procs and instant cast heals unless your countering heavy bust; in that case, pop AA and heal like a boss. Remember, Disc is a full blown hybrid spec now, so you're only hurting yourself if you aren't playing like one. A double bonus, because I'm not spamming 'heals', I'm harder to pick out of a crowd as a healer (if I avoid penance), and don't get focused as much.
With those two changes, my mana problems are gone because most of my heals are free (Atonement is mana neutral, and I'm swimming in FDCL procs), my throughput increased because I can always use AA when I need it, and I'm putting pressure on the other teams healers, while I'm still healing.