A disclaimer: This is not intended to start a holy war (pun kinda intended). This is just a question from a new level 90 priest.
Recently I decided to take my level 85 priest to 90 in an effort to get him into arenas (2's and 3's) as well as do some battlegrounds (non-rated). When I started out (prior to 5.4) it looked as though Disc was the spec of choice for my interests. Recently I've noticed the top rated Arena players are all Holy. On to my questions:
1) Is Holy now the go-to for arenas, and if so, what changed it?
2) Given what I want to do with my priest (see above), should I consider dropping disc and start gearing for holy? Or is Disc still competitive?
I enjoy the disc style of healing (Bubbles == Awesome Sauce), but I'm curious as to what Holy has that seems to out shine it recently.
Here is what I've found as far as pros and cons of going holy:
No more absorbs, bubbles are very mana inefficient
No more barrier + pain supp.
Lose dps and healing
Increase in having to hard cast
Chakras! Chastise = disorient and Serenity = awesome heal
More healing and less absorbs (good and bad depending on health of person)
Only renew can be dispelled, doesn't rely on bubbles.
PoM still applies awesome buff to increase healing = pom + hw: serenity + flash heal = lots of healing
Those are the ones I see as a Hpriest, and I'm about 1500s in both 2v2 and 3v3. Have played at 1800mmr in 3s as TSG and we averaged 4 wins per loss (I got carried more or less because my buddy needed a healer for the day). Will update after work with more info.
Originally Posted by Lokoz
Me: "Ok if its a healer/dps go for healer then dps! Alright?"
Partner: "What if its a Paladin combo?"
Me: "Then just leave..."
With the FDCL buff, Holy heals almost exclusively with instant casts. Chastise is extremely useful for a class that otherwise has fairly weak CC. Lightspring is great if the other team doesn't kill it as soon as you put it out.
Disc isn't bad by any means, and depending on what rating you're aiming for I'd probably suggest it as disc has a lower skill cap, but if you're going for really high rating Holy is the way to go.
No he did mean inefficient meaning you don't shield (absorbs) much, or at all, because as holy its very expensive and the 'heal' (absorb) is much lower then disc. Its HPM for holy is really really bad.