Hey guys, I was thinking abt the new changes they're bringing to WoW in WotLK, specifically, combined spell dmg and healing to a single "spell power" unit, and unified crit chance. Tell me if this makes sense, if i didnt understand it wrongly, ret pallies would actually be able to hit really big heals! of course they wont have the mana pool to sustain more than a few of them but its definitely gonna be a HUGE diff from ret heals in TBC. And correct me if facts are wrong.
1. It is now safe to assume that there will be no such thing as healing gear in WotLK, it will be generalized as caster gear, which can be used by both healers and caster dps classes. Meaning, a shockdin would probably be wearing the same gear as a healerdin, if u get where i am coming from. What this means is, if u think abt it, if a shockdin specs into Healing Light, just focusing on pure healing numbers, he would be able to heal just as much as a healerdin can. Well maybe most of you already know this, but the next part, might surprise some.
2. Using lvl 70 gear and with lvl 70 skills, implementing WotLK talents/changes as examples, a full s3 lamellar shockdin or healerdin would have ~ 1100 spell power and about 42% holy light crit, and a 36% flash crit. A full s3 retdin with WotLK talents would have ~ 2.2k AP, about 34% crit, and taking 30% of AP, about 733 spell power. Can you see where this is heading?
Lemme put it into perspective, a full s3 holy pally with TBC talents at lvl 70 would probably hit 10k holy light crits. A full s3 ret pally with TBC talents would just about scrap up a 3k holy light crit. Thats to say, currently, ret pallies have a mere 30% of the healing power of holy pallies in equal gear, thats not even considering the HUGE lack of spell crit in the ret department. Comparing WotLK pallies on the other hand, 733 spell power vs 1100 sp, that equates to 66.6%, subtracting the 12% cos redins dont spec into Healing Light, u have 58.6%. Retdins in WotLK will have 58.6% of an equally geared Healerdin's healing power, a 28.6% increase from TBC. This translates to retdins healing for 5.8k crits, at a whopping 34% crit rate because of unified crit! Meaning they get the extra 60% HoT.
Bottom Line: 30% healing power @ sub 7% crit rate vs 58.6% healing power @ a 34% crit rate. Amazing? Don't know about you guys, but i think it is. =)