Originally Posted by Danner
Lightwell- who doesn't wish it were useful. Reader: YMMV, but from my experiences- lawl.
PoM is still hella-sick imba I-can't-believe-they-don't-re-nerf-this. 4K? Maybe if I'm naked. PoM is frequently #1 or #2 on my meter. Cheap as heck, and bounces for up to 11K crits, 5.5K on the low. BAM
Renew, seriously, I remember renew healing "Das Uber" for priests I knew back when TBC hit. I don't really feel it lives up to what it could be, or should be. Tonights Naxx 25 had my renews ticking for 2,555 solid all night, and that is with glyph.
Flash Heal with SoL is mana in the bank, son. Stack on some nasty crit (28.37% in raid) and you can just machine-gun these out. Call me lame, a nub, whatever, but when you're Flash heal is hitting for 9.8K on the high, and 6.1K on the low, and you can cast these in under 1 sec...ya...
AND NOW we come to CoH: I've raided on the PTR with the CoH 6 sec CD. It's like Blizzard put it there just to shut up some whiners. It's like they're experimenting, sitting and waiting to see what happens. 6 Sec for a 1 shotter is insanely too long. I'd rather they slap a cast timer on it and give us a fighting chance since PoH isn't raid-wide. PoM at least is actively healing during it's 7 second cooldown- super boss on Sapphiron, for example. My CoH on the low is 3.5K and on the high 7K, obvious avg. 5.1Kish. Now. That is pretty darn powerful for an instant, and I do very much believe some of us have gotten used to it a bit much, but then always remember: YMMV.
What your raid brings for healers will vary. How your raid handles trash mobs will vary. But not having AoE heals covered will rock you. Naxx 25 with 2 Pallies a Disc priest and 1 shammy. Pull 2 packs before Faerlina. OOOPSIE people die. You direct heal 25 people. Got one of those whacky shades popping up on ya? OOOPSIE people die. Gargoyle poison what? OOOPSIE people die.
You see my point, and that's just 3 trash mob examples. I don't know about you, but we heal more on trash than on all bosses combined in Naxx, and not having a quick, effective AoE heal is going to change everything. It has the potential to slow runs down if you don't have effective AoE heals in place.
Yes, shammies will soon be face-rolling Chainheal with that brutal overheal. Yes, the naxx pugs will be looking for shammies over Priests (remember: Pugs, like MOST people in the world only care about RESULTS, not how it's done, and if 1 class can deliver a better result, they'll take em). Fact.
We'll have to see how things change. Like I said- your mileage may vary. What your raid does now may be different than ours, and others I've been associated with. It doesn't change certain facts though: AoE dmg is there, will be there, and will need to be healed. If one class can't do it, another can. And boys/girls, I'm not talking about a little 10 man jaunt in the Naxx here. If nothing else it'll definitely make raids tighten up on their pulls and strats, which is at least a positive from this.
Oh, someone earlier mentioned the beta for TBC having Circle of Renewal? leet- I'd trade in CoH for an AoE renew anyday.