Thank you for point this out. The manner in which the person you quoted was using "think outside the box" was ridiculous. "Think outside the box" doesn't mean you should go against conventional thinking just because you can, it means don't think in a certain way just because it's conventional. There's a reason things become convention so going against it just because you can will, more often than not, result in disaster. If you go against convention, but have a good reason for it, THEN you're thinking outside the box.Originally Posted by Antisocial
This is the reason why the "conventional thinking" says it's lackluster in the hands of a Discipline Priest. The total effective healing of a Discipline Priest (including absorbs) is roughly the same as it is for a Paladin (excluding overheals). The problem is the mace WON'T proc on the absorbs, and it WILL proc on overhealing. So if you start with two things that are roughly equal, subtract from one and add to the other, then it's fairly intuitive to say that the latter will be larger. There's no real number crunching necessary because the reasoning is intuitive.Disc priests have bad synergy with the mace, just because discs toolbox includes absorbs, that more absorbs would somehow be better for disc than other classes.
That is, of course, not to say that you can't "think outside the box". What if your Discipline Priest shows up to almost every raid and the Paladin shows up to noticeably fewer? Maybe the Discipline Priest will get more out of it by virtue of being in more raids. What if your Discipline Priest is just THAT awesome, either because of gear or skill or both and the Paladin is mediocre? Maybe the Discipline Priest will get more out of it because their effective healing isn't roughly equal anymore. What if your Discipline Priest has been in the guild since before you were wiping endlessly to Baron Geddon because people couldn't run out and the Paladin joined you when you had Naxx-25 on farm? Maybe the Discipline Priest deserves it for showing guild loyalty and because you can be reasonably sure he's not going anywhere anytime soon.
So, sure, there's plenty of reasons to give a Discipline Priest the mace over a Paladin, but simply saying you're "thinking outside the box" without actually explaining how you're doing that doesn't mean anything.