"Grants 14% spell haste for your next spell after casting Power Word: Shield. Lasts for 6 seconds."
So I've been thinking about this talent...
In WotLK no question - this talent was great. But in Cataclysm I never even noticed it.
How much is 14%? It's reducing my Greater Heal from 2.35 seconds to 2.06. And I don't really think that's worth 2 points.
This is exactly what my problem is with that talent.
You speak of it as if the haste was 50% or something but it's only a tiny bit faster if I use it.
I don't really think SoL is better by any means but I also think Borrowed Time is not worth skilling. I'd say with about 25% I'd reconsider but 14% doesn't give me much of a boost.
Am I really the only one who doesn't even notice when this talent's missing?
Spec into Surge of Light and you will find it pretty lackluster - it procs so rarely that you forget you were even specced into it. Meanwhile Borrowed Time is up every few casts.
Surge of Light is undervalued in the priest community. I use it in my disc build, and love it. Yes, it isn't something you can count on, but it is a mana saver, and it does proc more than you might think.
That being said, I do think that you should use the tools that work for you. If you don't like it, don't take it. Period.
I like to think of talents like BT as "bonus points" for when I cast a spell. I'm not going to cast PW:S because I have BT, but that 14% haste is well worth the talent points when I do. As mentioned, PW:S->Penance->GH/FH is some crazy single target burst, and if I'm raid healing, I'm going to be dropping PW:S at least every 12sec, which means if I'm doing nothing but casting PW:S & PoH [which I don't recommend], every 5th-ish PoH is 14% faster.
If I use PW:S more than every 12sec as a "catch" on a low health raider, I'll more than likely follow it up w/ a Penance for good measure & PoH, both of which will be BTd.
In pretty much every instance I would normally use PW:S, I'm going to really enjoy that 14% haste.
SoL in lieu of BT, IMO, isn't your best choice for talent allocation for most standard healing models. The only time I could see SoL>BT is if you're doing nothing but Atonement healing, which outside of 5mans, isn't really a good option.