thank god, this is excellent news.
If there are any fights in 4.3 that involve both tanks having 100% boss uptime, I will be testing out 2-tank healing as holy. Something I posted a lot about for 4.1, but didn't pan out.
I haven't played holy in ages so I didn't even know it was supposed to give 25% crit but with it fixed I would love to test holy tank healing with my gear I would have around 50 to 60% crit rating but with that said I have virtually no spirit so my regen in holy would be bad.
with this fix, tome of light buff, divine hymn buff, and Heavenly voices..... holy is looking GREEEAAAAAAAAATTTT!!!! for 4.3
Excellent news on serenity.
I honestly must admit I haven't noticed that Sanctuary had a 21 sec cooldown with 2/2 ToL. I guess I really DO learn something new every day.
On the PTR you can lay down sanctuary TWICE - for a short moment, of course. But this means you are actually able to cast it back to back, if you want to cover your raid with a bit of AoE-Healing. Viable during long Scorpion-phases on Majo, for example.
Try to do this on live.
On the PTR you are able to cast serenity followed by two greater heals, both pushed by the critbuff. After that, serenity is ready to use again, so on medium damage encounters you're able to cast greater heals buffed by a LOT of crit. During low damage phases you're able to do this with heal. And remember, every crit you're doing will effect your mastery ticks. So you're doubledipping on crit there - to some extent. This negates the "need" for crit on your gear completely. It had it's niche if you didn't like disc but had to heal more or less singletarget, but with the amount of crit your specc grants you, crit won't be desirable at all for nondisciplinepriests.
The clarification on Tome:
(1) Tome was Buffed in PTR.
(2) PTR tooltip did not reflect it.
(3) New PTR push fixed tooltip to reflect buff.
(4) Having multiple HW:Sancs down at once due to 4pc causes problems.
(5) Tome likely to be reverted to 4.2 status.
(6) HW:Serenity likely to see base CD lowered to 7 sec IOT achieve same effect it would have had under the Tome buff.
I'm not sure I completely understand. SO our 4 piece is now bad again for Holy Priests then.
It is a bit sad to see people cheering that they will fix a Serenity-bug (of this importance) in next tier, that is over half a year old, and that they will not hot fix it on the spot. Same goes with Sanctuary bug. Weird how they say all bugs are intended ones aswell...
They do not want to "barrage" us with changes I read. Well I say, bring the barrage.
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I am wondering about the DH being on a 2 min CD aswell. Is this intended to??:P
No but seriously, i'm a bit confused as to why it would take blizzard so long to identify such a major glitch, I was under the impression that they had a department solely for calculating class benefits for balancing - guess I was wrong
Thick as a Brick
Testing the 5 mans in ptr, holy spec's tank healing capability with serenity at 6 sec CD and working crit buff is a very nice improvement over live.