I remember being so happy when dual specilizations where announced. I thought, now I can heal for everything and when I’m solo’ing I can switch to shadow pwn. And that’s how it was for quite awhile.
Then the summer came along and started eating my healers. I suddenly found myself without a variety of healers and having lots of single target disc priests…. I never thought I’d see the day when disc was so popular. Don’t get me wrong, disc healers are okay at raid healing but they just don’t cut it if thats all you have. A resto druid, holy priest, or a resto shaman will easily compliment a disc priest and get the job done. But we didn’t have that.
I decided I’d drop my silly shadow spec (*cry*) and pickup holy as an off spec. The last time I was really holy was preCOH nerf, how much could it have changed?!
The changes to renew are pretty awesome, I found myself putting it on the same hotkey that I used for shielding as disc. They filled about the same roll for what I needed done. COH was bound to the penance key so I was hitting it on cooldown.
I don’t really like holy, it doesn’t feel as comfortable (or forgiving) as disc but it isn’t bad. The problem though is that the gear is so significantly different. I find myself going OOM far faster as holy than as disc, simply because my spirit isn’t where it should be.
I picked up the 100 spirit trinket from Ulduar 10 and it helps quite a bit (especially with the reduced mana cost). I’m considering turning in my triumph badges for t9 and socketing it with purified dreadstones (spell power / spirit) gems. /shrug
My disc gear would probably translate a little better as well if I switched it to spell power gems instead of my intellect heavy stuff. I don’t really want to though. Holy is kind of like the dark side to me, I don’t want to go to far or I might not come back!
Another weird thing I’ve noticed with holy is that the meters certainly say I’m healing for a fuckton… but I don’t feel like I am. I think its simply because of the way COH works with its lots of healing spread out so you don’t see its effect as much. And things like renew getting a few ticks in (my renew was ticking for like 2500 in a raid… thats insane!) which adds up quite a bit. Peeps are living better now though, so it must be working.
Have a great Sunday everyone!