They are STILL making changes to Cata. Seems like they are going to be cutting it really close to me. I’m guessing that packaging is done they just need to slip a disc into the box. How long does it take to burn 11 million Cata discs?
On to the most recent changes!
Prayer of Healing’s base healing value has been increased by 20%, from (3026-3198) to (3632-3838).
A simple increase to the base healing amount is always nice and appreciated.
Holy Word: Sanctuary’s healing effectiveness now diminishes for each player beyond 6 within the area.
This nerf makes sense. Especially since the more healers you have in a 25man it just becomes exponentially better. They also nerf’d the druid version (that big green circle) and later on shamans get an AE heal like it called healing rain, just so they don’t feel left out. It won’t really effect your 10man’s which I think is what most people will be running.
Tome of Light is now a tier 3 talent, down from tier 4.
Tome of light reduces the cooldown on your Holy Word spell so it’s something you were getting anyway.
Rapid Renewal is now a tier 4 talent.
I’m pretty sure at one point it was removed, maybe in the previous build? This talent confuses me a bit and seems like a quick throw away. Yes, having the GCD on Renew at 1 second instead of 1.5 is nice but you will likely hit that with just haste. You can’t reduce the GCD below 1 second which is why you have soft caps on the amount of haste you usually want. If all I do is spam flash heal then having it cast faster than 1 second is irrelevant(ish) because I can’t spam it faster than one second (regardless of cast time).
Now, if this could decrease the GCD below the 1 second cap after you cast it then fucking awesome. Otherwise… useless.
Power Word: Barrier’s duration reduced to 10 sec, down from 25 sec. No longer absorbs a given amount of damage, now reduces all damage done to friendly targets by 30%. While within the barrier, spellcasting will not be interrupted by damage.
SAD PANDA! Does PW: Barrier get eaten as soon as it pops currently? YES. Is that a bad thing? No, I don’t think so. It’s probably less climatic than if lasted awhile but it still gets it’s job done. It absorbs a sick amount of damage before it pops so I definitely like it. I’m not sure I like having an AE pain suppression (albeit 40% on a single target instead of 30% AE). The big kicker is that our mastery no longer effects out 31pt talent.
It could be argued that the holy one doesn’t really support its 31pt talent but meh. This just pushes us farther into bubble spam or makes mastery largely irrelevant until we outgear the mana regen and we are changing spirit to throughput.
Divine Aegis now also procs from all heals from Prayer of Healing.
I didn’t even realize that it wasn’t proc’ing off PoH. Maybe they are referring to the hots that can crit from the glyph?
Grace now increases all healing received from the Priest by 4/8%, up from 2/4%.
And last but not least a slight change to Grace. You can’t really skip the talent so it’s just a simple pure buff if you are disc. Probably useful if you are just MT healing (which is every disc priest but me?)