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The Sabbatical from WoW

It’s no secret that I’ve taken some time off from WoW. Although I recently did a podcast with LeetSauced, I must admit that for some time I’ve been growing tired of the game. Cataclysm brought back the feel from pre-Wrath for healing, which was great for me. It was a new and fresh challenge (well, not really, but more of a “going back to my roots” type of thing, I suppose) when it came to healing. Heroics at the start of the expansion were challenging, if not outright difficult (I’m looking at you, Deadmines). Tier 11 raids were a little over the top, but nothing unmanageable. It was all doable.

Enter raid cooldowns.

I’ve always been kind of a stubborn person. I refuse tooth and nail to play Discipline. Part of this is because, while I understand how it’s supposed to work, it doesn’t “click” with me, and actually applying that knowledge is extremely difficult for me to do. Part of it is to go against the grain. It’s the little bit of a rebel in me, I guess. The other part is because I feel that I need to be able to prove that Holy can get the job done. Why is that? Because I was given three options when I rolled a priest. I chose the one that appealed to me. I should not have to – nor should anyone have to – play a spec that is not fun for them because of social pressures.

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10-Man Chakra States

I originally wanted to write something of a more personal nature today, but I’m still trying to find the right way to start the post. So instead, I’d like to talk about Chakra states as a 10-man holy priest. Now, I don’t get the opportunity to tank heal altogether too often, but when I do, it’s definitely a fun time, because it’s a nice change of pace, so that’s something I’ll cover in here as well. Through and through, I’ll always be a raid healer at heart, but when you’re healing 10-mans, it’s a little different, because you are always cross-healing between the raid and the tank(s). But recently, I got to make some excellent use of Chakra: Serenity outside of Maloriak and Conclave of Wind (which is where a holy priest is most likely to be using Chakra: Serenity in any raid, especially 10-man).

Sometimes we two-heal in our raids, especially if one of our other healers goes MIA for a night, and that’s okay, because we still manage to get things done, even if it is an exercise in throughput and regeneration. Generally, if we’re two-healing, it’s myself and our restoration shaman (generally because our discipline priest and/or holy paladin aren’t available). So I’m going to go over two-healing some encounters, and where I tank heal otherwise in a general sense, and where you might use different Chakra states in various encounters (sans Cho’gall and Nefarian, as we do not have extensive experience with those encounters). Also, incoming wall of text.

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Haste vs. Mastery, A Question of Stat Weighting

One of the primary things about gearing as a holy priest is, of course, the “soft haste cap” of 12.5% (with talents and raid buffs) to get your Renew spell to tick a fifth time. Including the talent Darkness from the shadow tree, this is actually the simplest and easiest gearing benchmark to hit – it’s actually even easier than hitting a spirit benchmark for heroic 5-man dungeons. But a lot of people also say that mastery is pretty much your be-all, end-all after you hit that magic 12.5% (well, spirit aside).

Echo of Light

For this tier of content, and more specifically, 25-mans, I can definitely agree with this. But, I don’t necessarily agree for a 10-man holy priest. Don’t get me wrong, mastery is still a good stat, and far and away better than crit (possibly even post-4.2), but I’m definitely a bigger fan of haste. This isn’t even necessarily left over from Wrath healing, where intellect and haste were king, but a little further back to the end of Burning Crusade where haste was first introduced as a caster stat as well (prior, it was melee only).

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