Raid leader reflection.

I’m not the greatest raid leader in the world. I never have been, at least not as a healer. And I absolutely fail at it when I’m a DPS. I’ve always been better at it when I’ve been tanking. But right now, I’m a raid leader as a healer, and sometimes as a DPS. Even so, I think the highest votes of confidence come from the success of your raid as a whole, regardless of your position in the raid.

I think that one of the things that people don’t understand about raid leading is that there is more to raid leading than making sure shit gets done. Raid leading is also about understanding what happened to cause a wipe, and helping to have it not happen again. Raid leading is also figuring out what happened to cause a success, and helping it to happen again. Raid leading is also about making sure everyone is up to par. Raid leading is also about reviewing logs on your off-time when you would really rather be doing anything else. Raid leading is also about paying attention to just about every minuscule detail your brain can possibly handle, and then some. But most of all, raid leading is also about being compassionate with your raiders.

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Cataclysm Priest Talents.

So I took a look at the Priest talents for Cataclysm, and I have to say I am seriously underwhelmed.
 
They said that they’re wanting to give people a little more variety, a little more in the way of “fun” talents – but really, they’ve just reduced it to the epitome of cookie cutter.
 
As it stands at the moment, I’m really unhappy with how Holy is looking.  Almost every talent is something to give you more throughput, and even Surge of Light isn’t really going to be a talent you’ll be able to take.  (On a personal side note, they’ve officially killed Smite spec as of right now, which makes me a very sad panda.)  As well, it’s not even a talent that even does anything for healing.  In addition, it seems that Inner Focus will be completely inaccessible for Holy (and Shadow) Priests, which is a terrible idea by design.  In a world where healers are supposed to be concerned about their mana, I would think they would at least want Holy Priests to be able to access Inner Focus, especially given Chakra, and how they’re trying to work Prayer of Healing.
 
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