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3.08 Today – Preparedness

3.08 is launching today, and the hands-down biggest change that will affect priests is the COH nerf.

I apologize for covering this over and over, however it is important to prepare. There WILL be fights that we will need to adjust, but lets see if we can address some of those.

1. Malygos - Vortex. You should be able to get 2 COHs out before the Vortex is over. Also you should be able to burn through charges of ProM. (and a couple of Surge of Light procs will be handy). Generally, if you have been farming Naxx25 you shouldn’t be in too rough of shape as your HP should be well over 20k. You take 20k damage (2k a sec, for 10 seconds) then 10% HP falling damage. Preemptively casting some Shields, renews, and ProM should help temper the learning curve.

2. Loetheb - if you have enough priests in your raid, be sure to spread them out in groups to maximize Prayer of Healing. Watch the debuff timer on DBM, and time your ProH cast to hit after it wears off. Then you can sneak in an instant COH afterwards. If you time it just right you might also be able to get a Holy Nova off too.

3. Thaddius – His chain ligtning is a bear. However it is very important that you keep everyone alive on this fight so you all benefit from the stacking polarity buffs. Mainly flash heal, ProM, and Shaman Chain Heal will thrive here for raid healing.

4. Four Horsemen – With the meteor strike on a longer than 6 seconds cooldown, you should be able to use COH 1-2 times before each Meteor Strike, coupled with a Prayer of Healing and a Flash or two, you’ll be fine. Afterall, if a pally can heal the front half, so can you.

5. Sapphrion – this could be a little trickier. Contant raid wide damage, with a moving blizzard. First and formost, keep Prayer of Mending bouncing! Get a ProM tracker that will help you find out how many charges you have left. With a T7 bonus, this is a very powerful spell on this fight. You also used to be able to heal through hiding behind a Iceblock if a blizzard came by– that could be very tough now.

6. Kel’thuzad – Frost Blast. COH’s instant heal often saved the day on a poorly spread out player, hitting both Frost Blast targets. If your melee can’t spread out and consistantly chain Frost Blast to eachother, entombing all yoru melee DPS. They are gonna die. I can’t tell you how many times our melee failed and chained it to eachother, and if they prevent us from getting The Immortal, I’ll kill them. :-)

There are other situations where spamming COH has saved the day (pulling too many Gargoyles too soon), however we’ll survive this learning curve. We always have.

Yes, losing the spamability of COH is a nerf, however breaking out other spells will do the job too. A glyphed Flash Heal, Prayer of Mending, Renew, and even Holy Nova all now have a bigger role in our aresenal of spells.

This week will be the one to test it out!

Written By: on January 20, 2009
  1. The Broker_PoM addon is an excellent alternative to PoM Tracker. Stick it within its own ButtonBin Frame and you’re good to go. It handles the T7 set bonus by the way.

    Also, on maly: the new ability to cast levitate on others may very well come in handy here…we’ll see if it’s worth spending the gcd on it.

  2. My guess is that being able to cast Levitate onto other folks is going to be more of a hassle than a help, but it’s going to take a week or two for people to realize that:

    • It chews up a GCD, of course.
    • It’ll throw off people’s timing on the Thaddius jump, because they won’t actually “jump”, they’ll hit the platform behind everyone else, and they’ll be running through the middle as Thaddius activates.
    • On Malygos, it’ll prevent the fall damage, but it’s also going to make it slower for the target to clear out of the middle after a Vortex, which is the last place you want to be if Maly does a quick breath before the MT can move him.

    The CoH cooldown, meh, we’ll adjust to it. PoM originally didn’t have a cooldown, but we still use it. I’d like to see them bump up either the raw healing on CoH by 10% or the crit chance to make up for the new cooldown, so it slots more into the roll of a quicker but less effective PoH.

    Also, I can’t wait to see if Blizzard really did rebalance some of the boss fights to compensate for the CoH cooldown like they said they were going to do.

  3. I think Blizz said they’re not going to change any boss fights right away, and change them later if needed. Vortex being the one they’ll keep their eye on the most.

  4. I also think if you have both priests and druids, that having them work out some sort of rotation or groups to heal may also help. Such as Priest 1 get groups X Druid Get Group XX so this way we arent all overwriting each other. Or one get left the right. It take a little more coordination but we know what encounters where these type of heals are needed.

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