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New Animations: Chakra, Sanctuary, Leap of Faith, and Archangel

The latest beta build hit last night and added a number of changes to the Priest trees as well as the polish we’ve been looking for on our spell animations! We’re getting closer and closer to a finished product I think. Early November could very well be the Cataclysm date— and Boubouile at MMO-Champion might be spot on with his prediction. (Personally, that works for me since the end of November I am on vacation!)

That being said, there are a number of bugs in the latest build that will need to be addressed. Atonement, for example, specced 3/3 is not converting 120% of your smite to healing… it converts only 12%. Clearly something that needs to be fixed to allow for priests to give Disc a fair shake as Archangel and by proxy Atonement is going to play a major role in Disc’s rotation.

I did run Grim Batol as Discipline (Archangel/Atonement Spec) and did feel that with Atonement being buffed Archangel would be a major cornerstone in the Disc world. (if anything just for the mana restoration– which is NOTHING to scoff at).  Both Holy and Disc have a different ‘feel’ than they did in the past and both are very viable.  Holy you need to track your Chakra buffs and cooldowns, while Disc is going to be all about leveraging Archangel and Atonement. Which side of the argument will I fall… I’m not 100% sure– I like both specs in the dungeons I’ve run, but I will hold off judgement until I see Atonement fixed.

Also the combat log has some great absorption improvements! :)

For now I leave you all with the new animations that have been introduced this patch and the previous patch.

All of the information in this post is based off of Beta Build 12984 and, of course, is subject to change.

Written By: on September 19, 2010
  1. Have you had a chance to look at absorb reporting in the combat log? I plan to take a look myself when I get a chance, but I am interested in your opinion as well.

  2. Very pretty :)

    Thanks for doing these vidoes. Although I have a beta invite I can’t get it to load and I can’t copy characters, so no testing happening for me :(

  3. This is fascinating. I love the animations. They need to fix Attonement though, it’s embarassing. >.>

    I’m looking forward to a post about your thoughts on how a Discipline priest would spec to raid, and what is going to be his / her role. It looks like this Smiting deal might become very interesting… but so is the DPS aspect of most other healer’s healing spec. I doubt raid leaders will want to see their 5 healers come to the raid with the intention of DPSing here and there in their rotation, that could lead to some sad events.

    Something crossed my mind yesterday too. I’ll drop it here because it refers to both specs: how is Binding Heal? I tend to use that spell a lot. Where is it sitting at on Beta, in terms of output (currently, on live, mine hits for 1k more than my Flash Heal, for instance)?

    Thanks. (:

  4. Disc will be much more appealing once Atonement gets fixed, yeah. The idea of a Healing-Via-DPS spec is intriguing, to be sure. I’m sure I’ll play with it. I’m just worried that no non-Smiting Disc build will be feasible. I loved doing progression as Disc this xpac. :(

  5. Aweomse pure awesome…cant wait for the release…Thanks a lot for all the updates and the hard work u r putting up with,,,

    Terresa ^^

  6. I know I said this last week, but I’m hoping to get the 4.0 disc dungeons post up next week. I have a film fest this weekend, but we do have some raids planned on the PTR that should provide useful.

    And Derevka – stop making videos. I hear you’re an elitist baddy that just likes to hear himself talk.

  7. Holy heck! Have you seen the latest Priest Build changes!

    Datamined Priest changes for 13033. (Datamined changes may not be entirely correct)

    * Inner Fire no longer has a mana cost.
    * Borrowed Time is now a Tier 2 talent, down from Tier 4.
    * Soul Warding is now a Tier 4 talent, up from Tier 2.
    * Train of Thought (Tier 5) *New* – You have a 50/100% chance when heal with Greater Heal to reduce the cooldown of your Inner Focus by 5 sec. You have a 50/100% chance when you Smite to reduce the cooldown of your Penance by 1 sec.

    Holy

    * Greater Heal now costs 29% of base mana, down from 32% of base mana.
    * Revelations – Holy Word: Sanctuary (Prayer of Healing) effect now lasts 18 sec, up from 15 sec.
    * Blessed Resilience is now a Tier 6 talent, up from Tier 5.
    * Surge of Light is now a Tier 2 talent, down from Tier 3.
    * Trinity is gone.
    * Tome of Light (Tier 4) *New* – Reduces the cooldown of your Holy Word spells by 15/30%.

    With the new Train of Thought and the ability for Disc to reach Surge of Light, if there were any concerns before about whether or not the Smite spec would be a viable raid spec, I think they’re put to rest now.

  8. long time fan- I feel like you two are holding out on the delicious beta news so that i actually do work at work.

    1. Hey don’t look at me! I STILL don’t have a beta key. If it wasn’t for the good graces of Curse Network, I doubt we would have one at all!

      But thanks to “random” distribution, you can find all the Worgen/Goblin dances set to music you can handle!

  9. Thanks for all the information you’ve provided! I have been following you all for a while now.

    I was curious about your thoughts on mastery in the new system? I’ve been able to play a bit on the PTR and I have to say I am not overwhelmed by the mastery bonuses.

    Also, what do you think about stat priority and gemming in the new system?

    Thanks!

    1. ** I saw your original post on the mastery system, etc. But I know a lot of people are not thrilled with it and was wondering if there had been any changes or change of hearts since your original post**

      1. I still am on the fence. For Disc there will still be a point when mastery will outweigh SP for absorbs. It just depends how much of our healing is absorb based atthat level. I need to do some math to work it out.

        Right now I’m on the side of “it’s nice; but I doubt I’ll chase mastery. It’s more of a “nice to have” if I get it. “

  10. wpw blizz is really throwing the whole angel wings on the priests this xpack. not that im complaining or anything they’re darling but with all these glwy feather and what not sheet preist should get like a flight form lol

  11. Did you have any thoughts or comments on stat priority/gemming for holy and disc?

  12. I expect the voters see which kind of monster they have got fit within the Bright Home.

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