Ok let me start by saying I have healed a lot, and I mean A LOT since this new patch. Actually its about all I do, my holy gear now surpasses my ret gear. So I've had a fair amount of experience with dealing with the new Holy pally changes.
Let me just say, I love them. I feel more involved and I actually have to think and know what skill is best to use.
With that said, I do have one concern. It's been bothering me lately and I decided to bring it here. This concern is about Light of Dawn or LoD for short.
First off, I actually love the new changes to it (it now scales with HP). Even though it does suck just a little that I cant use it instantly all the time, I'd rather it heal for the 8k it does now (it crit 11k last night for me) then the 2-4k it was before the change. However again I do have one concern:
My concern is the uselessness it holds for me during boss fights and raids. Don't get me wrong; when everyones fighting simple adds, light of dawn works pretty well. The reason? Everyones fighting the same simple add and usually their all right in front of me, perfect for Light of Dawn.
But let's look at boss fights shall we?
Especially with raids and heroics, no longer can everyone just stand around attacking a boss with their eyes closed, not if they want to live. Your dps especially have to learn to avoid certain things with certain bosses. What does this mean? Your party during these type of bosses (most bosses in heroics and raids) will be spread out - ranged dps will definitely be spread out, melee will be close up sometimes and running away the next.
With that said you should see my concern. The fact of the matter is when everyones trying to avoid the fire there's no way LoD will ever be of use during this type of boss fight. Because LoD now scales with HP, it'd be a waste of HP to use Light of Dawn over WoG.
Ok so that is my concern. And it is an honest one: I have never used Light of Dawn during a boss fight - it's a lot more effective to spam fol on each party member granting all of them pretty fast I might say an guarenteed 10k heal unlike LoD which might or might not hit them.
Now here is my question:
Is this how it is suppose to be? As in, is LoD only met to really be used outside of boss fights? In boss fights were more meant to single target heal every raid member?
I just want this to be confirmed because if thats true then fine I have no problem will LoD anymore, but if blizz expected us to utilize this during boss fights - I'm sorry somethings got to be changed then.
Actually I say something but really the "frontal cone" range would have to be changed in order for any use to come from LoD in a boss fight.
PS: I KNOW WE GET HOLY RADIANCE AT 83 BUT THIS DOESNT STOP MY CONCERN FOR LoD. I just want to know that all my skills have a use you know?
I realize were a hybrid class and all, but if you take time to look at other healers skills they all have moves that can easily reach the whole party without positioning themselves in a "frontal cone" area. And not only are their aoe's spells a lot better then ours they all also recieve their HoT's a heck of a lot sooner then we do.