12/07/2010 12:31 PMThis is because (Holy) Priests have a more nuanced skillset that they bring to a particular job.
Posted by Believe
I don't believe this is true anymore. With the expansion of the healset of other healers... holy is less nuanced and more "overspecialized" imo.
12/07/2010 12:31 PMA Shaman, for example, who's switching from raid healing to tank healing has the three direct heals and Riptide for an instant heal. Unleash Weapon is useful if the Shaman is forced to move.
Posted by Believe
A Holy Priest who's switching from raid healing to tank healing has the three direct heals and HW: Serenity for an instant heal. That Priest will also have Mending for an efficient instant heal that can potentially be a lot of burst healing if it bounces between tanks, or that can help out in raid healing, along with a Shield for an instant heal that can help the tank sprint to where she needs to be. The Holy Priest also won't have to spend GCDs on Renew like that Shaman might spend GCDs on Earth Shield.
I disagree with your comparison. Both specs have the core three heals. Both specs have a tank mitigation effect. The priest has mending that will bounce off the tank, while the shammy has earth shield. The holy priest does have a shield, but it is very weak. The holy priest has renew, but the shaman can chain heal off the tank, healing the tank and the melee around him. I think both specs have an equal number of viable abilities, whereas the shaman doesn't have to worry about chakra. The priest toolbox is a myth. The classes are really pretty well balanced without the extra burden of chakra. The edge a holy has is guardian spirit, while the shaman can raid and tank heal effectively with a single spell.
[quote="13055742554"]Not saying one's better or worse, but there's something to be said for having a more specialized set of tools, even if you need to pick a mode to be up to par.[/quote]
I disagree. The specialized tools that require more work to be up to par is inherently inefficient. While I don't disagree that they are fairly balanced in potential, the extra work that holy has to do is imo a disadvantage. This is also not taking into account the mana inefficiency of holy. I could easily say there is something to be said for efficiency and more versatile spells that allow you to do more with fewer spells. While a Rube Goldberg device is fun to watch, there is a reason they are impractical.