Posted by RazzySorry if this is silly to ask (i've been mostly on my hunter, so i haven't paying a ton of attention to paladin changes..)
what is going on with the holy light thing, and paladins being nerfed?
Before the nerf, Holy paladins would Holy light the tank twice and holy shock either the tank or dps. This whole process would cost 6087 mana and heal for about 25,000 average not critting any heal. That would then give 3 charges for either Light of Dawn, or Word of Glory on the tank or other DPS. Doing this was much more mana efficient than casting lets say a divine light which costs 7026 and heals around 23,000 non crit. In essence it was much more mana efficient to cast the 2 holy lights and a holy shock and have 3 holy power than cast a divine light for 7026 and gain only 1 holy power charge.
Now with the change, we no longer gain holy power from Holy light which means, we can only gain holy light from a holy shock or Flash of Light/Divine Light on the beacon. (Excluding Crusader Strike) This dramatically reduced the ability for us to get Holy Power fast and mana efficiently. Because of this, It is now less mana efficient to get Holy Power (fast) for Word of Glory and Light of Dawn.
I remember reading a blue post saying they wanted paladins to be able to heal either the tank or the raid. Not just be a tank healer, but now with this change it is extremely hard for a paladin to keep up the raid efficiently, especially since they nerfed Light of Dawn also. So I am really curious what blizzard is planning for holy paladins because obviously they just disregarded what they had posted when they implemented the talent changes.
Earlier this week In the raid instance Throne of the Four Elements, I was able to keep up all of our DPS on Nezir <Lord of the North Wind> by using Light of Dawn and Holy Shock. It was difficult already for me in my current gear but was manageable. Now, I can't see that happening, I am going to have to have another healer replace me for that guy, because there is no way I will be able to keep everyone up while maintaining my mana the entire fight.