01/25/2011 10:42 PMI am not a novice at Warcraft. I remember when Molten Core 40 man was THE raid. And I have pretty much enjoyed the years I have spent healing, tanking and DPSing since pre-BC. In WotLK I enjoyed DK tanking (though this went out the window with the pre-cata changes, i never tank now) and healing as a holy priest immensely, so much so I had a horde and an alliance priest I raided on.
Posted by Grìmace
But at NO stage during my Warcraft (until now) have I disliked something so much that I have gone to the trouble of posting my feelings on the game. I gave my holy priest time, got it semi-geared, and yet there is no longer enjoyment in healing for me. But it isn't lack of gear (or the constant mana watching) that has ruined it for me. It is just too outright complex for me to enjoy now. I don't want or need a million different chakra states to worry about changing in or out of, in combination with the different 'Inner Fire' or the run faster and instant casts cost less buff. I am not an idiot wanting 1 button gameplay, but on the other side of the coin I don't want the current complex 'multi-state' system you have thrown on us. Come on, how many heals do we need to bind?
2. Flash Heal
4. Greater Heal
5. Prayer of Mending
6. Prayer of Healing
7. Circle of Healing
8. Divine Hymn
OMG that isn't enough for holy priests to have fun selecting from. Lets make the mana cost of Flash Heal and Renew prohibitive, and introduce some chakra states. and spells that change what they cast depending on what chakra state is current.
Healing is a pivotal role in any group, but holy priest is just too complicated to be fun for me any more. I am not saying that the current holy model is impossible. It isn't, I can do it and heal heroics and usually have mana left at the end. It just is too complicated to be fun for me any more. By making holy priest more complicated doesn't necessarily make it more interesting. For me it is just more tedious and no longer has the smooth feel that healing in WotLK had.
I won't be healing anything, and am thinking of taking a total break from Warcraft. PLEASE Blizzard, make holy priest fun to play again. Warcraft is a game I play to have fun, but you have made holy priest a chore to do.
I think your issue with healing is more of class complexity, Priests are marketed as jacks of all trades master of none (or master of aoe heals). It is more of adjustment to the new system since you've been probably spoiled back in WOTLK when priests had very few skills to spam with.
I do have a priest, think of chakra switching as in combat spec change. (not much different from how you can change spec holy/disc per boss in cata)
Serenity = single target heals
Sanctuary = aoe heals
CD of holy is guardian spirit only so it shouldnt be tough to manage
on "serenity" state, your rotation should focus more on rolling renew on the tank, while having your heal [slow efficient]/ gheal [slow big heal] / serenity [fast efficient] as direct heals while mending/shield/coh as your support heals.
on "sancturay" state, your focus would be on aoe no real need to explain
in the same case of the simplified paladins, we can only pop radiance every 30 secs as you can switch to sanctuary state every 30 secs.
Priests are by design a complex healer who's effectiveness scales on player skill.
Give it time to relearn the class, or you can also try other healers