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OMG this is amazing. Seriously amazing.
A valid raid use for Chakra: Chastise!
Although mana regen (at least at 85 with my current gear) does not support pure smite spam (it doesn't in disc either), this is pretty significant. I consistently get 40k crit heals with smite... as HOLY. And it works with the mastery. Really really well with the mastery.
In other chakras I get about 30k crit heals from smite and maintain the advantages of those chakras and my ability to control my heals better. If you're going for heal throughput I'd probably stay in Sanctuary or Serenity and just supplement my heals with the... oh yeah INSTANT HOLY FIRES!
This is probably the best thing to happen to priests in a long time.
Also, discipline can get atonement heals through penance now as well.
My god. That sounds amazing.
I gave up Holy to that I could easily swap from Shadow to Disc, and maintain hit cap.
If that makes it to the game.. Psh, screw Shadow. Back to being Holy/Disc!
But yeah, that sounds like a bit much. 40k heal from a smite crit? That's comparable to my Flash Heal critting with Archangel up. I'm sure there's a gear difference, but still. I expect that number will be dropping at least ~15%. 34k (with a ~4k over 6 from mastery) is a bit more reasonable. Still strong, still fairly fast, but there would still be incentive to actually heal with healing spells, not just splash healing from Holy Fire/Smite.
The 40K heals from smite crits were in the Chastise chakra, which isn't that useful for healing, and the mana regen just doesn't support pure smite as it does on live servers right now.
In normal healer chakras I was healing for 30K on a good crit, which is far closer to what I pull in game right now.
I'm also thinking smite builds will emphasize haste a lot less than they currently do simply because of mana issues.
Well my testing was at level 85 with my current gear, which is pretty good for this level.
Currently on live servers, if I smite spam in the gear that I have to the exclusion of all else I can last long enough to maintain this rotation indefinitely by incorporating shadowfiend into my rotation.
The new smaller mana pools in beta simply do not support this (and I do think this is a good thing). I think the instant cast holy fires were a contributing factor to this as well. I can last a while with pure burn. Eventually, I run out of steam and have to slow down or risk going OOM.
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