I've raided seriously in the past on multiple classes, but this expansion I've been very casual. So I'm hoping some more experienced healers can shed some light on something I've been wondering about.
Currently, SS benefits from mastery, making it a solid throughput cooldown even in things like 5-mans or LFR.
In 5.2, it does not, so the absorbs will be roughly equal to the heals that would have originally been cast (factoring in crit modifier and so on.)
Doesn't this mean the only situation I'd use SS is one in which the incoming damage would kill the target if not for an ablative buffer? Otherwise it doesn't especially matter if it's an absorb or not, so long as the person isn't going to die in that moment.
It seems to me that turning your heals into equivalent absorption bubbles could be very useful in heroic-mode raids, where you're creating a buffer for other healers and dealing with potentially lethal damage.
In the content I do, however, I don't feel like there's much of a reason to use SS after 5.2.