02/11/2013 12:33 PMI sometimes take a sub-optimal (damage wise) level 90 talent so that I can heal the raid.
Posted by Dekkar
Nothing wrong with this, it's not that big a DPS loss. In fact, it doesn't actually take very many targets for LH to beat ES. (I don't think there are any situations where you should go Holy Prism at the moment, though, if that's what you're talking about.)
I would note that on some fights your level 75 talent choice can influence your damage rather a lot. Using Divine Purpose (instead of SW or HA) can be a moderate DPS loss, because SW/HA can sync up with Heroism or other appropriate burn phases in the encounter where the bulk of the damage is done. Especially with so many tank swap fights, being able to reliably sync up your damage bonuses with when you've got a huge Vengeance stack (or the boss has a big debuff) is quite a boost over smaller, "always-on" random procs.
02/11/2013 12:33 PM25-man bosses hit harder and I don't feel comfortable with lesser amounts of mastery. Is my gear all messed up? Ignore the strength trinket, that's for soloing. Normally I use the Elegon mastery trinket in that slot.
Posted by Dekkar
Mastery makes your ShoRs stronger. Haste, on the other hand, would make your ShoRs occur more often.
How frequently do you actually die with ShoR up? I would guess it's not that often. If that's the case, why are you gearing towards making ShoR stronger, instead of gearing towards having it up more frequently?
Note that I'm not necessarily saying you should switch from mastery to haste, I'm just saying maybe you should examine your rationale for not doing so. There are a few good reasons to have mastery (e.g. the higher block rate for fights like Shek'zeer, the fact that you may not have good opportunities to get plate haste gear, for fights like Sha of Fear where the dangerous moments are predictable, etc).
Finally, keep in mind that being "suboptimal" is on a totally different scale if you're stacking mastery. You're simply probably never going to rank in WoL parses and you're going to look really low on stuff like epeenbot, because you're being compared to paladins that stack haste. That isn't the end of the world, but it's something to remember (and hopefully whoever's telling you that your DPS is low is sensible enough to recognize that too).
02/11/2013 12:33 PMI find myself compensating for healers often, sometimes even spending my holy power to heal someone who's about to die when I'm not in danger.
Posted by Dekkar
Ask yourself if they're REALLY about to die. Not just if they're low on health, but if there's actually some danger mechanic coming up that might kill them. 25-mans have a pretty good healer-per-player ratio, and the times when someone genuinely doesn't have a heal coming are few and far between.
The other point I'd make is that if there are particular moments where supporting your healers would be helpful, then by all means identify those moments and help your healers - ideally with something like Light's Hammer or BoP/Sacrifice on a key target, but if that's not possible and what you really need to do is pop HA and crap out eight Eternal Flames on the raid then fine, so be it. But focus on when healers *ACTUALLY* need help vs. just indiscriminately sniping low HP players because they look
like they're about to die. Your healers are doing that full-time, so let them worry about it.
Also, enchant your bp. =)