I've been reforging for Haste to reduce my GCD and go for the extra ticks on Renew and Hymn. My Flash Heal is down to 1.4 Seconds. What are your thoughts on that? I'd be interested to know what you think.
I'd stack haste solely for additional ticks (i.e. I wouldn't aim for a specific cast time on Flash Heal). However, I wouldn't stack haste at the expense of mana regeneration.
One more thing to note about Holy - Guardian Spirit. Even though it is buggy, it is still worth casting because while it is active, it increases healing on the target by 60%. Pretty Fab! I've saved myself many times just using it for the extra healing buff.
I miss the days when it would bring you from 0% to 100% after sacrificing itself during Cataclysm.
/cast Chakra: Chastise
If all you're wanting to do is use Chastise, I'd simply use this macro so the Chakra cooldown isn't incurred (even though it's only 5 seconds, that could mean the difference between living or dying):
/cancelaura Chakra: Serenity
/cancelaura Chakra: Sanctuary
/cast Holy Word: Chastise
I'd only ever consider Chakra: Chastise in 2v2 arena, certainly not RBGs.
How are you liking stance-dancing since the Chakra change? I think it's pretty fun. It's interesting and opens up so many options!
How does focused will feel to you? Feels like a warm cuddly blanket to me!
I'm still used to playing with 30 second Chakra cooldowns, so I haven't quite gotten used to "stance dancing". I love having Focused Will, although I still feel like I need to maintain at least 66% resilience.
BTW I use the stun duration reduction metagem it helps a lot. I would recommend gemming that instead of the int or spirit metas for PVP in MOP because stuns are ridiculous atm.
I'd rather haveRevitalizing Primal Diamond, personally. If orcs could be priests I'd more than likely change to a stun reducing meta (25% reduced duration is more noticeable than 10%), but sadly they cant.
Stance dancing chakras
I think stance dancing for Holy Priests is going to be crucial in the coming season, funny how much the dynamics of Holy Priests could change with the simple reduction in Chakra cooldowns.
I would probably include a focus version of the red chakra/chastise macro so I can interrupt a focus target (i.e. healers) every 30 seconds...
I would just do a cancelaura macro and use Chastise, that way you don't incur the Chakra cooldown.
/cancelaura Chakra: Serenity
/cancelaura Chakra: Sanctuary
/cast [target=focus] Holy Word: Chastise
Since you didn't change Chakra states, you only removed it, you can instantly jump into Serenity or Sanctuary.
Has anyone tried out Binding Heal glyph yet, or reforging mastery? That's next on my to try list.
While I don't think the Glyph of Binding Heal is necessarily "bad", I just prefer other glyph selections. I haven't specifically reforged for maximum mastery; once I have 6% spell hit and spirit is on every piece of gear, then and only then do I reforge to mastery (sitting at around 15% right now).
Amazing guide!, and do you guys use inner will or inner fire for rbgs?, what are you guys reforging? i see most holy pvp priests reforging mastery but i feel with all crit i can top ppl off with just a pom+serenity,thanks in advance
You use Inner Fire when getting trained by more than one dps, otherwise you want to stay in Inner Will so you don't run out of mana. If I'm getting peels or support from other healers, I generally stay in Inner Will, it really depends on how much support you're getting in conjunction with how much pressure the enemy is giving you.
I prefer consistency and dislike randomness, so I opt for mastery. Think of it this way: critical strike is based on luck, and when luck strikes it can be game changing, whereas mastery is based on consistency, and you can always rely on it to provide results despite it not being as noticeable as critical strike. Haste is very much like mastery, but only at certain cutoff points, so unless you can reach those cutoff points it's not as powerful as mastery.
03/16/2013 09:20 PMPosted by FlaxxenMana is an issue, I'm trying Solace, but meh, though it often heals for more than it hits.
If you use it every time it comes off cooldown, it can definitely assist with your mana regeneration. I generally drink whenever I can afford to, and if a fight is going on and I'm about to run out of mana I will pop Shadowfiend, line of sight, and cast Hymn of Hope (it increases your mana by 15%, and the mana return from Shadowfiend is based on your mana pool, ergo Hymn of Hope increases the amount of mana Shadowfiend generates, and that's not considering the mana Hymn of Hope returns on its own).
03/17/2013 08:01 AMPosted by XpotiomPersonally, I roll with desperate prayer over bullwark as well, the 30% heal is on demand. I like things being on demand.
I would only argue that Angelic Bulwark is a life saver when your stuck in a chain of crowd control getting killed and can't cast Desperate Prayer (I explain in greater detail why I prefer AB over DP in my previous post).
I really like the PoM glyph but I noticed a lot of people aren't taking it. With PoM+Serenity hitting so hard it seemed like a great choice. I guess I just need to spend some more testing out the "tanking" glpyhs to see if they are needed with my team. I definately see the use in them.
I use Glyph of Prayer of Mending too. If you're going to try some of our more defensive glyphs, I'd say Glyph of Fade is a stronger choice than Inner Sanctum, for multiple reasons:
1) Fade will provide 10% damage reduction against all sources whether you're using Inner Will or Inner Fire.
2) Inner Sanctum only provides 6% damage reduction against spells and you must be using Inner Fire for this to take in effect; furthermore, you don't want to be in Inner Fire to an extended period of time as it will put a significant drain on your mana.
3) Fade lasts for 10 seconds, which will cover the duration for most burst cooldowns, and you may not even have to switch to Inner Fire if you only have casters hitting you.
What glyphs do you see other holy priests taking? I've seen a couple top disc priests taking PoM glyph so I'm surprised holy priests wouldn't be taking it. Pom+HW:S is a pretty nasty combo on a 10-second CD.
I think you also have to consider their roles and the kind of PvP content they're participating in. A lot of Priests will use Glyph of Mass Dispel for cleaning off enemies/teammates in RBGs, or may use it for Mage Iceblocks/Paladin Bubbles in Arenas. Glyph of Shadow Word: Death is strong for avoiding crowd control, in both BGs and Arenas. When you consider the glyphs they need for their circumstances, they may omit Glyph of Prayer of Mending simply because they must use other glyphs.