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You use Scared Shield in PVE? Hows that working out? Never tried it
It's very strong. Overall with defensive CD's, I'll typically take less damage than any other raid member during those heavy raid damage moments. I'm a much bigger fan of preventive damage, rather than simply throwing a heal out. First off, Sacred Shield can be applied regularly in your rotation. While Eternal Flame, and Selfless Healer can't. Not very effectively in my opinion. So it allows for a near constant damage reduction. Then when you hit heavy raid damage, such as Rain of Blades, you're TAKING less damage. Allowing your healers to focus elsewhere. Because we all know they're going to try to heal you if you get semi-low, even if you have Selfless Healer ready for use.
In my opinion, Sacred Shield is a very important talent. Mainly because it's a filler for those gaps in your rotation. You're better off reducing your damage, than doing absolutely nothing for a GCD.
Edited by Kinen on 3/6/2013 11:18 AM PST
Keep in mind they buffed our FoL healing with 5.2, so you might want to give SH another shot. I am loving it on Ret. If you do PvP, it will also benefit from PvP Power now.
Erm NO, SH is not reliable enough in PvP or PvE. While SS is a constant that you can keep, and should keep up at all times. In PvP odds are as a paly you will be dead before your SH even gets a proc, yet alone builds up stack or two.
Selfless Healer is both very reliable AND very powerful in PvE. It's not as good against constant damage as Sacred Shield is, but it also requires almost no maintenance.
And it's always fun to throw a fully-buffed Flash of Light on a tank that dropped low and watch his health rocket back up. :D
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