#1 - 2011/06/22 06:30:00 PMEven with the recent buff holy word: sanctuary is still way behind healing rain,eff and radiance. With that said should priest even bother casting this spell?
06/22/2011 11:30 AMPosted by WildlifeeEven with the recent buff holy word: sanctuary is still way behind healing rain,eff and radiance. With that said should priest even bother casting this spell?
If the ability is not worth using because of low healing output, excessive mana costs, etc. then people should state exactly that. Making comparisons to abilities like Healing Rain, Efflorescence and Holy Radiance isn't going to garner any positive results.
I simply think that Blizzard has far too many healing tools for Holy Priests in general, especially considering most have a short cooldown or none at all. Between Renew, Circle of Healing, Prayer of Healing, Prayer of Mending, Holy Nova and Holy Word: Sanctuary, Holy Priests already have a very large raid healing toolbox and thus its hard to balance around each and every one of these abilities being effective without nerfing their effectiveness elsewhere. Tools that are currently useful for raid healing (Renew, Circle of Healing, Prayer of Healing) will always take priority over the lesser abilities that aren't as potent for raid healing (Holy Word: Sanctuary and Holy Nova).
Compare this to the raid healing toolboxes of other healers, whom have less flavor abilities built for raid healing (Resto Druids have Rejuvenation, Wild Growth and Efflorescence; Resto Shaman have Riptide, Chain Heal, Healing Rain and Healing Stream Totem; Discipline Priests have Prayer of Healing, Prayer of Mending, Holy Nova, Penance and Power Word: Shield; Holy Paladins have Holy Radiance, Holy Shock and Light of Dawn).
I'm not saying it's futile trying to make Holy Word: Sanctuary or Holy Nova viable for raid healing, and that Holy Priests shouldn't bother complaining about it; all I'm saying is that Holy Priests already have a large toolbox for raid healing and it's unrealistic to expect every tool you have to be effective because of it. Buffing Holy Word: Sanctuary or Holy Nova could very well lead to nerfs to the already-effective raid healing abilities you have to use.
06/22/2011 05:48 PMPosted by SinterAlso, saying that Sanctuary is there to prepare for high-damage phases is just not a great usage of the spell. The mana tradeoff is just too harsh for such a pathetically weak spell.
06/22/2011 06:27 PMPosted by Senari
I was going to go into a lot of other uses for it, throwing it out for clump-ups and getting in some regen time when possible, obviously for any localized group damage where you're going to get the duration. I probably should have just cut the example part.
Did you just suggest we use HW:S for regen time? O,o?
The disconnect is in its proposed usage. It's not meant to be cast INSTEAD of your other AoEs, except perhaps in a situation where you know you will be unable to get a heal off and you will need AoE healing soon (silence, range, needing to run). Instead, it's really supposed to SUPPLEMENT your AoE healing to provide extra throughput during an AoE burst period.