3.1.2 Priest Nerfs


  • Soul Warding now reduces the mana cost of your Power Word: Shield by 15%. (Down from 30%)


  • Divine Hymn now heals for 3024 to 3342 every 2 sec. (Down from 4320 to 4774)


  • Glyph of Mass Dispell now Reduces the mana cost of Mass Dispel by 35%. (Down from 50%)
  • Glyph of Penance – Increases the critical strike chance of Penance by 5%. (Old – Reduces the cooldown of Penance by 2 sec)

Courtesy of MMO Champion.

I knew Divine Hymn and Soul Warding were hit. The Penance changed surprised me. I liked my ~6 second cooldown spell. It’s not often I’m saddened but in this case, I am one sad panda.

On the bright side:

Drink restoring 12960 mana over 30 sec now restores 19200 mana over 30 sec.

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  1. @ Glyph of Penance change: nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    5% Crit on the spell is nice, but I might just swap it for the Flash Heal glyph. (Currently using Penance/PWS/PoH.)

  2. “On the bright side: Drink restoring 12960 mana over 30 sec now restores 19200 mana over 30 sec.”

    LOL. It’s great when this patch note is the only ‘good’ news.

  3. I wonder what I’m going to replace that penance glyph with…

  4. I agree with Caladein.

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  5. I am really disappointed by the change to Divine Hymn, I have been having so much fun watching it do its thang! It is definitely a powerful spell as it stands, but I think it should be with the 10 minute cooldown.

    I would even prefer to see it with an even longer cooldown, but left as powerful as it is.

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  6. Beezle says:

    Glyph of Penance nerf is sad.

    5% Crit for a spell which can only be cast every 8 seconds is not as good as 5% Crit for a spell which can always be casted (e.g. Glyph of Flash of Light). The Penance Glyph is substandard now.

  7. /sigh Knew that Divine Hymn (priestly version of Tranquility hrm?) was too good to be true. Still…. I hate when they give you a cookie and then take it back.


  8. Yet more evidence that the current crop of devs are just taking random shots in the dark when it comes to balance. It used to feel like they had an actual formula that they worked from, now it feels like they throw shit against the wall and wait to see what sticks.

  9. A more accurate way to look at the nerf to the penance glyph: it was crazy OP as originally implemented. Sorry, but it was. The best healing spell in the game was made 20% better, which is a LOT. It was probably nerfed more for PvP than PvE, where everyone (including Bliz) knows that priests are now a bit too strong. Being able to zip back from 10% to 90% health every 6.4 seconds made us nearly unkillable.

  10. The Soul Warding wasn’t a big surprise. The no CD on PWS would be enough for me to take the talent, the mana cost reduced is gravy.

    I switched my Glyph of Flash Heal out for Penance and even in Naxx25 / Ulduar10 gear I’m not having mana issues. The increased crit will be nice but the 6 second Penance was much nicer.

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  11. Beezle says:

    Oh, good news: They are giving us the cookie back!


    The Glyph of Penance change will not take place in Patch 3.1.2.

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