Psssst! Want to hear a secret?
Did you know Priests can maintain a near limitless amount of mana?
Itâ€™s very possible. But it does abuse a certain in game mechanic. This post is just for educational purposes only. Iâ€™m not here to encourage you to knowingly abuse game mechanics. Wynthea has this deluded idea that Blizzard reads my blog. Personally, Iâ€™m a skeptic. If I see a hotfix or a patch update within the next several weeks that address this, Iâ€™ll believe it. But until then, Iâ€™m going to assume I fly well under their radar.
Iâ€™ve been meaning to write about this for a while. It wasnâ€™t until I read this post on Plus Heal that the urge to get it out there resurfaced.
Anyway, this idea revolves around Rapture.
When your Power Word: Shield is completely absorbed or dispelled you are instantly energized with 2.5% of your total mana, and you have a 100% chance to energize your shielded target with 2% total mana, 8 rage, 16 energy or 32 runic power. This effect can only occur once every 12 sec.
After you shield someone and their shield wears off because it absorbs the damage or get dispelled, you gain back 2.5% of your total mana. Your target gains some form of energy back as well. But weâ€™re not concerned with that aspect of Rapture.
Normally, for the tank healing Discipline Priest, itâ€™ll only work once every 12 seconds just like the tool tip says.
However, for the raid healing Discipline Priest, something else occurs.
Letâ€™s take a fight like Kologarn. Kologarn has the Shockwave ability where his arm completely manhandles the raid and does a fair amount of damage. A shield cast on a player will be fully exhausted after one sweep.
So what happens if you shield 10 players before Shockwave connects?
My Priest has around 33000 mana fully raid buffed (Note: Newer Priests, do not do what I do and stack copious amounts of Intellect. I do it to have a bit of fun with my Priest). Rapture will give me back 837.5 mana if one shield gets absorbed or dispelled. Seeing as the Rapture debuff is not in effect because the shields have not been consumed, itâ€™s easy to conclude that you would gain a ton of mana back if your shields were simultaneously absorbed at the same time.
In other words, I would get 837.5 x 5 = 4200 mana back. Give or take. Shield 10 players, and I would get upwards of 8000 mana as the Rapture internal cooldown kicks in.
Anyways, thatâ€™s todayâ€™s public service announcement. Donâ€™t go around spreading this secret now. We might get nerfed again after all!