At least, those are the conclusions IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve reached when I tried it.
On Monday night, the Conquest raiding crew was getting hammered by Kologarn. We simply could not heal raid damage of that magnitude. Some assignments were changed around and I activated my dual spec to Holy to see if I could help alleviate some of the stress.
But alas, to no avail. Being specced Holy and geared for Discipline means you rocket through your mana insanely quick. My mana pool lasted about 2 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 3 Right Arm deaths on Kologarn before I ran out of tricks. Pots used, Shadowfiended, and Hymns were already used. This is just because of the way my augments are setup. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have enough Spirit gems and enchants. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too costly and too much of a hassle to augment when I need to switch to Holy.
So it is with a heavy heart that I used my (free) talent refunds on Tuesday. I set aside talent 1 for Discipline and talent 2 for Discipline. The basic structures were the same. Some points were allocated differently and there were a few minor changes to glyphs.
|Major Glyphs||Flash Heal
Hymn of Hope
|Power Word: Shield
Prayer of Healing
The deal with Endurance spec is that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re trying to stretch your mana pool to go even further than before. This involves talenting into Improved Healing for the 15% mana cost reductions to Greater Heal, Penance and Divine Hymn. The glyphs also represent the endurance method with Hymn of Hope and Flash Heal. If your Shadowfiend manages to die, you still get some mana back rather than none. This would be more of a progression spec, I think. In case your raid group loses one or two healers, the idea is that your mana supply can hold and last long enough while you compensate for their deaths until they get Rebirthed or until the boss dies. Out of the upper level Disc talents, Grace is one talent where I felt 1 talent point might be enough to maintain the buff considering the amount of heals youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be dumping on the tank anyway.
With Disc AoE, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still going to be focusing on one or two key tanks. But on fights with enormous amounts of AoE damage, you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be locked out entirely. Your fast Shields should be placed quickly on players who have taken damage. Your Prayer of Healing adds a HoT effect. At least you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be as handicapped during Tympanic Tantrums or anything like that.
This is the result of my experiences in Ulduar so far. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still going to be subject to some more tweaking.