This is a guest post by Sientina, a Holy Paladin
I’ve been reading a few (okay, a bit more than a few) paladin threads lately, sifting through the arguments about what to gem and what is the premiere paladin stat. It never fails that in every single thread at least one or more people comment how ‘I have X amount of Y and I spam Holy Light for the entire boss fight’.Ã‚Â With how healers mana is in the current content, I can understand why they would just spam Holy Light, and if glyphed, AoE five melee around that particular tank.Ã‚Â But with the exception of Patchwerk or Instructor Razuvious (on the Understudies if your priests were a bit off their game) I can’t think of a single boss fight in the current content that would warrant Holy Light spam.
There’s always a defensive reply from the paladins who spam the light when they’re confronted.
“My overhealing meters don’t count if no one dies!”
No, but unless you’re healing a five man, there are others healing with you.Ã‚Â Are your raid healers going low on mana?Ã‚Â Think about helping them out.Ã‚Â Why not spread some Flash of Light throughout the raid? If the tank needs a heal bomb, Divine Favor + Holy Shock + Instant Flash of Light at the cost of two global cooldowns for about the same healing as one Holy Light will work just fine.Ã‚Â Perhaps you’ve been working on the 6 minute Malygos achievement but haven’t gotten it yet. If more healers were being mindful of who else is taking damage and taking care of it instead of mindlessly spamming, maybe you could run it with one less healer. Who’s pulling the healing weight in your raid?
“If I have the mana to support spamming Holy Light, why shouldn’t I?”
If you have the mana, you’re overgeared for the content. Plain and simple. If you are overgeared, your overhealing is through the roof and into outer space assuming your tanks are overgeared as well. If you don’t need the extra healing, why do it? DPS a little, judge a bit more often.Ã‚Â Of course, keep an eye on your tank but watch everything else around you.Ã‚Â Get in the mindset of watching what happens to the raid. Warlocks that get high up on threat and need a Hand of Salvation. That mage that tends to pull aggro at the wrong time and needs a BoP.Ã‚Â We are currently in Kara-like content, people.Ã‚Â This is easy mode.Ã‚Â Ulduar will not let you get away with just pressing 2-2-2-2-2,. Getting healer tunnel vision will screw you over later.
Ask yourself this question. Why would Blizzard change the paladin class from spamming Flash of Light to spamming Holy Light?
Back in vanilla wow, Flash of Light was a paladin’s bread and butter spell.Ã‚Â All one did was hit FoL over and over and over again while refreshing 5 minute blessings.Ã‚Â In Burning Crusade, we were gifted with Holy Shock, a very mana inefficient spell with a long cool down, but it was great when everything went to hell.Ã‚Â Once Wrath came, we were reworked into a healing machine. Holy Shock got a longer range, critting with it made our Flash of Light instant or our Holy Light faster.Ã‚Â On top of that, we got Sacred Shield and while it was active, our Flash of Light gets an extra 50% to crit.
Blizzard made our spells to be synergistic. Use the mechanics to make the best out of the paladin class. Play with your spells. We are still the healers of the main tank more than any other class, but we are not limited to just that.Ã‚Â Sure we don’t have a chain heal, a wild growth, or a circle of healing, but who cares? With the mana regen changes coming in 3.1, Shamans, Druids and Priests will have to be more mindful of mana. I know I’ll be there backing them up.
So please, lay off the canned meat. Its just not healthy for you or for your raid.