Time to Get Back on the Saddle

That was a nice long break from the world of World of Warcraft. After hanging up the staff and robes in January, I feel much more refreshed and invigorated.

The problem?

Looking for a guild. The last time I really applied for a guild was in Burning Crusade and even then, that was more of a short interview. After Burning Crusade, I left and formed Conquest which I held and ran until the start of this year. My era of being GM is over. Several former players have asked if I was going to get the band back together again and I declined. I don’t have it in me to handle all of the responsibility anymore. It’ll be a nice change of pace to just go back and be a normal player again where I can stick to just keeping the raid alive instead of added responsibilities.

Speaking of changes, the new Discipline Priest is neat! It definitely takes some getting used to though. I’m not sure if they’re going to be a staple of healing teams for Legion or not, but maybe they’ll have a place on guilds looking to brute force their way to victory with tons of damage. I tried it out the other week in a raid and I don’t know if Hellfire was just oddly tuned or if was just that unfamiliar with the new Discipline. To be fair, they did nerf and make further adjustments the following day to Hellfire Citadel.

Holy continues to remain a solid fallback option for classic healing Priests. Not having to mess around with Chakra stances is a huge sigh of relief. I liked the mechanic originally when it came out, but now I’m no longer a fan of needless complexity. Let the encounter be the challenge.

There is one other problem. I can’t seem to find a guild that’s looking for a Priest :(.

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Matticus is the founder of World of Matticus and Plus Heal. Read more of his columns at WoW Insider. League of Legends player. Caffeine enthusiast.

Comments

  1. stormraven says:

    Welcome back!

    I’m finally going heal priest after maining a hunter since BC. LOVE love love the new disc, even despite the general skepticism. It’s a really cool playstyle that appeals to my mindset as a raider. Definitely not for everyone & I see a lot of discs in pugs who seem to be missing the point though. As for me I’ve been seeing good results in HFC since prepatch and I hope the competitive performance will be enough to convince the raid lead that it’s worthy of bringing in legion. :p

    I could never find an alt mythic raid for my priest in WoD because everyone already had a disc, or didn’t want a holy priest. Since when did there become such a surplus of healers?!

  2. stormraven Seriously, right? Though I don’t know if everyone has a surplus of healers, or if the number of needed healers went down (especially when we went from 25-20 man, and groups are now 3-2 healing the harder stuff after all that gear).¬†

    Curious, how many Atonement buffs do you usually maintain? Two on the tank, one on yourself, and maybe a couple more elsewhere or?

  3. WorldOfMatticus stormraven

    I think it is that healing stays engaging much longer than tanking or dpsing (the ‘mini-game’ is harder) so the longer the game stretches on the more people settle into healing and don’t want to switch out.

    For a 2 night raid where I don’t think we’ve even nailed down 18 people, we have something like 6 or 7 people that want to heal full time.

  4. stormraven says:

    WorldOfMatticus in prepatch mHFC my atonement count varied wildly, strictly based on anticipating incoming damage.. in Legion, once I get the SotM trait I’ll be reevaluating – but I’m skeptical about whether it’s worth aiming for a set number.

    On Council/Socrethar I kept up atones on the tank and everyone with Mark of the Necromancer/Gift of the Man’ari. On Iskar I targeted people with eye stacks (blanketing before chakrams took priority, though, there wasn’t much ‘free time’ in that encounter), Befouled on Fel Lord/Velhari and melee on Kilrogg, on pull, to anticipate the add explosion/puddle soaking. I set up my grid indicators to display all the debuffs of interest. On fights where there isn’t much targeted healing required outside of raid wide aoe, I didn’t apply atonements to anyone except the tank until setting up for burst.

    While I see the reasoning behind understanding disc as ‘burst’ and ‘conserve’ phases (see: Total’s disc guide on H2P) I think that it imposes arbitrary constraints on a spec that has the potential to be very flexible. I play it by ear and allow my knowledge of each encounter to naturally spell out an action plan.
    We plan on going into mythic with 4 healers (druid, shaman, paladin, disc) and several dps with healing offspecs if a 5th is needed.

  5. stormraven says:

    WorldOfMatticus in prepatch mHFC my atonement count varied wildly, strictly based on anticipating incoming damage.. in Legion, once I get the SotM trait I’ll be reevaluating – but I’m skeptical about whether it’s worth aiming for a set number.

    On Council/Socrethar I kept up atones on the tank and everyone with Mark of the Necromancer/Gift of the Man’ari. On Iskar I targeted people with eye stacks (blanketing before chakrams took priority, though, there wasn’t much ‘free time’ in that encounter), Befouled on Fel Lord/Velhari and melee on Kilrogg, on pull, to anticipate the add explosion/puddle soaking. I set up my grid indicators to display all the debuffs of interest. On fights where there isn’t much targeted healing required outside of raid wide aoe, I didn’t apply atonements to anyone except the tank until setting up for burst.

    While I see the reasoning behind understanding disc as ‘burst’ and ‘conserve’ phases (see: Total’s disc guide on H2P) I think that it imposes arbitrary constraints on a spec that has the potential to be very flexible. I play it by ear and allow my knowledge of each encounter to naturally spell out an action plan.
    We plan on going into mythic with 4 healers (druid, shaman, paladin, disc) and several dps with healing offspecs if a 5th is needed.

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