Pondering some change
I’d pondered some adjustment with the new patch. It really tempted me…
I’ve been committed to IDS for a long time. And I’m the only priest in the guild that has it. Of the other priests, only one is a healpriest, and she’s almost never in the same raid as me. (we were together for SSC last night. Usually when I’m there she’s not for the 25 man stuff – more my issue than hers.) The rest of the priests are shadow.
Shadowpriests, druids and shamans are all running in the 170 or so spirit. My IDS adds 40 and gives them +10% of the total – +20/21 – to spelldamage and +heal. For that matter, the mages and warlocks aren’t too far off that number either.
So if I drop IDS, I’m dropping ~+20 spelldamage from all the caster DPSers when I’m in the party. Assuming 10 of them in a 25-man raid, and using the standard rule of divide by 3.5 for dps — I’d be gimping raid damage by a bit less than 60 dps.
Importantly, I’d be gimping myself by almost 50 +heal as well. The other priest… about 45. And the other healers, +20 or so heal bonus.
sigh – I’d almost talked myself into this change, but those numbers are nice. So, what do I gain?
I get 2 more empowered healing, which I’ve shown before to be not worth the trade for the IDS. But I also get Circle of Healing. And at the levels I’m reaching that’s not a bad spell. More importantly, it’s been tweaked so that healbonus applies.
According to Blizzard, you need 1338 heal to get the same benefit as you did from the old spell. According to the math I see, that’s… off a bit. 22% of 1338 is 294, which added to the new average of 430 becomes ~724 per person healed. That’s a bit better than 530. Instant heal gets the ‘instant heal bonus’ benefit from mental agility, making this a 410 mana spell that will heal a group of people (say, after an aoe) for an amount of health that’s less than half what they’d get individually from a flash heal.
sigh. AoE heal, but oh so tiny.
To be honest, I want that AoE heal. But it’s not good enough – not even with the additional Empowered Healing – to make it worth giving up IDS. I will keep that talent.