Post by haggers
the cataclysm goals for talent trees have been stated to be that there should less "mandatory feeling" talents. the holy tree of priests is, as you know, basically filled from top to bottom with powerful passive talents so that 90% of any holy spec consists of said mandatory talents, and ~5 talent points to customize it towards your desired healing style.
what i fear is that a huge number of surge of light
like talents will be introduced to the tree. i know this talent can be powerful with high crit levels and everything, but i think that one of its kind is really enough.
looking at the shaman class in its current state for comparison, they have the tidal waves
talent which makes them favor a certain spell casting sequence, and their crit based talents
are designed to work off certain spells only, so that you pretty much have an "ideal rotation".
what i don't like about this "ideal rotation" is that you manage yourself, instead of the group. adding "fun" procs and active talents will shift holy priests in this general direction, too, and i don't like how this is influencing their healing style. what i like about priests is that they choose the right spell for the right situation (tm) as ghostcrawler is often saying.
the point is that more procs = less control, so you cannot choose to react in a proper way. that is what's actually disturbing me. i think surge of light
is a great talent and has its strong moments in unpredictable raid healing situations, but it's not reliable
. noone can guarantee that it procs when i need it, and thats exactly why i love passive talents so much, they work always, every time i cast a spell, and are thus reliable, as they are always there when i need them.
i know that gc plays a holy priest and it seems to me that talents like serendipity
include binding heal, a spell that very few priests use outside of arena, only because he personally likes to use it, which shows me there is enough educated influence, but he might not be able to fend off the destructive wave of "new addon, new philosophy" all by himself.
tl;dr: please don't streamline priests. keep us flexible, i want to think for myself whats ideal to use.
what do you think will happen to priest talents when deathwing awakes?