Posted in Blizz asked for it, Discipline, Feedback, Healing, Holy, Ideas, More Shields, Priest, Raiding, Shields, Snippy, Suggestions, Terminology, Utter Confusion on September 22, 2011 |
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A gnome priest in his natural habitat: above the ground. Most times because he blew up.
Blizzard (fairly) recently asked the player base for their opinions on their classes: what they feel makes their class more/less fun, how they feel their class performs and what they would like to see for their class in the future:
We’re looking for feedback on your class as we work on changes and adjustments for a future game update. While we may be making some specific class changes in 4.3, what we’re looking for in this thread is overall feeling on the class as a whole for more long term changes in the future.
As this is one of the few chances to voice your stance on the class(es) you love to play with a good likelihood it will be read, you should seize the opportunity. Now. Go on, spit spot!
Now, without further ado, here is my feedback (on the official forums, it can be found in these three posts):
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Ever since I signed up on Twitter (@danslatable *shameless plug … on my own site*) people have started visiting this blog; which of course I didn’t expect at all! So, to finally get started (and before I find something else to divert myself with — I mentioned I was kind of a squirrel that way, didn’t I?), here goes. This post was inspired by Jasyla‘s post about sniping heals and padding meters and is written from a PvE Discipline priest’s perspective, hence the title.
No more beating around the bush. Here I come!
I wrote a blog post about sniping heals (i.e. “stealing” heals from other healers) as a Discipline priest in Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm and how the healing mentality had changed throughout expansions. I thought it to be well-written, very professional and including many mentions of spells, talents and much crunching of numbers. Typing the last few words, I felt this was going to be a great first “real” post.
Then I read it. And promptly deleted it.
It was confusing as hell. It wasn’t linear by any stretch of the imagination. But worst of all, it was boring. It read like an analysis of how different sizes of suitcases affect the packing standards of their owners. Interesting for a few select people, but not at all relevant for the majority of humanity. It wasn’t just a theoretical post about sniping heals with shields. You would have had to have played the game for several years to understand the background of it, and even then you would have had to have a profound knowledge of certain mechanics of the priest class. Which I’m not even sure I possess.
So, instead of telling you in detail how shields are so much more expensive in Cataclysm (shields are so much more expensive in Cataclysm — happy now?) and that they cannot be used to snipe heals from anyone any longer (well, okay, in singular cases they can), I will do something else. About shields, of course. I’m a Disc priest, remember? At least for this post. (more…)
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