Not quite as bleak
I’m not quite sure what’s going on.. but last night I continued to fiddle with Beta.
Tatia, my level 70 holy pally, in live is seeing 330 dps on mobs on the Isle.
TatiÃ¥, my level 70 copy of my holy pally, in beta was seeing 558 dps on mobs on the Isle.
This is alot less bleak than yesterday’s tests with the level 80.
OK, now pay attention!!!
I am not trying to create some sort of holy dpser. I accept that Holy is not a DPS spec. That said I want two things:
Thing the first
I would really like to be able to level to 80 as some sort of Holy/Ret hybrid. I want to be able to heal dungeon runs and yet still do adequate dps to level fairly painlessly. I don’t want to be Retribution nor do I want to go Protection. They’re not play styles that interests me. I don’t really want to have to sport two separate gear sets.. but I will if I have to.
Thing the second
When I get to 80 and I am a RAIDING GODDESS I still expect to want to do dailies or grind. To do that I need to have ADEQUATE dps to kill mobs without passing out on my keyboard from boredom. I do not want to have to respec to do this.. and ideally I’ll be able to use the same gear for healing as I do for dailies.. swapping out maybe a weapon/shield for a two-handed weapon.
After I’ve allocated my points to “Things I see as necessary for healing” I plan to pick up those talents that are more DPS oriented. This means I will probably end up as some kind of Holy/Ret hybrid.
That said, current 70 Holy Pally spec in Wrath:
Wrath Holy Pally Fight sequence:
Pre-fight: Retribution Aura, Blessing of Might, Seal of Righteousness (2 min duration)
Fight: Judgement of Wisdom (as good a choice as any)**, Holy Shock. Re-apply each as cooldowns are up.
How it feels:
It seems silly that the Seals only last for 2 mins. I’m puzzled why these aren’t 15-30 min self-buffs. I guess I’m supposed to change seals more often. It’s long enough that I’m going through 3-4 fights before having to refresh.. but short enough that I feel like I need to have them keybound (which uses up alot of keybindings). Seriously.. there’s 6 of them and I’m only using 1-2 normally(SoR 90% of the time, SoW when I’m feeling low in mana).
As mentioned before.. one Judgement is as good as another as far as my DPS goes. So almost universally I’m using Judegment of Wisdom.
I’d really like one more button to push on regular mobs. Here’s the timing on a regular mob:
HS(6 sec cooldown), then JoW(8 sec cooldown), wait 4.5 seconds, HS, wait 1.5 seconds, JoW, wait 4.5 sec, HS, wait 3.5 sec, JoW
Note the several 4.5 seconds of waiting around. I really want another button to push during this time. Based on a commenter from yesterday, when I get it, I’ll add the “shield slam” thingy.. when I have a shield equipped.. but in the meantime.. or when I’m not using a shield.. I guess I’ll just use that time to eat a chip.
Things on the Isle died alot faster on Wrath than they did in live. Usually the wretched guys were killed by the second Holy Shock I threw at them.
Which leads me to another interesting observation. The combat log has been updated so it now shows overheals and overkills. The first time I saw “overkill” I laughed out loud. The entry will say something like the following:
Tatia’s Holy Shock hits Depressed Wretched for 123 (1654 Overkill).
It’s interesting.. but I’m not sure that it’s useful. The overheal number is useful. Expect much more accurate numbers from damage meters/WWS as a result.
A “focus” frame has been added to the default UI. Very interesting. This will make teaching people about “focus” a lot easier.