Via WoW Insider:
Base regen (which is an equation that factors in both Intellect and Spirit) will be nerfed by about 40%. This means the mana you would regen while just standing around doing nothing will be quite a bit lower than it currently is. However, in exchange, regen-while-casting talents such as Meditation, Intensity, Spirit Tapand many others, whille be buffed so your in-combat mana regen shouldn’t be harmed very much. It’ll essentially prevent you from trying to wiggle in and out of the 5 second rule for big regen ticks, while not terribly bothering your mana regen while you’re actually doing things.
From a purely holy paladin and disc priest perspective, I’m not batting my eyelashes yet. As I said before, we’re the chain-casters of the healing crows. We never relied on the 5sr to begin with. As long as our casting mana regen remains relatively unchanged, we should be okay.
As always, it could tip the boat for some healers border-line in skill, but…eh. Adaptation is fun, kids!
I might reconsider some of my int gems, but probably not. It’s still a pretty glorious stat. The only thing I worry about was touched on here. With the Divine Plea nerf so negligible, will they beat us with the nerf bat again? Or will it actually matter that much more in Ulduar?
The one thing that does trip me out is where it was said (Keeva’s my source here, can’t read the damn blue posts), “The goal is to have mana last about the same for all healers. ” Wait, what? For all my years as a paladin, we’ve been the mana-for-eternity gang. That was, like, our schtick. You want to make us ALL last the SAME LENGTH now? Or are they doing their “When we mean healers, we mean the healers not paladins” thing again?
Since paladins don’t rely on any of those abilities for mana regeneration, we lowered the healing penalty of Divine Plea to -50%. We are also likely to make Spiritual Attunement provide less mana for non-tanking paladins. We are not touching Illumination for the moment. Nor are we lowering the effects of Replenishment (though as I have suggested, it would be our likely next target if we aren’t happy with the results of these changes).
Nerf Illumination again and I’ll hurt you. Although you might make the HL spammers cry, and for that I’ll laugh, if only because I met a few too many “OMG THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAL” ones. But seriously, no, don’t go there.
SA? I don’t get too much mana back from that anyway. Holy pallys don’t get heals from other healers, silly! You’ll just be hurting the ret pallys!
Must. Level. My. Priest.
Later today: Healer friend Dailies, Sholazar Edition. Yes, I got off my lazy ass and prepped. At 6 am this morning. PROOF THAT I LOVE YOU GUYS.