PTR Patch Note Babble: Priest

Many thanks to my favorite crack elf and Matticus, who put these within my grasp.  Screw you, filters.


  • Divine Spirit is now a baseline spell.

In line with my comment for kings: yay. 


  • Penance (Tier 11) Damage increased slightly across all ranks.

…penance does damage?  …oh yeah.  Also now self-targetable, which just makes me wonder how I can pew pew laser myself.  Boomerang laser?

  • Grace (Tier 9) now lasts 15 sec. (Previously lasted 8 sec)

Really, is there anything else to say to this other than “yay”?  Although the version of the notes that Matt posted adds, “but now is limited to one target” which is kind of lame.  Oh well, if I didn’t like tank healing, my priest would be holy. 

  • Rapture (Tier 8 ) revamped. Now a 3 point talent. When your Power Word: Shield is completely absorbed or dispelled you are instantly energized with 1.5% of your total mana, and you have a 33% chance to energize your shielded target with 2% total mana, 8 rage, 16 energy or 32 runic power. This effect cannot occur once every 12 seconds.

Uh…numbers.  Ow.  What?  Am I angry about this?  Sad?  Happy?  I don’t know, you tell me.

  • Focused Will (Tier 7) now increases spell critical strike chance by 1/2/3% in addition to its previous effect.

While the crit sounds nice, this is not a talent I currently invest points in, and I’m not sure it would be worth it just for the crit.  I suppose it’ll depend on the eventual shape of the disc tree.  We should have some free points, so who knows.  My priest is also a skinner, so I have some crit bonus from that, too.  No, I’m not a min/maxer-I’m just lazy and skinning is really easy to level.  And well, tailoring stuff sometimes uses leather.

  • Reflective Shield has been moved from Tier 7 to Tier 5. It is now a 2 point talent and causes 22/45% of the damage you absorb with Power Word: Shield to reflect back at the attacker.

…according to Dueg’s version.  According to Matt’s, it’s been removed.  I’m just going to cry in a corner out of confusion.  Either way, it doesn’t affect end-game, just leveling.

  • Enlightenment (Tier 6) is now a 3 point talent and now increases your total Spirit by 2/4/6% and increases your spell haste by 2/4/6%. (Previously a 5 point talent)

Lowed Expectations had some like, mathy stuff here about how much we gain and how much we lose.  I’m just going to say YAY! and move on.  We gain a little bit here, lose a little bit there, but we have 2 more points to spend.  Sweet!  (I know you don’t love me for theorycrafting).

  • Meditation (Tier 3) now increases mana regeneration by 17/33/50%. (Previously 10/20/30%)

Mmmm, mana?  Seems like a good buff, but they’re beating everything else down so hard I’m not sure how happy I should be. 

  • Improved Power Word: Fortitude (Tier 2) now also increases your personal stamina by 2/4%.

Priests: Now Slightly Less Squishy (but don’t worry, shades will still eat you).

  • Unbreakable Will (Tier 1) now reduces the duration of Stun, Fear, and Silence effects done to you by an additional 6/12/18/24/30%. (Previously 3/6/9/12/15%)

I care about your PvPenis stuff ’cause why? 

  • *New Talent* Improved Flash Heal, Tier 7, 3 point talent – Reduces the mana cost of your Flash Heal by 5/10/15%, and increases the critical effect chance of your Flash Heal by 4/7/10% on friendly targets at or below 50% health.

The mana cost reduction is nice, though personally, if someone is below 50% I am using a different heal.  But…if they happen to fall below that point while Flash is already casting?  Not bad.  I’ve just seen to many cases of “Flash Of Lighting a Tank To Death” to feel confident using Flash Heal on a tank with health that low.  Though maybe if I bubble them…hrm.  We’ll see, we’ll see.

  • *New Talent* Soul Warding, Tier 5, 1 point talent – Reduces the cooldown of your Power Word: Shield ability by 4 sec, and reduces the mana cost of your Power Word: Shield by 30%.

Fuck yeah!  MORE BUBBLES.  But where’s my Giant Bubble of Doom?!

  • Prayer of Healing is now a targeted spell that heals the target’s party.


  • Holy Nova mana cost reduced from 27% base mana to 22% base mana.

Because I totally needed another reason to spam this spell at inappropriate moments.

Holy Stuff I Might Care About

  • *New Talent* Empowered Renew, Tier 9, 3 point talent – Your Renew spell gains an additional 5/10/15% of your bonus healing effects, and your Renew will instantly heal the target for 5/10/15% of the total periodic effect.

Put there where I can get it as disc, damn it!  I know renew isn’t very disc-priesty, but the holy pally in me likes to have options,

Now for glyphs!

  • Glyph of Psychic Scream — Increases the duration of your Psychic Scream by 2 sec. and increases its cooldown by 8 sec. (Old: Increases the duration of your Psychic Scream by 1 sec.)

More of a PvP thing-or, as I used it, for leveling on a PvP server.

  • Glyph of Fear Ward — Reduces cooldown and duration of Fear Ward by 60 sec. (Old: 30 sec.)

Still not sure what I think of the duration reduction.

  • Glyph of Fade — Reduces the cooldown of your Fade spell by 15 sec. (Old: Increases the duration and cooldown of your Fade spell by 50%.)

So I can try frantically not to die, more often. 

  • Glyph of Inner Fire — Increases the armor from your Inner Fire spell by 50%. (Old: Increases the charges on your Inner Fire spell by 20.)

Again, more of a leveling/pvp thing.  I try very hard not to get hit, otherwise.

  • Glyph of Mind Control — Increases the duration of your Mind Control spell by 30 sec. (Old:  12 sec.)

See above, though it would have its use for Naxx25, yes?

  • Glyph of Smite — Reduces the pushback suffered from damaging attacks while casting Smite by 100%. (Old: 50%)

Blah blah.

  • Glyph of Dispersion  — Your Dispersion ability now also clears movement impairing effects and makes you immune to them for its duration.

Wanna be warlock priest stuff.

  • Glyph of Guardian Spirit *new*  — If you Guardian Spirit lasts its entire duration without being triggered, your Guardian Spirit cooldown is reset to 60 sec.

…better than 3 minutes?

  • Glyph of Penance *new*  — Reduces the cooldown of Penance by 2 sec.

Hell yeah!

  • Glyph of Mind Sear *new*  — Increases the radius of effect on Mind Sear by 5 yards.


  • Glyph of Hymn of Hope *new*  — Your Hymn of hope provides 3 times the normal amount of mana per time, but its duration is 50% shorter.

Is it in the game, or not, Blizz?

  • Glyph of Pain Suppression *new*  — Allows Pain Suppression to be cast while stunned.

Might have some PvE uses.  Might.


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  1. #1 by Holy Dueg! on February 24, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    Sorry about making you weep in the corner, there seems to be a few conflicting 3.1 notes floating around out there. None of the glyphs are really floating my boat right now. The Guardian Spirit is so meh, I’m pretty sure I’ll log on to find my char already shrugging. Unfortunately, no Improved Renew for you! tier 9 means it’s probably replacing improved holy concentration. You can bet your sweet bippy I’m jealous of improved flash heal though, grr. It’s quickly going from least mana effecient heal to most. Seems like Blizzard is turning Disc into the burst heals / mitigation tree and holy into sustained heals / well.. no slash… cry.

  2. #2 by Ambrosyne on February 24, 2009 - 1:16 pm

    I’m happy about disc, for the most part but…where’s my PW:Barrier?!

  3. #3 by kyrilean on February 24, 2009 - 2:22 pm

    “Glyph of Mind Sear *new* — Increases the radius of effect on Mind Sear by 5 yards.

    HELL YEAH is wut!!!

  4. #4 by Myssidia on February 24, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    =X I’m actually pretty angry about the Rapture change… Although, thankfully the only other heal that I really use besides Penance and PW:S got buffed significantly(Flash Heal). Those three spells are generally enough for the stuff that I run (my one night every two weeks).

    Also… While I’m excited about the 15 second Grace, I’ll be sorely disappointed it if it’s true that it can only be on one person at a time. I don’t think we should be punished from looking away from a topped off tank to help out other members of the healing team.

  5. #5 by Ambrosyne on February 24, 2009 - 6:34 pm

    Why’s it upset you, Mys?

  6. #6 by Brent on February 24, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Empowered Renew = Baby Regrowth

    Now all they need to do is give Lifebloom to another class and we druids have lost all our unique spells.

  7. #7 by Myssidia on February 25, 2009 - 8:07 am

    Upsetting because we lost all the other spells we used to regen from. PW:S is the only spell that gives us mana back now. ONLY if it’s completely removed (and on a tank that’s no problem). ONLY every 12 seconds. Flash Heal, Penance, and Divine Aegis made up a large portion of my regen from Rapture. Although… The gains are a full 2.5% now instead of that variable amount that they had before. I don’t know. Maybe being able to reach improved healing for mana reduc in Penance and Improved Flash Heal for the same in Flash Heal will balance that out. /crosses fingers ^_^

    On another note, though… Holy actually looks kinda fun now. =X I’d prefer to spend my free spec on Shadow so that I could DPS if we have too many healers, but I’m kinda stupid sometimes so I’ll probably just spec Disc/Holy PvE heals…

    /target Myssidia

  8. #8 by Ambrosyne on February 25, 2009 - 10:45 am

    @Myssidia Point. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. The great thing about PTR notes is that…they’re PTR notes.

    They did make it reasier for us to throw bubbles all over the place, but I’m not sure what good that does us if there’s not aoe damage.

    And if there’s more aoe damage, the paladin in me is going to go (more) start raving mad.

  9. #9 by Myssidia on February 25, 2009 - 11:08 am

    This is true… I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll *at least* reattach Divine Aegis and Power Word: Barrier when they get that up and running. Cuz… That’s what Disc is about… The Bubbles of Badassness.

    On a side and unrelated note, the name Ambrosine popped up as the name of someone who had logged in to a raid alliance chat. I almost whispered her, but logic got the better of me =]

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