Pondering the New Grace and Improved Devo Aura

ETA: Don’t you hate those typos that don’t show up because they’re another word spelled correctly?  Yeah.  So do I. 

If you want a more technical, in-depth review of priest changes, go here

And now onto the meat of my post.  There’s some discussion about the  following:

  • Grace doesn’t reduce damage dealt to the target anymore but now increases the healing received from the Priest by 3% (Up from 2%)
  • Renewed Hope now also give you a 100% chance to reduce all damage taken by 3% for 20 sec to all friendly party and raid targets when you Power Word: Shield a friendly target.

I’m intrigued because of a paladin’s Improved Devotion Aura, which “increases the armor bonus of your Devotion Aura by 50% and increases the amount healed on any target affected by your Devotion Aura by 6%“.  Now consider that with one of the paladin changes: “Improved Devotion Aura (Tier 4) now increases the amount healed on any target affected by any of your Auras by 2%. (Previously only worked with Devotion Aura active)”.  Now it looks like they’ve reduced the amount healed, which makes me wonder: will they let these two abilities stack?  Hmm.   Would be nice for the disc priest if they did.

I’m not on the PTR, though, so there’s no way I can try to figure this out.  Bleh.

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  1. #1 by Holy Dueg! on February 26, 2009 - 9:48 am

    I’d wager dollars to donuts that these will stack since the new disc priests ability is only from the disc priest. If it was an effect like Guardian Spirit where it raises all healing from all sources then I could see them limiting it, but coupled with change to improved devotion aura, I think you’re gonna be seeing it stack.

  2. #2 by Ambrosyne on February 26, 2009 - 10:05 am

    I hadn’t noticed the change in imp devo when I first saw the change to Grace-but yeah, considering that, they might well let it stack.

    Means they nerfed imp devo a bit, but they’re also allowing its effect to work on any aura as long as you have the talent so…take some, lose some.

    Our GM is a tankadin, and I consider our disc priest one of our best healers (murderous inclination aside), so any increased synergy between the two is welcome.

    That and one day I will swap mains, damn it.

  3. #3 by dorgol on February 26, 2009 - 11:27 am

    My understanding is they haven’t nerfed the Improved Devotion Aura talent. It’s a 3 pt talent: it is still 2/4/6% bonus to healing received, but it’s no longer limited to Devotion Aura.

  4. #4 by Ambrosyne on February 26, 2009 - 11:39 am

    Aah. Hm.

    Fail tooltips are fail.

    So I’m back to wondering if they stack!

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