Browing my feed this morning, I came across this tidbit:
The blues have been very open lately about the direction that Blizz is taking and the goals that they’re trying to achieve. Three, in particular, come to mind when considering patch 3.1 and its effect on tanks and healers in particular:
- Bring the player, not the class.
- Healing should be more interactive and interesting.
- The tanks need to be on par in order to satisfy #1, in terms of performance and stats, yet they do not want to further homogenize the classes.
Obviously, Blizzard has not finished making the 3.1 changes, but we can already see the ways in which they are tackling these goals. …
How are you feeling so far about the direction Blizzard is taking your main character? Even if it isn’t perfect yet, are you excited about what you think your class will look like, or are you worried about your favorite spec/role?
Sorry, I’m not seeing how they’re making paladin healing more interesting. In fact, it seems that the one ability that I’ve got to spread around and soften AoEdamage with? Yeah, they’re making it so I can’t use that on more than one person anymore. So if interesting means harder then yeah, I guess they’re giving holy paladins some loving. I either toss around the big heal, or the little heal. I can put beacon on the tank. I can…oh. Wait. That’s pretty much all I do. I can still put a mite more thought into things by anticipating incoming damage (“Hey, these mobs whirlwind. I’ll Sacred Shield the rogue and the shammy because they always eat floor around here otherwise.”/ “Hey Vortex, let’s make everyone shiny!”) and pray they leave me that little toy, after all.
So for the record, I’m bored senseless with pally healing, because it’s not that different from when I was a wee baby pally. Little heal little heal little heal OH SHIT big heal big heal big heal little heal little heal little heal…zzzzzz.
Speaking of being a wee baby pally, interesting tidbit:
Ambrosine was “born” in early January of ’05-I don’t remember the exact date, but she was spotted on the 5th at level 14. She hit 60 in Feb of ’06. Yes, I’m a damned slow leveler. By March 25th she was in a guild called Unified, wiping repeatedly in MC and BWL. So by that date this month, I’ll have been raiding for 3 years almost exclusively as a holy pally. Oi!
Incidentally, this also means that I’ve been playing for a year longer than my boyfriend. This amuses me for some reason.
Even if they break disc priests, I’ll stick with my Lyr because at least Penance looks neat. I’ll take what I can get.