Everyone by now knows I’m a bitter paladin, right? That’s why I play my priest. Now, every time my bitterness wells up and I complain about a holy paladin’s utter lack of ability to cope with AoE damage, someone always chimes in with “Oh but I have a holy pally and I don’t have any trouble!”
So you know what? Let me quote some other people.
From Anna, here: “Healing this particular fight is pretty intensive, because the combination of Light Bombs (5 yard range, consistent AOE damage), Gravity Bombs (10 yard range, ticking bomb AOE), and Tantrums (raid wide 10% damage every second for 12 seconds, for a total of 120% health on everyone in the zone) makes for a lot of unhappy consequences when someone screws up. It’s also tough to heal as a Paladin, since AOE/Group healing *shines* in this fight.”
And from BoK: “As for Ulduar, the only thought I have is that there seems to be a lot of raid damage. We went in there with 4 Holy paladins, a Disc priest, and 2 Resto druids and it was pretty painful until we added a Resto shaman. As well, Flash of Light is almost totally useless now. It isn’t even strong enough for raid healing! I was half-tempted to just remove it from my cast bars. Also, I really miss multiple Sacred Shields.”
And a repeat for emphasis: Flash of Light is almost totally useless now. It isn’t even strong enough for raid healing! … Also, I really miss multiple Sacred Shields.
Now think about raid healing with Holy Light for a moment.
Obviously we’re still great tank healers. If you Beacon yourself and heal the tank, you can usually comfortably ignore all else and focus on your target. This is great! I’m not saying we’re not great healers…in certain contexts.
To touch on a previous rant:
But remember the whole “Bring the player, not the class” line? What if the only 3 healers you’ve got for your 10s, for one reason or another, are paladins? Or two paladins and a disc priest? Hell, even two paladins and any other AoE healer. Are you actually going to be able to cope, without overgearing the instance? I understand that 25s are a different kettle of fish, so I’m not talking about those here. Just the 10s. I’ve healed Maly10 with two paladins and a disc priest…but that was pre-3.1, when I used my Sacred Shields to soften the blow during Vortex and disc priests were perpetually at 95% mana. Could they do that now, or are people going to be sidelining paladins in favor of other classes? Classes,not players. Even a disc priest has far greater AoE healing capability (and AoE damage mitigation!) than a paladin. Hell, a disc priest can dual spec holy and still raid if they want to.
I’m pretty unhappy about how thoroughly pigeonholed holy paladins are a healers.