Yesterday there was a very good post up at Penance Priest. Go on, go read it if you haven’t already.
The first thing I did when I got home was to pop on Lyr and peek at my gear.
You should power-on the intellect if and only if you are mana starved. It is a regen stat, and it is our best regen stat without question. If you end fights with half your mana and with shadowfiend off cooldown, you do not need more mana, and therefore you do not need to stack intellect. However, if you’re doing fights that require constant spamming of your biggest heals, and you struggle to last long enough, intellect is the clear choice.
In our 10 man Ulduars, I’ve gone back to being “disc raid heals”. I support the tank healer, watch the OT, and take care of anyone in the Vibrating Crotch Pot or whatever it may be that fight. Ignis, which can be a more mana-nomming fight for me, ran me OOM…at the very end of the fight. Without shadowfiend (should have popped it at half, but I wasn’t watching my mana bar). Hmmmmm. Not bad, not bad at all.
I peeked at my gems and saw in some of my older gear…int gems.
A quick trip to the AH and I tossed those out for more SP gems. Blues, if you’re wondering-I have epic gems only in my Uldaur25 stuff because those things don’t come cheap and I won’t use gbank supplies for that. We’ll see what difference that makes.
My problems in Ulduar have not been mana ones lately. They have been “oh god oh god oh god THE TANK IS DYING OH GOD” problems, at least, when I’m on full MT duty. Yet I’m over the soft haste cap of 5%, sitting 7.59%. Instead of stacking more haste-which I haven’t been able to get my hands on anyway-I’m going to lean more towards crit and SP. I won’t need to cast heals quicker if I can cast bigger heals with more mitigation provided…in theory. Switching to a heavier haste concept would also require a shift to a GHeal build, and I’m strangely allergic to GHeal. Must be those years spent as a FoL spamming holy paladin.
I’ll even consider tweaking my disc build slightly for a crit talent I know I missed.
Experiment OMG CRIT is a go!