Originally Posted by Klogaroth
How many raids can say they have a disco priest geared to spam prayer of healing as much as these guys?
I estimate that on Nefarion the disc priest used 1300% of his base mana on prayer of healing alone. This is based on roughly 50 casts with cost of 26% base mana and 10 free casts looking at his 356 prayer of healing heals. This is a conservative esitmate based on PoH hitting max targets.
Have you seen anyone on our server who could sustain his prayer of healing usage alone? Not even considering all his other spells.
This is why disc struggles. Like in Wrath it needs awesome-o gear to work.
Oh also Disc is of MUCH greater use in 10 man raiding than 25 man as a raid healer. This is down to the lack of an uncapped aoe heal, it takes a long time to PoH a 25 man. Hence why you won't find nearly as many ranked discos in the 25 man rankings. 1 disc on Magmaw and 1 disc on Concalve of wind in the top ten on any fight in T11 on worldoflogs.
Well, we are talking about 10 player raids, so data on 25 man is irrelevant. The very fact that some Disc priests are in there simply indicates that they can raid heal fine.
Disc does not need 'awesome-o' gear to work. If you compare Holy and Disc 'Prayer of Healing', they are roughly similar. One does a HoT over time, one gives a shield. When you consider that the shields actually prevent damage and stack, there is not much difference in practice.
Prayer of Healing is our most mana efficient healing spell if three or more people in a group are taking damage. Indeed, because of the way that Divine Aegis stacks, it is fine to cast it even if more that one person is taking damage. Is there a better group healing spell that I am unaware of?
In terms of mana use, it actually makes no difference whether I cast Greater Heal on the Tank or Prayer of Healing on the group. You either have enough mana for the fight or you don't.
I use Prayer of Healing a lot. It is my primary heal really. Power Word shield is only good for mana returns. Penance for stacking grace. Greater Healer for the tank. PoM when necessary.
Unfortunately, most people have not taken the time to relearn Disc for Cata, so they tend to fail when they try.
My general point - Disco can tank heal and raid heal effectively. Holy can tank heal and raid heal effectively. Well done Blizz.
I am grateful for the Priest advice from someone who does not have a raiding priest though. :P