The death of Disco?
I've been playing with level 85 talents today, and I think I have the perfect Holy Priest Raiding Build as 9/32/0. This means that we'll be getting Evangelism and Archangel in Cata.
I like the options that Evangelism/Archangel brings to the class, and coupled with Chakra funtimes I can't imagine why anyone would want to play any other healer. It seems to me, given that Archangel doesn't buff PW:S, that this whole mechanic is actually much more at home with Holy than with Disco.
I simply cannot wait, as a devoted Holyer, to get stuck into Cata raids. The options presented by Evangelism, Archangel and Chakra will really separate the men from the boys, as maximising healing potential is going to be a tricky business. With all this fun to be had for Holy Priests, I can't help but worry that Disco might, once again, start to fall behind as a healing tree, to the point where it isn't really viable for raiding.
I think this for 2 reasons; first, Archangel doesn't buff PW:S, and so that whole new interesting mechanic doesn't really sit well with Disco's main function, providing shiny bubbles. Secondly, with Holy being so involving and interesting to play and Disco relying more and more on simply shield spamming, there may be fewer and fewer players willing to stick with it. Oh, and Power Word: Barrier is currently rubbish, but that will be changed.
This would be a great shame, because I think that bringing in Disco as a viable raiding build in WotLK has made for some more interesting healing options for us. However, the potency of Shields has also forced Blizz to design some mechanics, like Infest, that become almost unmanageable once you take away the Disco Priest. Just as with the "Magical Tanking" niche for Death Knights, we've seen that once you make a class VERY different from others in the same role, it creates real problems trying to design encounters that don't then demand the presence of your niche class.
Personally, I'd rather see Disco turned back into a PvP tree, and have a new Chakra State in the holy arsenal that buffs your shields; you can then hop into Mitigation Mode for certain fights. This isn't going to happen, but I still can't see how disco is going to stay interesting and viable, without having to design yet more boss mechanics around the fact that a 10-man raid may or may not be covered in 20k+ bubbles, depending on whether there's a disco priest around.
The fact that Blizz haven't allowed Archangel to provide a buff to PW:S shows that they don't really have a clear vision for the tree, or maybe the appetite for making it as OP as it has been recently.
EDIT: Having played around, it is entirely possible to build a shield-spammy/ single-target heavy build for Disco at 85 that doesn't have any of the Evangelism/Archangel talents, thereby keeping Disco playstyle as it currently is. Whether this will be viable for raiding depends on 2 things; the potency of shield vs healing, and mana regen without Archangel.
Last edited by Darieth; 11-15-2010 at 02:08 PM.