4.0.3a Holy Priest Changes
Summary: Hit and miss. Mostly miss.
The big change is to Chakra; before, we had the option of single-target healer, HoT healer or AoE healer. Now the HoT and AoE modes have been rolled together as Raid Mode, which is good.
HOWEVER, it is activated by casting PoH or (bizzarely) PoM. But it doesn't improve PoM. It does improve Renew and Circle of Healing, but those spells neither activate nor, crucially extend, Raid Chakra Mode. Only PoM (which has a long cooldown) or PoH (which is slow and expensive) do that. AND you now only get 4 seconds for each PoH cast, rather than each heal that lands.
Basically, to maintain Chakra and make Renew effective, I have to cast a slow, expensive AoE heal every third cast.
Maybe is was a bit complicated before, but at least it felt sensible. Now it feels awkward and ugly, a compromise too far.
All they have to do is add Renew to the list of spells which activate and extend the chakra state.