Originally Posted by Doomcluck
Dps you are so lucky .
Playing DPS effectively in Cataclysm has gotten ALOT harder. Last night in lost city I was accutely aware of Darieth having serious mana issues, so on boss fights which were heavy DPS races I was also spending globals on cleanse, heals for myself and the rest of the party, while also trying to avoid the numerous brutal "fire" type effects, interrupting anything that could be interrupted, watching my CC timer, stunning mobs where possible to alleviate some of the pressure on the tank healer, watching my raid frames to see if any clothies had aggro so I could use hand of protection on them, keeping an eye on the tank's HP incase a fast Lay on Hands was needed and all the while doing enough dps to get the boss down. In terms of situational awareness - at least you healers are at range, playing a hybrid melee dps now is pretty damn hard if you are utilising your hybrid abilities to their maximum effectiveness.
The fact is, screaming at DPS for taking ticks of unavoidable raid damage comes with it's own caveats. There is zero point getting worked up if a melee dps takes a tick or two of a AoE effect which spawns right on top of them. Human reaction speeds are good, but you will almost always take a bit of damage depending on how fast the effect ticks. If you think it's so easy, trying playing a non deathknight melee class on some of those heroic fights (anti magic shell needs repeated and hard nerfing), then come back and tell us how faceroll it is.
DPS is easy to learn at a basic level. To play it well, and especially if you are a hybrid using all of your hybrid abilities, is one of if not the most difficult things in the game.
Rant over, back on topic:
From what I have read on various healing forums, Priests are not in good shape at the moment, with horrible mana efficiency and pretty poor throughput compared to other healing classes. Most of the Priests seem to be saying the same thing however - reforge EVERYTHING into spirit. Drop crit, haste, whatever, but get more spirit at all costs. Some are going as far as saying use lower item level pieces if they have spirit on instead of haste or crit.