So, I know I promised to write up an article not about paladins. I swear, the next one I write will be all about mages or something. But for now, there are more pressing matters having to do with the edits to the 6.0 patch notes.
“Selfless Healer for Holy no longer causes Judgment to grant Holy Power. It also is only usable on Flash of Light, no longer on Holy Light or Holy Radiance.”
WHAT?? So I write up an article on how much I love a certain talent choice, and not even two weeks later, they decide to rework the talent completely! Wow, never doing that again.
But in all seriousness, I really dislike this change. Selfless Healer (which I covered extensively here) made me want to play my paladin again, as it made the game play faster and more engaging! Later in the notes, they explain the change with basically ‘blah blah, reasons reasons’ (ok, they actually said it was because of the changes in WoD healing would have made it over powered).
What changes? Is it the reduction of instant casts for AoE? Because in all reality, I would be fine losing the cast time reduction of those spells if I could keep the mana reduction and the other two. The biggest part for me is the mana reduction, not the cast time reduction. And, if they are upping mana regeneration come WoD, this will actually work in their favor! I really don’t understand and I really don’t like these new changes.
And then the part where Judgement doesn’t generate Holy Power, what’s up with that? All of the Holy Powered abilities were already given a cast time, so why should the generation of Holy Power be decreased?
The way the new talent would work would remove the instant payoff of casting Judgement (a charge of Holy Power) and would remove the two useful spells from the mix, Holy Radiance and Divine Light (which is being renamed Holy Light). The casts of Judgement would essentially be wasted GCDs, as the only thing they do is improve the efficiency of the next Flash of Light (a spell, by the way, which I almost never use).
To me, this seems like a massive and pointless nerf to the Selfless Healer talent choice. Unless I’m missing a piece of this or if things change, it looks like I’ll be using Eternal Flame as my talent choice. Sigh…
Addendum: Anyone who got the song reference in the title gets a cookie. Anyone who sang it in their head when they read it gets two.