I Bet You All Want Me to React to 4.0.6a
* Beacon of Light no longer triggers from Light of Dawn.
– Blizzard, Feb 11, 2011
There’s this weird pressure that comes from being a class blogger. I’ve never been one to keep up on the news. (What are patch notes?) Yet whenever something happens, a couple of people look at me (via email, twitter or in game whispers) from the corner of their eye, to see how I’m going to react.
So I bet you all want to know how I reacted when I found out about Friday night’s nerf (I found out from Kurn of course, do I look like a blogger who reads Blizzard?). For your entertainment pleasure, here’s a time-line of events, starting with time 0 being when I processed the information:
0 sec: /facepalm
5 sec: OMG HOW COULD THEY?!? I’M SO MAD GODDAMN BLIZZARD QQ
30 sec: Wait a minute, I’m only a part-time/backup raider. And my 10 man team comp doesn’t really let me use Light of Dawn (LoD) anyway. These changes don’t change much for me.
1 minute: SHIT! Now I have to update my Beacon technique post. GODDAMN IT!
2 hours: Hey, I should test these changes. Wait a minute. My LoD are transferring through beacon. I WAS LIED TO.
That said, I only had one person to group with, so I don’t know if all the LoD heals transfer through to Beacon or it just one heal transfers. Those of you with more friends than me should test it and tell me about it ;D.
EJ seems to having the same experience as me.
Of Paladins and Light of Dawn and Raid Healing
One of the responses I see a lot is panic about losing our ability to raid heal if we lose the Beacon transfer from LoD. This panic is misplaced: Using LoD for the uber Beacon heal is a tank healing technique. I suppose you could place Beacon on a raid member and have them receiving constant heals, but in most fights, Beaconing a non-tank is a waste of heals.
That said, LoD has always been a really crappy spell other than the boost it gave to Beacon. It just doesn’t have the needed output to keep a group strong and healthy. While a holy pally can decently raid heal (and I usually chose to melee heal when I was running 25 mans), we’re still at our best when tank healing. Since I love raid healing, I actually prefer that LoD not transfer through Beacon…on condition that LoD receives a significant buff.
25 Man LoD vs 10 Man LoD vs 5 Man LoD
The answer to the question of Word of Glory (WoG) vs LoD changes based on the content you’re running.
When I ran 25 mans, I used LoD almost exclusively. With the exception of party healing for Chimaeron, LoD with Beacon was the most logical option: if you stood behind melee (or in melee, even), you’d always hit enough people for your LoD with Beacon to heal the tank for more than a WoG.
In 10 mans, most of the time, there are 2 or 3 people huddled together near the mob, with everyone else spread out to heck knows where. There might be a pet in melee if you’re lucky. Will LoD hit enough players to be worthwhile? It’s a gamble. I’ve found myself using WoG more and more. I even gave up my 25 man Pursuit of Justice spec for a 10-man friendly Eternal Glory spec. (Update: Fixed the specs…the originals mistakenly picked up Blazing Light. Oops.)
Edit: In the comments, Adgamorix pointed out a few situations where LoD is really helpful in 10 mans (and to those, I’ll add that a raid comp heavy in melee and pets is very LoD-friendly even on the early fights), so don’t go deleting LoD from your bars.
For 5 mans, mostly I just pound my fist on the keyboard until my hand hurts. Sometimes LoD is better, when fighting in close quarters with your group nicely piled in front of you, sometimes WoG is better, when you need to heal up a dying DPS or your team insists to stand behind you. I’ll tell you this, though: an Eternal Glory spec is so much nicer in a 5 man.
And now back to trying to find Tyrande’s Favorite Doll
If Blizzard wants to send me flying across Azeroth, they should fix whatever it is that makes me disconnect whenever I alt tab out on a bird. Am totally going to run out of numbers on my authenticator.