One of the frustrating things about waiting for Patch 3.1 is that I’m uncertain if I should “play around” with some changes to Khaeli now — in terms of gear, talents, gems, glyphs — or if I should hold off for a larger scale re-evaluation once the Patch hits.
Crit vs Haste
Khaeli has 28% crit unbuffed, with a haste rating of 173. I don’t want any more crit, but I think my haste is a bit low. Adding haste will likely help my throughput (faster heals means more heals I can snipe from the paladins, amirite?) Barring gear upgrades, which as an Initiate, I don’t anticipate receiving, I could regem some of my Luminous Monarch Topazes for the Reckless ones (I’d lose +8 INT but gain +8 haste rating for each gem I change). I could swap out the Forethought Talisman for the Egg of Mortal Essence (a loss of +13 spellpower and a weak-ass HoT, but a gain of a 505 haste rating proc). But with the changes to the Disc talent tree with 3.1, will haste will be less important now that we PW:S bots as will be able to maintain a greater uptime on Borrowed Time?
I’ll probably play around with this tonight.
Currently, Khaeli sports the standard 57/14/0 spec. As the priest trees are changing quite radically in Patch 3.1, switching my talents now feels a bit silly. I’m happy with the Discipline side of things. It’s the Holy talents that I’m just not sure of. Currently I have points in Divine Fury, which lowers the casting time of my Greater Heal by a whopping .5 seconds. I don’t really use Greater Heal all that much, honestly. But my alternatives just aren’t that great. I could take those five points and split them between Improved Renew and Spell Warding, but Renew doesn’t do much for me as a Disc Priest — it doesn’t work with Rapture, and it doesn’t crit (so can’t proc Divine Aegis). The HoT ticks so slowly that someone else has typically healed the damage before the spell has completed. Divine Fury will be even less appealing come Patch 3.1 as Greater Heal will no longer trigger Rapture. But that won’t make the other Holy talents any more inviting.
I probably won’t bother respeccing.
The Third Glyph
Khaeli currently has Flash Heal, Power Word: Shield, and Holy Nova glyphed. Again, changing Holy Nova to a different glyph seems silly since in a week or two, I’ll switch to the new Penance glyph anyways. But if I’m swapping out the Forethought Talisman, should I swap in the Prayer of Healing glyph for a HoT? I dunno — underused spells are underused. I don’t really get brought along to raid or group heal (oh wait, sometimes I get mis-assigned, so meh), so I’m not sure either of these are great. Glyph of Renew shortens the length of the HoT, but blah. There’s Glyph of Dispel Magic, I guess. But the 3% heal is lackluster, and I’m more likely to use Mass Dispel.
I probably won’t bother reglyphing.
Power Infusion Blog Post
No really, I’m working on it.