The other day, my fellow priest BobTurkey commented on my post “Gearing Your Discipline Priest (in 3.1)” that he gears for longevity. As I’ve never had mana issues, I’ve never felt as though I had to really think much about ensuring Khaeli had enough juice to endure the lengthiest of encounters, even with the changes to Rapture.
Apparently Blizzard noticed that Disc Priests were still ending fights with plenty of mana and were able to cast almost mana-free shields. So they nerfed us — a stealth nerf, the bastards: “The Priest ability Soul Warding now only reduces the mana cost of Power Word: Shield by 15% instead of 30%. The tooltip for this spell will be updated at a later date.”
I noticed myself low on mana last night and was taken aback (I didn’t know about the nerf at the time), but thought that it was from rezzing folks right before we pulled a trash encounter. Or from getting Gravity Bomb every goddamn time XT-002 cast it. I do wonder if I’m too liberal with my shielding now that they’ve removed the cooldown.
Certainly the increased mana cost of PW:S will give me pause. And yes Bob, it might just make me think about gearing for longevity.