I won my first piece of Ulduar loot last night: Rapture, a drop from the Iron Council.
As I’ve written before, I have always opted for a 1H weapon plus an off-hand, but the new spellpower enchant for staffs has made staffs much more appealing. With some quick calculations — and having just read Xeonio’s post earlier in the day — I decided to go ahead and bid on this. It was a sizeable upgrade in spellpower, Intellect, and crit; I didn’t lose any haste (a stat I still really need to improve) by losing my current weapon/offhand (neither had haste); and it gave me a nice chunk of Spirit as well — great for dual-spec occasions.
And yes, “Funny, she doesn’t look druish” jokes are perfectly apt.
Patch 3.1.2? Fuck. You. Divine Hymn — nerfed. Soul Warding — nerfed. But the most painful… Glyph of Penance — nerfed. No longer will it reduce the cooldown. Instead, it’ll add 5% crit to the spell. As Chris writes (thank you, Chris, for doing teh math!),
At full usage – using Penance every time the cooldown is up – the previous version of the glyph (reduced cooldown by 2s) effectively provided a 33% increase in Penance’s throughput. The new glyph provides a 2.5% increase in Penance’s throughput (since healing crits heal for 150% of the normal amount). The new glyph, therefore, sacrifices 30.5% throughput for an additional 1/20 chance per tick to proc Divine Aegis.
I was really pleased with this glyph as it made using Penance a lot easier to fit into a rotation. With my most powerful heal on a 8 second cooldown, there was often the tendency to save it for an “oh shit” moment, but those 2 seconds provided by the glyph seemed to make a big difference (and perhaps it was just in my imagination) in fully utilizing this spell. Post 3.1, the usage of my spells has changed substantially, but now I guess it’s back to Flash Heal spam.
And while the nerfs to my spec are annoying, the rationale behind them is infuriating. As I focus almost solely on PVE, changes to my class that are made in the name of “balancing” PVP irk me. As Ghostcrawler explained yesterday, “These were mostly arena changes.”
This is the Avatar of Freya.
She’s not the only bitch I ran across yesterday. But she’s the one that I’m opting to post about.
Oh, and we killed Freya (not the avatar) in Ulduar 25man last night — an incredibly fun fight.