Leap of Faith can be used for evil too


I went disc healing spec for heroics ( more on that another time) and so I went to the BG’s to practice my new  spells and binds.

Faced with my growing disillusionment of the quality of azerothian pugging  kind, and an increasing itch to raid – I have have naught but Pvp to turn to. So I have been Disc healing BG’s and feeling better about priest survivability.  As holy in BG’s you do more healing when your dead, and as a squishy shadow priest I would often be lost in the deluge of CC.

So I get to live longer,  help others live longer, and practice my Disc priesting.

I’ve found the most use for Leap of Faith, aka” Life Grip” the Priest equivalent to the death-knights Death grip to be  in PVP.

It has been great for flag carriers.  I can either ride a head of them, and pull them closer in my tender embrace, or pull them out  the pile of Horde they ran into thinking they were tanking critters and not carrying precious cargo on their backs.

It is fun to yank someone away from an enemy target – and you can imagine them thinking ” where did they go…?”

I can also life grip flag carriers in Eots WHEN THEY RUN THE WRONG WAY.

It took several comments by people in the BG eg ” Are you blind”: WTF are you doing” in a Eots to work out what two people were doing.  Grabbing the flag, and running towards Horde controlled bases only to get smashed down by the Horde defense, and Horde cap it. So I started lifegripping them back.

They did this a few times much to our frustrations.

By this time we were 2 bases to 2 bases and close to 100o points a side and relying on that flag cap to get ahead, and they were losing the flag,  and potentially sabotaging our win.

They finally said ” Oh we are doing an achievement”

“letting horde cap our flag and us lose is your achievement?” I asked

They were doing storm trooper.

Eventually they got their achieve .  and yes we won the BG because when they got their achievement ” Now we can win”  says one of the achievement hunters

I’ve made it clear before that I am not really an achievement hunter and I am biased against single agendas ruining a game.  What erks me  though is that they didn’t tell anyone.  If they had of we could have helped.  Would we have helped? weeellllll People are fickle.  I am sure if we were winning comfortably, and one or two people said “sure”  we would have helped / been more accommodating,  rather then  getting upset at the lack of consideration to 13 other peoples game, especially when their actions were bringing us closer to losing.

Yes I lifegripped them back the right direction at the flag spawn area after I found out about the achievement attempt, but only once! So I am only a little evil, and yes that was me being spiteful, and its a 1.5 min cool down so I couldn’t do much harm.

I’d like to think that most of the time when I lifegrip someone that I am making the right decision.  Taking them from harms way,   helping a flag go a little bit closer. I don’t ask them” would you like a lifegrip?   I was lifegripped once and a whisper along the lines of ” lifegripping you to me” let me know what suddenly I was feeling strangely disorientated. I imagine the real life equivalent would feel much like some random in a Hawaiian shirt grabbing you on the dance floor and twirling you around.

I hesitate life gripping melee because I think, especially in a pvp situation that they just want to go all Starbuck on them and “fight them till they can’t.” Me removing them from a glorious death may upset them.

Another time I was running behind the flag carrier in WSG, and he was getting into some trouble in a pack of horde. I had a  nano second to consider that it was probably bad to go backwards,  but he was gonna die if he stayed there.  So I yanked him to me,  he still died.  Then I did.

So I hold to that when I do use it,  I  feel I am using it for the benefit of your safety,  even our AWOL flag carriers in Eots.  At the time I thought they were confused, and just going the wrong direction, so the life grips were more a “hey..  this way mate”  but has anyone felt that they have been ‘inappropriately  life gripped  ( beyond in jest with friends)

I’ll also link this comic  from Shannagins from Deviantart on lifegrip  because I think we should all consider the gravity of our boon. A comic panel says….

” Man, that’s going to be the most abused spell ever made”

”  I know, right? That’s why they’re giving it to us holy priests. You Know, for safe keeping

It was given to Priests for safe keeping.  Besides a Pally’s Divine intervention and 10 min cooldown, for which the Paladin must save on repair bills sacrifice his life to use. We have been granted an ability that interferes with friendly targets, and we should,  my fellow priests. Use it wisely.

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18 Responses to “Leap of Faith can be used for evil too”


  1. 1 gevlon January 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Want evil on EotS? Jump down into the abyss with levitate and grip the achievement hunter with you.

    • 2 Asilwen January 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      That would be really awesome if you could use it while you’re falling but… alas, you cannot. =( Unless I’m doing it wrong, lol.

  2. 3 syl January 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    LOL gevlon beat me to it! Indeed, grab someone down a cliff that has no means of slowfall = winwin! Potential uses for the LM @ AB come to mind, too – though I wonder how things stand there nowadays with our 100k+ HP.

    And title correction:
    “Leap of Faith should be used for evil”

    ..there, that’s better!! :D

  3. 5 Bee January 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I try to run ahead of the flag carriers whenever possible and lifegrip them to me. A great time to use it is when the flag carrier is approaching the water in Twin Peaks. If you can Life Grip the carrier across, it will allow him to make some significant ground ahead of his attackers who will be slowed by the water.

    I’ve also been on the good side of a Life Grip as well. In the fight in the Vortex Pinnacle where you have to enter the electric pyrmaid the boss makes in order to avoid damage — well lets just say I was off in my own “hymn of hope world” and didn’t realize it was time to get going. Our fast thinking shadow priest pulled me into the pyramid at the last second, saving a wipe.

  4. 6 Asilwen January 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    If you ask any of my friends they’ll tell you Leap of Faith has turned me into an evil villain bent on destroying all that are friendly. Cliffs are my friends no doubt. I can tell many a story of the fun things you can do with it that are only fun for the priest, but it’s really only entertaining if you’re there! Haha.

    Another cool use for it is you can catch people who are falling with it. Sure this may never happen but it can be done if the situation ever calls for it!

    And I agree with your view on achievements in BGs. I feel similarly in PuG dungeons. I queued for a random dungeon to do the dungeon, not do an achievement that could wipe us over and over. I am an achievement hunter myself… but I only do that kind of stuff with a full group of guildies or people who know what is going on.

  5. 7 Logtar January 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I always forget to use it… maybe once I get a little more gear and I am not gasping for mana. I did find out that you cannot save someone when they jump into oblivion in Grim Batol… wonder if a dropped valk target can be lifegripped… hrm.

    • 8 Pugnacious Priest January 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      timing on the valk would be close too, anyone with a fall slowing mechanism would be easier to catch as they would fall out of range a lot slower.

      Let locks do their ports, and if someone who can float gets picked up then the dps on the valk can be used on the LK and get him down faster

  6. 9 Katherine January 5, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I use it to speed people up after a wipe (especially in H Deadmines on the ship, you can grip them up a story or 2 if you’re careful), I use it to bring back tanks who want to pull when I’m drinking, or overeager DPS. I occasionally troll with it, but only in the sense of moving them from one non-threatening location to another similar while out of combat. I used to pull mdps out of the fight when they are low on health, but as they just charge back in and die I may as well not bother.

  7. 11 boozychef January 6, 2011 at 5:46 am

    i’m curious to see how it couples with a dk’s deathgrip…. my priest isnt high enough to test it yet, but if the timing is right, could it be used to isolate an opposing player in arena for focus fire? i’m thinking a death grip while being lifegripped might get enough distance for some fun. has anyone had a play with both mechanics yet?

    • 12 Pugnacious Priest January 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      if you were duel boxing you might get the timing close enough, life grip your dk as he deathgrips the enemy.. Don’t they have similar cant cast while falling mechanics though? and a grip would be a ‘fall’ so they wouldnt be able to cast deathgrip..

  8. 13 Shiva January 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I mostly use Lifegrip as a tank cooldown. As in, I use it to pull a tank away and thus have the tank not be hit.

    Another fun thing to do is Mind Control + Life Grip. Useful for pulling in those sapped mobs!

  9. 15 Raico January 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    We’ll see if they end up removing Life Grip from the game, like they did with Divine Intervention.

  10. 16 Zuckerguss September 16, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Saw it used it today to make a clueless flag carrier cap the flag in WSG. He just kept running around the flag room and didn’t realize it was time to cap. But the priest did, and life gripped him into the base.

  11. 17 Del January 3, 2012 at 2:33 am

    My current favourite use for life grip – in rbgs, in warsong – I’ll be on the roof of our flag roof, the tank and another healer on the flag spawn point waiting desperately for our dps to burn the opposing flag carrier before the counter zerg reaches us so they can cap.
    Instead, when the enemy dps flood our flag room and kill the other healer, I can life grip our FC onto the roof while the other team has to run the long way around to reach us – buying our dps more time to down the enemy FC – won us a few matches that way, plus it’s fun imaging the swearing probably going on in the enemy vent :p


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