Yes still here.
I was planning to write a post on all the tweaks I’ve done to help my disc spec feel better. I wasn’t the best geared but I was ok ( currently 467 ilevel) , but I have done all the right things since 90, I have two purple crafted I grinded rep for the patterns, I got my Brewfest trinket, my Sha kill quest reward, the Rep and Valor rep rewards where I can, and even got the Headless horseman ring. I’m Gemmed & Chanted flasked and fooded but In LFR my Disc spec just wasn’t doing well in comparison, especially when competing with another disc priest .
To get results you had to snipe other peoples heals with shell, or smite/penance heal, but then I was still chewing through mana. I fixed my Mana problems by taking Mindbender with it’s 1 min cool down and mana return. When beaten by another disc smite healer while they were in pvp gear one LFR group I changed my strat for more smiting. I even tried to rein in my quick draw dispel reaction, trying to let other people use their mana. Shields weren’t even returning their cost in mana. I had a leaky mana pool.
In Pvp Disc didn’t even feel right. I was being globaled and without dedicating all my glyphs and talents to survival only had a trinket and Pain suppression that I could use to get a gcd space to breath, and Pain suppression could still not be cast while silenced, only stunned, so that only helped some of the time. I piled on resil, and once I got over 6k resil I started to notice I was harder to kill, and by getting where I am currently at 7.470k ( 61.51%) I was lasting longer, but all it took was a couple dps blowing all the cd’s on me and I was gone.
All the stuff we could pick from talent points that made disc awesome in BG’s became talent points or Glyphs. I could have gone pure defensive mode in glyph choices, Inner fire for 60% ,more armor, Innerfocus Glyph for 5 sec for silence and interrupt protection and desperation to cast GS while silenced and the combination would have helped, but not enough. I was already using Spectral guise to avoid getting hit as often, and it worked occasionally and Angelic Feathers for me to get away faster ( and good for flag carrying bg’s) but it wasn’t enough. I still felt weak.
So I have gone holy. Yes, funny isn’t it. A Holy Priest in BG’s – the joke was that holy priests did more healing when they had died and were in spirit of redemption form then then did when they were alive. I have more instant type casts I can do inbetween stuns and silences as Holy now then when I was Disc. I have Sanctuary as a less then .5 sec cast, as a set and forget heal, lightwell as a set and forget. ( didn’t pick lifespring because it only helps if your less then 50% health) holy word: serenity is instant with a 10 sec cd and heals for almost as much as a flash heal but for 1/3 of the mana cost. Divine Hymn on 3 min cd and everything I had as disc. Sure spirit shell was awesome when you could see the enemy running at you and you had time to build it up. But when your getting locked down, and you can’t even get a fear off, or a second to put your psyfiend on the ground – your spirit shell was useless.
Holy is still as squishy – but I felt squishy as disc. I’m not dying any less.
RBG’s don’t seem to be getting off the ground. Guild attempts have flopped even getting 10 people interested. Have a few feelers out with some people I’ve been doing semi premades with who might do RBG’s , but there’s a noticeable lack of interest generally, and I think I’ve left it too late again I tried to push on week 1 but it never happened and besides I think I would very much rather be Shadow ( shadow is awesome sauce right now) – and regardless of how much better I think Holy is for pvp for me at this moment, trying to convince a new rbg team that I can be awesome might be a hard task.