Over & Out

Hey readers,

After much discussion with Lilitharien, I have decided to return to my original blog over at The Stories of O.  I’m still committed to writing about all things holy priest and to covering a number of other topics that I didn’t really write about here (i.e. general raid thoughts, strategies and sometimes just pure fluff).  All of the guides that I have written here will be updated for 4.0.6, including the Chakra Sutra, the L2Holy talents post and the enchanting guide for holy priests and will be carried over to the other blog.  The updates will not be featured on this page, so please stop by  The Stories of O and see what things are brewing with this new patch.

It has been an extreme pleasure writing for Divine Aegis and I am very grateful for the opportunity to open myself up to a new audience and for the people that were crazy enough to come along for the ride with me.  Hopefully Lilitharien and Lyria will continue to post and give you all more reasons to return to Divine Aegis again and again.

Good luck and I hope to see you all very soon.

- O.

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1/24/11 Update

Hey all!

I just wanted to take a moment out of my day to post a little something about what I have been up to lately and about the next few ideas that I have for posts on the site.

My priest is in such a place where I don’t need to spend too much online, aside from when I’m actually raiding, which means I can spend more time being more diligent about posting here and also being more dedicated to my posts that I contribute for World of Matticus.  Hopefully you are checking out my work there and even if you’re not, still pay Matticus a visit.  He works extremely hard at providing a great resource for all healers and there is bound to be something there for everyone.

I appreciate everyone’s patience and I have a few ideas that I’m kicking around right now.  I’m toying with the idea of doing holy priest specific raid strategies and guides on how to heal certain fights, with a focus on certain spells and rotations you can use.  I would like to continue my L2Holy series and write about glyphs, stat values and things of that nature.  The list goes on and on.

As always, if you would like to see something discussed that we are not covering here, please let us know.  We have a Formspring account, all of us are on Twitter and very active and vocal there and sometimes we can just use the inspiration.  Not all of us have something worth writing about all the time and getting feedback from our readers could really dispel the writer’s block.   

So in closing, look forward to more posts from me soon and thank you for hopefully sticking with me through the craziness that is the start of a new expansion.

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Preparing For 4.0.6

The official patch notes were released for 4.0.6, the first sizable patch of this expansion and I figured I would cover the changes that would most affect holy priests and what they could possibly mean for us, if and when they make it to Live.  First up, let’s talk about some things that may be considered more general changes, but that could still affect you and why.

*  Level 85 players can now choose any normal dungeon via the Dungeon Finder. Choosing Random Dungeon will still not add these lower-level dungeons into the rotation.

I like this change, because I feel that being able to queue up for dungeons that might be lower level than you are can serve as a great way to practice healing.  This is especially true if you used a DPS spec to level (which I hope you did) and may not have spent your entire journey from 80 – 85 doing any sort of real healing.  Also, if you happened to have missed some upgrades along the way to 85 that could be preventing you from being as ready as you would like, you can now go back and queue for those specific dungeons and get the pieces that you need.

*  The Haste display on the Character Info window (C) now shows the total haste percentage, rather than only haste from haste rating.

This will be particularly useful, because the Haste that you get from putting points into Darkness would not show up on your character sheet.  This could be misleading or confusing when trying to determine how close you were to reaching the first break point for Haste which is 12.50%.  I wonder if this will also include the Haste you could also receive from raid buffs.  For example, those you would receive by having a moonkin, shadow priest or shaman along with you.

*  Darkmoon Card: Tsunami now properly procs Giant Wave when basic heal-over-time spells are cast.

At one point, it was confirmed that Darkmoon Card: Tsunami was a terrible choice for resto druids, because of this.  Renew was also included as a spell that would not cause you to gain stacks from this trinket.  With this change, Renew will again have a chance to give you stacks of Spirit.  As an aside, it seems that the trinket procs off the number of people you heal versus the number of heals that you cast. This means that our numerous AOE heals work well, particularly Circle of Healing, Holy Word: Sanctuary and Prayer of Healing.  There is speculation about Divine Hymn and Prayer of Mending not generating any stacks, though I haven’t been able to confirm this personally or find enough evidence to really support that.

Now, let’s discuss the things that are exclusively aimed at holy priests and what exactly they might mean for us.

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Holy Paladin Primer: Part 1, Talents and Glyphs

I’ve been working on a megapost about the things DPS players can do to help their healers in 5-man heroics, with a (fingers crossed!) comprehensive breakdown of class abilities. Expect that next week. I decided to delay it for this post, because several people have asked me to write a “basics of being a Holy Paladin in Cataclysm” guide.

“What?” said I, “You mean not everyone has been following every beta build from the moment it was data-mined? Not mentally formulating plans for release for the past several months? … Oh!” It turns out that not everyone shares my crippling social anxiety abundant freetime. I guess that’s why Oestrus and Lilitharien have guides for their specs. It all comes together now.

So, here we are, in the still-early days of an expansion that has changed healing more substantially than it has ever changed before. And moreover, it’s changed Holy Paladins more than they’ve ever changed before. But don’t worry; ignore any doomsaying you may have seen on the forums. We’ve emerged from the Cataclysm with a refreshing playstyle and a more-than-adequate toolbox.

Let’s talk about it.  

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Happy Holidays from DA!

Firstly I’d like to wish you all a Happy Holiday, whichever one you may have celebrated. I just got back from my vacation in Los Angeles and will be working more adamantly on my upcoming L2Discipline posts and getting my priest’s gear ready for raiding while I still have some time off work!

Don’t forget to hop over to World of Matticus and check out Oestrus’s posts there, where she’s officially become a new member of the WoM blogging team. But, don’t worry, that doesn’t mean she won’t be posting here, she loves you (and me) too much to leave us. ;)

Oh! And, also, Happy New Year. :D

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