Oestrus over at Stories of O has been asked to go discipline. I’ve been reading that article with interest because the comments just seem to run a huge spectrum.
What really stuck out for me, and in the Plusheal thread, is the argument made by some commenters that because, unlike all other healers, the priest has two distinct healing trees available, in order to be an effective priest healer, you should dual spec Holy/Disc. If you’re not doing that, you’re not using your class to its maximum healing potential.
If you’re in a progression guild, you’ll do everything you need to. I’ve heard of druids going resto/resto for slightly different specs to get the encounter right. I get that.
However, what disturbs me is the possibility that certain encounters are simply not possible in Holy or Discipline spec (right now Disc seems to be OK for everything, but that could change). Are encounters designed with the assumption and expectation that any healing priest can (and will) change to a more favorable spec, and therefore it is “balanced” healing-wise?
I’m not really sure what to make of this. I’m having trouble keeping up with Holy, and I know that some fights are very disc-friendly. Right now I’ve respecced Holy/Disc (rather than Holy/Shadow) and am going to take disc out for a spin. Hopefully, I like it. If not, I am going to have to gear another healer.