After 22 hours spent at 84 (much of that running around, testing things, not getting XP in instances and the like), I finally hit 85 on the beta.
Suffering through zones and quests that weren’t itemized, meaning I get beat on within an inch of my life was probably not the best choice, but I wanted to get to 85 and get my guardian dude thing and then focus on instances and not questing (as ret, no less).
Some quick numbers.
At 85, the following spells cost…
Flash of Light: 6323 mana
Holy Light: 1405 mana
Divine Light: 7026 mana
Cleanse: 3279 mana
Holy Shock: 1873 mana
Beacon of Light: 1405 mana
Light of Dawn: 4918 mana
Holy Radiance: 9368 mana
Yeah, I want to cry, too. I have about 60k mana, I think it is.
At 85, I also got Guardian of Ancient Kings. He looks like a moron. (Click for a larger image.)
He’s wearing some kind of bastardized Lawbringer armor, it looks like, is carrying a Val’anyr and is wearing a mask reminiscent of Batman.
Not only that, but he’s on a 5-minute cooldown. He lasts 30 seconds or 5 heals, whichever comes first. Here’s the effect.
I haven’t run an instance with him or anything, but… ugh.
And he … cries out in what sounds like pain. Or anger, according to Walks.
I want to heal on beta later today and report back on some of the instances. At the very least, I’ll comment on this post MMO-Champion put up. It’s by our friendly neighbourhood Lead Systems Designer, Ghostcrawler:
Right now on the Beta videos a lot of the healers seem to be spamming the weak “Heal” for 90% of the time. So spamming is ok and we are expected to spam for most of the fight as long as what we’re spamming is a weak spell? is this truly what is intended for Cata healers?
No, that’s not the intent. We made those heals very cheap so that healers wouldn’t be in constant terror of running out of mana. We also are making the normal modes easier than the heroic modes. You’ll have to pair the right heal for the right situation to a greater degree in heroic modes. I think part of what you’re seeing is that healers are using the base heal because they can get away with it. It’s also possible that in our effort to distinguish them from the more expensive heals that we made the base heals too cheap or efficient. (Source)
I have so many things to say in reply to this and I just don’t even know where to start.
Anyways, more later as the day goes on. Gotta love Tuesdays!