Patch Notes Thoughts: Easier Chakra Surfing

I’ve been keeping a vague eye on the notes for the forthcoming patch, oohing over the thought of riding dinosaurs but my brain has been rather disengaged. However one little tidbit I spotted today changed that:

The 4pc PvP bonus for healing priests has changed: Reduces the cooldown of Chakra by 25 sec and during Spirit ShellFlash Heal costs 50% less mana. (from MMO Champion).

I’m not particularly interested in the second half (Holy for life!) but the first bit had me thinking. Now I’m a chakra hopper by nature and the thirty second cool down between switching annoys me considerably. I’ll happily admit to not being the greatest fan of chakras as I think their implementation has always been clunky and I hate running around with huge disco lights under my feet yelling “Holy Priest….try and kill me” to all comers. However I think a five second cool down between switching states is a huge improvement, so huge in fact that I feel it’s got no place being a set bonus at all.

The whole point of chakras as I understood them was so that we could switch on the fly as sadly PvP in particular doesn’t come in nice perfectly timed segments with the opposing team seguing politely from aoe to single target and back again. I know from playing against plenty of other Holy Priests, most seem to pick a chakra and stick with it regardless of the situation, especially now they last after zoning/death so hopefully this change will change that, pushing people into a bit more experimentation. That said, I don’t see why this change couldn’t be either baseline, leaving the PvP set bonus as it currently is or altering it’s implementation slightly. Why for example can’t it work like the Monk roll? In that you could switch once and then again without incurring a time penalty. It would be more dynamic than just a flat cool down and would potentially allow for more tactical play.

Right now this is a necessary change but a really boring set bonus.

Slightly off-topic, one of the more common searches which seems to bring people to my blog is “What chakra should I use in pvp?” and that to me feeds into the sense that quite a lot of Priests feel trapped in one chakra because of the cooldown. (For those of you which are interested, I’m currently working on a rather massive post with flow charts and possibly diagrams to cover what I use, when and why).

 

4 Responses

  1. I’ll be frank, I don’t play holy often, even less now with Mists but when I play holy I totally feel locked into my chakra decision. Maybe it’s just because I haven’t played as holy enough though?

    • Practice definitely helps, but right now, sometimes I feel that I’m having to sacrifice the chakra I want to be in 10 seconds down the line for whatever I want to do to now which is part of what’s wrong with the system.

  2. A change like this could actually make holy fun for me again. I used to like it before chakras was added to the game (although I’m mainly a disco kind of priest). And yes, both of these bonuses does sound quite substantial for beeing a set bonus. I might have to hurry one of my priests to lvl 90 and start PvPing again to give this a go.

    • I know quite a few people who have walked away from Holy due to Chakras and certainly I spent most of Cata playing Disc apart from the first raiding weeks. However I much prefer Holy and thus am determined to stick at it this time around. I’ve been doing a lot of pvp at the moment and definitely don’t feel that squishy (apart from when three warriors charge you at once :p).

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