re: Should Holy Paladins use the Ember Skyflare Diamond?01/27/2010
I ran across an interesting post on Zabery about meta gem choices for healadins at our current gear level. I’m sure there are other people out there who are considering switching their Insightful Earthsiege Diamond for a Ember Skyflare Diamond. Let’s discuss this issue and Zabery’s post!
– Short answer: No, you shouldn’t. –
In the beginning of the post, Zabery works out how much INT you would need to have for the 2% bonus from the ESD to be greater than the 21 INT you get from the IED. He does a good job of that, but then you’re left having to wonder how to compare the rest. I’m going to break it down for you here, using myself as an example. To start with, I have 2012 unbuffed INT, but for the sake of argument, we’re going to assume that I’m running with full raid buffs. So I’m working with a 2125 INT score on this. Let’s work with what I net on each of these first.
ESD – 25 SP and 42.5 INT
IED – 21 INT and 70 MP5 (derived from a 5% proc rate with 15 second internal cooldown returning 600 mana [Zabery listed the proc incorrectly])
This is where the comparison stopped in the blog post, simply stating at the end that “If the mana proc is worthless then all the benefits from ESD’s scaling int, no matter how small, are better than nothing.” However, he never points out the obvious fact that we don’t stack Intellect for the throughput. We stack it for the mana regen! Also, this answer assumes that we are comparing the two in a vacuum. Healadins gem for mana regen for the simple fact that we get more “bang for our buck” that way, allowing us to gear towards throughput in other areas. 70MP5 is a -huge- chunk of regen, more than I get from my ilevel 277 ring and my ilevel 264 cloak -combined.-
Let’s move away from the blog post in question now. We’ll finish our incomplete comparison and flesh out what that difference in INT will net me.
ESD – 33.5 SP (8.5 SP from INT), .255% crit (from INT), 32.725 MP5 (from INT), 42.5 INT
IED – 4.2 SP (from INT), .126% crit (from INT), 86.17 MP5 (16.17 MP5 from INT), 21 INT
Switching to the Ember Skyflare Diamond would net me 29.3 SP, .129% crit (6.05139 rating) and 21.5 INT. In exchange I would lose 53.445 MP5. That’s a massive net loss for me! How much do I lose? I lose 53.86 adjusted ilevel budget points. And that’s assuming you have as much Intellect as I do! People with less than me lose even -more- in switching.
One of the points against the Insightful Earthsiege Diamond that people like to make is that the mana return on the proc is unpredictable. However, your chance to get average or even -above- average returns from it goes up the more you cast. Therefore, you get more out of it on the harder fights and less out of it on the easy fights. Which fights are we gearing for again?
– What about for everyone else? –
Frankly, I’m surprised any healer ever considers using anything but the IED. To quote myself over at Jessabelle’s post about gemming: “Using your weights, the IED = 95.9329 HEP and the ESD = 82.35438 HEP.” That’s what I got for her Disc gear and using her numbers. But really, that can apply to pretty much everyone. What you gain from the IED is just so much more than what you get from the ESD until you have more INT than can be achieved from WotLK gear.
But as always, there’s the “feeling” issue to work with. If you don’t need mana regen, you shouldn’t take the mana regen meta, right? That’s what our “gut” tells us, right? -Wrong!- Use the mana regen meta and gear towards more throughput! You have to take into account your gear as a whole. Using the superior mana regen meta means I can have two full pieces of gear that are pure throughput. The beauty of items like meta gems and trinkets is that they are often flexible in their item budgets, allowing us to get the most out of every single bit. The IED meta gem gives us more budget to play around with, thus someone with an eye towards maximizing their healing can really milk the difference that it makes.