Flash of Light spec – Why I don’t talk about it04/13/2010
There are been some interesting reads out there in regards to going down the “Flash of Light spec” road. I’ve even gotten emails about it, asking for help and advice on gear/gemming/speccing for it. Yet, I’ve never actually sat down and discussed it. I’ve considered it, certainly, especially in that vein of “FoL vs. HL,” but I never have. Unless something major changes for the expansion, I doubt I really ever will beyond this post.
I do not like Flash of Light speccs. Here is why:
1) It trades HPS for HPM. At ICC gear levels, a healadin’s HLs should be coming in at ~1.25 sec cast times, not much below the 1 sec cap on FoL. (The cap is from the GCD being capped at 1 second. Even if your FoLs took only .5 sec to cast, you’d still have to wait for the GCD before casting again.) Those HLs should also be critting quite a bit and the splash from the glyph would be quite substantial. Even gearing almost fully for throughput, a healadin who is using their abilities correctly shouldn’t be having mana issues, so trading down for more HPM isn’t worth it.
2) There is no way I could keep the tanks up with that on some fights. Heck, there are times when I can’t keep the tanks up when I’m bombing HLs like a mad thing. It’s been mentioned that it spreads the responsibility for the tanks’ lives out so that the other healers have to keep an eye on them, too, but my raid healers have enough on their plates without them having to compensate for me.
3) It promotes using only one spell, which is -boring.- I remember TBC healing and it’s steady stream of FoL on the tanks. I used to get rip-roaring drunk during raids, just because there was so little thought going on for me! Now I have to think about my mana and switch spell casting gears to reduce overheal. HL builds -do- use FoL, quite often in some cases, they just don’t rely on it.
4) It really is REALLY boring.
There you have it! I didn’t go into much detail (I can if you want me to, but meh.), but that’s my reasoning for not liking FoL specs.
Editted the next day: Oh hey, I forgot one of my points! Point #5 is that gear scaling for FoL spec is really bad. Once you reach that 676 haste cap, which is incredibly easy at the current gear level, the only stats that you want are spellpower and crit. That means that you fall into that problem Disc priests have, with boring wasted stats. Both haste and MP5 are usually avoided even for FoL users. Tree druids have that issue currently with stats, too. HL specced paladins don’t, since haste is always useful, as are crit and MP5 if you maintain a healthy ratio.