According to WoW Insider, Blizzard will propagate patch 3.0.9 to live servers this week. My guess is it will occur in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Tuesday maintenance, but who knows? We may not see the actual patch until Wednesday (when Love is in the Air kicks off) or Thursday. That said, there is only one item of interest for priests:
- Inner Fire duration has been increased to 30 minutes and can no longer [be] dispelled.
Not a huge change, but significant: No longer should Inner Fire expire during a boss fight! For the longest time, I had a great deal of difficulty remembering to cast IF, especially before or during combat. Then I installed Power Auras, so I had an audible and visual reminder of when the buff expired. Still, every 10 minutes? (Or less, if mobs were beating on you!)
But now, it’s almost a “fire and forget” spell (or will be, once the patch is live): Cast it before the first trash pull; re-cast before the boss pull. Rinse and repeat. This is the kind of change that is by no means overpowered, but increases (for me, at least) the fun factor of the game.1
I am assuming, until I see otherwise, that the “charges” associated with Inner Fire are to be no more: This is how I understand “…can no longer [be] dispelled.” Makes sense to me; I never really understood the point of that component anyway, and I’m guessing neither did the devs.2
The only other significant change for healers is the previously announced nerf to Divine Plea: “The amount healed by your spells is reduced by 50% (up from 20%) but the effect can no longer be dispelled.” Mana management for healadins is going to become an issue (not necessarily a challenge or a problem, but an issue). I wonder if this change is being made as sort of a test bed for the more widespread changes to mana management announced last week for patch 3.1.
It will certainly be interesting to observe how the Divine Plea change impacts healing over the next few days and weeks. Me? I’m just excited not to have to hear my Inner Fire reminder every. 10. minutes!