After my last post I decided I also wanted to weigh in a little bit about Holy Priest single target healing and survivability in M+. This isn’t super in depth just some basic stuff.
Currently, Holy Priest doesn’t do too bad in M+. But the sad part is…that has nothing to do with our own abilities. Throughout BFA we relied on things like Resounding Protection from Azerite traits or Versatility corruption stacking to be able to survive and be viable for high keys. As for single-target healing, we really only have Serenity. It’s a very long CD that either forces us to not do any damage so we can spam Heal/Flash Heal to get it back up, or we have to rely on on-use externals given to us through trinkets (think Mirror of Entwined Fate from BoD) and Azerite Essences such as Void Conduit or Spirit of Preservation.
Flash Heal and Heal don’t do nearly enough healing up front, and while Echo is great for helping keep a raid from dying, it’s not very useful for the frequent high damage you experience in M+.
I would suggest increasing the potency of Heal and Flash Heal at least, I’m not sure why their power gain is tied to conduits and legendaries instead of simply being useful baseline. I’m also going to repeat what I said in my last post - make Smite and Holy Fire reduce Serenity and Sanctify CDs so we are not punished more than other healers for trying to contribute damage. Not being able to access Serenity for a full minute because we chose to DPS instead feels really bad and makes us a very undesirable healer for M+. Imagine if Druid Swiftmend was a 1min CD, or if shapeshifting increased Swiftmend’s CD.
The changes to Guardian Spirit I mentioned in my previous post would also help us in M+:
Our survivability should be looked into as well. Desperate Prayer isn’t nearly enough to help us survive the frequent high damage from M+. And Focused Will isn’t exactly useful in most cases - if the tank loses aggro, pretty sure Focused Will isn’t going to save us. It IS handy for adds that fixate, but still seems very weak in comparison to what other cloth classes have available. I am thinking maybe give us Inner Fire back in some form, either with the stacks like in Classic, or a flat Armor increase like in Cata. We need something to make up for being the only cloth class without some form of mitigation.