After having reached floor 72 heroic on my fresh Holy Priest, I think I qualify to give feedback now.
Having done Torghast on both a DH and Lock I wanted to test out the only available healer. I decided to go for Holy Priest, since Disc Priest would probably not really classify as a healer when doing Torghast.
After having done a couple of floors on Normal I went straight to Heroic.
The first 2 floors took me a solid 30-45 min to get through. The only thing that was carrying me was Mind Controlling (MC) enemies and having the enemies finish off the MCd target.
Not having an interrupt or hard CC (outside of Chastise once every 45s) really makes the first few floors frustrating. i soon figured out Psychic Scream was not the way to go, since 9/10 times they would just run into other packs and wipe me. The only thing that made me power through was occasionally MCing the wild Elite if they were available, the healing and damage from Boon of the Ascended and the random NPC tanking for me and them being stuck at 1 hp.
After I got some anima (mainly Catharstick and Curious Miasma) it all went like a breeze. Due to Curious Miasma and Mastery: Echo of Light I never had to think about healing anymore. Using Shadow Word: Death was an enabler to oneshot enemies with Catharstick.
In the end the highest Echo of Light healing tick I’ve seen was 5 million. And the highest crit I’ve dealt with Catharstick was 15.7 million.
All in all the start is extremely frustrating as a healer without hard CC. I would love to see some sort of Anima power that would maybe give you an interrupt.
Also I would like to see more synergy with Smite and Holy Fire. Currently all the Anima powers I got offered were either healing ones, or shadow ones. I am unsure how this is for Discipline (will update post when I do this is as disc).
Having a random trash pack containing 2 or 3 elites at the first floor is the worst thing ever. I’d rather not get screwed over by RNG this hard.
Once you get going it’s so FUN. Running around, one-shotting everything. Pressing Holy Nova off CD, having 482k hp and healing 20x that amount per 3 seconds. God, I sure wish there is no limit on how many times you can enter this when it goes live.
Added some screenies of my in game stats and heal/dmg at floor 72 for those interested.
After having tried this for another three times, I can conlcude the first time I just got extremely lucky with mob spawns/anima. God how frustrating this can be when you are just stuck in front of a non-passable elite on floor one, or have a trash pack of 5 enemies on one of the first floors.