Mana spring totem and blessing of wisdom will not stack in the next patch if changes announced by eyonix yesterday make it to live. Thanks to the Suicidal Zebra for sharing this gloomy news.
The amount of mana the two buffs provide will be standardised, and mana spring will be extended to affect the entire raid.
In situations where you have at least one player of each class (which, at least in my experience, is usual), I suspect the job of mana bot will go to the shaman, freeing up paladins to bless kings and might. The other water totems don't compare favourably, except in the odd case where frequent cleansing is needed.
But if you have a glut of either class it's really not going to matter how you handle it, so much redundancy do we now have in the system. You could probably drop totems and blessings at random and still end up with all bases covered.
Blizzard, you'll remember, is trying to challenge healers on their current near-inexhaustible supply of mana, but predictably this is going to hurt the mana-using dps more. These are the classes who already have limited in-combat mana regen, who can't afford to gear for spirit or mp5, and who rely more than healers on external buffs.
Once again, they are failing to tackle individual classes and builds on their own unique terms, choosing instead to swipe at the whole lot of us with near-communist equality. Meanwhile, this is a further prod — if ever one was needed — at those stubborn dps who refuse to spec into replenishment for the good of the raid, the selfish bastards. We are all in the shadow of Blizzard's egalitarian vision now, like some great looming statue of Lenin. It'll all end in tears, mark my words.
Bitten off more than I can chew
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