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Changes for Priests in patch 2.3 and beyond [Updated]


Since we've seen patch 2.2 rolled out on US and EU servers by now, we're starting to get glimpses of what's in store for patch 2.3. So far, Nethaera has confirmed the following:
  • Circle of Healing, Prayer of Healing, and Holy Nova (healing side) will receive additional benefit from +damage/healing.
  • Circle of Healing's base healing will be reduced, but the amount of benefit it gains from +healing will be increased. (If you have more than 1338 healing, it will heal for more. If you have less than 1338 healing, it will heal for less.) Update: Related, Power Word: Shield's base absorbtion is being reduced for ranks 10, 11, and 12, but the effect of damage/healing gear on it will be increased. Though Nethaera didn't give us exact numbers, I'm hoping this equates to at least a small buff to the ability.
With more 2.3 info here:
  • Pain Suppression being reworked. It will be castable on any friendly target and it will reduce their threat by 5% and reduce their damage taken by 40%. Update: Nethaera clarifies that this reduces the target's current threat and not their threat generation.
  • Meditation to be increased from 5/10/15% mana regeneration while in combat to 10/20/30% mana regeneration while in combat.
Changes we know are coming, but don't have any release dates on (some of them as far out as WotLK) include:
I have to say I'm intrigued by the idea of the new Pain Suppression and honestly excited about Meditation (yay for more mana regeneration!) , though I doubt the healing tweaks will be major enough to make a big deal in either direction. And the future? I can't wait for Blizzard to add some damage to my healing gear, though I'm holding out on full details on these changes before passing judgment.

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