Major Priest Buff in 2.3

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Official post by Netheara (priest class representative of Blizz) on US Forums

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I don't have any big Discipline revamps to bring you (those are liable to come in the expansion), but we can talk a little about some changes that are coming up in patch 2.3.

For instance, Pain Suppression is getting changed a bit to have more utility beyond personal use. You'll be able to cast it on a friendly target and it will do a couple of things. First it's going to reduce the target's threat by 5%. and next it's going to reduce the damage that person takes by 40%. The cooldown is also going to be reduced to 2 minutes. The intent is to give it more utility while still making it viable for multiple targets. When you're trying to protect an AoEing mage in a raid, this could become a very useful tool.

A tool for PvE deep in Disc tree, Disc isn't fixed with this but the possibilities of PS with these stats are quite nice

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Meditation is also going to geta bit of a bump up and it will increase to 10/20/30% mana regen as well.

Meditation buff is HUGE, at least for holy priests. Our heavy spirit gear combined with this basically means the holy priest weak point (being mana) is getting a major buff. In the worst case (with mp5 focused gear) it's gonna give at least 40mp5 while casting for a T4 equipped priest. If you shift your gear focus more towards spirit this can go up to 60-70 mp5 while casting added to mana regen UNbuffed !!!

Time to review my need list because it jsut majorly changed.

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On the survivability end, we're going to be having Power Word: Shield gain additional benefit from spell damage and healing bonuses. Base absorb values for ranks 10, 11 and 12 have been reduced though to go with that as a balancing factor for it. Unfortunately I don't have any concrete information on what the values will end up being right now.

PW Shield also being fixed? It's about time priests got their "oh crap" spell back !