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Healer Adjustments Coming in Dragonflight Season 4

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We have quite a few changes coming for healers in Season 4 with next week's reset, as Blizzard detail the overall reduction of throughput for some specs, as well as buffs to others. 

Blizzard LogoHealer Tuning (Source)

In Season 4, we’re reducing the overall throughput of some healers to better align with our tuning goals. At the same time, we’re increasing the comparative power of Holy Paladin, Preservation Evoker, and Holy Priest without needing to further escalate the capabilities of healers.

The following adjustments are now deployed to the 10.2.6 PTR, and will go live with the beginning of Season 4 next week.

Monk

  • Mistweaver
    • All healing done reduced by 13%. Does not apply in PvP combat.

Druid

  • Restoration
    • All healing done reduced by 5%. Does not apply in PvP combat.

Shaman

  • Restoration
    • All healing done reduced by 5%. Does not apply in PvP combat.

Priest

  • Discipline
  • Developers’ notes: As part of our goal for balancing healers in raids, we would like to reduce raid healing output for Discipline Priest without affecting them in other content.
    • Atonement transfers 35% of damage to healing (was 40%).
    • Atonement healing increased by 70% outside of raids (was 50%).
    • Atonement healing increased by 35% in PvP (was 15%).

Player vs. Player

Monk

  • Mistweaver
    • Ancient Teachings healing transfer amount reduced to 375% in PvP combat (was 412%).

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The headline "Healer Adjustments Coming in Dragonflight Season 4" got me excited, the information within did not lol.  I thought maybe they were going to say something along the lines of, we realize healing has been absolutely painful in every way since the start of this expansion, especially in pugs, so we are taking steps to slightly reduce the insane burden on healers, who are also expected to dps and handle some affixes.  Once these changes are implemented we hope to see the available pool of healers increase and some veteran healers come back in off the ledge.

It did not say that though, just for clarity....

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27 minutes ago, AdamBourne said:

The headline "Healer Adjustments Coming in Dragonflight Season 4" got me excited, the information within did not lol.  I thought maybe they were going to say something along the lines of, we realize healing has been absolutely painful in every way since the start of this expansion, especially in pugs, so we are taking steps to slightly reduce the insane burden on healers, who are also expected to dps and handle some affixes.  Once these changes are implemented we hope to see the available pool of healers increase and some veteran healers come back in off the ledge.

It did not say that though, just for clarity....

This is like the reddit doom take for some reason.

literally 5%, literally at a dead time in the season, literally before a gear reset when everyone gets leveled, literally inconsequential in 4 days

like why the lemming attitudes and melodrama? i dont get it

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It's certainly a polarizing move when tanks are so boring due to how little we have to do in order to survive. I just see my co-tank standing in every mechanic possible in raid and surviving with little to no consequence, it's strange they didn't just address tanks being too tanky and then went from there if healing still needed this change.

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