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Patch 9.2 Holy Priest Changes

Incomplete List

This is not a comprehensive list and may be missing some changes, for example undocumented hotfixes or uninteresting bug fixes.

Patch 9.2 has no release date. This page will have relevant changes from data-mining and testing on the PTR until release.

Spell Changes#

  • Holy Priest healing aura increased from 5% to 16%.
    • Note: This is ~10.5% increase to the healing done by all spells.
  • Holy Priest damage aura increased from 25% to 44%
    • Note: This is ~15% increase to the damage done by all spells.
  • Guardian Spirit no change, just a tooltip update to make it clearer.
  • Holy Word: Chastise damage increased from 112.5% SP to 140% SP.
    • Note: This is ~24.5% increase to the damage done.
  • Symbol of Hope cooldown reduced from 5 min to 3min and channelling time reduced from 5 sec to 4 sec.
    • Note: This is an overall buff in mana returned and a significant buff to the personal defensive time returned... if people use them.

Talent Changes#

  • Binding Heal removed.
    • Note: Finally.
  • Binding Heals replaces Cosmic Ripple on the level 30 row.
    • Note: Heals based on the raw FH/Heal healing done. Likely the defacto choice for parsing well, or you can do the right thing and take Guardian Angel.
  • Cosmic Ripple replaces Binding Heal on the level 40 row.
    • Note: This row will mostly come down to SoL vs CR for the FC playstyle and CR vs PC for all other playstyles. Acronyms!
  • Afterlife allows you to cast Resurrection on a dead ally, but casting it will end Spirit of Redemption.
    • Note: Having to die to battle res someone seems like just another excuse to give Holy Priest something other people have, but with more downsides/caveats/conditions for no reason. Can be paired with APT to res someone "for free". Could also be used with Xanshi, Return of Arcbishop Benedictus but trading a legendary for an additional battle res is very situational.
    • The Res cast is full length. It ends SoR. It does not count towards the "battle res" count.
  • Guardian Angel has received an additional affect preventing the healing buff from dropping off if Guardian Spirit is consumed by saving someone's life.
    • Note: Small passive healing increase on targets with GS on them. Good change, probably should have been like this from the start.
    • Note: Once the life saving portion procs, it can not proc again a second time.
  • Prayer Circle now also reduces the cost of Prayer of Healing by 25% for 8 sec.
    • Note: Very good change for non-FC playstyles.

Shadowlands Systems#

  • T28 2pc Knowledge: Your Holy Words begin Divine Conversation , increasing the cooldown reduction of your next Holy-Word-affecting spell by 15 sec.
  • T28 4pc Blessed Soul: Divine Conversation increases the effectiveness of your next Holy-Word-affecting spell by 60%.
  • Covenant legendary will be able to be crafted in a belt slot which will change effect when you change covenant.
  • Domination Shards will not function in the new raid or any Mythic+ dungeons.

Thoughts on Set Bonuses#

Opinion Jan 27, 2022 (9.2.0.42069): Day 69: Bugs, bugs as far as the eye can see. The buff from 35% to 60% increased healing is a welcome one, though if it gets much larger using it on an FC+RW buffed Heal cast is going to be far too big to not lose a bunch to overhealing.

Opinion Jan 20, 2022 (9.2.0.41962): One day we will get a set bonus that isn't loaded with bugs. One day.

Opinion Jan 10, 2022 (9.2.0.41726): It looks like the CDR value has been changed from an additional 2.5x CDR to a flat 15-seconds CDR. This is for both fillers and holy words. There is also an outstanding bug with no CDR being applied to Serenity, and the pre-existing bugs with some spells not gaining benefit from the healing increase. Presuming this is all fixed, it'll be a fairly straight forward set bonus to use, with Serenity/Sanc preferred to consume Divine Conversation if the Salv CDR is required, otherwise using it on a filler with its associated Holy Word on CD will be more beneficial. With Apo in dungeons, being able to go Serenity > FH/Heal > FH/Heal > Serenity is also quite nice again, sorely missed after having it for BfA.

Opinion Dec 03, 2021: A lot of the feedback for this will depend on how/what it interacts with... still. Looks like there's a bunch of bugs and inconsistencies in how the set bonus functions at the moment.

Opinion Nov 19, 2021: A lot of the feedback for this will depend on how/what it interacts with. Overall 2pc on its own would introduce some additional in-the-moment decision making "on its own" but when combined with 4pc it may drastically reduce the agency in what you cast to be optimal.

T28 Interactions#

(Updated Jan 26, 2022 build 42069)

SpellProcs 2pc?Bonus 15s CDR?Buffed by 4pc?Consumes Buff?
Heal-YesYesYes
Flash Heal-YesYesYes
Renew¹-YesYesTicks consume it
Prayer of Healing-YesYesYes
Binding HealGoodByeBindingHeal
Smite-YesYesYes
Circle of Healing (HA)-YesYesYes
Prayer of Mending (HA)-NoOn self onlyNo
Holy Fire (HA)-YesYes⁴Ticks consume it
Holy Word: SerenityYesNo³Yes²Yes²
Holy Word: SanctifyYesNo³Yes²Yes²
Holy Word: ChastiseYes-YesNo
Holy Word: SalvationYesNoNoNo

¹Note: Any application or tick of Renew is consuming Divine Conversation. This includes Benediction and Holy Word: Salvation. These munches of DC are not buffing the Renew that munched them.

²Note: With Holy Word: Salvation talented, both Holy Word: Sanctify and Holy Word: Serenity are buffed by, and consume Divine Conversation.

³Note: Holy Word: Sanctify and Holy Word: Serenity behaviour is really inconsistent, it's unknown what the intended behaviour is here. If it's consuming DC it should get the extra CDR, though.

⁴Note: Holy Fire damage benefits from Divine Conversation without consuming it when Harmonious Apparatus is not equipped.

We can presume anything in red/orange above are likely a bug as this behaviour is either unexpected or inconsistent.

T28 2pc#

T28 2pc Knowledge: Your Holy Words begin Divine Conversation, increasing the cooldown reduction of your next Holy-Word-affecting spell by 15 sec.

Other things to test & think about:

  • Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Holy Oration
  • How does the buff work?
    • See above table for detailed spell interactions
    • Does it have a duration? (9.2.0.42069) - The buff has no duration and persists until consumed
    • Does it have stacks? (9.2.0.42069) - The buff has no stacks
    • Is the CDR a flat 15-seconds for all affected spells? (9.2.0.42069) - Yes.
  • How does this interact with Light of the Naaru?
    • Presumably LotN only affects the base CDR amount and this buff is added on top? (9.2.0.42069) - LotN doesn't add additional CDR
  • How does this interact with Apotheosis?
    • Do the resets from Apotheosis trigger this effect? (9.2.0.42069) - No
    • Presumably works additively with the CDR bonus similar to Holy Oration? (9.2.0.42069) - Yes, you get 39 seconds CDR for Flash Heal for example. (300% increase to 6-second base + 15 seconds from set bonus)

T28 4pc#

T28 4pc Blessed Soul: Divine Conversation increases the effectiveness of your next Holy-Word-affecting spell by 35% 60%.

Blessed Soul also causes a single additional heal on yourself called Blessed Soul which heals for approximately 15% of the amount of the spell that triggers it.

  • This always heals yourself.
  • It's 15% of whatever spell triggers it and scales with some other modifiers like Versatility.
  • It can proc from Sanc causing multiple blessed soul procs on yourself all together.
  • It can proc when consuming, or generating Divine Conversation.
  • It is triggered by any spell that consumes Divine Conversation.
  • It can also be triggered by Holy Word: Serenity and Holy Word: Sanctify even without Divine Conversation present.

Other things to test & think about:

  • Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Resonant Words- How does the buff work?
    • See above table for detailed spell interactions
  • [Math] What spell should be cast to consume this?
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Below is a WA that helps test the various CDR mechanics. A little.
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Other Systems#

No notable changes.

Notable hotfixes#

No notable hotfixes yet.