I don't know if I ever mentioned this before, but I'm priest class leader in my guild and thus have to take a look at all the applications from priests that we get. And one thing that's been bugging me as of late is that nearly every single priest that's applied to us has been discipline. We don't need any more discipline priests because they don't stack all that well, but we could use another holy priest or two. So I always end up going "well, we could use you if you were holy" and I hate having to say that. I don't like telling people how to play.
The thing I don't get is why all these people are discipline in the first place. Yes, it's a viable PvE spec these days and that's great, but according to armoury data, holy is still more popular, so where are all those holy priests?
Seems to me that discipline has somehow become the "serious business" spec of raiding priests. Not long ago Tamarind also observed that he seemed to get more respect after respeccing to discipline. Holy seems to be for people who don't have a clue how to play a priest but want to try out this "healing" lark. Or at least that seems to be the common perception, but you know there's some truth in it. So what better way to set yourself apart from those "noobs" than to be a healer without being holy?
I'm not implying that people spec discipline just to show off by the way. I reckon for many priests who played holy for a long time it's simply been a nice change of pace and they like it enough to not want to change back.
Still, it's weird. It's running rampant in the blogosphere too. How many great holy priest blogs can you name off the top of your head? In the post linked above, Tamarind (who used to be holy all the time) also brings up how much he loves discipline now. Miss Medicina used to be all about the holyness as well, but has since changed to preaching about the pros of penance like so many others. Matticus has also been discipline for a long time now. Where are you, dedicated holy priests?
I guess my aggravation is increased by the fact that I really don't get what all the fuss is about, and why so many priests talk about disc as if it's the best thing since sliced bread. I have it as my dual spec for PvP and like it well enough for that purpose, but whenever I used it in PvE I found it dreadfully boring. I like yelling "Bubbles!" as much as the next person when I get a divine aegis proc from someone else, but being the one to cast them strikes me as quite unexciting. I mean, I sift through the data from our raids at World of Logs, and for our discipline priest it often shows about half of her effective "healing done" as coming from bubble absorptions.
As holy I hardly ever use a single spell that much, regardless of encounter and assignment, simply due to the nature of my main spells. Prayer of mending has a cooldown, circle of healing has a cooldown, and while renew doesn't have one it's generally not advisable to keep spamming it. And in-between timing those spells just right I can still throw in other abilites. As disc? Bubble, flash heal, penance if there's a bunch of burst damage and it's off cooldown. Yawn. It just doesn't compare to the symphony of dings and plings I get to create as holy.
Believe me, you can be a really good and serious raiding priest as holy too. Join the revolution today! (Or something.)