Firelands Trinkets For Holy Priests

5 May

A few months ago, sneak previews of trinkets found in the Firelands started to appear on WoWHead, due to patch 4.1 and 4.2 being released separately instead of being released as one large patch.  This wasn’t widely promoted or acknowledged, but you could find bits and pieces about it if you knew where to look.  Yesterday, WoWHead began heavily promoting this information and even listed it as a feature in their recent News section.

In total, there are 5 trinkets that could be seen as upgrades for a healing priest and each one comes with a Regular and a Heroic version.  However, even the Regular versions could be seen as huge upgrades from trinkets that most of us currently have equipped.  Some may remind you of trinkets from previous expansion.  Others may involve a bit of effort to make work for you, but could be worth the trouble.

Let’s take a look at some of the contenders.

Eye of Awareness
This trinket is basically an updated version of Althor’s Abacus, from Icecrown Citadel.  It comes with 383 intellect and a chance to instantly heal the most injured nearby party member near you for a base amount of 3422 to 3977.  If it’s anything like the Abacus, it will have a chance to proc off each heal – not necessarily each cast.  So you could cast a Circle of Healing, heal up to 6 people (if glyphed and it should be) and each of those 6 heals would have a chance to trigger the effect.

The Abacus used to work well with HoT spells and effects that came with certain weapons (like Trauma).  I would like to see if the Eye would work just as well with our mastery, too.  If so, it could lead to a pretty regular proc rate and the possibility for additional healing output at no cost to you.

Jaws of Defeat
For those that were around during the Karazhan days, the Jaws of Defeat may remind you of Ribbon of Sacrifice or Pendant of the Violet Eye.  This “on use” trinket will reduce the cost of your holy spells by 110 for each spell that you cast (note that it’s based on each spell you cast, not each time you heal) and can stack up to 10 times.  This effect will last up to 20 seconds and comes with a 2 minute cooldown.

One interesting thing that stood out to me about this trinket is that only the mana costs of holy and nature spells are reduced by this effect.  All other schools of magic are not included in this – even discipline.  This indicates that this is strictly for healers – holy priests and paladins who use holy spells and resto druids and shamans who favor nature spells.

I don’t know how often discipline priests are flinging holy spells, but I would imagine they spend a lot of time casting Penance and Power Word: Shield.  Not to mention Power Word: Barrier.  I don’t see this trinket being of much use to them.  Also, even if the Jaws of Defeat are fully charged up, you’re still only saving 1100 mana on each of your spells.  At first glance, that doesn’t sound like a lot.  However, if you’re someone who can remember to use “on use” trinkets (I’m horrible at this, myself) and you feel that every bit of mana savings helps,  you will probably want this trinket.

Fiery Quintessence
The Quintessence will probably end up taking the place of most mana regen trinkets that are already out there, including Mandala of Stirring Patterns, Jar of Ancient Remedies and possibly even Darkmoon Card: Tsunami.  A constant 383 spirit and an “on use” 1149 intellect bonus that comes with a brief 1 minute and 30 second cooldown is mighty nice.  You should see some nice returns with this on its own and also when timed properly along with your shadowfiend.

Mark of the Firelord
The Mark of the Firelord is a bit of an odd choice, but there are some reasons why you may not want to immediately turn this one down.  It does come with 383 critical strike rating, which holy priests admittedly have very little use for.  However, you can easily reforge this into 153 of another stat that you may need, such as haste, mastery or even spirit.

Where this trinket really increases in value is the “on use” portion of it, which gives you 1277 intellect on a 1 minute timer.  This is 128 intellect more and 30 seconds less than the Fiery Quintessence mentioned previously.  This could make this trinket a viable option – if you can’t get one of the better choices or you feel that the increased intellect on a reduced timer makes it more attractive than the Quintessence.

You be the judge.

Necromantic Focus
The last trinket made available in the Firelands that I can see being of any real use to a holy priest would be the Necromantic Focus.  This trinket comes with a solid 383 intellect, like the Eye of Awareness and the Jaws of Defeat and also gives you 42 mastery for 10 seconds each time you deal periodic spell damage.  This effect can stack up to 10 times.

For a holy priest at the point where they want more mastery, this trinket could be big for you.  It would probably require you to keep a Shadow Word: Pain or Devouring Plague up at all times, in order to receive the up to 420 mastery that can come from this.  This isn’t impossible – but it could take some getting used to, for those who aren’t used to doing DPS while they’re healing or for high pressure healing encounters.  If you need or want the mastery and can juggle the responsibility of keeping your stacks up, you may enjoy this trinket.


13 Responses to “Firelands Trinkets For Holy Priests”

  1. Analogue May 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Jaws of Defeat may be interesting for Balance druids since their spells are all nature based but they don’t really have mana issues.

    Also Discipline spells still belong to the Holy class. All healing spells are either Holy or Nature.

    • Oestrus May 5, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Analogue,

      That’s interesting and I didn’t really think of that side of things. Maybe elemental shaman, too? I’m not sure how their mana is, but I do believe most of their spells are nature.

    • ambient May 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

      Boomkins are half nature and half arcane. That combined with the fact that our boomkin currently *can’t* run OOM in a single-target fight means that hopefully the Jaws will remain healer-only (or at least only of interest to boomkins with a resto offspec).

      • Oestrus May 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

        So it sounds like you’re leaning towards the Jaws being more of a sidegrade for moonkin, not something they would take with an immediate need for or over someone else who could get more use out of it.

        Am I understanding you correctly, Ambient?

    • Derevka May 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

      The pupose of having it be Holy/Nature is so only healers go after the trinket— a la Sinestra’s Trinket

      ie: Not Arcane Mages (re: their mastery)

      • Oestrus May 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

        I think Ambient brings up a good point, which I didn’t consider. Moonkin could perhaps consider it a sidegrade and maybe even elemental shaman, too. The question is whether or not any loot master or raid leader would even consider them for the trinket or not. They may stay firm about it being just for healers, regardless of if they can’t get anything else to drop for them.

        • Derevka May 6, 2011 at 6:26 am #

          True… though, frankly, I would facepalm at any Ele/Boomkin that chased this. 1. Mana issues? Rare for them. 2. Its ignoring a whole second school of magic for them.

          This trinket was designed to be a healer trinket; any Loot Master that gives this to a DPS over a healer needs their head examined.

          (Man, I’m cranky in the morning pre-coffee)

  2. Tomaj May 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    That last trinket seems like it’d actually be really good for Atonement priests (Holy Fire DoT) that are also making good use of Divine Aegis and Power Word: Shield.

    But yes, as others mentioned, it’d likely be a sidegrade for elemental shaman and moonkin druids just because of how their specs work. With Rolling Thunder/Thunderstorm (which procs off Elemental Overload procs) for shaman and Euphoria/Dreamstate for moonkin, mana really shouldn’t be much of an issue at all. I haven’t exactly raided on either my shaman or druid, but I can say that in heroic 5-man gear, my shaman gains more mana with Lightning Bolt spam than I am losing, if it does come tight on mana for some reason (see, I accidentally pulled aggro on Argaloth once and had to Reincarnate).

    • Oestrus May 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

      I know very little about discipline, so feel free to chuckle at my ignorance on this one.

      I was under the impression that Atonement priests were good for situational uses, but that one wouldn’t necessarily STAY in an Atonement spec for every single fight. Is that true? I’ve seen some discipline priests do Atonement and some not, but I don’t think I’ve ever run with one who was Atonement all the time. Can you clarify that for me, Tomaj?

      But yes, you are right about the boomkin and elemental shaman thing and I can agree that the trinket you mentioned probably would do well in the hands of an Atonement priest.


      • Tomaj May 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

        I don’t know, I don’t play Disc. 😛 But since Holy Fire stacks Evangelism (well, the direct damage portion), is a faster cast than Smite, deals more damage, and costs less mana – it’s a fairly worthwhile cast for Atonement priests. Plus, the cooldown on Holy Fire is 10 seconds, and the DoT lasts for 7, so it’d be helpful in that regard. I assume that yes, priests generally won’t be Atonement for every fight, but for those fights that they are, it’d be nice (Holy Fire ticks every second, so one cast would grant 7 stacks of the buff, barring any weird ICDs like we have on JAR).

        On the other hand, they are really trying to push Atonement as a good spec, but overall, it seems like it’s just going to be one of those specs rarely seen on progression encounters, and more on farm content. I’d possibly roll Discipline if only for Atonement spec, but Discipline has never really been my thing.

  3. Blakkeyez May 6, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Don’t do the old mistake of mixing up the holy tree with the holy school. Power Word: Shield is a holy school spell even though buffs to it it’s situated in the discipline tree. So is Penance and any other heal a discipline would use.

    In general it works like this:

    Discipline priests that are specced for tank healing rarely spec atonement at all as they have to give up things they wouldn’t want to be without.

    Discipline priests that “raidheal” comes in various forms one of which does spec for atonement. As you suspect most do not spam it (and shouldn’t). It’s used to build evangelism stacks, 5 casts of Holy Fire/Smite to get Archangel which in turns increases healing throughput for a while by a whopping 15% (lasting 18 sec) and usually followed up by throwing out the big guns for the duration using “healing” spells like Prayer of Healing to get the raid up. Atonement is also however used for times when damage is really low just to keep casting something/heal up light damage. In that regard it replaces Heal which tank healing priests or holy priests would use in the same situation.

    I’m curious about the Moonwell Chalice. Is this going to be a dps caster trinket or a healer trinket?

    Moonwell Chalice
    Binds when picked up
    +340 Intellect
    Requires Level 80
    Item Level 365
    Use: Mylune’s Call.

    The in use effect triggers the effect “Summon Moonwells”

    Summon Moonwells
    10 yd range
    3 sec cast

    Any idea what this is?

    • Oestrus May 6, 2011 at 11:13 am #

      Hello Blakkeyez,

      In the interest of saving space and convenience, I took the 5 comments that you left on this thread and condensed them into one. Hopefully that’s OK. I may have deleted one or two that were just in agreement with what others said or were meant to be “edits” for other comments you left. I feel this edited version of your comments represents everything you wanted to say pretty well and I hope I didn’t leave anything out that you meant to include. Please let me know if I did.

      Moving on!

      I did some research on the Chalice and I only found a brief stub about it on WoWHead, but nothing in an “official” capacity. I didn’t see anything on the WoWHead News forum about it, nothing on MMO about it. I believe that it exists, but I can’t verify much more than that. I couldn’t verify the effect and what it does, where it comes from, etc. I am curious about why it’s only giving 340 intellect, when the other trinkets from Firelands seem to give you much more. Without being able to verify what the proc is and what a Moonwell would do, I can’t really say whether it’s meant for just healers or just DPS.

      Thanks for stopping by and clarifying some things about discipline healing and Atonement, too.

  4. Blakkeyez May 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Thank you for merging the posts. Some of what I stated is technically wrong ( i.e. you don’t use atonement to gain stacks, you gain atonement while stacking evangelism with smite. But it doesn’t really matter for the non-discipline priest to get the big picture so no harm.

    I did some more research on the Moonwell effect on the trinket and wowhead lists it as being “Arcane”. I doubt a healing spell would have an arcane effect so it’s probably a caster trinket after all but who knows. The item level as you noticed is confusing.

    I wish it would spawn three lightwell style clickable pools. But that’s the part of me talking that says yes to dropping lightwell and the moonwells when the T12 4-setbonus procs it’s mini lightwells only to demand that the raid click them all.

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