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.
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.
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.