>Holy Word: Sanctuary in 4.1

>Holy Word: Sanctuary recently got a buff on the PTR.

  • Holy Word: Sanctuary healing done has been increased by 35%. In addition, it has a new spell effect.

This is a welcome buff for a spell that before was fairly unattractive to use.  In addition, it got a much needed graphic upgrade.

While this might sound wonderful, recent testing on the PTR has shown that Holy Word: Sanctuary no longer benefits from the Holy Priest mastery, Echo of Light.  Currently on live, Holy Word: Sanctuary benefits from our mastery and while it might seem small, it’s additional throughput.  It’s also nice to see our mastery benefit this spell.  But that might be changing.

Here are some numbers that I’ve pulled from my priest on the PTR:

Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 771
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 732
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 765
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 765
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 775
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 784
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 785
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 753
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 775

Total: 6905

Now for the LIVE numbers:

Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 663
Lunarsoul gains Echo of Light
Lunarsoul gains 15 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 673
Lunarsoul gains 15 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light is refreshed on Lunarsoul
Lunarsoul gains 23 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 643
Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light is refreshed on Lunarsoul
Lunarsoul gains 24 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul gains 30 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 653
Lunarsoul gains 30 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light is refreshed on Lunarsoul
Lunarsoul gains 35 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of LightHoly Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 646
Lunarsoul gains 35 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light is refreshed on Lunarsoul
Lunarsoul gains 39 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 637
Lunarsoul gains 39 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light is refreshed on Lunarsoul
Lunarsoul gains 40 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 630
Lunarsoul gains 41 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light is refreshed on Lunarsoul
Lunarsoul gains 42 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 654
Lunarsoul gains 41 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light is refreshed on Lunarsoul
Lunarsoul gains 43 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Holy Word: Sanctuary heals Lunarsoul for 991 (Critical)
Lunarsoul gains 43 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light is refreshed on Lunarsoul
Lunarsoul gains 52 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul gains 51 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul gains 52 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul gains 52 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul gains 52 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul gains 52 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Lunarsoul gains 52 health from Lunarsoul’s Echo of Light
Echo of Light fades from Lunarsoul

Total: 7088

Even with the 35% buff, Holy Word: Sanctuary is still underwhelming. 1 critical strike from the LIVE version was enough to push it past the PTR version.

My conclusion? Mastery needs to benefit HW: Sanct. Just looking at the numbers indicates the incredible scaling that Echo Light has and my priest is geared for Haste, not Mastery.  The LIVE version would eventually outpace the PTR version with enough Mastery.

Right now on the PTR, the only things that HW: Sanct scales with is Intellect and Crit.  That’s it.

Efflorescence scales with Intellect, Mastery, and Haste for Druids.

Holy Radiance scales with Intellect, Haste, and Crit. (Don’t get me started on the awful Pally Mastery)

Healing Rain scales with Intellect, Mastery, and Crit for Shamans.

All these AoE spells benefit from something other than Intellect and Crit.

BLIZZARD, PLEASE DON’T TAKE AWAY THE MASTERY BENEFIT. I WILL DIE A LITTLE EACH DAY OF THE 4.1 RELEASE IF IT DOES.

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