Friday caused quite the stir within the healing community of World of Warcraft when the Warlords of Draenor Alpha Notes got an update and a certain section was completely struck out. Yes, the active mana regeneration section was completely removed. And as I said, healers, don’t start to panic. First…
Active mana regeneration is an ability cast to gain X% of mana. This is common among mostly healers and a few DPS classes with mana power bars. In Warlords, those abilities would have been the following:
- Innervate has been redesigned to now have a 2-second cast time with no cooldown, and restore 2.5% of the Druid’s maximum mana every 4 seconds for 8 seconds. Spending any mana on a healing spell will cancel this effect.
- Crackling Jade Lightning’s channel duration has been reduced to 4 seconds.
- Stance of the Wise Serpent now also causes Crackling Jade Lightning to cost no mana, and restore 2% of the Monk’s maximum mana if the ability is channeled for its full duration.
- Divine Plea has been redesigned to be instant cast ability with no cooldown, and consume 3 Holy Power to immediately regain 7% of the Paladin’s maximum mana.
- Atonement is no longer triggered by Penance.
- Chakra: Chastise in addition to existing effects, now also causes Smite and Holy Fire to restore 0.75% of the Priest’s maximum mana each time they are cast instead of costing mana.
- Penance now also refunds 1.1% of the Priest’s maximum mana each time it deals damage.
- Telluric Currents is now a passive ability for Restoration Shaman and causes Lightning Bolt to restore 1.25% of the Shaman’s maximum mana each time it is cast instead of costing mana.
- Glyph of Telluric Currents has been removed.
With the removal of the above mana regeneration, many players asked that question. And it was a question that hounded them all weekend. Technical Game Designer Chadd “Celestalon” Nervig took to the forums with a thread on active mana regeneration.
First, he explained that while active mana regeneration had its own section, it was not that large of a gameplay impact compared to tank mitigation.
We found, based on internal testing, that in order to make it impactful, we’d have to make it much, *much* stronger. As it was, most forms of it were only worth using when you had mismanaged your Mana and were trying to recover. Based on its low and unintuitive usage, we decided to remove it.
What he meant by “mismanaged” is that healers didn’t make use of their more efficient heals and focused on their high throughput heals (Holy Light vs Flash of Light). Many players seek higher heals per second, but often neglect overhealing.
That would mean some healers would have to basically stop healing to gain mana back by casting a different ability. It could mean life or death for the team and their objective. And it would then be “required” to include the mana regeneration in a timed rotation.
[…] that is a gigantic change to healer gameplay, for all healers. Many existing healers would not enjoy that style of gameplay, and we’re not even sure that it’d be better gameplay for a new player anyway. Overall, we think that, while that option does seem like it could potentially function, it would not be good for the game.
As stated earlier, healers will have to think about which spells to cast to heal their team. Instead of high throughput, they might have to cast multiple efficient heals. As gear is improved, healers will have more and more spirit, meaning mana will regenerate faster and will eventually means more throughput heals instead of the efficient ones.
The key, as it relates to Active Mana Regeneration, is that if you find yourself at 30% Mana, and the boss is still at 50% health, you do have something to do to catch up: lean more on your efficient heals, until you catch up. You’ll never end up in a situation where you run OOM and are unable to cast anything.
Which will definitely be a very nice addition. Celestalon even went on to say that healers will have some way to cause minor damage with no cost of mana (please let Crusader Strike be on that future list for Holy Paladins).
Seriously, don’t panic. Since there still is no release date for Warlords of Draenor and Alpha still at early testing, things will change, more information will be released, and all will be well in World of Warcraft.
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