On mana springs and spirit beasts

I almost wrote spirit breasts. Um.

ANYWAY, the important news first:

We are making a change to these spells so that their benefits are exclusive in patch 3.1.0. The buffs will be equivalent, but will no longer stack. Mana Spring will affect the entire raid instead of just the shaman’s party. We felt that both paladins and shamans brought too many unique buffs to a group. Additionally, we have been trying to tone down mana regeneration in large groups, and were concerned raids would feel the need to stack paladins or especially shaman to have enough Mana Spring totems. We have also been trying to get more benefits out of the party and into the raid, and Mana Spring previously was still a party only buff. With this change, if there is only one paladin, he or she can bring Blessing of Kings while the shaman offers Mana Spring. If there are two paladins and the second offers Blessing of Wisdom, then the shaman can offer healing or cleansing with their water totem instead.

Via Eyonix.

Boo, hiss. Even worse, somehow I missed that they weren’t combining Mana Spring and Healing Stream totems anymore. Which totally sucks. I hate this patch.

(I don’t really hate it. That’s disappointment speaking.)

Anyway, the not-so-stupid news is that those awesome see-through stripey cats that will be in the next patch? They’re also spirit beasts. Meaning: a.) less competition for Loque’nahak as hunters who prefer the stripeycat look head off to tame Gondria et alia instead; b.) another source of spirit kitties for beast masters everywhere! Hooray! Because all hunters who want a spirit beast should have a chance to tame one, and seriously, the stripeycat look is quite awesome.

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