Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings: This item's stats and level have been increased to match the power level of healer weapons coming from the Coliseum 25-person normal difficulty instance. In addition, each time Val'anyr is equipped, Blessing of Ancient Kings will be placed on a 45-second cooldown before it can occur.
Now, I've been to the healer forums, and there's an interesting thread there all about Val'anyr. It's a long-standing thread, having been started from before we even knew what its stats were, but jumping to the end brings forward some interesting information, some I didn't even know about while I sat there dreaming the impossible dream of owning something orange and beautiful. Check out what some forum-goers had to say:
A theoretical maximum 4% increase (that will in reality be much, much less) on a Legendary item is simply unacceptable, if that is the only "selling point" of the item.
And I will state again, for emphasis, that Val'anyr isn't bad.... It's just not legendary. If this was a drop off of Yogg or Algalon, I would probably wet myself over it. However, as a legendary, it truly fails.
How nice it would have been to have this discussion with the devs before people started getting shards. The period of silence when we ALREADY KNEW the proc ages ago, when people already had concerns, before people started getting shards, would have been a much better time to open this up for discussion.
ive tested this and my lifeboom "blooms" are not adding to the shield or even refreshing its duration. Lifebloom "bloom" give NOTHING along with full overhealing HoTs. It makes the weapon very lackluster for druids.
Renew itself is not putting up a shield at the start of the HoT. Fully overhealing ticks aren't putting up a shield, but ticks that partially heal are shielding for the full value of the tick (heal_amount*0.15).
What truly makes the thread, and the title of this post, is the following conversation:
Hell, if given the choice between this Mace and a Toaster Oven I would go with the Toaster Oven...
If it was a Toaster Oven from Blizzard, chances are it wouldn't actually toast. When you read the product manuals that say that the Toaster Oven only heats up to slightly above room temperature, and ask Blizzard, "Are you sure this thing will actually toast?" they will tell you, "Don't worry, trust us... It will toast."
When you finally get your shiny new toaster oven and try it out, you'll contact them to let them know your Toaster Oven isn't working, and they'll ignore you for 3 months. Then they'll announce that internal testing has shown that the Toaster Oven was not putting out enough heat, so they have raised the temperature by 40%, but to compensate, they had to make the Toaster Oven smaller, so now you cannot fit a piece of bread in it.
Luckily, by the time that happens, you will most likely have bought yourself a different Toaster Oven at Wal-Mart, and will be enjoying delicious toast.
It seems a lot like Blizzard has a really tough time with their healers. Underpowered Legendaries (given in the middle of an expansion, not at the end) with wonky procs that don't work like they should, tier bonuses that pigeon-hole casters and constant reworkings of spells give this feeling of displacement. I want to be effective. I want to understand my class. I want to understand my gear and my spells, but the tools keep changing and the directions are misleading. My instruction manual's got half its pages torn out and they keep sending me amended versions.
Lifebloom's all mixed up with no place to go. Many Druids have stopped using it almost entirely except for OOC mana returns and in the rare, rare event of Main Tank assignment. Rejuvenation is the spell of the day and with T8(.5) bonus it's incredibly handy and spammable.
Since I started healing less with Lifebloom, started relying less on the bloom, and just have the spell down to two boss fights exclusively (using it's burst with predictable raid damage only) my effective heals shot up.
Lifebloom has been dead since the ridiculous 'rebate' change. it's less than 10% of my overall healing done in a raid situation, and only going down. Viva la Rejuvenation.
Before I had been worried about Nourish, but now I'm not so sure I shouldn't be worried about Rejuvenation instead. It's an odd feeling to think that Blizzard doesn't know how to handle its own creations, but these shenanigans can't keep me from wondering what will happen next.