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#1 Nov 02 2004 at 1:28 PM Rating: Decent
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I was just wondering if bliz really made a healer that can solo... (obviously by asking this I am not in beta) if they did THAT IS FREAKIN AWESOME.... one thing I hated about clr/WM/emp is that if you couldnt find a group you were screwed...
#2 Nov 02 2004 at 6:33 PM Rating: Default
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Yes, Priests can solo. EVERY class can solo effectively, and the priest is no exception. They have a number of abilities that were designed with soloing strictly in mind, and they do so well.
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#3 Nov 13 2004 at 11:23 AM Rating: Decent
well said ChahDresh

Edited, Sat Nov 13 11:23:52 2004 by bloodsugarsexmagik
I'm not obsessing, i'm just curious.
#4 Nov 30 2004 at 2:59 PM Rating: Decent
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All classes have the ability to solo.

The priest, is one of the more challenging classes to level.

Priest's largest weakness in the unfortunate defense of cloth armor. Although this armor can be supplemented by using light/medium/heavy leather armor kits. This will still not provide them with the defense needed to handle direct melee combat without a good amount of spirit (Magic points, mana etc..)

In melee combat the priest is weakened again by the use of only low damage melee weapons, such as daggers, maces, staves & wands. This is most devastating if your spells are being resisted by the mob you have decided to test your skills against.

Arguably the most useful spell caster in the game, a priests spells made it necessary for Blizzard to give priests poor quality weapons and armor. Priest spells range from NPC control (PC control in PvP i think?), protection spells which all the priest to be kept clear from all harm for "X" amount of time, to high DPS spells that devastate the most hearty adversary. Should any of these spells be resisted though, the priestís, challenge is to stay alive while its armor and weapons (and low hit points) do the work.

My over all assessment is that even though leveling is far easier with a hunter/warrior/rogue. Your time as a priest is more interactive and provoking then what could be a simple click to attack class.

(Hunter is my favorite class right now, but priests are a lot of fun)

Thanks for your time.


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#5 Dec 02 2004 at 3:56 AM Rating: Decent
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Priests can definately solo, as was mentioned in the above posts. As a level 21 priest presently, I have only found the need to party if I wanted to do Elite quests or areas where the number of monsters was extremely high or was heavily crowded.

Otherwise the Priest class is a pretty efficient at soloing. I myself use a combination of Mind Blast and Shadow Word: Pain as my main damage (until Mind Flay) and keep myself alive with Power Word: Shield, Renew, and an occassionally needed Flash Heal.

So far, no problems, except for some higher-leveled Elites.
#6 Dec 06 2004 at 10:54 AM Rating: Decent
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Just getting into the priest myself. Shadow spec undead eventually.

Been having a hard time soloing and it's been nothing but my fault.

I can get 2 - 3 nukes in for a pull then with my 'shield' up I start bashing away.

Well, if I would get out of hunter/warrior/rogue mindset I might get out of a battle without having to heal. The mana shield is intended to allow a priest to continue casting while in melee range without being interrupted...something I have not gotten in the habit of doing. I feel the need to conserve my mana for some reason. I think this is because I'm not used to the fast regen times outside (and in actually) battle.

Every fight I have done 'right' has involved me nuking till I was OOM then melee to the end. The battle either ends with me taking no damage and my mana regening quite a bit, or my shield going down but enough mana/life/time to get a new one up without any concern, or ending slightly hurt with no real need for a shield and healing myself once JIC I get jumped.

It seems that among the classes; they can all solo it's just that some have a little more fudge room than others for ******** up.
#7 Dec 06 2004 at 12:27 PM Rating: Decent
Yes Priest can solo. I am a level 21 Dwarf priest and i can take on mobs my level with no problem at I usually end up with almost full mana. I can also solo some mobs level 24 and I usually end up with very little mana and about 1/2 health however there are some mobs I find more difficult usually they are Undead or Bandits with nasty weapons.
#8 Dec 08 2004 at 2:25 PM Rating: Decent
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Priests are mighty good soloers when used correctly. I had a 21 Night Elf Priest. Started an Undead priest and at 7 a cocky warlock 2 levels higher than me wouldn't quit so I dueled him. Whooped him easily.
#9 Dec 13 2004 at 2:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes, I was a level 16 human priest, I found it very fun to solo and cast buffs on everyone I saw. It was also nice cuz when I was gathering quest items, I would heal others, they'd ask me to join them, so I got more EXP and items/copper, then I'd go off when I got the needed item. Soloing as a priest is just like soloing with any other class, you have to know when to use your spells, and IMO Inner Fire and Power Word:Shield are incredible. I went tailoring/enchanting and made myself a wand, it was great for runners and it did arcane damage (great since the priest lacks arcane damage attacks). I also trained in staves because they have decent damage and nice stat boosts to INT and SPI.
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#10 Dec 22 2004 at 11:13 PM Rating: Decent
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thnx for all the replies... i regret to taking a friends assessment of priest when release came...

Priests are FREAKIN AWESOME!!!

I found that they solo almost as well as my 20 warlok and you actually feel as if u are accomplishing something in a party...
(for warlok dots r useless... stuff dies too fast...)
#11 Dec 25 2004 at 11:17 PM Rating: Decent
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My priest is level 30 now. I agree with most of what has been said. I have soloed much and I find it a little more difficult than some of the other classes I've played, especially against elite mobs and healer types. I tend to conserve mana during battle as well, which can be good much of the time if you're in a group, but isn't a great habit when you solo. It's crazy hard taking on mobs 2-3 levels higher if you don't unload your damage spells on them right off the bat.

Leveling also tends to be a lot slower for priests. Compared to the hunter I played during beta, I tend to be more picky about what I fight, soothing wandering mobs if I'm just running by. I think this is due to the fact that our battles tend to take up more time than a lot of other classes. On the other hand, we have several different strategies to use. Plus, it's really hard taking us down, especially if we have a lot of spirit.

My only disappointment so far is how useless Mind Control is at 30. You're lucky if it lasts for more then a few seconds. I even tested it on level 7 humanoids and the results are poor at best. The spell description says the spell will last UP to a minute. I've never even been close to that. I am hoping this changes for better as I level.

I'm pretty happy with the Holy talent tree. I'm able to cast most heal spells without generating much threat and cast flash heal without many interruptions. Improved Renew is also a great talent to work up. Regenerating 61 points of health every 3 seconds really comes in handy. Holy Fire is a nice addition to our arenal, but tends to work better at the start of a fight.

All in all, I get a little frustrated by how slow it takes to level (the priests in our guild are way behind everyone else) but I'm also very satisfied with the class in regards to our variety of skills and play experience. Those with patience will find the class very rewarding.
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#12 Dec 26 2004 at 2:16 PM Rating: Decent
My only disappointment so far is how useless Mind Control is at 30. You're lucky if it lasts for more then a few seconds. I even tested it on level 7 humanoids and the results are poor at best. The spell description says the spell will last UP to a minute. I've never even been close to that. I am hoping this changes for better as I level.

Mind control does last up to a minute however it has a very short range so if you make the mob go out of the range it breaks the spell.
#13 Dec 26 2004 at 8:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Mind control is a perfect tool for pulling/splitting camps. Solo if you find a place that has 2-3 mobs in it and are unsplitable, MC one, have the 2 kill it, and the MC mob will seriously damage one of them, then quickly finish of the second one(SW:P the second one if the damaged one doesnt have enough damage to 1-2 shot it). After that its a regular fight.

Its also pretty fun in groups if you get an add, specially if one of the adds is a healer, than you can waste all the mana you want off it before releasing it.
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