I play a healer, because I play healer/support in a lot of other games, especially WoW. I enjoy the class a lot. But the problem is this. I think LE is indeed OP. The nerf from 30% bonus heals per buff to 15% bonus heals per buff was a good move and one I support. Wholeheartedly. But adding a 1 second cast time is not a smart or even wise move. It makes the class VERY clunk to play. I am more shocked as to why Divine Embrace has a long cast time and cooldown and IT’S IN THE FREAKIN HEALING TREE! LOL! That just boggles my mind. There’s even a perk to make it cost 20 less mana, which I’m still scratching my head on.
I have played with a full Healing Tree spec back in Beta (while experimenting), and played with the current meta as well. I’ve recently specced into DE instead of LE (mainly in preparation for the 1 second cast time), and given the 15% nerf to LE’s per buff bonus heals, I think DE is going to be the skill to go with, since LE and DE will virtually be the same in terms of output, but LE will beat DE in terms of cooldown, unless you’re running refreshing divine embrace that only kicks in once someone is below 50% health (which is usually a death sentence by the time you get there). Running with DE, the game feels clunky like all get out as a healer.
If anything, AGS should just remove the 1 second cast time for LE, and keep the -15% nerf to the bonus heals, or, remove the 1 second cast time from DE and keep the cooldown for it. I think that will be something better than what is being pitched to us from AGS currently.
I’ve watched the developer play as a healer with Asmongold, Shroud, Danneh, and the other guy (forgive me, I don’t remember his name), and I remember the devs doing a Myrkgard run as well. Whoever the healer was, holy moly. He’d be someone who would be asked to go chop a tree down or do something else versus being a healer. It was painful to watch. If he’s one of the folks behind these nerfs, I think someone else, a proper healer, should be the tester before such nerfs are discussed.
IMO, TLDR, keep the -15% nerf to bonus heals in LE, and leave the rest alone, or remove the 1 second cast time to DE and make it an instant cast since it is in the HEALING tree.