Some crafty, sneaky cleric recently figured out a way to utilize using Downranked (rank 1) Healing Communion. He simply didn’t train it as he leveled to 50. Whether that was intentional or accidental, that still remains to be seen.
Apparently at level 50, a downranked lvl 1 Healing Communion only costs 121 mana. Since the spell scales extremely well with spellpower, spamming HC heals for a crapton at a minimal mana cost. With serendipity procs galore and proper use of healer’s haste, HC spam can toss out 10k healing per GCD. The forums are ablaze with streams of tears from every perspective. Some claim that a warden/sentinel build will still outperform this exploit by a large margin. The majority of players who use this exploit still hold the position that spamming HC downranked is clearly the highest means of HPS and healing done. Where do you stand?
Should using a downranked spell in Rift even exist? Is this clever use of game mechanics or an exploit? Many Rifters feel that it CLEARLY is exploiting the game and brings a huge inbalance to warfronts and world PVP. I personally feel that it is a slipup on Trion’s part and it will be hotfixed soon. Downranking spells is a thing of the past. It existed in WoW for a long time and was used intentionally for utility, pvp focused purposes mainly. By allowing this to even exist in-game currently is a flawed mechanic that needs to be addressed. So all of you clerics healing for 400k in a Black Garden by using this bug, kudos to you for your insight-but let’s be honest, you’re exploiting a Rift mechanic, period! So enjoy topping charts for the meantime, and enjoy spending your plat on training.
Where does the community stand on this issue? Is it a clear exploit or an acceptable use of Rift mechanics? I’m curious to see how the players are feeling towards this hot topic. Give me your impressions on the topic and join the RJ discussion and the official Rift forums.