Cure: 300 potency
Cure2: 500 potency
Cure3: 400 potency AoE
Medica: 250 potency AoE
Medica2: 350 potency AoE + 50 potency Regen/15s
Regen: 50 potency Regen/21s
Esuna: Removes one status effect Stoneskin: 18% hp shield
Benediction: Full heal target
Succor: 300 potency + Barrier:Healed
Succor2: 150 potency AoE + Barrier:Healed
Leeches: Removes one status effect
Sacred Soil: 10% damage reduction AoE
Lustrate: Instant 20% heal
Embrace: 300 potency
Whispering Dawn: 100 potency Regen/21s
Abilities crossed out are either moot/wash or can be shared cross class (Stoneskin and Cure as .dat mining showed before they were "taken down"). Plus, you're giving WHM too much credit in terms of raw number of heals.
First of all, you're going to using Cure as your filler, Cure II when you get that proc, and Cure III if you get a proc from Cure III or if you absolutely have to blow a lot of mana at once
. You have two different AoE spells of different potency but ultimately you'll more than likely use Medica II because of the reduction of potency to Medica II in P4 (it's down to 200 potency now with a 100 regen --- more mana than Medica for the same healing except that 33% of that's converted into a HoT).
So you're down to Cure with 400 potency post-adjustments ( on a tiered proc system ) versus Succor with 300 potency (100% shield for 100% of the amount that would have been cured
-- this is the important part) and Succor beats the pants off of Cure. Period
. 300 potency with a 300 potency shield is a total of 600 potency effective healing and last time I checked that beats the pants off of a 400 potency heal. That's also not considering that Arcanist is listed as being able to slot Cure for pre-Succor healing. Effective healing
is what matters, not what the raw amount is. A Cure for 800 is *not* better than a Succor for 600 with a 600 shield.
Medica I with 300 potency post-adjustment and Succor II with 150 potency with equivalent shield are literally equal. Medica II with 200 upfront and 100 regen later is the same potency. All three AoE healing spells are equal (unless Succor II crits and then it wins hands down with the double shield effect).
So that least Stoneskin versus the 20% ground effect reduction. Stoneskin's nice for the pull and then as of P3 wasn't worth bothering with behind due to the cast time, mana cost, and relatively little it cures for. If it were an instant cast it would be worth weaving in during high mana situations but it currently isn't.
WHM has Regen which is still a piddly 150 potency post adjustments going in P4. If you've got a 100 base cure (potency 100) that's still only 150 health across the 18 second duration (6 ticks, 25 a tick with a high mana cost). Sounds OK in theory and it is but it's not worth casting for what you could do with a single cure cast. Cast time is the same, so which sounds more worth your time -- the 400 cure or 250 over 18 seconds for double or triple the mana cost? Regen either needs a reduction in mana cost or a massive potency boost to actually become useful.
So that least Benediction (6 minute cooldown) versus an instant (with a 1 second GCD mind you) cure for 20% of a target's health. Bene's nice for a "O SH--" moment and that's about it. Lustrate is more than likely going to be too expensive to spam so that's not really that impressive either but it's still more useful.
No, I don't see a support healer and a main healer. I see two almost identically powerful healers that work fine in all roles. I see one with a larger toolkit that's extremely situational and I see one with a smaller toolkit that's refined and useable almost all the time.
This is FFXIV, not FFXI 2.0; stop trying to push WHM as the only real healer. The kind of game FFXIV is built to be doesn't support only one "main healer" like FFXI did (and did terribly).
Oh, and this was all without even bothering with the Fairy. I'm literally talking pure White Mage healing versus pure Scholar (master only) healing. Just looking at the numbers, actually looking at them and reading what they're saying, shows both can heal equally well but Scholar's
abilities with the shield has the greater potential for the higher effective healing output
. Edited, Aug 3rd 2013 11:24pm by Viertel