Thursday, August 18, 2011

Remembering Divine Intervention

I rather miss Divine Intervention.

For those who don't know, Divine Intervention was a spell that killed the casting paladin, but removed another player from combat and encased him in a unbreakable bubble for up to three minutes. It was generally used to save someone when wiping, or possibly to grief the tank.

Divine Intervention definitely was a clunky spell, mechanics-wise, but I always felt that it spoke to the heart of the paladin class. The paladin sacrificing herself to save a comrade.

I had the thought that--if it was still in the game--Divine Intervention would actually work really nicely with Mass Resurrection. Wipe is called, you DI anyone else still alive, and they Mass Res the raid.

21 comments:

TyphoonAndrew said...

Yup, that would be darn handy. And let the pally glyph that puppy to reduce the cooldown, or add some 26+ guild achievements fir it in the next x-pac.

Azuriel said...

I miss it too, but as they mentioned at the time:

1) It's really OP amounts of utility that no other class can compare with.

2) It can be used to cheese encounter abilities (remember Saurfang's blood debuff thing? etc).

3) It is a crazy-niche spell outside of raiding, in the same design-space as Hand of Protection.

Kurn said...

I mourn the loss of Divine Intervention on a weekly basis, if not multiple times a week.

Just tonight, we wiped on Majordomo Staghelm and no mage got an invisibility off, nor did a rogue get to vanish, nor did a hunter get to feign.

"Seriously, no one lived?" I thought to myself. "I TOTALLY could have DIed someone..."

I now resent that "DI" means "warlock buff that everyone from the warlocks to every class of DPS and most healers will bitch about".

RIP, Divine Intervention. You and your Symbols of Divinity are missed.

spinksville said...

It freaked me the hell out when a paladin first used this on my priest :)

Shintar said...

I'll never forget my first encounter with DI. A paladin friend had just run my lowbie priest through Razorfen Kraul and we were being silly near the entrance, when he randomly cast DI on someone and keeled over. Back in Vanilla I had a hunter friend who would endlessly wind me up by feigning death all the time (back when it looked like they were really dead, even to allies), so I just thought that paladins had something similar. I remember my stunned surprise when I realised that no, he wasn't feigning, he actually did have an ability that allowed him to commit suicide.

Klepsacovic said...

I miss the potentially silly spells. I miss being able to save gold on a wipe. Possibly a wipe caused by the DI. "Why is one tank dead and the other in a bubble?"

Redbeard said...

That was one of the first spells I tried casting in a group format, not quite understanding what it was about. When I suddenly died, that was a shock. (And provided no small amount of merriment to the people I was with at the time.)

In the end, it served a specialized purpose in raiding when you never saw a beneficial use for it 98% of the time outside of a raid.

Cygnia said...

I miss the DI daisy chain us paladins had for wiping during a raid. We'd take turns protecting each others' repair bills. :)

Sean said...

I still remember the first time I saw this used in a group, on me, during a bad pull in some 5-man instance. I saw the bad happening and went into "oh crap" mode and set myself to start deflecting some aggro, maybe trap something, but wht!? I couldn't move, couldn't do anything! I watched in horror as my group-mates were slaughtered! I thought my PC has crapped out on me at the worst possible moment! I apologised profusely.

"Dude, relax! I used DI on you, it's all cool"

>.<

Forreststump said...

Stop it! You make too much sense.

Rhii said...

Back when I raided as a holy paladin I got a new mouse. Until that point, I hadn't paid any attention to what Vuhdo had mapped by defualt to mouse buttons I didn't have.

So I happily bound my vent ptt to one of my brand new shiny mouse buttons and away we went.

First pull, I went to say something in vent and found myself dead. What the HELL? We all thought, I must have hit my DI button somehow. After three or four such occurrences I realized I had bound my ptt and DI to the same mouse button.

To this day when I raid with that guild (on a shaman now) someone always warns me not to DI the tank on the pull.

Isseit said...

I miss it sorely. It was an amazing spell for saving repair bills, hastening wipes and trolling moonkins on trash.

Nick said...

Had this thought this week as well. Reasons for removing it from the game are valid and all but there's something to be said for abilities that are fun to use. Pushing the DI button was fun to do.

puppybrother said...

I miss it terribly.

I can kind of understand removing it, but it had far more utility than, say, Sentry Totem, and it sped up wipe recovery immensely. If a rogue* or mage or hunter or ANY NIGHT ELF can mass res after a wipe, why can't someone the paladin saves do that?

* - My raiding main is a rogue, and I put a lot of thought into "can I vanish on the wipe? If so, how?" I'm most proud of flying up on Alysrazor and staying airborne until the last member of the raid died and vanishing.

TeriShelly said...

Don't think I ever saw/used this - I wasn't going in dungeons when I first levelled a paladin when this would have been around. Sounds brilliant - if I could have trusted myself to remember to use it and not use it too soon and unnecessarily (like when I panic press Lay on of Hands!)

Christopher said...

My dad plays a resto shaman, and was DId on putricide one night. He lost his shit on vent, yelling "nothing works! I can't move! WHAT'S HAPPENING TO ME!!" to the absolute delight of the raid. By the time we'd explained the whole DI concept and how to click it off the prof had respawned, and proceeded to 2-shot him. He still hasn't lived it down :)

Fex said...

good times when this was still around. I used to run with a pally tank way back when, if stuff looked fubar, and he felt it was going to be a wipe, he'd DI me, and as i was the healer that obviousely led to a wipe. I'd wait till combat reset, rez him and we'd start over. We even did it on purpose whenever some dps would piss us off.

1 ninjapull, warning, 2nd ninjapull, DI, and all de dps would wipe. Good times indeed. I loved that spell.

Andoriel said...

i loved this spell, i miss this spell, it was awesome on putricide and other bosses, the mechanic is wonderful. please bring back our class specific skills blizz.

Hellreject said...

I really miss DI myself. It was one of those spells that, while pointless outside of a party or raid environment, added a very niche utility to the paladin class.

As for how OP it was, I just don't see that. It was mostly used to save repair bill, and rarely affected any boss mechanics in any way. And most of the times when it could hinder a boss mechanic, it's not something a combat ress couldn't get around anyway.

In short: I hope they bring it back.

Bronte said...

Have you ever been DI'ed in Magmadar's room, only to get out as the last core hound pack was respawning? I still sometimes find a core hound fang in my ass.

Dogath said...

I still have Symbols in my bag just for old times sake :(