If any of you are reading up and talking to your healer-friends, you've probably become aware of the panic over ASTs buffs and how there's concerns of it taking WHMs spot as SCHs co-healer. Some are even suggesting that AST+AST will be the new meta. Speaking as an AST, here's a few things to keep in mind if you're part of the WHM community. Firstly, many WHMs are panicking and planning on dropping their job over hearsay before actually seeing how this plays out. Additionally, many WHM will switch to AST because it's the job they wanted in the first place but avoided it because AST was being discriminated against, meanwhile up and coming healers decide AST is the way to go due to hype. This means the WHM population will be reduced while the AST population booms. But now let's look at the meta realistically: WHM has been holding its place because it's the dependable/tried and true healer compared to Diurnal AST (D.AST). What's changed now in the D.AST vs WHM war is that our DPS buff has been made pretty OP, which I'm pretty sure SE did because the community is DPS-obsessed and knew this would incentivize us to take ASTs along with us. But that's it—that's what's changed here in this regard, and whether or not we can draw The Balance is still RNG-based. The other buffs that impact D.AST are of little concern to the guys who are picking between AST and WHM for their raid group, at least when compared to the ongoing argument that AST doesn't have a competitor for Cure III or Assize (which I won't go into but I think AST competes just fine regardless). IMO, this levels the playing field in the war on WHM, but doesn't give a clear advantage. Meanwhile the other changes have made our shield stance MUCH stronger, which puts Nocturnal AST (N.AST) in competition with SCH because SCH and AST shields don't stack together. IMO nothing will replace SCH because shielding is just a small portion of what it brings to the table as a healer, BUT people will be playing around with N.AST in raid groups and it will likely be a lessor but still totally viable option to SCH. Alongside N.AST we'll want WHM which will likely open more doors for them to get into the raid scene than before, at least at the more casual level. Now some people are suggesting that D.AST+N.AST could be the new meta, and I'm sure some groups will run like that, but I can tell you from experience that AST is AST's least favourite co-healer. Our buffs don't stack, they override each other and since they're RNG-based we can't just plan them out together, and this issue is in addition to the reduced LB you get from stacking the same job in a group. Tldr; There will be fewer WHMs going around, but the job will still be sought after, meaning less competition per opportunities for loyal WHMs. AST+AST is bad SCH+AST is comparable to SCH+WHM WHM+AST will be more viable now.