I do not like changes like this one (casted to non-casted), but in the same regard, Priests needed something like this to compete with other healers and to survive melee tunneling.
I see the problem, however, as a bigger picture. I believe that the real issue at hand is stacking melee interrupts and their immense control/damage combination.
The reason why Wrath was so successful, imho, was of course - no class homogenization. Warriors were kiteable, but had immense damage once they reached a target and had mediocre control. Now, in WoD, Warriors have all 3. They have Mass Spell Reflect, a 30s Kidney Shot, very short CD Bladestorm immunity, more uptime than before - all while maintaining their heavy pressure via strong, constant damage.
Before, a class brought one out of three (3 being an example, not the absolute cap for what a class brings) or even 2/3 of strong aspects for a PvP spec/class. Now though, it seems that most successful PvP classes & specs offer all 3. When you stack this melee with another, it causes a disruption in the balance. Healers have to resort to instant mechanics and CD-escapes as their only method of survival. In the past, healers would rely on juking (which was entirely possible) to top themselves or for their team-mates to peel for them. Currently, they can be peeled - but only for a short while until their gap closer is up again or their healer dispels them (all healers can, x2 dispel glyphs).
I do not know what the fix is, nor am I offering one.
I personally always love playing against melee/caster/healer comps, no matter what classes are plugged in there. The game is much more enjoyable that way, from my perspective.
In conclusion, this change for Priests was needed even though the mechanic isn't beneficial to the PvP game. While Druids are obviously still too strong, I think the real issue lies in melee stacking/having "too much" and no differentiations between classes.
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