PC Gamer: What else is changing?
Tom Chilton: We’re also going to be doing away with spell-damage only type of gear. We’ll moving to a system that, as part of your talents, player will be able to convert healing into spell-damage and vice-versa as part of their talents. That way, they can use the exact same gear, but their talents just adapt what it does.
With so little information provided, I have so many questions about his statement because I can take it in so many directions. However I do believe Blizzard will eliminate the ability to downrank your spells with this change.
By making your talents a part of the system, it is forcing Blizzard to insert a predetermine amount of extra damage/healing which may not benefit as it once was. Your +1400 healing maybe equivalent to a +1000 healing with the new conversion system.
I am looking forward to more information about this.