Indeed, I now say 51 point bard is out the window.
"facemelter/Burnbard" 40brd, 15nb, 10mm offers not only superior cadence/invigorating soul healing compared to 51 point brd+anything, but also much higher Coda of Restoration against a 51point bard.
Many 51 point bard abilities are not used in raiding, many of those skill points do not benefit healing or buffs at all. Verse of Joy is not infact needed by any guild geared and compitent enough to raid ID( I run this spec for ID and they don't even notice that there was no VoJ, nor do they request it.). Though I do miss verse of vitality sometimes, my overall healing has literally doubled in raid, and is strong enough to main heal 5m's and Master mode instances..
It's time for other bards out there to check it out, play with their souls, re-evaluate how they play their roles and what they can do to be the most usefull for their raid groups.
I'm not saying we are good, or even close, I am only stating what works best with what we have been given thus far and that bard still does need a massive overhaul. Some interaction with devs, and even some dialog is needed here, at least tell us that "it's in the works" or something.
Standing by, to test out the new bard for 1.9 on pts, hope they don't make us wait too long...