I had my first raid on my Druid this weekend. We did 25-man Blackwing Descent and killed Magmaw and Omnotron.
I found the Magmaw fight fairly straightforward. The biggest problem I had at first was that Magmaw would pull the tank out of range when he picked him up to Mangle. Once that got sorted he went down quickly (though he really liked to smash the melee after picking up the tank).
Here’s my healing breakdown for the kill:
On this fight I kept my Lifeblooms up on our single tank and mostly raid healed until the Mangle happened. The positioning in this fight makes it great for Wild Growth and Efflorescence so I saw some nice numbers from those. Since there’s no damage to heal in phase 2, I was able to be quite free with my mana in phase 1.
I wasn’t very happy with my healing on Magmaw. I made some significant omissions – no Tranquility, no Tree of Life, no Barkskin. Bad Druid. I’m going to attribute that to being a little rusty from not raiding for 2 months. Once we got to Omnotron I got much more comfortable and my healing really improved.
Here are my numbers from the Omnotron kill:
There’s a lot of raid damage (I think that’s going to be a pattern) so Wild Growth and Rejuvenation are my biggest sources of healing. Lifebloom was up on one tank as close to 100% of the time as I could get it. Nourish was my ‘spam when I have nothing better to cast’ heal and I tried to get out a Regrowth on every clearcasting proc. The amount of healing from Living Seed is pretty disappointing. I had been defending it against naysayers because we’re casting so many more direct heals now, but I see now it’s still quite lackluster.
Overall, I’m happy with how druid healing feels in raids. Both my tank and raid healing feel strong (despite what Paragon says) and the challenge of having to think about what spells to cast and make the most of procs (like Clearcasting and Nature’s Grace) is a much appreciated change. The only thing I feel I’m really missing as a druid is a raid-helping cooldown. It’s probably just because I’ve been playing my Disc Priest (who has a ton of them), but I think it’s something druids are lacking. Whether it’s a raid mana helper, a damage reducer or a temporary buff of some kind, I think resto druids could really use one extra ability.
How are you liking Cataclysm healing?