I often get questioned on my lack of appreciation for Blessing of the Grove. When Living Seed was unlinked from Efflorescence resto druids everywhere rejoiced that they no longer had to spend 3 points on a talent that usually made up no more than 2-3% of their overall healing. Instead, many put points in Blessing of the Grove, which increases the healing done by Rejuvenation by 4%. I, however, have stuck with Living Seed.
Rejuvenation is generally a druid’s first or second spell in terms of healing done, so why wouldn’t I want to increase its output by 4%?
First of all, it doesn’t really increase Rejuv by 4%. The bonus stacks additively instead of multiplicatively, meaning that BotG actually only buffs Rejuv by 2.55-2.66% (depending on your other talents). For my particular spec, with 3 points in Genesis, BotG increases the healing of Rejuv by 2.55%. This really isn’t a lot.
Let’s take a look at my spell breakdown for my last boss kill (heroic Maloriak):
Rejuvenation did a total 1,458,152 healing (including both the ticks and the instant portion from Gift of the Earthmother). If I had 2 points in Blessing of the Grove, Rejuvenation would have done 2.55% more, which is 37,182 healing.
Living Seed did 120,159 healing.
Now, it’s obviously not fair to compare a 2-point skill to a 3-point skill, but even if I had only 2 points in Living Seed, reducing the healing by 1/3, that would still be 79,305 healing, meaning LS would provide 113% more healing than BotG.
Since one fight isn’t much of a sample, I looked at my last 25man kill of every Tier 11 boss to see how the two talents stacked up, comparing 2 points in BotG to 2 points in LS.
While neither talent provides an outstanding amount of healing, Living Seed is still clearly the winner here. It has provided me with an average of 132% more healing than Blessing of the Grove would have across all Tier 11 fights.
Take a good look at your own healing style to figure out if Living Seed is better than Blessing of the Grove for you. If you:
- Have points in Nature’s Bounty, increasing the crit chance of your Regrowth;
- Use your direct spells liberally (Regrowths on OoC procs, direct heals to refresh your Lifeblooms, Swiftmend often);
then there’s a very good chance Living Seed will provide you with more healing than Blessing of the Grove.