All through Cataclysm I’ve been a big advocate of all resto druids speccing into Nature’s Cure. Utility is a great thing. I liked to be as useful as possible and help dispel nasty magic effects.
Until I dropped the talent.
I was having an email discussion about druid specs with my friend, the GM of my Horde guild and tank of my 10-man raid, and he asked why I insisted on taking Nature’s Cure instead of Nature’s Swiftness. What magic effects needed to be dispelled in raid? As I prepared to write what would inevitably be a stubborn response overflowing with sass, I actually thought about the question. What had I dispelled in raids in Tier 11?
- V&T – Blackout. I actually rarely dispelled this on my druid, a priest was usually assigned this job, but I liked having the ability to.
- Ascendant Council – Heart of Ice and Burning Blood.
- Cho’gall – The occasional Psychic Scream when someone was broken out of Worship. Corruption of the Old God, which is more easily handled by Mass Dispel in phase 2.
- Atramedes – Roaring Flame after someone ran through a fire on the ground.
So not much. No effects that were incredibly dire or not better handled by a Mass Dispel, a priest’s normal Dispel (which also does some healing with Glyph of Dispel), or a Shaman with Cleansing Waters.
And in Tier 12? Of the 3 bosses I’ve defeated so far I’ve seen 0 magic effects that need to be dispelled.
So I dropped Nature’s Cure and picked up Nature’s Swiftness.
I still instinctively try to dispel magic effects on Firelands trash and feel a little disappointed when I can’t. I still need to work on using Nature’s Swiftness more. But every time I do use Nature’s Swiftness and I see Healing Touch crit someone for 65k I feel a little bit better about the decision.
Back when Blizzard gave all healers the ability to dispel magics effects (or at least the option to be able to) I was sure that meant dispel mechanics would be important in raids, but it really hasn’t turned out that way. If I ever run into a boss where dispels are important I’ll certainly spec back into it but until then, no more Nature’s Cure for this druid.
*I updated the spec section of my Resto Druid Guide to reflect that I now consider Nature’s Cure an optional talent.*