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What Resto Druids Need to Know for 5.4

Patch 5.4 drops on Tuesday September 10th, and resto Druids have a whole lot of changes to be prepare for and look forward to. I have also updated my Restoration Druid Healing Guide to reflect the 5.4 changes. If you’re looking for a 5.4 gear guide, you won’t find it here – go visit Juvenate for his 5.4 PVE Gear Guide.

Spell changes

  • Genesis is a new Restoration spell learned at level 88. Genesis targets all party or raid members within 60 yards and accelerates the casting Druid’s Rejuvenation effects, causing them to heal and expire at 400% of the normal rate. Costs the same amount of mana to cast as Rejuvenation.

A new spell! Finally! This should help fill the gap in our healing toolkit quite well by making Rejuv a little more bursty. Start playing with the timing on this spell immediately, as I think it’s one of the things that will differentiate the great Druid from the ones who are just okay.

  • Living Seed effects can now stack, up to 50% of the casting Druid’s maximum health, and will no longer be consumed if the target is already at full health.

It is an improvement, but the change that really need to happen to make LS a decent heal is that it needs to trigger from magic damage. Until that happens, LS is unlikely to do more than a couple percent of overall healing.

Not sure why they changed the name in the first place.

And there was much rejoicing. We’ll now actually have a choice to make with our T2 talent.

  • Wild Mushroom for Restoration Druids now summons a single mushroom at the friendly target’s location. If the mushroom is recast, the mushroom moves to the new location and retains its accumulated bonus healing.
    -A single mushroom now heals for as much as what 3 mushrooms combined healed for previously.
    -Wild Mushroom and Wild Mushroom: Bloom now have a shared 3-second cooldown.
    -The spell is no longer capable of critical strikes, and accumulates overhealing done by Rejuvenation by 100%, down from 150%. Overhealing bonus no longer benefits from Naturalist or Mastery: Harmony.

HUGE quality of life change here. One mushroom to place is superior to three. We can also choose between spawning the mushroom beneath our target, or placing it manually (see new glyphs below). The best part is that the Mushroom can be moved, so you don’t waste your charge if the raid moves.

  • Innervate now restores mana equal to 50% of the Druid’s spirit.

This means you need at least 12000 spirit to get the same effect from Innervate that you did in 5.3. With better gear, this is a buff.

Talents

  • Dream of Cenarius has been completely redesigned. It now causes Wrath to deal 20% more damage and heals a nearby friendly target for 100% of the damage done.

This will let us be kind of like Disc Atonement healers, but much less powerful. Another change was also made that will impact this talent – Wrath now deals 10% more damage, but has its mana cost increased by 50%, so healing by doing damage may be a little expensive. This talent should excel on fights where the boss/mobs take extra damage.

  • Heart of the Wild when activated, now also provides a 25% bonus to healing for Restoration Druids.

With a 6-minute cooldown, this doesn’t strike me as that big of a deal. I think the HotW on use is still best used for adding some damage.

  • New talent: Ysera’s Gift, which replaces Nature’s Swiftness, and heals the Druid for 5% of their maximum health every 5 seconds. If the Druid is at full health, it will heal the most injured friendly target nearby instead.

Passive healing. /yawn. If you don’t want to have to worry about another spell and take Cenarion Ward, this is a good option.

  • Nature’s Vigil when activated now increases all damage and healing done by 12% (up from 10%), and causes single-target healing spells to trigger an additional heal on a nearby ally for 25% of the amount healed. This is in addition to the existing effect where it damages a nearby enemy target for 25% of the healing done.

This has gotten much stronger with the additional heals. I’d say this will be the go-to level 90 talent for most fights.

  • Soul of the Forest now causes the Druid to gain 100% haste (up from 75%) on their next spell after casting Swiftmend.

Glyphs

  • Glyph of Lifebloom’s effect is now baseline.

Awesome, and opens up a glyph slot for:

  • Glyph of Efflorescence increases the healing done by Swiftmend by 20%, causes the Efflorescence healing effect to be triggered by Wild Mushroom instead of Swiftmend, and lasts as long as the Wild Mushroom is active.

This is an amazing glyph. The 20% increase the Swiftmend is good, and the ability to have Efflorescence up all the time is great.

  • Glyph of Innervate now causes Innervate to give both the Druid and the target 60% of the normal effect of the spell if it’s cast on a target other than the Druid.
  • Glyph of the Sprouting Mushroom (minor): Allows the Wild Mushroom spell to be placed on the ground instead of underneath a target.

And a few random, cool things:

  • Teleport: Moonglade now returns the Druid to a location near their original departure point when the spell is cast while in the Moonglade area.
  • Glyph of One With Nature: Grants the Druid the ability to teleport to a random natural location.

Patch 5.4 is giving Druid some great buffs and quality of life changes. We should be in a much better place now than we have been all expansion.

Happy healing!

Healing Throne of Thunder – Halls of Flesh-Shaping

Here are some tips for healing the third section of Throne of Thunder as a Resto Druid, including the best time to use cooldowns and which talents and symbiosis targets are optimal for each fight.

First, a few general tips:

  • Feline Swiftness is the level 15 talent that I recommend on most fights.
  • Nature’s Swiftness is the level 30 talent I recommend for any fight. Remember the cooldown is only 1 minute. It makes your next heal instant, 50% bigger and mana-free, so use it often.
  • The major glyphs I usually recommend are: Glyph of Wild GrowthGlyph of Lifebloom and Glyph of Regrowth.
  • For the good of the raid, using Symb on a tank is a good bet in most cases (a Paladin or Warrior would be my last choice since, really, who wants Cleanse or Intimidating Roar on a boss fight?) If you use this on a DK or a Monk, be sure to use IBF or Fortifying Brew during the encounter.
  • Carry lots of Tome of the Clear Mind. Which talents are strongest can change from fight to fight. It you want to maximize your healing potential, you will be changing talents often.

Durumu

Durumu tests everyone’s ability to stay out of the bad. The first phase is fairly simple to execute with minimal raid damage and only a few bad things to avoid. The second phase is tougher as the raid needs to learn how to handle 3 different coloured beams that split damage between anyone standing in them. The raid needs to be split between the three different beams while looking for Crimson Fogs to uncover and kill and avoiding uncovering Azure Fogs. The fights also features a somewhat evil maze running phase.

Here are the major damaging abilities to be aware of:

Durumu

  • The tank will be taking damage from Hard Stare, which applies two debuffs. Serious Wounds reduces healing taken by 10% per stack, requiring tank swaps (or a Pally tank who can clear all these stacks often). Arterial Cut is a DoT that will stay on the tank until they are healed to full.
  • Lingering Gaze will launch a shadowbolt at random players which will leave a small void zone on the ground. Damage from this is minimal as long as people don’t stand in the void zones.
  • Life drain will target a random player and channel a damaging spell on them for 15 seconds. The damage increases over time and the player is stunned during the channel. This needs to be intercepted by other players before the damage gets too high. The target will need some heavy healing.
  • Durumu also casts Force of Will, but people just need to get out of it (or die) you can’t heal them through it.

Light Spectrum

  • Three beams will spawn on random players. Each beam will do significant damage, split among the players inside it. In addition  each beam applies a stacking debuff, increasing damage taken by that beam so damage will increase as the phase goes on. 
  • The tanks will continue to be hit by Hard Stare through this phase.

Maze

  • During the maze, there are three sources of damage to worry about. Eye Sores are the dark purple patterns on the floor, which do very heavy damage per second to anyone standing in them. Mind Daggers do moderate, constant damage to random players. Lingering Gaze needs to be avoided as much as possible, though the void zones will likely be in the maze path at least some of the time. 
  • If you get hit by the Disintegration Beam, you die.

 The damage in this fight comes in waves. Light Spectrum and the Maze can be quite healing intensive, while the phases in between give you a bit of a break.

As always, keep up full HoTs on the active tank. During the first phase, the only other thing to heal really is the minor damage people take when targeted by Lingering Gaze. During Light Spectrum, the damage gets more intense. Use WG on cooldown, use Mushrooms when you can, and try to keep Efflorescence down. in spots where people will stay for more than a few seconds (like on people in the blue beam who will not be moving, or under people in the red beam when it is stopped on a Crimson Fog).

The maze has a lot of damage going out. I try to keep Efflorescence down in melee as they will stay in it for longer. Use WG on cooldown, don’t be stingy with Rejuvs.

Talents

Level 60 - Incarnation for sure. It’s amazing for the maze.

Level 90 - I like Heart of the Wild for this fight. There is almost no damage going out at the start, so you can take time to do some damage.

Symbiosis

I use Symbiosis on a Shaman so I can use Spiritwalker’s Grace before I cast Tranq.

Cooldowns

Wild Mushroom – I set up Mushrooms where the Blue beam will be positioned (my raid has set spots for each beam to go and the Blue one doesn’t move). They can be bloomed during each Light Spectrum phase.

Tranquility - Use during Light Spectrum (closer to the end of the phase). If you can, use Spiritwalker’s Grace first so you can move while casting.

Incarnation - Use during the maze. Take full advantage of being able to have multiple LBs up and cast Regrowth while running.

Ironbark - Use on the active tank when their Serious Wounds debuff is getting high (4-5 stacks). You could also use this on Life Drain targets.

HotW - Use at the start of the fight when there is very little damage going out.

Stampeding Roar – Use during the maze to help people get away from the beam faster and negate the slowing effect from running though Lingering Gaze.

Primordius

I don’t have a lot of interesting tips for this fight. My raid has been doing it the easy (read: mega boring) way for a long time. This method involves not killing any oozes and turning the fight into a tank & spank. The boss stays in the middle of the room and the raid spreads out around him.

Here are the major damaging abilities to be aware of:

As oozes reach Primordius, he will evolve and gain new abilities. He will have up to two of these at a time.

  • Ventral sacs does constant, low levels of damage to the whole raid for as long as it is active.
  • Gas Bladder splits a large amount of damage between anyone within 25 yards of Primordius. 
  • Acidic Spines do heavy damage to random players which spalshes to anyone within 5 yards.
  • Pathogen Glands puts a DoT on a random player which deals heavy damage over 10 seconds. They will need focused healing.
  • Erupting Pustules does very heavy damage to people every 10 seconds. This damage splashes to anyone within 2.5 yards. This is the worst ability of the bunch and can easily wipe out people if they are too close together.

Keep up full HoTs on the active tank. Erupting Pustules are the only really damaging ability during the fight. Otherwise the fight is very dull.

Talents

Level 60 - Incarnation or SotF are both fine.

Level 90 - Heart of the Wild.

Symbiosis

I use Symbiosis on a tank, usually a Monk or DK so I have an extra cooldown to use.

Cooldowns

Wild Mushroom – Mushrooms are really buggy on this fight. When I place them in the circle in the middle of the room they have a tendency to disappear. Because of this, I set them up outside that circle and try to get them in range of a few ranged/healers.

Tranquility - Erupting Pustules and Acidic Spines are the most damaging abilities, so use Tranq while one of those mutations is active.

Ironbark - Use on the active tank when their Malformed Blood debuff is getting high (8-9 stacks). You could also use this on Pathogen Glands targets.

HotW - Use at the start of the fight when there is very little damage going out.

Dark Animus

This fight features a ton of adds that need to be controlled and killed in the correct way and it can be quite chaotic. 

Here are the major damaging abilities to be aware of:

Golems

  • During the first part of the fight, everyone will be tanking an Anima Golem. They do hit fairly hard, but have a very slow swing timer, so keeping everyone healed up is not difficult.  The danger comes from Acceleration Link – if 2 Golems get too close together their damage goes up an incredible amount and they’ll make short work of any non-tank. So don’t let them get close together.
  • Your tanks will soon have Massive Anima Golems to contend with. These do more melee damage plus cast Explosive Slam in front of them.
  • Matter Swap is the biggest nuisance in this fight. This is a dispellable debuff that lasts 12 seconds. When the debuff wears off or is dispelled, the affected player has their position swapped with that of the raid member who is farthest away from them at the time. Damage equal to the affected player’s maximum health is split between the two players, with the portion of damage that the other player takes increasing the longer the debuff remains on the affected player. To deal with this, people with the debuff should be topped off then dispelled when there is 6-8 seconds left on the debuff.

Dark Animus

When the Dark Animus activates, he starts syphoning off energy from any golems still active in the room. He also gains new abilities based on how much anima he has.

  • Touch of the Animus is a debuff on a random raid member, which deals a moderate amount of Fire damage every 5 seconds for the rest of the fight.
  • Anima Ring creates a ring of spheres around his current target (the tank), which closes in on the target. Coming in contact with a sphere consumes it, applying a stack of a debuff that increases damage taken from melee attacks by 50% for 15 seconds. My raid has melee step in and soak a sphere so the tank can get out unharmed.
  • Anima Font causes one of the players debuffed by Touch of the Animus to also deal damage to allies in a small area around them.
  • Interrupting Jolt deals a large amount of raid-wide Nature damage, and it interrupts the spellcasting of any players (also silencing them for 8.5 seconds) who are in the middle of a cast at the time. In my raid, he’s always dead before he gains this ability.
  • If he reaches 100 Energy he casts Full Power, which will quickly wipe the raid.

In phase 1 raid damage is low. WG and a few Rejuvs is more than enough to keep up anyone in range. As the Massive Golems activate, keep HoTs on whichever tank is in range. Your focus should be on topping up those with the Matter Swap debuff and dispelling at the correct time (6-8 stacks).

Once Dark Animus is active you will have both him (it?) to worry about, plus one of your tanks will still be tanking a Massive Anima Golem. The Golem tank will be taking more damage due to the debuff from Explosive Slam, so swaps (or clever kiting) may be required. I keep LB up on the Golem tank and focus raid healing on those with Matter Swap or Touch of the Animus. If people are doing their jobs right (not standing in Anima Font or in front of Massive Golems) there’s not actually that much to heal aside from tank damage and Matter Swap.

Talents

Level 60 - Incarnation or SotF are both fine. I lean towards Incarnation so I can keep LBs on both tanks for some of the fight.

Level 90 - Heart of the Wild so you can do some damage to your Anima Golem.

Symbiosis

I use Symbiosis on a tank, usually a Monk or DK so I have an extra cooldown to use.

Cooldowns

Wild Mushroom – Mushrooms aren’t great on this fight. I set them up around myself and others close to me before the pull in case I need a quick heal while tanking the golem.

Tranquility - I use this as an emergency heal while Dark Animus is active. There’s no specific time when many people in the raid are taking heavy damage, so I use it reactively after people take unnecessary damage or a particularly nasty set of Matter Swaps.

Incarnation – Use at some point during phase 2.

Ironbark - Use on the Massive Golem tank. Alternatively you can use it on someone with Matter Swap who doesn’t have many of their own cooldowns.

HotW - Use at the start of the fight to put out some decent damage on your Golem.

Happy healing!

Healing Throne of Thunder – Forgotten Depths

Here are some tips for healing the second section of Throne of Thunder as a Resto Druid, including the best time to use cooldowns and which talents and symbiosis targets are optimal for each fight.

First, a few general tips:

  • Feline Swiftness is the level 15 talent that I recommend on most fights.
  • Nature’s Swiftness is the level 30 talent I recommend for any fight. Remember the cooldown is only 1 minute. It makes your next heal instant, 50% bigger and mana-free, so use it often.
  • The major glyphs I usually recommend are: Glyph of Wild Growth, Glyph of Lifebloom and Glyph of Regrowth.
  • For the good of the raid, using Symb on a tank is a good bet in most cases (a Paladin or Warrior would be my last choice since, really, who wants Cleanse or Intimidating Roar on a boss fight?) If you use this on a DK or a Monk, be sure to use IBF or Fortifying Brew during the encounter.
  • Carry lots of Tome of the Clear Mind. Which talents are strongest can change from fight to fight. It you want to maximize your healing potential, you will be changing talents often.

Tortos

Mechanics-wise, Tortos is one of the least complicated fights in ToT, but it does require very good execution and a lot of awareness. The fight involves extremely heavy, spiky tank damage as well as high raid damage at frequent intervals throughout the fight. Throughout the fight your raid will need to deal with Tortos himself along with smaller Whirl Turtles which will spawn and spin around the room and Vampiric Cave Bats.

Here are the major damaging abilities to be aware of:

Tortos

  • Furious Stone Breath is what Tortos uses when he reaches 100 fury. This must be interrupted by kicking a turtle shell at him. If this is channeled on the raid for more than a tick, it’ll be a wipe.
  • Quake Stomp is cast about every 40 seconds and deals raid wide damage along with stunning everyone.
  • Rockfall is something that happens throughout the fight, and more so right after a Quake Stomp. These will appear as blue circles on the ground. These will kill anyone standing in the blue circle, and do moderate damage to anyone within 20 yards.
  • Snapping Bite is the main attack on the tank. It hits for a ton, so it’s best if the tank has a cooldown up for each one. It is also a good idea to have a Pally or Priest as the tank healer so some of the damage can be absorbed.

 Whirl Turtles use only one damaging ability: Spinning Shell, which will constantly spin around the room and knock people around. Getting slows up on the whirl turtles as they spawn makes avoiding the damage much easier.

Vampiric Cave Bats also have one major ability (other than strong melee attacks) to worry about: Drain the Weak. If the Bats’ target is not near full health the attacks will heal the bats. The bat tank needs to be topped up as much as possible. Cooldowns are useful, and stuns on the bats are great.

There’s a lot going on in this fight and a lot of damage to heal. At the start of the fight I like to keep LB rolling on the Tortos tank to help smooth out damage. Make sure the raid is topped up before any Quake Stomp and be prepared to deal with the damage afterwards. This includes having mushroom set up where people are grouped up and getting Swiftmend down under a group of players just before the Stomp hits. Use WG and ample Rejuvs to deal with the continuing damage from Rockfall. As bats are spawning I like to move my LB stack over to that tank.

Talents

Level 45 – I like Faerie Swarm here. If your group is short on slows or one of the turtle gets missed, you can use FS to help out.

Level 60 – Either SotF or Incarnation are useful here, though I prefer Incarnation. The instant RGs are very nice while you’re running around dodging Rockfalls.

Level 75 – Ursol’s Vortex can be placed under or just in front of Tortos as Whirl Turtles spawn to slow the turtles moving though. The pullback aspect of this spell doesn’t work though. If you don’t want to use this (I actually find it of limited value) you can use Disorienting Roar on the bats frequently to give the tank a brief respite.

Level 90 – Either Heart of the Wild or Nature’s Vigil can be used here. There won’t be much of a chance to use the HotW cooldown to help with damage, but the passive Intellect is always good. Nature’s Vigil will allow you to help put out a little damage while also giving you a weak healing boost that can be used pretty much on cooldown.

Symbiosis

I use Symbiosis on a Shaman so I can use Spiritwalker’s Grace before I cast Tranq.

Cooldowns

Wild Mushroom – I set up Mushrooms under the melee and bloom them after Quake Stomps. Spread then out a bit, as melee will also be spreading out due to Rockfalls.

Tranquility – Use after a Quake Stomp. If you have it, use Spiritwalker’s Grace first so you can dodge Rockfalls without having to interrupt the spell.

Incarnation – Use while damage is heaviest – Rockfalls are happening frequently, the bats are out. Keep LBs on both tanks and get out as much group healing as possible.

Ironbark – I save this for the bat tank.

HotW – If you take this, the only time you may be able to use it to dps a little is at the start of the fight.

Megaera

Megaera is a healing intensive fight against a hydra. The goal is to kill 8 of her respawning heads. The fight isn’t too complex but does involve heavy damage to two tanks at once along with very heavy raid wide damage every time a head is killed. There’s also some dispelling to do.

Here are the major damaging abilities to be aware of:

  • Rampage happens whenever a head is killed. This is the biggest source of raid damage in the fight and cooldowns will be needed.
  • Cinders gets applied to a random player and deals heavy damage to them. This must be dispelled, but the target must get out of the raid first, as it leaves behind a fire patch when dispelled.
  • Torrent of Ice targets a random player and chases them with a frost beam that does damage to anyone it touches and leaves damaging frost on the ground. These ground two effects will cancel each other out if placed on top of each other.
  • Acid Rain will target a random player and launch an acid globule at them, doing very heavy damage at the point of impact and less damage as players are further away. Players need to be moving away from this.
  • Tanks also get debuffs from the head they are tanking, necessitating swaps.
  • Each head also does a cone breath attack, but no one but the tanks should be hit by this.

Keep LBs on the tank taking the most damage – fire and poison heads tend to cause more damage than ice. If you are a dispeller, make sure the target has run out of the raid before getting rid on Cinders and put at least a Rejuv on that person as soon as the debuff is applied. Outside of the Rampage, the biggest source of raid damage during this fight is the Acid Rain. Keeping Swiftmend under the melee stack is a good idea and be liberal with your Wild Growth and Rejuvs. 

Talents

Level 15 – Displacer Beast can be very useful on this fight to quickly move out of the group if you get targeted by a frost or fire beam. Alternatively you can use it to get back to the group faster on the way back.

Level 60 - I prefer Incarnation since I find this fight very hard on mana. 

Level 90 - Either Heart of the Wild or Nature’s Vigil can be used here. There won’t be much of a chance to use the HotW cooldown to help with damage, but the passive Intellect is always good. Nature’s Vigil will allow you to help put out a little damage while also giving you a weak healing boost that can be used pretty much on cooldown.

Symbiosis

I use Symbiosis on a tank (preferably a Monk or DK so I get a damage reduction cooldown).

Cooldowns

Wild Mushroom – Set up Mushrooms in the spot the raid will be grouping for each Rampage and bloom during it.

Tranquility - Use during Rampage.

Incarnation - I use this outside of Rampage, so I can keep LB stacks on both tanks and do more reactive healing to poison bolts.

Ironbark - Use on tanks who are taking high damage.

Ji-Kun

Ji-Kun is a really fun fight that involves jumping and flying to platforms to deal with adds, periods of heavy raid damage and a lot of movement and spreading out. You fight Ji-Kun in the center platform, where everyone must be spread out to avoid AoE damage abilities.  Throughout the fight nests around the room, both above and below the main platform, activate and eggs on them need to be killed. My raid assigns one group of 3-4 dps and a healer to handle certain nests each time – one lower and one upper.

Damaging abilities to be aware of:

  • The tank will be taking damage from Infected Talons, a stacking DoT and Talon Rake, which needs tank swaps.
  • Caw sends out sound waves at random players that will do heavy damage to anyone within 5 yards. People need to be spread out for this.
  • Quills is the big raid damaging ability. This happens every minute. It’s best for everyone on the main platform to group up for this, then  spread back out again immediately after it ends.
  • Feed Young, if not intercepted, will leave a slime puddle on the ground which will deal damage over time to anyone who stands in it. However, standing in these for 3 seconds also removes the puddle, so it may be necessary for people to stand in these - preferably tanks or people with immunities/good damage mitigation cooldowns.

You may also have to deal with damage on the nests. If eggs hatch into Hatchlings, they will do light melee damage. If Hatchlings grow into Fledglings they will bombard random raid members with heavy damage.

Druids are a great choice for healing nests on this fight, so a lot of your healing is going to be focused on your group. Keep LB on the active tank while you’re on the platform, but feel free to move it to someone in your group while you’re on a nest. WG and Swiftmend are both great for keeping your nest group healed up since the platform area is so small.

Make sure you have a good handle on when you can use your Feathers to fly. You’ll likely have extra charges and will be able to use one during Down Drafts so you can ignore that whole mechanic. You do not need to use a feather when jumping down from a high nest (there’s no fall damage), so don’t waste charges on that.

Glyphs

You may want to consider replacing Glyph of Regrowth with Glyph of Stampeding Roar for this fight. Using Roar on the raid during Down Draft can be very helpful.

Talents

Level 60 - I prefer Incarnation for this fight. It’s a good cooldown if your group is on a nest during Quills.

Level 75 - Disorienting Roar can be somewhat useful if you’re dealing with Hatchlings in a nest.

Level 90 - Either Heart of the Wild or Nature’s Vigil can be used here. 

Symbiosis

I use Symbiosis on a tank (preferably a Monk or DK so I get a damage reduction cooldown).

Cooldowns

Wild Mushroom – Pre-pull I will jump down to my nest and place Mushrooms so I can bloom them while my group is down there. After that, I’ll try to put them in the center to have them ready to use for Quills. However, if they are in the center and you fly off to a nest, they’re going to despawn because of range.

Tranquility - Use during Quills.

Incarnation - Use so you can keep LBs on your whole group if Quills happens while you’re on a nest.

Ironbark - Use on tanks who are taking high damage.

Stampeding Roar – Use just before Down Draft to help out the raid.

Heart of the Wild – If you take this you can use it while on a nest and help kill eggs/hatchlings.

Happy healing!

Healing Throne of Thunder – Last Stand of the Zandalari

Here are some tips for the first three bosses in Throne of Thunder as a Resto Druid, including the best time to use cooldowns and which talents and symbiosis targets are optimal for each fight.

First, a few general tips:

  • Feline Swiftness is the level 15 talent that I recommend for any fight.
  • Nature’s Swiftness is the level 30 talent I recommend for any fight. Remember the cooldown is only 1 minute. It makes your next heal instant, 50% bigger and mana-free, so use it often.
  • The major glyphs I usually recommend are: Glyph of Wild Growth, Glyph of Lifebloom and Glyph of Regrowth.
  • For the good of the raid, using Symb on a tank is a good bet in most cases (a Paladin or Warrior would be my last choice since, really, who wants Cleanse or Intimidating Roar on a boss fight?) If you use this on a DK or a Monk, be sure to use IBF or Fortifying Brew during the encounter.
  • Carry lots of Tome of the Clear Mind. Which talents are strongest can change from fight to fight. It you want to maximize your healing potential, you will be changing talents often.

Jin’rokh the Breaker

This is a fairly simple and undertuned fight compared to the rest of the raid instance. However the damage can get high, especially if people mess up.

The fight follows a simple pattern. After a brief period at the start of the fight where not much happens, the boss will throw the active tank at one of the 4 pillars around the room. When this happens, a pool of water will spawn and grow until it takes up almost a quarter of the room. This pool increases damage taken and received, and is conductive – so any damage taken by someone in here is shared with everyone else. After 90 seconds, Jin’rokh will electrify the pool so the raid can no longer stand in it. Shortly after, Jin’rokh will hurl the tank at another pillar and the cycle will repeat. Jin’rokh needs to be killed before you run out of room to stand.

There are a few abilities to be aware of:

  • The tanks take moderate damage, but the real dangers are Static Burst and Static Wound. When the active tank has this debuff, any damage done to them will do damage to the raid as well. Make sure you can see this debuff on your frames.
  • Focused Lightning will focus on a random player and do significant damage to them when it hits them. They will need to be topped up before they get hit and will need a heal afterward as well. If someone gets hit by FL while in Conductive Water, everyone in the water will take damage.
  • Lightning Storm deals heavy raid damage over 15 seconds and happens in between every pool.

Keep your HoTs rolling on the current tank. While the raid is in Conductive Waters I try to keep Swiftmend under the melee stack, while healing the ranged with Wild Growth. When someone gets Focused Lightning, get a Rejuv on them before they run out and be ready with a direct heal after they take the hit (or before if they are at low health). Lightning Storm is the most damage intensive part of the fight. Make sure you’re using your AoE and group heals on cooldown while everyone is stacked up, along with Rejuvs and Regrowths on those low on health.

Talents

Level 60 – This is one of the few fights where I think Soul of the Forest might be more worthwhile than Incarnation, but it depends on your raid group. If your raid dps is good, this fight will be short – less than 4 minutes. If that’s the case the extra output from SotF should outperform Incarnation, since you’ll only get to use it once.

Level 90 – Heart of the Wild. The first 30 seconds of the fight is quite uneventful, you should be able to help out a bit by doing some damage.

Symbiosis

I give Symbiosis to a tank to give them an extra cooldown (even if it’s a Paladin), or to a Monk/DK for an extra damage mitigation cooldown for myself.

Cooldowns

Wild Mushroom – I set up Mushrooms in the center of the room, where everyone will be standing for the Lightning Storm. You should be able to Bloom them during each Storm.

Tranquility – Lightning Storm is the best place to use this since you know everyone will need healing. However, it can also be used in an emergency – like if someone gets hit by Focused Lightning in the Conductive Water.

HotW – If you take this, you can spend some time doing DPS at the start of the fight since there’s not much to heal.

Horridon

 Horridon is a 5 phase fight with four different groups of troll adds to kill. Each add phase will have one of the tanks handling Horridon while the rest of the raid deals with the adds. On each add (or gate) phase, the goal is to damage a Dinomancer which will drop an Orb of control which will let one of your raider will be able to use on Horridon to end that add phase. Once all the adds have been cleared, you will fight Warlord Jalak and Horridon himself. A very important part of this fight is to dispel.

Here are the major damaging abilities to be aware of.

  • Triple Puncture stacks on the current tank, increasing their damage taken. They will need more and more healing as their stacks increase.
  • Double Swipe does heavy damage, but is completely avoidable. No one should be taking damage from this.

Farraki Trolls

  • Stone Gaze is the priority dispel target.
  • Blazing Sunlight will go out on many members of the raid. This is a stacking DoT. Don’t try to dispel every single one, you’ll run out of mana. Only dispel when the stacks start getting high (3-4).
  • Sand Traps is a ground effect that does a ton of damage, but are completely avoidable.

Gurubashi Trolls

  • Rending Charge is a bleed effect that can occur on anyone. This person will need some dedicated heals. At least keep a Rejuv on them.
  • Venom Bolt Volley – Hopefully many of these can be interrupted, but your raid is doing to get pelted by this stacking poison DoT. Again, don’t try to dispel every one. If you have a Monk, they can clear everyone’s poison once it reaches 3-4 stacks.
  • Living Poison is another ground effect that does lots of damage but can be avoided.

Drakkari Trolls

Amani Trolls

  • Fireball will do damage to random players.
  • Chain Lightning will damage 3 random players. It will only jump to 3 people so it’s not worth spreading out for.
  • Hex of Confusion – Dispelling this should be your priority as not everyone can get rid of curses.
  • There are also 2 avoidable sources of damage – Swipe (don’t stand in front of bears) and Lightning Nova Totem.

Once all four troll gates have been cleared, the fight becomes a simple burn of Jalak, then Horridon. Jalak will cast Bestial Cry often, since the damage increases every time, he needs to be killed quickly. Once Jalak dies, Horridon will enrage, doing more damage to the tank.

As a healer, how difficult this fight will be for you depends very much on how well your raid avoids all the avoidable mechanics. If no one gets hit by Double Swipe or stands in Sand Traps and such there’s actually very little to heal (but lots to dispel!). I keep Lifebloom rolling on the current Horridon tank, as they are usually taking more damage than the add tank. Keep your AoE and ground healing spells on cooldown and be ready for some quick spot heals on those who stand in bad things. For dispels, prioritize Stone Gaze on the first gate and Hex of Confusion on the fourth.

When you reach the final phase of the fight, do everything you can to keep the raid topped up before each Bestial Cry – this shouldn’t be too hard as everyone can group up. Once Jalak is dead the current tank is the only one who should be taking damage so just pile heals on to them.

Talents

Level 60 – Incarnation. This is a long fight and the extra mana efficiency will be needed.

Level 75 – I like to take Disorienting Roar here so I can help out a bit if adds are getting out of control.

Level 90 – Either Heart of the Wild or Nature’s Vigil can be used here. There won’t be much of a chance to use the HotW cooldown to help with damage, but the passive Intellect is always good. Nature’s Vigil will allow you to help put out a little damage while also giving you a weak healing boost that can be used pretty much on cooldown.

Symbiosis

If you’re short on Paladins and Priests, you can use Symbiosis on a Paladin so you can help cleanse on the third gate.

Cooldowns

Wild Mushroom – Mushrooms are not great for this fight. I try to set them up around the front of each gate (pre-pull for the first, as we’re running over for the next), but with all the ground effects to get out of and varying behviour of the troll adds, it’s hard to predict where people will end up standing. In the last phase you should be able to set up Mushrooms where the raid is grouped up while fighting Jalak and you can Bloom them after one of the later Bestial Crys.

Tranquility –  I try to get in as many uses of Tranq as I can. The first time I use it is usually on the 2nds gate, when poisons are ticking on everyone. After that, use when it’s up when needed – 2nd use tends to be either at the end of the 3rd gate or start of the 4th and then hopefully it can be used a third time after a Bestial Cry.

Incarnation – Use this early and often. Keep LBs up on both tanks.

Nature’s Vigil – If you take this use it pretty much on cooldown. Try to line it up with Tranquility if you can.

Ironbark – Be free with your Ironbark usage during the first 4 phases of the fight. The best place to use it is on the Horridon tank as their Triple Puncture stacks are getting high. In the last phase make sure Ironbark is up and ready to be used when Horridon is enraged.

Council of Elders

Council is a fight against 4 bosses at once who do not share a health pool. Each boss has their own abilities you need to worry about plus one at a time gets empowered, giving them a new ability or modifying an existing one.

Here are the major damaging abilities to be aware of:

Malakk

  • Biting Cold targets one player and does heavy damage to them for 30 seconds. They will need some dedicated heals and to get away from everyone else.
  • While Malakk is empowered he uses Frostbite instead, whose damage is shared among anyone in range of the target.

Kazra’jin

  • Kazra continuously uses Reckless Charge. People should be getting out of the way of this as much as possible.
  • While empowered, Kazra will become Overloaded at the end of each charge. He will be stunned, but will reflect 25% of all damage taken. Since he’s the kill target when he’s empowered, the dps will need extra healing here.

Sul

  • Sand Bolts inflict heavy damage on random players. They can be interrupted, but some are bound to get off.
  • Quicksand is a ground effect that heals very heavy damage. People must get out of this asap. People in this will be slowed, then eventually Entrapped and will need a dispel.
  • While empowered, Sul will cast Sandstorm which deals heavy raidwide damage over 8 seconds. While this is happening, Living Sand adds will spawn from quicksand pools. Be sure you are standing near the add tank and have a mitigation/threat drop ability ready if you’re anything like me and have a tendency to pull threat on adds.

Mar’li

  • Wrath of the Loa inflicts heavy damage on random players. It can be interrupted, but some are bound to get through.
  • Mar’li will also summon Loas spirits. These aren’t something you have to worry about from a healing perspective, but they can be stunned and knocked back, so you should be able to help control them.

 On this fight I keep Lifebloom on whichever tank is currently tanking two bosses. I try to keep Swiftmend down on either the melee pile or under the Frostbite target if Malakk is empowered. Be prepared to Regrowth anyone who takes a hit from Wrath of the Loa or Sand Bolts and watch out for people who get trapped in Quicksand. The most healing intensive parts of the fight are the Sandstorm and Kazra’s Overload.

Talents

Level 45 – Take Typhoon so you can help knockback Loa Spirits before they reach their target.

Level 60 – Incarnation. This is a long fight and the extra mana efficiency will be needed. It will also allow you to keep Lifebloom on both tanks at times.

Level 75 – I like to take Disorienting Roar here so I can give myself a brief reprieve if the Living Sands aggro on to me.

Level 90 – Either Heart of the Wild or Nature’s Vigil can be used here. There won’t be much of a chance to use the HotW cooldown to help with damage, but the passive Intellect is always good. Nature’s Vigil will allow you to help put out a little damage while also giving you a weak healing boost that can be used pretty much on cooldown.

Symbiosis

Either give it to a tank (preferably a Monk or DK so you can get a mitigation cooldown for yourself), or use it on a Shaman. Between the Quicksands and Kazra’s charge you may have to move a lot and you don’t want Tranquility interrupted when you use it.

Cooldowns

Wild Mushroom – Mushrooms are okay for this fight. There are two places I will set them up – either around the melee, or at the Frostbite stack point. The amount of movement on this fight makes Mushroom healing a little hit and miss, but they should be able to help out a bit.

Tranquility –  I generally use Tranquility while Kazra is Overloaded and reflecting damage back at your dps.

Incarnation – I like to have this up during Sandstorms. The extra output is great for all the damage the raid is taking and having LBs on both tanks is also useful since one of the tanks will be dealing with adds.

Nature’s Vigil – If you take this use it pretty much on cooldown. Try to line it up with Tranquility if you can.

Ironbark – Use this often to help reduce damage on whichever tank has two of the bosses.

Happy healing!

Restoration Druid Guide updated

My Resto Druid Guide has finally been updated! You can find it here:

Restoration Druid Guide for Mists of Pandaria

Topics covered include:

  • Stats
  • Talents
  • Spells
  • Glyphs
  • How to Heal
  • Gear
  • Gems and Enchants
  • Consumables

What Resto Druids Need to Know for 5.0.4

Patch 5.0.4 will be dropping on August 28th and it will bring all of Mist of Pandaria’s new talents, abilities and spells.

Mana

Say goodbye to the 160k mana pool that you’ve gotten used to. With 5.0.4, our mana pools will be knocked down to a fixed 100,000. Spell mana costs will come down a little as well, but not by that much. For example, on Beta Rejuv costs 3200 mana and Wild Growth costs 4580 mana. On live a Rejuv costs 3727 and a Wild Growth costs 5031. So we’re looking at about a 10-15% reduction in mana costs and a 30-40% reduction in our mana pools. This could make things tough.

The way we regen mana is also being completely changed. Talents like Revitalize, that regen a portion of our total mana are gone. This means that all of our regen will now come from Spirit. I’m going to guess that the 2007 Spirit I’m currently rolling with isn’t going to cut it. Be prepared to take a trip to the reforger once the patch hits. Say goodbye to all that yummy Mastery that you had reforged out of Spirit, and get your Spirit back. Spells are healing for quite a bit more at level 85 on the Beta, so the loss of Mastery shouldn’t affect your output negatively. You may also want to replace your throughput trinkets with regen trinkets.

Spells

Our spell books will look quite a bit different, and we will no longer have access to a number of Balance and Feral spells. This shouldn’t affect raiders too much, but be aware that if you’re used to throwing out some DPS on fights to try to help out, you won’t have as many damaging spells as you used to. Spells and abilities we no longer have include:

  • Insect Swarm
  • Wild Mushroom: Detonate (we will only have healing shrooms)
  • Starfire
  • Thorns

We are also losing access to a number of Cat and Bear abilities, but those shouldn’t have too much of an effect on a healer. The only one I’m really going to miss is Skull Bash.

We have two new base abilities:

  • Ironbark This is the damage mitigation cooldown we’ve been asking for for so long, so don’t forget to use it! We also still have access to Barkskin.
  • Wild Mushroom: Bloom Instead of hurting, these mushrooms heal. You can set up 3 at a time and they will heal everyone in an 8 yard radius for… not a whole lot, really.

A number of abilities have changed:

  • Lifebloom now lasts 15 seconds.
  • Harmony now lasts 20 seconds.
  • Nature’s Cure now has an 8 second cooldown.
  • Rebirth now brings people to life with 60% of their health, up from 20%.
  • Mark of the Wild no longer gives Stamina or spell resistance, only Strength, Agility and Intellect.
  • Dash and Stampeding Roar can be used while in caster form, but will activate Cat/Bear form.
  • Faerie Fire now causes 3 applications of Weakened Armor, instead of 1.

In addition to these things, any Resto talents that were removed with the new talent tree overhaul have been baked into our spells. Living Seed, Malfurion’s Gift, Gift of the Earthmother, Swift Rejuvenation, Nature’s Cure, Efflorescence… they’re all baseline now for Restos. However, the talents that were in the Balance tree, like Nature’s Grace, are now gone. One change that I just noticed today is that Nature’s Focus now also increases our chance to hit with Moonfire and Wrath by 15%. That’s nifty.

Talents

When the patch hits, we will have 5 talent tiers to choose, the 6th doesn’t open up until level 90.

Level 15 Druid talents (MoP)

For Tier 1 Feline Swiftness is the clear winner. Displacer Beast is awful and the uses for Wild Charge are quite limited for a healer in current raid encounters.

Druid level 30 talents (MoP)

For tier 2 I’d go with Nature’s Swiftness. Note that the cooldown is now only 1 minute, down from 3 minutes, which is an excellent improvement. Renewal isn’t something I consider a viable option for healers. Cenarion Ward may be worth playing with, but I think having NS as an extra ‘oh shit’ button is much more valuable than another HoT that’s on a 30 second cooldown.

Level 45 druid talents (MoP)

Tier 3 probably won’t see a whole lot of use in Dragon Soul. You can pretty much pick what you want here. Go with Typhoon if you want to drive your tanks and melee crazy. Typhoon also has the potential to help out with Bloods on heroic Spine, but please check with your kiter/RL as it could also screw things up if it’s not expected.

Level 60 druid talents (MoP)

I think Incarnation is the best talent in tier 4. As an output cooldown, ToL is still great, and with the mana constraints we’ll be facing, I think the ability to spam Lifeblooms (our cheapest spell) and maximize Omen of Clarity procs will be important. Soul of the Forest also looks quite strong in terms of increasing our healing output if you use Wild Growth after every Swiftmend, but it will also cause problems lining up those spells as there is a 5 second difference in their cooldowns. Force of Nature is kind of fun, but pets like these have a tendency to be quite dumb, so I’d skip them.

Level 75 Druid talents (MoP)

Tier 5 is another utility tier that won’t get used a whole lot in Dragon Soul. I can think of a few times that Ursol’s Vortex could be useful if it works properly. That is a big if. In my experience on the beta, it’s seemed a little buggy to me. Ursol’s Vortex could potentially help with add control on a few fights – Forgotten Ones on Yor’sahj, Bloods on Spine and Congealing Bloods on Madness. If UV doesn’t work as expected, Mighty Bash is good, safe bet.

Glyphs

Prime Glyphs will be gone in 5.0.4, so we will now have only 6 glyph slots. We have a lot of options to choose from.

Major Glyphs

My top 3:
Glyph of Lifebloom
– This will allow us to transfer all 3 stacks of Lifebloom when we need to switch our Lifebloom target. This is a must have for any fight with tank-swapping.
Glyph of Wild Growth
– This hasn’t changed. I would take it for 25-man raiding, but possibly not for 10s.
Glyph of Regrowth – Regrowth now innately has a 60% chance to crit, so use of this glyph will make the spell a guaranteed crit, at the cost of the HoT at the end. I personally like the knowing that Regrowth will crit and will likely use this glyph.

On fights where I don’t swap Lifebloom around at all, I would replace Glyph of Lifebloom with one of these:
Glyph of Rejuvenation
– This replaces the second half of the Nature’s Bounty target. With the change to the mana regen model, you may find yourself using Nourish more often than you’re used to, so this glyph is a good choice.
Glyph of Healing Touch
– How useful this is depends on how often you use Healing Touch. I would likely use this on Heroic Spine, since I use HT often to handle the debuffs, but would find it less useful on other fights.

Glyphs to skip:
Glyph of Blooming – This is a PVP glyph, skip it for raid content.
Glyph of Rebirth – With the change to Rebirth now bringing people back with 60% health rather than 20%, this glyph is no longer a requirement.

Minor Glyphs

The minor glyphs are mainly fun, vanity things, so I’m not going to go over them here. You can find the full list of glyphs on Wowhead.

Playstyle

The spells we use and how we use them really isn’t going to change much. Lifebloom and Harmony uptimes will be easier to maintain due to their increased durations, but don’t take that as a sign that you should cast less direct spells. With mana constraints you may find the need to cast a few more Nourishes and a few less Rejuvs and Regrowths.

Don’t foget to make a binding for your new Ironbark spell and make the most out of it. You may also want to create a Power Aura to let you know when it’s off cooldown.

Healing Mushrooms will take some getting used to. The healing they do, especially in relation to their setup time is not very good. I would suggest only using them when you can set them up before the pull and during downtimes when little healing is needed. Here are some good times to use Mushrooms on Dragon Soul fights:

Morchok – Place 3 around the place the dps will stand before the pull. On heroic, make sure to put them down on the post-split positions as there really isn’t any damage beforehand. When you run out for Black Blood, you should be able to put more down from range.
Yor’sahj – Place mushrooms before the pull as well as anytime the boss is summoning oozes and the raid isn’t taking any damage. I’m going to assume (haven’t tested yet) that detonating the mushrooms will cause stacks of Deep Corruption, so don’t use them on Purple phases.
Zon’ozz – You should be able to place mushrooms on the spot where the dps/healers stand before the pull, as well as after every dark phase before the Void Ball starts bouncing.
Hagara – Place mushrooms before the pull. If you use the strat where the ranged/healers stack up in the bubble during frost phase, that’s a good time to detonate them.
Ultraxion – In my raid, I find 98% of the Ultraxion fight consists of downtime. I’d probably just ignore mushrooms on this fight, unless you’re still seeing the Timeloop happen. If that’s the case, set them up pre-pull and detonate near the end of the fight when things get tough.
Blackhorn – Between dodging (or chasing) barrages and trying to stay out of deck fire and shockwaves, there’s not a whole lot of times during this fight where mushroom use will be able to be maximized. You could try to get Mushrooms down when an Onslaught it cast and pop them just after it hits.
Spine – Most of the downtime on Spine happens while the Plate is lifted and people are killing the tendons. You should be able to set up some mushrooms around the raid during any plate lift and detonate them as required (preferably when there are lots of healing debuffs out).
Madness – The best place to use mushrooms on most of the platforms will be when the raid is grouped up and killing the Arm/Wing Tentacle and everyone is taking damage from Blistering Heat. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find some downtime to set these up. When you are on the platform where an Elementium Bolt will hit, Mushrooms can also be used just after it hits. In the final phase, I’d get mushrooms set up near the boss before any of the adds spawn and use them when the Corrupting Blood damage starts getting heavy, sub-10%.

Resto Druid Changes (Mists of Pandaria build 15799)

Resto Druids haven’t received a whole lot of attention in the last Mists builds, but this most recent one sure changes that. A number of Druids have been concerned that with all the ‘maintenance’ spells we need to cast, we will be GCD capped and it will making healing well difficult. Blizzard seems to have answered, by increasing the duration of both Lifebloom and Harmony considerably. Full build notes can be found on Wowhead. I’ve also posted a slightly abridged version of my feedback on the beta forums.

Lifebloom

Lifebloom: Heals the target for 109315*1 over 15 sec. When Lifebloom expires or is dispelled, the target is instantly healed for ((8150 + $SPN * 0.752) *). This effect can stack up to 3 times on the same target. Duration refreshed each time you cast Healing Touch, Nourish, or Regrowth on the target. Lifebloom can be active only on one target at a time.

Lifebloom will now last 15 seconds, up from 10. The amount of healing per tick should not change any (it now lasts 33% longer and heals for 33% more). At first I was worried about the PVP ramifications of this, but that concern was quickly assuaged when I saw the changes made to the new glyph introduced.

Glyph of Blooming: Increases the bloom heal of your Lifebloom when it expires by 50%, but its duration is reduced by 5 sec and your Healing Touch, Nourish, and Regrowth abilities no longer refresh the duration of Lifebloom.

Not only does this take care of the too-long duration of Lifebloom for PVP, it also got a nice buff by now increasing the amount of the bloom by 50%, rather than 20%.

So, I’m generally happy with the increased duration of Lifebloom. I really didn’t have much of a problem keeping it up at 10 seconds, but the extra time will give raid healing druids a bit more breathing room. This, combined with the older change of having all 3 applications transfer when you change your target make Lifebloom much less cumbersome to use. These are nice quality of life improvements.

Harmony

Mastery: Harmony: Your direct healing is increased by an additional 0% and casting your direct healing spells grants you an additional 0% bonus to periodic healing for 20 sec.

Harmony now lasts 20 seconds, up from 10. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m not too thrilled about this change. There are a few reasons for this.

  • I don’t understand people’s aversion to using single target spells with a cast time (Nourish, Regrowth, Healing Touch). Yes, Druids are HoT-based, but in my opinion, that doesn’t mean that we should only be casting HoTs. Variety makes things interesting.
  • Since Harmony can now be kept up 100% of the time using only Swiftmend it’s going to increase the number of players who think its appropriate to cast nothing but Rejuv in between Swiftmend and Wild Growth cooldowns.
  • I really enjoy the mini-game of keeping Harmony and Lifebloom active as close to 100% of the time as possible. I like having to work to make my healing as powerful as possible and plan properly to ensure it is. With 15 seconds on Lifebloom and 20 on Harmony, that’s not going to be much of a challenge.

Honestly, I think that having Harmony be easily sustainable by only casting Swiftmend (which we want to cast close to every cooldown because of all the healing Efflorescence does anyway) trivializes the entire mechanic of having to keep it active. I thought the reason for the 10 second duration was to ensure we cast a direct heal every once in a while, but that no longer applies. They may as well just go all the way and make our Mastery something that is active all the time, like it is for every other class.

Wild Mushrooms

Wild Mushroom: Bloom: Grow a magical mushroom with 3 health at the target location. After 6 sec, the mushroom will become invisible. When triggered by the Druid, all mushrooms will bloom healing all allies within 8 yards for 6074 to 7348. Only 5 mushrooms can be placed at one time.

You can now place 5 mushrooms, up from 3. The range on the heal has been reduced to 8 yards, down from 12. I don’t like the whole concept of Mushrooms as a heal to begin with. I’m not sure what problem these changes are attempting to solve, but it looks like it’s a step in the entirely wrong direction. 5 mushrooms?! When will we ever have time to place 5 mushrooms? That means seven clicks (or button presses) and 5 GCDs in order to set up and then activate the heal. The range reduction is an extra kick to the shins. None of the problems with Wild Mushrooms as a heal have been addressed:

  • it takes too long to set them up
  • if the raid moves, the mushrooms you’ve set up become useless
  • having to target the ground to place them is cumbersome
  • the range is (once again) small

At this rate, I don’t see this spell getting a lot of use aside from the Mushrooms we can set up pre-pull. I’ve heard people suggest that we don’t have to use all 5 mushrooms, we could only place 1, or 3, but I don’t put any stock in this. Players want to optimize, they don’t want to cast something that is less powerful than it could be. The days of downranking spells are long over.

Since I don’t want to just complain and not offer any alternatives, here are some of my ideas for fixing the spell.

Option 1:

Grow a magical mushroom on the target player. When triggered by the Druid, all mushrooms will bloom healing all allies within 10 yards for 6074 to 7348. Only 3 mushrooms can be placed at one time.

This would solve all of the problems I have with the spell. Casting the mushrooms on players would solve the issue of awkward ground targeting. I use VuhDo, I like to be able to cast my heals by clicking on raid frames. It also solves the problem of player movement quite nicely. A mushroom on the ground is likely to heal no one if players move. A mushroom on a person will always heal at least one even if they are a dope who goes and stands in a corner by themselves.

Option 2:

Grow a magical mushroom at the target location. After 6 sec, the mushroom will become invisible. When triggered by the Druid, the mushroom will bloom healing all allies within 8 yards for 18022 to 22044. Only 1 mushroom can be placed at one time. 3 second cast time.

This isn’t a perfect solution, but i think it would be an improvement. I’d find having to hard cast 1 mushroom much less cumbersome than having to place 5. The downside would be that you couldn’t spread them out, but spreading them out makes them even more awkward to use anyway and reduces the amount the people in range will be healed.

Tier 14

The new tier set name and bonuses have also been released in the new patch.

Vestments of the Eternal Blossom

2 pieces: Reduces the mana cost of your Rejuvenation spell by 10%.
4 pieces: Reduces the cooldown of your Swiftmend spell by 3 sec.

First, pretty name! The 2-set isn’t an exciting bonus, but I’m sure it will be appreciated in the first raid tier as we’re having mana struggles and getting used to the new mana model. The 4-set is awesome. This looks like a significant increase to our healing output with all the extra Efflorescence healing we’ll be able to do. The only downside is that it will hurt to break this bonus when tier 15 rolls around.

What do you think of the latest changes?