Restoration druid tips!

Good raiding addons and general advice for better performance in raids.

30 Aug, 17:19

Hello fellow Lunarians, I am bored today, and figured Id make a small compilation of things worth knowing when youre gonna play as a restoration druid, I will speak of stats, spec and abilities.

This will not be an extensive guide on everything about resto druids, just small things worth mentioning. Stuff that isnt always so obvious or easy to find.


Stats:

Intellect is by far the best stat to go for, therefor all red gemslots should be 40Int, the blue and yellow ones should be a 20Int+20??. Since all caster secondary stats are relatively good for us, you should try to gem for the bonus. If the bonus is weak, you might consider a 40Int gem.
Every item you have equiped should have Intellect on it, this includes trinkets ( http://www.wowhead.com/item=60233 is the only exception).

Secondary stats are all good for us, this includes Spirit, Haste, Mastery and Crit.
The trick about these stats is to find what amount of spirit you feel comfortable (aka enough not to go oom), then find yourself a good breakpoint for haste--> mastery and fill the remains out with crit.
Order of Importance: 1.Intellect-- 2.Spirit (until you feel comfortable, somewhere between 1500-2500) -- 3.Haste breakpoint -- 4.Mastery breakpoint-- 5.Crit.

Haste breakpoints: 1604 / 2005. Make sure you are above 1604 ALWAYS, its a big loss in healing if you are not, after youve reached 1604 you screw haste rating until you can reach 2005 (usually requires about Ilvl365-370). If you are very close to one of these 2 soft caps use 20Int+20Haste in your yellow gemslots.
Here is a full haste chart: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc ... l=en#gid=1

Once you are just above a haste breakpoint you should place as much of your secondary stats in to Mastery until you reach a breakpoint there. We need 143.42 Mastery Rating to reach the breakpoints, and I have made the following calculations myself.

11% increased healing = 144 Mastery Rating
12% = 287
13% = 431
14% = 574
15% = 718
16% = 861
17% = 1004
18% = 1148
19% = 1291
20% = 1434
21% = 1579
22% = 1723
23% = 1867



Spec:
There are so so many different talents for resto druids to take, 80% of all your talents are easy to pick, but the last 20% can be quite hard, depending on your raidsetup and on your current gear, and playstyle they vary a lot. I will give my opinion on the doubtful ones here:


http://www.wowhead.com/spell=78736 can be good on some fights, but it seems most (all) high progress resto druids are skipping this talent for now.

http://www.wowhead.com/spell=17116 was buffed not to long ago and is now a pretty decent "OH SHIT" spell, some druids take it, some dont.

http://www.wowhead.com/spell=48500 isnt so good, it doesnt heal for much and when it does it usually ends up as overhealing, 1 or 0 points in this.

http://www.wowhead.com/spell=78784 is quite weak, spend 1 point here if you have no other place to put it, never place 2 in it.

http://www.wowhead.com/spell=16847 is awesome, 3 points in this until you have 378+ gear is a must.

http://www.wowhead.com/spell=17059 is not as good as Moonglow, never put points in Furor if you dont have it in Moonglow, thats just bad. 2 points in this talent is still a good option until you have absolutely no mana problems.

http://www.wowhead.com/spell=57812 is very good, remove your points in Furor and place them here once you feel very comfortable with your mana.




Abilities:

Use your clearcasting procs as either Regrowth or Healing Touch.
Barksin is off the global cooldown, use it whenever high damage is incoming.
Innervate restores 20% of your max mana, use it when you are at 76-79% mana. Ideally when a priest is doing mana hymn or when an int pric goess off (like Power Torrent)
ToL and Tranquility have a 3min cd each, this means we can use it 2 or maybe even 3 times on an encounter, be smart when using them, they are OP.
If you have mana to spare, cast Thorns on the tank.



End words: This turned out to be a wall of text, and I might even add some more stuff I couldnt quite think of at this moment, but hey atleast it kept me busy for a while ;)
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30 Aug, 19:46

You the best
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31 Aug, 12:20

Dawn wrote:http://www.wowhead.com/spell=88423 is useless, if you pick this you are bad.

Alysrazor says hi! "Guys go over to the other side so zilla can dispell you" :O

Other than that, what Khazii said :D
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31 Aug, 12:47

omgzilla wrote:
Dawn wrote:http://www.wowhead.com/spell=88423 is useless, if you pick this you are bad.

Alysrazor says hi! "Guys go over to the other side so zilla can dispell you" :O

Other than that, what Khazii said :D


Yeah Dawn only cares about HPS ;-p
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31 Aug, 17:23

Yeah its fucked in that fight, but its 1 phase in 2 full tiers of raiding where that talent is needed.
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31 Aug, 18:31

I heard Dawn out healed Jesus.
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31 Aug, 18:43

I gave him a levitate one time
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01 Sep, 02:27

he got mad at me once :D does that mean im spechul ?
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