Well what do you know, they really did take away my tree! *cough* Moving on, spells and talent trees look vastly different, some of them unrecognisable even. To wrap my head around what’s changed (since I never kept up with the articles on it), I took a long hard look at tooltips and healed a couple heroics. This is less of a blow-by-blow analysis and more of a summary of the big things that have changed and are relevant in understanding the heal mechanic.
Talents: These stood out to me talent-wise.
Efflorescence (3/3): An AoE heal effect that heals nearby allies within 15 yards for 20/40/60% of what your Swiftmend healed for.
Revitalise (3/3): In addition to giving us some mana regen, this proc also grants Replenishment.
Nature’s Bounty (3/3): Apart from the massive crit addition to Regrowth, critical heals from Nourish and Swiftmend have to reduce the cooldown on Swiftmend by 0.5 sec.
Empowered Touch (2/2): Healing Touch buffed by 10%, and more interestingly Nourish has a 100% chance to refresh Lifebloom.
Spell Changes: Our spells remain more or less recognisable with a few changes here and there. However, they certainly serve new roles in healing.
–Rejuvenation is more mana expensive and of shorter duration (12 secs).
–Wild Growth now has a 10 sec cooldown.
–Lifebloom is now a great cheap HoT to cast but only castable on one target at a time.
–Swiftmend now procs Efflorescence
–Regrowth has a reduced cast time which makes it a quick but expensive heal.
–Nourish has a longer cast time but now refreshes Lifebloom on the target.
–Rebirth now has a 30 min cooldown, and this cooldown is shared with all druids in the party/raid. Battle-rez with caution!
Buffs and Debuffs:
–Mark of the Wild now has 1hr duration and buffs all raid/party members. No more Gift of the Wild.
–Remove Corruption is a one-sweep spell that removes 1 poison, 1 curse and 1 magic effect if talented into.
Tree of Life Changes:
– Tree of Life is now a cooldown that lasts for 30 seconds. When used, it enhances healing and certain spells discussed below. Usable every 3 minutes.
-Tree of Life spell changes:
- Wild Growth hits 2 additional targets.
- Lifebloom can be cast on multiple targets
- Regrowth is an instant cast.